Strikes, strikes and more strikes

Trip Start Sep 07, 2004
Trip End Aug 15, 2005

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Friday, May 27, 2005

We`ve been in Copacabana for 6 days now and we`re totally stuck. Bolivains are pissed off about the lack of profit that the country`s getting from their gas reserves so they`re blockading the roads to La Paz and so a lot of people are stuck wherever they are. There was even talk of a military coup but the head-honcho said no - thank god! We met a few pople who managed to escape La Paz to Copacabana and told us that it`s a horrid place to get stuck in, your eyes sting from the tear gas that the police have occasionally used and that one of their friends got stoned by protesters for trying to enter the airport! (the airport is closed) Now they`ve even closed the borders to Peru so we can`t even try a different route. The only thing that me and Rich can do is hold tight and wait. We have a flight booked as part of our RTW ticket from La Paz to Santiago and don`t really to miss that one, but its looking as though we are going to have to forget about seeing the rest of Bolivia as we`re running out of cash for other places. On the plus side Copacabana`s not a bad place to get stuck as its`s right by lake Titicaca and has a peacfully feel with a few nice places to eat and drink. Talking of which Nemo`s bar had a wicked band playing the other night - a traditional Andean/jazz fusion, including soprano sax, panpipes, bongos, charanga (the tiny guitar type Andean instrument), amazing music. The next day we were meant to go to Isla Del Sol (the island famous for the creation of not only the sun but also the 1st inca people) but we were way too hung over and didn`t go, so at least we can fill our time going there one day this week.

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