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Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
Trip End Jan 20, 2008

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Travelling 12 hours on a bus requires many things. Patience, certainly. But you also hope for quality films. And, whilst the journey from Sucre to La Paz didn't bring Van Damme, we did get a classic - Sam Raimi's Spaghetti Western, "The Quick and The Dead", starring Sharon Stone as Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman as some sort of hybrid Lee Van Cleef/Gian Maria Volonte. And yet, whilst the qualities of the lead actors can't be denied, the film's greatest acting talent lies in the support. Obviously, there's Lance Henriksen, star of such classics as Vengeance The Demon. And several other films in that series (albeit, not the second). And then, of course, there's Bruce Campbell. One of the finest actors the world has ever seen, and surely worthy of a place in the pantheon of greats, alongside Christopher Walken, Jeffrey Combs, Angus Scrimm and Steven Segal.
Still, enough of that. La Paz. Arrived at the hostel early morning. Before 8am. So I had no bed. So I drank coffee. And mate de coca. Until I heard a voice - one of the people I'd been through the Southwest, in a jeep with. I rejoined the group.
La Paz is big. Bigger than anywhere else in Bolivia. With lots of bars and restaurants. And clubs. As part of a group, we went out clubbing. Mongo's. And Orange. I think. It is all a little hazy.
And then walking round the city. The witches market. A bizarre couple of streets in which stalls sell coca leaves, bath salts, potions and dead animals. Wizened, dried small goats. But I also saw a cat - spotted, possibly a jungle cat. Possibly Geoffrey's cat. Which would make Geoffrey very unhappy. And at least one armadillo. Aren't these animals endangered? Yet, they're still killed and sold as part of some half-baked superstition. It doesn't really compare with, for example, taking your son up a mountain to kill him, or flying a plane into a skyscraper, but it's all derived from the same basic inability to distinguish fantasy from reality. Or, to put it more politely, obtaining false positives whilst pattern matching.
Oh well. Also around the Witches Market are more conventional stalls. Selling llama wool ponchos. T-shirts. Generally with Che on them. However, this being Bolivia, you can also buy Evo Morales ones. Including one with the rather splendid Evolucion slogan across it. In any event, a choice of who to display on your T-shirt - Che, Evo or Cannibal Corpse. Woo!
Also, for culture buffs, I've finally managed to see the film "Resident Evil 3". And it's fantastic. A must for all lovers of quality cinema.
On a down note, I seem not to have brought my lead to connect my camera to the pc. Which means I can't put up any photos. And that's all anyone reads this drivel for, anyway. I hope it's back in the hostel. As I rarely take it out of my bag. To have lost it would be most inconvenient...
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matt72 on

Re: You've no space for a llama
Puskas would love a llama friend. I can see it now, ginger cat and llama, together in perfect harmony. It could live in my back garden.
As for Tyne Daley - she did appear with Clint, in the film The Enforcer, playing a character who was to be the prototype for Mary-Beth Lacey. Unfortunately, The Enforcer was the point at which the Dirty Harry films started to go downhill. Although it wasn't as bad as The Dead Pool. Or Sudden Impact, come to that. But nowhere near as good as Magnum Force. Quality. 'A man's gotta know his limitations, Briggs...' One of those rare sequels which is better than the original. Standing alongside The Godfather Part 2, Mad Max 2, and For A Few Dollars More. And, as is the case with The Godfather and Mad Max, spawning a third film which in no way lives up to the previous two. Oddly, the sequel to For A Few Dollars More was even better than the first two, and is possibly one of the finest films ever made. Now that is rare.

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