Alan wrote:Apparently there are many Mennonites living in Bolvia. Originally from Canada, they have maintained their nationality over the years.
Mennonite colonies in Paraguay date back about a century but the ones in Bolivia are only a few decades old. Many of the first were Mennonites who fled persecution in Mexico.
I flew from Mexico City to Santa Cruz in January 2006. Half the plane was full of (really) young (newly wed) Mennonites going to settle a new colony in Bolivia. None of them spoke any Spanish so they probably were from Canada. There was one woman guiding them who was a fluent Spanish speaker, probably from one of the established Bolivian colonies.
Another contingent on that same flight was a group of teenage pentacostal missionaries. It was funny watching them trying to convert the Mennonites.
There is a whole barrio in Santa Cruz devoted to commerce with the Mennonites. It is amusing to watch the (tall, blond, etc.) Mennonites coming to town to shop, attend doctors appointments, etc. They are just like another Bolivian ethnic group with their characteristic hats.