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Jan 18 2013

Potato Paradise

If you have read some of my previous blog posts, you will know that I have a propensity for the unusual and this Foto Friday is no exception.  I mean, why on earth would anyone photograph sacks of potatoes?  Well, there was a reason for taking this particular photograph.  Firstly, I had never seen so many potatoes in one place and, secondly, I immediately thought of my dad.  OK, now I need to explain myself.  You see, my dad is an Irishman and he loves his potatoes.  In fact, in his eyes, a meal is not a meal without them.  So you see, I’m not completely crazy.

You might be wondering, where on earth this ‘Potato Paradise’ is, maybe not or maybe you’ve guessed.  Well, if you haven’t, it’s Bolivia: one of the countries where the potato was first domesticated.  I actually took this photograph in Sucre at a local market.  This was only a few of the sacks of potatoes on offer.  There were many more lined up around the perimeter of the market.  So, if you love potatoes, Bolivia is the place to go.  Having said that, Peru is also a good choice.  I stayed with a family on a little island on Lake Titicaca called Amantani and I had potatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  That really is my dad’s idea of heaven.

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If you love potatoes and want to visit this ‘Potato Paradise’ or if you just want to visit Bolivia, this is where it is located:

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