Horse Ride & Joy Ride
Trip Start Jul 19, 2010
26Trip End Aug 13, 2010
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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!
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
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