Carnival Time

Trip Start Nov 07, 2005
Trip End Apr 29, 2006

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Itīs Carnival time - hurrah. Well to be honest it seems to have been carnival time since we got to Bolivia with all the waterbombs constantly being thrown at or around us (if we manage to duck quick enough). Oruro is where they have the main celebrations in La Paz, which is prob a good thing for the town, as there doesnīt seem to be much else there!! Managed to get on a locals tour which actually allowed you to stay the night (most of the tourist ones were day trips that left just as the party started!). Got to our seat about 9am, and clambered up this wooden stand that seemed to be held together by faith only and immediately got into the festivities by arming ourselves with waterbombs and soaking anyone unfortunate enough to come into range. It really brings out the bitch in you, I found myself locating anyone who hadnīt got waterproofs on or had got all dressed up and then soaking them. Everyone else in our stand seemed to have the same idea so some people were just drenched and covered from head to toe in foam within seconds of entering the stand - excellent!! After about 4 hours we had to take a break, so went back to the hostel and got ambushed by a woman and a bucket of water - honestly these people are crazy for water fights!!! Returned to the parade this time armed with foam, which was much more fun! Had more room in the late afternoon, to dance in the stands as all the people whoīd been boozing all day passed out and went home! It was a fantastic atmosphere and the costumes and dancing got better and better through out the evening - as did our dancing with the help of a few bottles in Singani! Made it through until 3am, when I could take no more, slowly picked our way through the drunks passed out all over the stands (woman and grannies included) and collapsed back at the hostel. The celebrations continued the next day, but we had a bus back which was awful with a very bad hangover!!!

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