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... video we were even more happy that we spent US$ 50 on the flight ticket and can only recommend this to anyone who travels the same cities.
Santa Cruz itself is a rich, but not a beautiful city. It has a nice Plaza de Armas with public chess tables, as Torben saw with delight, and a church from where you have a good view over the city. Besides this there is not much to see. It can however be observed that there are more expensive ...
... place we'd spotted the day before. To get there we took a dodgy taxi, with a smashed window and a smoking driver! The veggie place was a strange mix of religion and health food shop. We ordered a hamburguesa and chorillana, not knowing what the latter was. It was a tofu dish with loads of rice, chips and salad, with fried onions and topped with an egg. We ate well.
In the evening we went back to the Plaza, and went to a pizzeria for drinks. ...
... of others already in full swing in the street. We enter the zone and it takes less than twelve seconds before the first canisters of foam and water balloons hit their marks and we are on our way. Everyone survives the parade, we dance, duck and forge our way along the war zone street getting pelted from every angle with water balloons, massive aerial assaults of canister foam and the odd paint ball for good measure. Our bands great, The Patrones ...
... of the mines we were told we would not be crawling in tight cramped spaces. This was not true. There were plenty of tight small spaces. In some tunnels you could stand up straight... Okay, I could stand up straight. In most areas we were hunched over. The air quality was iffy at best. Sometimes worse than others. We crawled, literally crawled up this tunnel in the ceiling at one point. There was a poorly built and maintained ladder and then a tunnel where you just hoped ...
... the rain started, lightning over the mysterious mountains, thunder roaring… My first South-American, Bolivian, Sucrean (?) thunderstorm. How beautiful, how incredible to be sitting here in my little corner at the window, after shutting down all lights and just enjoying the majesty of that spectacle.
I'm truly grateful to be able to enjoy this, grateful to be able to see it from this great place Ryan built, grateful just to be here...
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