The Wind, The Cold, The Views
Trip Start Jul 19, 2010
26Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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We had another 10 hour journey from the Hotel of Salt to our next hotel, but this wasn't a problem at all, I loved the company and our driver had an iPod connection cable which was ideal! Playing and singing all of the classic songs, despite coming from all over the world (Denmark, Australia and myself, England,) we all knew the same classics and sang our hearts out :)
We stopped off at loads of amazing places along the way to break up our journey which was amazing! So many beautiful lagoons with flamingos, which at the start of the week we thought we weren't going to be able to see and appreciate. It was so so windy and we all had our hoodies and coats zipped up all the way to the top, with our hoods firmly on, partly to prevent our hair being blown away by the wind and to keep the disgusting smell of fish at bay- it stank! The scenery was amazing though, the mountain formations and the plants lining the lagoon, with the sun doing what it does best, reflecting off the lagoon made for some amazing pictures- truly breathtaking scenery.
The Arboles de Pierda which translates to Forest of Rocks, or Rock Wood are basically stone formations which look like trees. I was the only one to get out of the 4x4 at this point and brave the decieving weather because although the sky was blue and the sun was shining, it was beyond cold and the wind was so strong.I took quite a lot of good pictures whilst getting a battering by the little sand grains/stones, whilst my 4x4 buddies looked on from the jeep- hilarious! The journey as a whole was so much fun and we saw loads of llamas and foxes on the way. Whenever we got out of the jeep it was so bloody windy!!
At one of the smelly Lagoon stops filled with flamingoes, we enjoyed lunch made by our cooks who were travelling with us. They made a traditional Bolivian dish- pasta with this mix of onions, potato chips, frankfurt slices and shreds of chicken- it was really nice but so filling.
We finally got to our next hotel at around 6pm and it was the coldest night that we had ever experienced, we were 4700m above sea level and it reached -23 degrees! Unbelievable! I had no idea it could be so cold! I had to put loads of layers on, basically all of my clothes- I looked like the michelin man. We played cards while we waited for dinner- llama bolognaise and asparagus soup with peach halves for desert. Which, despite the fact that it was Llama, I actually ate.
The dorms were hilarious, and the beds were ridiculous, and of course, I got the one with the big indentation- basically folded in the middle, and which smelt of dog. LOL. A hilarious ending to a hilarious day!