ESSAYS FROM THE ROOF OF THE WORLD
Travels Through Bolivia
Author: Ivar Mendez
Sariri is a word in the Aymara language that describes Ivar Mendez’s nature as a traveller. A sariri is one who travels not only to visit new places, but to explore and seek new knowledge—a pilgrim on a spiritual quest, a traveller in search of new horizons, adventures, and cultures. Through a personal lens and his experiences, Mendez takes the reader to rarely visited places in the mountains of the Bolivian Andes and in the lush forests of the Bolivian Amazon. The twenty essays presented in this book open a window to the magic of Bolivia, a window that could lead to a greater understating of the country, its people, culture, and geography.
Sariri Travels Map
The chakana, also called the Andean Cross or Inca Cross, is an ancient, sacred, polytheistic geometric symbol layered in meaning. Its equally sized stepped arms represent concepts that include the months and seasons, the four compass directions, the four elements-earth, air, fire, and water-and the four main stars of the Southern Cross constellation, believed by the Inca to be the centre of the universe.
In Sariri, the chakana connects each chapter number with the corresponding map location.
GORMLEY, CKOM - Dr. Ivar Mendez
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Dr. Ivar Mendez traveled to Bolivia and curated a book full of essays based on his experience. He joins Gormley to discuss his new book Travels Through Bolivia, which is released this month.
Sask. surgeon shares travel stories in new book
Tuesday, May 31, 2022
What is it we learn from travel? Dr. Ivar Mendez describes himself as a traveller on a quest for knowledge. In his new book of essays - he delves into the lessons he learned while travelling and working as a doctor on the frontlines of COVID in his native country of Bolivia.
Dr. Ivar Mendez: The Robot Will See You Now
Sunday, Jun 5, 2022
Dr. Ivar Mendez is one of the world's experts in neuroscience and robotics, neuromodulation, and remote medicine. But nine years ago, the award-winning neuroscientist who was a founder of Dalhousie's Brain Repair Centre faced a career dilemma.
Events & News
Ivar Mendez Hybrid Book Launch
The hybrid launch of Sariri: Travels Through Bolivia (Your Nickel's Worth Publishing).
The launch was hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also was available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video was available for viewing thereafter. Watch Video
Canadian Heritage: Tribute to Ivar Mendez
This #LatinAmericanHeritageMonth, we would like to pay tribute to the outstanding contributions of Dr. Ivar Mendez. 🇧🇴🇨🇦
A neurosurgeon and neuroscientist at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Mendez has contributed to the introduction of robotics in the health sectors. A Canadian of Bolivian heritage, Dr. Mendez is active in the field of global health in several developing countries. Today, he is developing a strategy to provide Canadians with virtual healthcare services. Read the news
Sariri: Travels Through Bolivia review by SaskBook
This is a fascinating read to add to your collection of travel books! Sariri was endlessly entertaining as well as informative – what more can you ask for? I learned about singani, the national drink of Bolivia that sounds like a flavour bomb for the taste buds. I now know that Bolivia has a centuries-old tradition of ‘medicine carriers,’ famed travelling healers of the Andes. Read the review