The Minuteman has the last laugh!
Trip Start Sep 12, 2005
108Trip End Aug 15, 2006
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Villazon itself seemed like a nice town,much more lively than its neighbour. The first notable difference was the huge bags of coca leaves being sold on the streets. Coca is a part of Boliviaīs culture and has been for hundreds of years. Coca helps combat the effects of altitude and as most of Bolivia is kilometres above sea level it was something we may need to rely on ourselves. When we eventually arrived in the train station it was like a travellers hostel. We recognised two of the guys, Matt and Todd, two Aussie lads we had bumped into a few times in Salta. We all bought our tickets and made our way to the platform
The four of us found a room for the night and the next day booked our trip for the Salt Plains for which Uyuni is famous. After hanging around the markets for the day we headed for some food at the Minuteman pizza joint in town. With an American owner/chef it has a reputation as a bit of a cult place for travellers to hang out in. It lived up to its reputation and the pizza was pretty special. So special that Conor had an overwhelming desire to see his again at 3.30 that morning. By 9am we both knew there was no chance of going on our trip. Mairead changed the trip for the next day, Todd and Matt headed off with another group and poor Conor spent the rest of the day sick in bed.