Horse Ride & Joy Ride

Trip Start Jul 19, 2010
Trip End Aug 13, 2010

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

After an amazing, yet exhausting day yesterday I had a massive deep sleep, woke up at 8:45, had breakfast, then went with Rickie, Michelle and Dawn for my next adventure in Sucre. We arrived at the farm where the horses were kept. I'm definitely not an animal person, least of all a horse person and so I was pretty worried at first. Only Dawn had ever been horseriding before, so all three of us were in the same boat... we were all trying to avoid the "evil white devil horse" which Aisling had warned us about from the day before! I ended up with the tallest/skinniest one, which I thought at first was unlucky, but it turned out to be one of the calmer ones. Phew. 

We started our journey through some outstanding scenic views and Rickie had a really nervous one which kept bolting so she switched with Dawn and ended up with the white one- poor girl- which kept trying to bite her leg and kept straying out of line/ off the path- which, for Michelle and I was hilarious!! However our horses weren't that much better they kept putting their heads right up each others arses and at one point Michelles horse started pooing right in the face of my horse and it was so hard to move my leg away- so funny!

We came across donkeys, sheeps, cows etc on our 3/4 hour trip. It was hilarious when we started to trot/gallop as it just made us giggle uncontrollably in a really wierd/funny way. Nervous laughter of the unknown I think! The scenery really was incredible and I was so glad that I chose to come horse riding with Rickie and Michelle as we had such a great time! Although my legstraddle straps were too short so my knees were bent locked and after a coupld of hours it was so painful, but then the leader adjusted it for me. Phew. Our bums hurt sooooo much and we went down some really really steep/lose rocks which was nerve wracking as we really didn't have any clue how to control these animals. I dreaded and hated it when we stopped in a line because the horses would just start eating and headbutting each other, sometimes they kicked and it was really panicky as we just didn't want to fall off!

After 3/4 hours we reached the end of the tour and went to this restaurant to get our included BBQ lunch. They came out with this board of weird drinks to offer. I just asked for a coke- so thirsty- and the others chose this weird drink called Primavera which was basically warm milk and weird strawberry flabouring- eeeeee (ew) as Michelle and Rickie would say! Then they brought out cucumbers, tomatoes and this really gammy steak which none of us ate! The potatoes and rice were ok but the weird exploded corn made Rickie and Michelle vom when we got back to the hotel! We had a Brazilian man and a Peruvian girl with us so we gave them the majority of our food, and the Brazilian man gave me his email address so he could give me advice for my upcoming trip to Brazil!

We returned to the hotel and rejoined the others who went on various activities such as quadbiking and rock-climbing and the majority of us went to an orphanage. Which was so touching. We first visited the babies and they were sooooo unbelievably cute, so we picked them up and played with them for ages, and gave them our presents which we bought at the market. This lasted way over an hour and then it was feeding time, so they all got put in this little bench thing attached to the wall- so cute! We each had a baby to feed which was adorable. Then they were changed into their bed clothes and we interacted with them in their cots which was adorable. At the same time it was pretty sad as some of them were burning up in their little pyjamas and some were sweating, I hope they find a home soon.

We then went downstairs to the mad, bigger kids and played with them, giving them our presents- cars/dolls/clips which they loved and then they all sang a song of thanks which sent shivers down everyones backs- with some tears. So emotional, and eye opening. Sadly, it was then time to leave and we got back to the hotel and just chilled.

The orphanage had such good facilities and was in really good condition- nothing at all like what I had expected of Bolivia. I really like Sucre, it's much cleaner then everywhere else in Bolivia and there's loads going on... like I said before, it almost reminds me of a European City. We went to dinner at this French restaurant in order to be on time for our dance show at 8:30. I had grilled chicken with ROSE PETALS but the service was slow and my chips came after I'd finished... awkward. (The Rose Petals significance is from a book I studied at A Level Spanish with my closest friends, its called Como Agua Para Chocolate and the references to rose petals in cooking are very sexual and my teacher was hilarious.)

We finished eating just before 9 and then got taxis to the show which was so impressive and eye catching! On show were lots of traditional, regional dances of Bolivia with really good and colourful costumes. I had a Daquiri and Screwdriver to drink and at the end the clowns (which scared the shit out of Aoife- bless her) brought us onto the stage to dance! So much fun and great to get involved in their traditional culture. We then returned to Joyride bar and I had a great time with everyone, especially Rickie and Michelle and they bought us three 2 jaegerbombs each which was fun and then I bought myself a Vodka Coke, Rickie and Pisco Sour and Michelle a Mojito, then they bought me another Vodkacoke and the drinks kept coming and this shot which made me GAG! It was SUCH a fun night with dancing on the bars, under the bars and behind the bars, great atmosphere with the local bar men and great music, my kind of music, to dance and sing along to- amazing night!
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