In February 1991, my wife, Lynn and I left behind our jobs, our apartment, our cat, and our friends in San Francisco to spend the first year of our marriage as volunteers in an orphanage in a place called Cochabamba. We ended up returning to Bolivia and living for two decades there.
Nice Things People Have Said About the Book
“Warm, funny, inspiring—and not without pets—it also made me realize that while most of us can choose our friends but must love our family, a few remarkable people chose their family and love them all the more. Matt Seaton, Editor, New York Review Daily
“Readers will be grateful for Jim’s beautifully woven stories of people, family and places. A brilliant testimony of life in Bolivia.” Eduardo Rodriguez Veltze, Former President of Bolivia
“Through every chapter, Jim has made me see my country in a different way: sometimes with sadness, sometimes with joy but mainly with hope.” Marcela Olivera, Bolivian global water rights activist
"We ran an orphanage, stumbled into the middle of a South American revolution, and adopted three Bolivian children. We also babysat turtles, climbed a mountain peak, learned to talk to dogs, and made community with a place and a people who altered us."
Many people think about moving for a time to another country. They are drawn to the idea of having an adventure, of doing something more than just vacationing in a place. They want to know a different culture from theirs from the inside. But it is a harder thing to actually do—life has a tendency to get in the way. We are in an unprecedented moment that has many people rethinking how they might live in a different way. It isn’t easy to break the mold and to put together a handcrafted life. My Other Country is the story of how my wife, Lynn, and I created an unusual life in an unusual place. I hope it inspires others who are looking for their own road less traveled, in whatever form that becomes.
Jim Shultz believes Lockport is full of practical people who know how to be comfortable in their own skin. As he admires the character of his new neighbors, he's reminded of their similarity to the people of Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he and his wife lived for 20 years.
"(Lockportians) have lots of very practical skills and they know 'how to be' in a very practical way, and that's Bolivia," he said. Shultz recently published his fourth book, "My Other Country," through No Frills Buffalo Publishing. Read the full article here.