Bienvenida a Bolivia (by KCT)

Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Flag of Bolivia  , Santa Cruz,
Wednesday, September 16, 2009

On the first sight, Bolivians seem to be normal on comparison to the Brazilians as they have their immigration office right at the border (see last story from Corumba). Yet, when we got our passports stamped, we found an Argentinean flag hanging in the Bolivian immigration office. What the...? Well, Bolivians also seem to be weirdoes. :)
However, we were very surprised that we could feel the difference of the two countries right at the border. The people in Puerto Quijarro looked totally different than in Brazil. The Bolivians were very beautiful as they were very native Indian looking. The girls looked Pocahontas like, wearing their hear in braids, and sat on the streets to sell homemade food and lemonades.
From Puerto Quijarro we took an 18-hour-train to Santa Cruz. As we were in the lowlands, it was very hot and we hoped to get some breeze in the train. But in fact, the train was moving very slowly, that it didn't cool down at all. That was just miserable. Furthermore, the ride seemed to be endless as the train stopped at every little village. That's why the train took 18 hours for 600 km! Then, at each stop, kids climbed the train, ran through the wagons to sell food and drinks. At the beginning it was kind of cute and interesting to watch the scenes, yet, it became very annoying as the kids would also show up at night. Thus, there was no rest even though we assumed that the train would be more comfortable than a bus. Well, welcome to Bolivia!    

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