Tarija, and goodbye to Bolivia

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tarija, my last town in Bolivia. 
Yes yes I am heading out already, unexpected. 
In Sucre I organised a CS meeting and met 2 Brasilians, Eduardo and Daniel, on a roadtrip to Peru and back. So one day i got this idea, why not contact them and ask when they are heading back, and maybe I could join. I realised the odds were small, but who knows... 

And YES I could be squeezed in the back and join them in Salta, Argentina! From there on they would be heading home in a superspeed, so my (very) slow traveling would suddenly get a jumpkick. Just watch the map in this blog and you'll see ;)
So, Tarija, my last town in Bolivia. I couchsurfed here. The weather was amazing, and the town beautiful. Very clean and nice green parks. This is bolivia's winecountry. It feels very different from the rest of Bolivia. Richer, and the people don't look so Bolivian. You really notice this is close to Argentina's border.
I met up with another couchsurfer too, and went out with her and her friends. It was an odd experience, we bought good rum and coke in a store, and started driving around. I asked where we were going and they looked at me, stunned, and said "Nowhere, this is it, driving in the car and drinking". Odd!
We also got taco's which was AMAZING! You choose from the 15 sides that you want on them. So not only salsa or cheese, but also beans, guacamole, different salsa's, etc... great!

This is the town where Mario was born, which made me miss my friends in Cochabamba a lot. I was on my way, away from them, this is the life now, enjoying things and letting go again, and learning a lot obout life and myself.

Argentina, here I come! 

And so here comes...

Goodbye Bolivia.
You've been an experience. Country of coca. Country of new good friends (Cochabamba! :) ). This country made me face my deeper fears and myself. Bolivia made me sick a few times. Country of extreme poverty and beauiful colonial towns. Country without coast that made me realise I miss the ocean/sea more than even chocolat. Country where the busses stop anywhere for toiletbreaks. You just go pee wherever. And this is so easy for the cholita's with their skirts. Is this why they wear it? :)
Country where nobody ever has change. The biggest problems to return money if you pay with a bill of 20 Bolivianos (2 euro), always, everywhere. except for supermarkets.
Oh and fun thing is, for small change they often give you chewinggum or sigarets or so... instead of the money. So you get your bills and some candy :) (they do this in more places in south america, I like it!)
Country where everything was very cheap but that didn't made me spend less, you just spend more.
Country where you can buy big bags of sugar with name "Belgica". Country of charangos, ukulele-family, and panflutes,and people dressed in many colors.
Goodbye Bolivia, I'll be back.
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Martine on

Zou je dan ook beter geen lange rok kopen, handig om te plassen en volgens mij staat ie je beeldig! :-)

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