Upwards to Tarija
Trip Start May 27, 2008
70Trip End May 18, 2009
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I stayed in Tarija for quite awhile, trying to put some $ back, and studying Spanish, because here, there was not really a word of English spoken. Alot of Quechua is spoken, among other languages.
I had a head dripping and cough almost the whole time I was there. It was very chilly at night (no heat, of course) and hot water showers were at a premium
While I was there several events happened. The first was the protest against Morales (which had started in Sta Cruz while I was there) and the second was the San Roques Festival. The protest shut the whole town down for about a week and a half; the bus and planes were shut down, all businesses, etc. Besides, there were very loud explosives going off during the night, every night. Someone said it was TNT blasted off by the miners. Well, it could have been, it was that loud. I was caught in some teargas during a demonstration, but it wasn't bad; I quickly got out of there. But now, I have that on my excitement list!
The San Roque Festival played right thru the whole mess; these Chunchos (guys, yes, no women at all), about 2500 in number, would form up at the church every day about 10AM in two lines, and would march thru the streets. Marching with them would be the men playing the flutes and banging on the drums and some gathered together play the Las Canas, very, very long tube with a horn on the end. The end of the procession would have men carrying the Virgin. It is a sight to behold!
Well, I took a run down to BsAs to pick up my computer, since I needed my Spanish lessons, Destinos, to study with. It was quite a trip down thru the border xing I had chosen, unbeknownst to me. I want to show you the border crossing at Bermejo, so you can be forewarned. The trip down from the river to BsAs was about 30 hrs on the bus. When I planned this little outing, I didn't check on that!
Onward and upward.