Trip Start Jan 10, 2008
Trip End May 29, 2008

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Flag of Bolivia  , Sucre,
Saturday, April 26, 2008


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 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. In the market there are 2 walls lined with juice stands - HEAVEN. There were lots of other appealing things inside the market as well, such as the wall of cakes...our last day we caved in and bought a piece, though I must say they look much better than they taste. We spent most of out time wandering around admiring the buildings and enjoying the weather.
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.  I was feeling even more positive when I saw the sun shining through our window the next morning and when we took those first steps outside it was glorious. We let out our first sigh of relief and began to stroll around this small charming city.  Usually, I say we wander around but in Sucre we definately strolled.  The city seems to be especially designed to allow cold-weary travelers like ourselves to take long, pleasant walks in order to adequately warm yourself in the sun.  All the while youīre passing beautiful homes or buildings, wide plazas and green parks and letting out lots of sighs. nice to suddently find yourself in spring; itīs certainly beats the gradual transition from winter.  To add to the senses there were other palatable delights besides the delicious fruit drinks Becca mentioned.  We ate excellent salteņas, tasted the best choclate Bolivia has to offer and of course, I finally tried local brews that I had been saving especially for Sucre.  In our lifted moods we decided it would be perfect to stop by a pub to sample some of the ones we hadnīt tried.  It was a great feeling as I sat there in the middle of the day, a little drink and realized the only thing I had to worry about was just enjoying the city and cheering up.  Iīm not sure if I have mentioned this fact about Bolivia before but itīs certainly worth mentioning again: Bolivias has great beers.  I donīt just mean that in South American standards, there are actually some really good craft beers in this country.  The two belgian style craft beers made in Sucre, which I had been saving to try until we arrived are called Ambar (Amber style lager) and Chala (white beer with hints of orange) and neither dissapointed.   Even the normal pilsen style beers that are common to every country were tasty and came in a large variety.  Furthermore, there are at least four different kinds of dark malty beers that are good on their own or mixed with beaten egg whites from the juice ladies.  If you havenīt already realized let me clearly state it, I really enjoy a good beer and to be able to drink one with a meal is a great pleasure that added to my appreciation for this country.
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