Keeping the peace

Trip Start Oct 01, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The bus from Uyuni was one from hell, the first three hours wasn't paved so bumbing and vibrating your whole body preventing any sleep, add to this a huge cloud of dust that was constantly pouring in preventing any decent breath of air, it was horrible and would recomened the train which goes halfway to La Paz to avoid this experience.. The bus pulls into La Paz along a road with a great view of the city, passing many Evo Morales murals and a cool designed stature of Che Guevara.

La SPaz is well known to have had fake taxis that kidknap you, extort your Pin number and withdraw your whole bank balance and in a rare occasion murder you.. this apparently has stopped in the last couple of years but still made me a little edgy when trying to catch a ride to the hostel. I was with Mark from NYC who I'd travelled with since San Pedro de Atacama, and when got an overpriced, 10peso which is a us dollar and a half, to a recommended hostel called Loki. This place is great with different value dorms to suit your budget and style, powerful hot showers which were well needed after the salt flat tour and lockers which have a powerpoint inside to charge your iPod or camera securly whilst you are away..

During the day I took my orientation walk which do to all towns upon arrival, the city is ment to be sketchy but I beleive only to 'country mouse' tourists and is safe pretty much for the City mice of have grown up knowing if there could be trouble so know how to avoid it. I took a little tour of the interesting Coca museum and now quite favourable to the demonised leaf, I bought a couple of souvineer keyrings and a cool tshirt with a little coca leaf on the front.. I also bought this interesting fossil from one of the bowler hat 'higglers' as they would be called in Jamaica, and managed to get a photo with her, whilst she put on the most miserable face on possible.. That was pretty much it for the day, in the evening I signed on to the hostel Dinner, which hardly filled a very large hole in by belly, I later filled it with the local Bolivian beer which has a picture of the king on a deck of cards getting drunk.

I was going to visit the La Paz prison but after listening to a few other travellers it sounds like a really wanky experience, first of all you go and meet this South African who should have known better than to try and cross borders with large quantities of cocaine, he doesn't really care about giving you a tour or infomation because he is wired and he pleads that he is very poor even though the 16 backpackers who went there yesterday paid 300 pesos each to him.. which amounts to $672us for a couple of disinterested hours of 'work'..

So now to my plans, I'm leaving today for Cusco which is the starting point for the trip to macchu picchu.. I believe that Bolivia is the best country in south America for a backpacker, it has so many varied things to offer and is really cheap too.. anyway I moving on because I want to be back in Jamaica before the month end and have to fit in Macchu Picchu, Nazca lines, Galapogos islands and New York in that..
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