Going downhill (literally, not figuratively...)

Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hey hey :o)

Im in the little town of Tupiza, and its only 2950m above sea level! Whoop! After Potosi at 4070m its a nice relief :o) I left Potosi last night, nearly missed the bus cos I spent so long on the internet writing my last blog entry, oops! The bus was actually really comfy, not a cama (sleeper bus) but big wide squishy seats, so much better than Vietnam! We left at 7pm and annoyingly arrived at 3.30am - not ideal. Luckily I had been told of a hotel with 24/7 reception so I headed there and got a room, but on the down side I arrived so early I had to pay for last nights accomodation - there goes my clever trick of taking night buses to save money on hotels :o(

The hotel is actually really nice, even has a swimming pool! (although its not really warm enough for outdoor swimming). On the bus last night I met a belgian couple (always nice to not be the only gringo onboard) - the guy is nice and speaks good english but the girl hasnt said a single word to me! I dont know if she is chronically shy or just doesnt speak english, but most people would at least say hello! So thats a little strange. Anyway, I was talking to the guy briefly over breakfast and mentioned that I wanted to go riding. Just behind him was an australian women who overheard, and said she also wanted to go for a 2 day ride, so we got chatting and have booked to go tomorrow :oD we start from Tupiza and ride for 7 hours, then stay overnight in a tiny village, and ride for another 7 hours the next day, doing a big figure of  8 taking in all the local sights. cant wait! Im going to be soo stiff afterwards - to ride for that long when i havent been on a horse for a year is gonna be killer :oS shes better than me, used to have her own horse, so we should be able to ride some bits pretty fast :oD also will be first time riding in a western saddle, should be interesting. And it only costs US$32 for the whole trip, horse, food, accomodation, everything! I would pay more than that for an hour in england!

Sorry thats probably not that exciting to the non-horsy among you (which is the vast majority) but I think its ace :o)

Other than that, theres not a lot to do in Tupiza. Its a small cute town and iv had a fun day walking around, looking at the market etc, but I think iv pretty much exhausted its possibilities! So now im torn as to what to do next... the problem is I would like to watch the rugby on saturday, but if I do im stuck here a whole more day before moving on. im not used to making tough decisions! i dont know if its really worth it, as theres nowhere here thats likely to have much atmosphere, in fact the only place iv seen so far with tv has been in the hotel and it was rubbish quality, and they might not even show it. hmm, think i will have to sleep on it!

On a totally irrelevant note, I cant help laughing everytime I see a Ferreteria... i have images of a shop full of ferrets running around :oD unfortunately it actually means ironmonger which is far less exciting.

Also I love that way that everyone in Bolivia calls each other amigo/amiga - its so friendly :o)

So just a short one today, not suprising as I havent actually done anything :oP might go and read a book by the pool and chill out, its a hard life travelling :o)

Ciao amigos! Mucho amores xxx
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