We almost have a bathroom
Trip Start May 01, 2010
51Trip End Oct 15, 2010
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We have had a fantastic time on the work away project, made some great new friends and almost perfected our Spanglish. We are slightly more confident builders now and Jamie seems to have a talent for carpentry as he made our toilet seat, a funky chair and the lintels for the windows. I was getting pretty good at cutting out shapes on the jigsaw as well!
When I can eventually get photos on, it looks like we’re covered up because it was cold, no- the sun is fierce and it sometimes reaches over 30 degrees and our skin just dries out and burns non stop
We have learned tonnes, not just the basic building techniques, but looking to the future and what we want to do with ourselves, the list is ever growing but we are starting to get a few ideas of where to start.
Dogs were a big problem, they aren’t like the cuddly dogs we love in the UK, the are left to feed and fend for themselves, so they used to come around our camp almost every night and raid our bins, bark a lot and generally pee all over our food containers
The land is covered in thorn trees, everything is sharp pointy and painful, and after sticking in our feet and splintering our hands, we took great pleasure in burning them on our fire at night. There are many different birds, ranging from parrots to huge eagles whose nests are the same size as a small building. All of them build their nests from the thorn trees, poor little chicks must get a shock on hatching. The thorn trees are also dinner for hummingbirds, they were too quick for a photograph unfortunately, but imagine the most emerald green teeny tiny bird just hovering above your head…magical.
There is a lady just down the dirt track who makes fresh bread- when she wants to, so most of our diet consisted of delicious bread straight out of the oven and into our bellies with homemade jam. Yummy.
We nipped into the city Sucre every weekend, there is a good cinema where we saw Inception, and June and Ed kindly let us use their facilities to wash and freshen up for the next week. Sundays were barbecue day where June would bring us lots of meat, Ed would spend the day doing odd jobs and we’d all get together in the afternoon for a glass of wine and a burger or sausages.
So all in all we have had a wonderful time, we have been very well fed and looked after and we are absolutely gutted we have to leave. Bolivia immigration has changed the rules so we can stay for no longer that 90days in a year. So that leaves us three weeks to see the rest of the country! However, we will definitely be returning in the future, we love the area, if only we could put it by the seaside, then it would be perfect!