A Bus Tour Through La Paz

Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
Trip End Mar 29, 2005

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

We decided to go all out and do the proper $6 bus tour around the city. It promised to take us to places that we either would not or could not walk. We went out to an area called Valle de Luna, which is almost exactly like the badlands in South Dakota. It's not as extensive and alien looking because you still have the mountains and city in view at all times. We did see a nice golf course up there. Because the air is so thin, you're supposed to be able to hit the ball a ton. We had no golf balls. Or clubs for that matter. So we threw rocks. But I don't know how far I normally throw a rock, so the experiment didn't yield any brilliant results.

The tour wasn't spectacular, but we did meet some really cool Irish guys. We haven't stayed in any dorms so we hadn't met anyone at this point. We talked to a couple of Americans one day, but they were Ivy leaguers and I wanted to kick them in the head.

But the Irish guys were cool as hell. I loved Scotland because of how friendly and jovial everyone was. The Irish are much the same. We made fun of the English translation on our headsets during the tour. Our guide said things like, "We are now entering a very nice part of town. There are no poor people here." This was, of course, a lie. There are poor people everywhere. Maybe it's like NYC where they secretly kill or deport the homeless to make the city look nicer. I didn't make that up. I heard it from a reputable source like a guy at a bar.

Speaking of bars. The Irish enjoy a drink or four. I don't mean to stereotype. It's simply that all Irish people are drunkards. I didn't make this up either. Same guy told me, same bar.

So after our amazing tour day we had some more Chinese food at the same place. We expected a warmer welcome after we showed up 3 nights in a row. They simply seemed to be annoyed with our presence. But then we went to a bar called La Luna. It's locked up tight and you have to ring a bell to be let in or out. Very safe. We chatted the night away and had a few beers. They serve beers in liters over there. And the Irishman just kept ordering more. So from 8 to 2 a.m. we managed to do a little damage. 16 liters or so. I don't mention this because I'm proud (but I am). I mention it because it plays in important role in the next day's events.

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