Santa Cruz surprise (Drive Day 191: Jan 6, 2004)
This city was an outpost when I saw it last. But modern Santa Cruz slides by my window in a stream of diesel exhaust and sagging telephone lines. I can’t keep up with the hustle but I’m clearly not the only one.
For travelers, this is the Houston of Bolivia – oil the latest of its natural riches.
I find the woman’s house whose backyard we camped in thirty years ago. But it feels like the past is crumbling under progress and I’m wishing there was a signature drink to go with this Wild East city.
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