Waterfalls and hippys

Trip Start Oct 12, 2006
Trip End Jan 14, 2007

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Monday, November 27, 2006

todays the second and last day in tarija. its quite sad because its a nice place. id love to come back here some day. i packed my backpack up for the millionth time, and im still no better at it. to be fair, im not being too meticulous bacuse i know it will all be thrown on another flowery bed spread in some hostal within 24hrs.

i was up, showered and dressed for 930 today -wowser!! i managed to make an attempt to book accomodation for the next town, but ive had no resply. looks like well just head for the one that weve been recommended. it should be this time, fingers crossed. today we got breakfast in the sunny patio of the lovely cafe we tended so well yesterday afternoon and afterwrads headed off to a small town with a waterfall. sounds pretty pleasant. we got a nice surprise to find not only were we the only only two gringos there, but the place was full of bolivian families with picnics, bbqs and cars with music playing for some entertainment. we walked along the side of the rocks (pretty big rocks) towards the mouth of waterfall, and along the way we got chatting to a few hippy artisans who were chilling in the shade. they had all kinds of stuff with them like drums, diablo, juggling pins, and tons of handmade jewellery. of course i was delving in the jewellery box. i managed to get some pressies anyway. we spent the whole afternoon chilling with them on the roacks at the side of the waterfall. we never did get to the top. it was awesome enough. whilst Corey took a swim with our new hippy mates i played the djembe drum and learned some new ryhthms...how much better does it get?

we didnt want to leave but managed with difficulty to say goodbye. after which we had to hitch a few rides back into town because we were running late to get back for our bus. the first was a yute and was free but the second was actually a taxi with a family in, obviously we were charged taxi price for that. we saw some great scenery here and a different bolivia to anything that weve seen before. it was a real treat to see families having bbqs in the fields.

the bus journey out of here is the scary road again but this time theres a good view of the city. sparkling with magic as the sun set behind the andalucianesque mountains and awaiting to be discovered by the next southern heading gringos that make the effort to stop by this gem. Im feeling more like a traveller everyday. i love the feeling of tasing other peoples way of life, in as many places as a i can. scenery is scenic but real people make the memories of a place. im starting to feel as comfortable with bolivians as i am at home with scousers.
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