I often mention my dear wife Cecilia in my posts so i thought,just to cheer myself up i would bring her to life as i think that our partners and carers need some recognition.
The reason i mention lungs is that this picture was taken in the bus station in La Paz,Bolivia,Cecilia's birthplace.The altitude of La Paz is approx 3,600mtrs and the airport a couple of miles up the road from here is over 4,000 mtrs.
This is pre copd/empysema days and just getting about on healthy lungs was a bit of a struggle,but i learnt from trusty locals that the ways to avoid altitude discomfort and sickness was to sip lots of Coca tea and chew on Coca leaves this had the effect of relieving headaches but left you with a completely numb mouth,I soon discovered that it would take a very determined person to become a cocaine addict on the basic raw ingredients.Also 30 kilos of leafs in your inside pocket would seriously reduce your street credibility.
I intend to return to Bolivia again in the near future to meet up again with my Bolivian family but thankfully they live in Santa Cruz altitude 416 mtrs so my portable concentrater as opposed to an oxygen tent should suffice.
Love to all skis and scruffy