La Paz

Trip Start Apr 02, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Another short entry due to the fact we had food poisoning and spent much of our time in bed or on the toilet (sorry).
La Paz is a crazy city. Never experienced such a polluted city before. OK, itīs lively and there are lots of markets but you need to be in your best health to keep up with it all!
We stayed in a separate hostel to the other six who stayed in the Wild Rover. We visited them the first night - Ireland in La Paz.
We stayed in Brew Hostel. They organise the tours to bike the most Dangerous Road in the World.
Michael came down with the tummy bug first, i was about 12 hours behind, in which time i had paid to bike the dangerous road. Realised the night before i wouldnīt be able to do it unless they stuck a nappy on me, so that was a proper waste of money.
We did get to visit a prison however. San Pedro prison in La Paz is famous for itīs unique in many ways.
Basically, you telephone one of the prisoners (got the number from other travellers), whose name you give at the gate. The inmates then show you around the prison (the part which houses foreigners) and they show you what life is like in San Pedro.
Theyīve restaurants, shops (all run by the prisoners), they have their own rooms (not cells) which they have to buy or rent of the Prison Governor. Prisoners can bring their families into San Pedro to live with them, so the kids go to school and the wives can go out into La Paz to do the shopping. A holiday camp one young South African guy said, but then again he was one of the lucky ones, he had money and could fund his time there.
We got to ask lots of questions. All very interesting. While worthwhile, a bizarre experience!
There was a large protest by the people of La Paz one of the days we were there..not sure what it was all about..(see photo).
The photo of all the men looking into the building site was taken as around sixty men and some women lined a bridge to watch a JCB digger at work. They were all enthralled.
Next stop Copacabana. 
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