The Beauty and the Beast (by KCT)
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
69Trip End Feb 19, 2010
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The Bolivians also were very charming. For instance, the owner of the hostel where we stayed at was very friendly and he invited us several times to a mate de coca, a tea from coca leaves, with his family. It was quite interesting for both parties of us since they got to practice English and we got to practice Spanish! The owner was moreover very, very, very talkative (!) that sometimes we had to take the back door to avoid getting stuck in a conversation with him. :p
Even the people in the market were very nice and helpful. It was huge market selling everything one desires and we actually went there every single day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We just loved the market and Mihai was even obsessed with it that in between the meals, we went there to buy some snacks
Again, Bolivia is very beautiful - yet, unfortunately not in every aspect! Isn't there always a 'BUT'?! The roads of Bolivia, if you can really consider boulders of rocks as roads, are just terrifying. They are very narrow and generally, you face on the one side the gigantic rocks of the Andeans, on the other side a steep downhill side where you can't see the ending of the fall. It gets worse when you consider the transportations! The most cars and buses are imported from Japan and China which are already depreciated in those countries. But in Bolivia, these cars are in full charge and you don't want to know how many people they can fit into that! Furthermore, we rode once a taxi which was originally built for right-hand traffic and where its wheel was simply modified to the left side!
Mihai and I can just thank God that we survived our long bus rides in Bolivia which reminded us of rollercoaster rides. And luckily, we always had plastic bags in case of emergency with us which indeed once found its use...