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... out that we were catching the Expresso Oriental. I don't think it belongs to the same company in England, but not sure if anyone here is bothered by that! Very luxurious overnight train to Santa Cruz, Bolivia's largest and most affluent city. No-one apart from me slept very much, so Alex is sleeping in our room. I went for a short wander around town. Looks a bit like a ghost town as its a public ...
... for a paltry sum of Bolivianos. As we climbed up the paths towards the ruins I saw my first 'proper' insect life in the form of a centipede the size of a cumberland sausage, (poisonous of course), and proper fat ants, about a hundredtimes the size of the micro-ants so pervasive in Brazil.
The ruins themselves comprise of this rocky outcrop and the foundations of some Inca-built houses. Machu-pichu it ain't. The rock has had what are supposedly seats carved into ...
... hurried back onto the bus with no lunch and sadly, that was where we stayed for the next 9 hours (no stops). The situation worsened throughout the afternoon as the bus turned into a sweat box - hot rays of the sun radiated into the bus, there were no opening windows, the aircon hardly worked and all the Bolivian men took off their shirts to let the lucky women on the bus breathe in the smells of their bodies!
"The Bus From Hell"-it really was. ...
... with an enormous Coca-Cola bottle in the parking lot of some shopping center and a Statue of Liberty-like figure atop the building. An older woman sold things to stopped drivers.
Entered the zoo at 5 p.m., paying Bs. 10 ($1.45) admission. Spent just about two hours there visiting colorful birds, llamas (not to be confused with llamadas), turtles, snakes, giant rodents, pigs, lizards, monkeys, and my favorite: jaguars and ocelots. View a RunKeeper log of ...
... whenever he wanted (if you dont give it too him he will only go steal it off another weaker monkey). He gets really angry if you greet some of the caged monkeys too loudly, especially baby and edwin, and wills tart attacking them so I had to be a little cautious with that. Pepa had had her baby a few days before and it was so tiny clinging to her back.
That done I went to find everyone else to say hi and then have a beer and a catch up with everyone. Jack told me the plan ...