Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
46Trip End May 29, 2008
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The trip to Sucre was a pleasantly short 2.5 hour ride in a taxi with a few other people...shortest ride weīve had in a looong time. When the car pulled up in front of the hostel we had picked from our book we were even more pleasantly surprised because it looked positively swanky by our standards....glass doors, white facade, courtyards. I was convinced we had to be in the wrong place but alas, apparently by paying around $3 more than usual you get alot better amenities. Woo.
Sucre is known as Boliviaīs most beautiful city and it truly is - it is a calm city full of white, historic buildings and complimenting churches and plazas. And not the mention perfect weather - like a typical spring day back home. After being in some terribly cold weather it felt especially amazing. Overall just a really tranquil city that we felt at ease in right away. Our first desination was the central market because we have admittingly become batido-addicts
Yet despite all the architecture and culinary delights of Sucre, I was immensely saddened by other things I observed here. For example, the abandoned puppy (see pic) that couldnīt have been more than 2 weeks old, covered in dirt and shaking uncontrollably outside a church. Also, the women and children living on the streets. Obviously poverty is widespread and we have seen our share of it through our travels, but for some reason it really hit a nerve while we were here. The market is swarming with kids with dirty faces, no shoes, and without any adult supervision. While we were drinking a juice one scrawny, filthy boy of about 6 came up to me and I just had to give him some change .... it just breaks my heart. It got me thinking about how I wish I had the money to build a preschool for the street kids, or a center for women and children, or something helpful.....maybe one day. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed our stay in Sucre and we could have easily spent a few more days relaxing here. Definitely one of the nicer cities we have visited on our trip, and a real highlight of Bolivia in general.
Oh how glorious it felt when we arrived in Sucre...even though itīs obviously colder at night it still felt warmer than anyplace we had been in the past week. After being in the cold so long I think our bodies had frozen all the way through to our spirits, or more simply we were pissed about being in cold weather all the time and so when we finally felt some warmth we were immediately rejuvinated