While on a "Spin the Globe" assignment for AFAR, I found myself in La Paz, Bolivia. Suffering from altitude sickness and jet lag, I spent my first full day in this elevated metropolis at a festival where I met a group of beer-guzzling women and this shaman. He read my fortune with coca leaves, and concluded I was going to have a very prosperous career but that he foresaw some health problems for me that year. Sure enough, I did end up getting really sick a few months later. Coincidence? One will never know.....
By David Farley, AFAR Contributor
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Miraflores Norte, La Paz, Bolivia