Potosi - Uyuni

Trip Start Jan 2003
Trip End Dec 2003

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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Day 292 - 293 - Potosi - Uyuni

With Roisin and Trevor heading their separate way, Kirsty and I were left to endure the seven hour spine-jarring journey to Uyuni alone. As a town Uyuni ranks alongside Milton Keynes for interest. Where Uyuni scores however is with the surrounding landscape. While from the town all you can see is rubbish-stren dessert and mojntains, from tomorrow (the start of our four day trip) we should begin to appreciate what's on offer.

If before we'd come away, you'd asked what one thing I was most looking forward to, I would have opted for this trip even though I'd heard and read little about it. Consequently I've felt an emotion I haven't felt for a long time - nervousness. With such high expectations I'm scared the Salar de Uyuni and Southwest circuit of Bolivia can only fall short. the next few days will answer all.

Like Milton Keynes's concrete cows, uyuni too has one infrequently visited tourist attraction - it's train graveyard. When train travel became less crucial in Bolivia with the invention of cars, the country found itself with a load of redundant locomotives and parts. Rather than find a suitable alternative ofr these heaps of metal, someone decided to dump them in the dessert. The result is a Mad Max-esque scene that provides a perilous playground for the children of Uyuni.
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