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Bonnie Truax

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Minimalism, Early Retirement, Finance Tips, Travel Stories
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Just outside of Sucre, Bolivia lies the largest collection of dinosaur footprints in the world. Over 10,000 dinosaur tracks have been found in one location, the Cal Orcko site. These prints include a 347-meter trail left by a baby T-Rex to whom they have posthumously awarded the moniker  “Johnny Walker.” While we were in Torotoro, Bolivia,... Continue Reading → The post Why the Largest Collection of Dinosaur Footprints May Soon Be Gone ...
Posted: Apr 22 2018 @ 1:20 PM
This article was originally published on MichaelDinich.net as a guest post by Bonnie, half of the 43BlueDoors team. I thought about naming this article “How to save money by putting a water bottle in your underwear” but then thought better.  It’s a good tip though, and I will share that with you shortly (pun intended). We live... Continue Reading → The post Living Frugally as a Vagabond appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Apr 15 2018 @ 1:02 PM
I walked into the massive department store, stopped and looked around.  The open expanse of the room filled with shelves and racks made me feel utterly lost. I was looking for a new blouse for an upcoming meeting in New York City where I would be giving a presentation on a proposal to some executives... Continue Reading → The post Contraband, Shopping, and The Serpent of the Andes appeared first on ...
Posted: Apr 08 2018 @ 1:54 PM
What does a nomad stuck in a house in the middle of Bolivia, with a spouse on bed rest do? Go to the market and listen to the best podcasts ever!  If you came to this page only looking for the best podcasts – scroll to the bottom. They are worth the scroll. DAILY MARKET... Continue Reading → The post Best Podcasts for When You are Stuck in Bolivia appeared first ...
Posted: Apr 01 2018 @ 1:28 PM
We stood at the top of a cliff in the middle of Torotoro National Park mesmerized by the waterfall tumbling over the side. We had used a rope to navigate over the smooth steep rock surface to the edge of the water. Our guide turned to us and said that we could go into the... Continue Reading → The post Dinosaurs and a Walk in the Past: Torotoro appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 25 2018 @ 6:18 PM
Follow my blog with Bloglovin Despite the horror stories you may have heard, getting a Bolivian tourist visa as an American passport holder is an easy, straightforward process. There is no need to sweat out the details, no need to agonize about what surprise requirement a border official might spring on you, and no need... Continue Reading → The post Bolivia Visa Made Easy for US Passport Holders appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 19 2018 @ 9:56 PM
La Paz, the capital of Bolivia, is the highest capital city in the world. It rests at an altitude of 12,000 feet (3,640 meters) above sea level. Yet, it is still in a valley surrounded by rugged topped mountains. We did not want to leave our little country home in the Sacred Valley in Peru but we... Continue Reading → The post City in the Sky and its Dark Secrets appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 11 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Thousands have died here on this narrow dirt road: people in buses, trucks, cars and even bicycles. “You must be very careful. The first hour will be the most dangerous,” warned our guide. Little did we know that within our small group, not everyone would reach the end quite exactly the same. We were all... Continue Reading → The post Flying Down Death Road, The World’s Most Dangerous Road appeared first ...
Posted: Mar 04 2018 @ 5:33 PM
We loved Peru.  We did not want to leave our comfortable country home out in the middle of Sacred Valley.  It was relaxing, and our host treated us like family, but our 90-day tourist visa was about to run out so it was time to move on. Peru has amazing landscapes, a rich culture, and... Continue Reading → The post 8 Great PERU Treks and Places to Explore appeared first on ...
Posted: Feb 25 2018 @ 5:54 PM
Walking around the little pueblos in Latin America, it is not uncommon to encounter dogs on the streets and alleyways.  They are pretty much everywhere, and occasionally, they can be very mean. As it were, one day, Trin and I encountered a dog while we were walking along the footpaths of Yanahuara, a tiny village... Continue Reading → The post Day-Tripping in the Sacred Valley appeared first on 43bluedoors. ...
Posted: Feb 18 2018 @ 7:12 PM


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