The end of Bolivia
Trip Start Aug 20, 2005
14Trip End Oct 13, 2005
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Thought i would send in a couple of updates.
This first one covers from the 4th to the 6th Sep.
When i left you i was enjoying the pleasures of some dodgy food at la paz. Luckily with this behind me we jumped on a bus to some place i forget, where we then had to jump on an overnight train which would take us to Uyuni - famous for its access to salt flats and minute man pizza. The bus ride was pretty uneventfull, that was untill the bus driver decided he did not want to take us anyfurther once he arrived at the edge of town, citing reasons such as this is a ´special day´ so apparently he wasnt allowed to drive us any further
bus driver and tour lady
ensalda como este no tourismo....
tour lady and group
alf wiederstein act tung ...
lovely german girl to me
you are the most rangiest and attrative man i have ever met, you should come back to germany with me....
well not quite, but you get my drift.
Anyway all said and done, we were dropped off a little closer to the train station, whereupon we walked the remaining 15min to the train. So no major dramas, just a little frustrating. So all loaded up with junk food we boarded the train, soon fell fast asleep rest assured in the knowledge that we would not have to get up till 7am when the train got in, well nice thought, but i must have screwed up my spanish (again) as 3am we were all sheparded out of the train with the good news that we had arrived at Uyuni
Ahh potosi. Home of a very big mine. Only 6hrs of bolivias worst bus and roads from Uyuni. Now this was once place i was real keen to go to. Mainly because of the mine as i had heard some pretty cool yarns from people who had been there. So it was much eagerness i jumped on the bus. Not even the 6hrs of potholes and dust, nor the large andean woman who decided to rub up against me all trip could dimish my enthusiasm. A hostel booked, and mine tour booked. I was eager. A good nights sleep was not forth coming care of a rotund american woman who happened to snore all night, but nevertheless it was mine day.
The day started with a solid breakfast and then off to get kitted out in some mining gear, ie jacket pants and a really cool mining hat and light
So a little solemly and certainly thankfully i left the mine. A thoroughly rewarding and eye opening experience. I would defn recommend it if you are ever in the area. A word of warning though, these mines are again not built for anyone over 5´6´´ so be prepared to duck!!!
BTW i never got to keep the dynamite - i gave it to the miners But a least i now know where i can get it....
That evening we jumped back on the bus and headed back to Uyuni. I shall save those tales for another day(prob tomorrow or later on tonight). Untill then, stay safe, keep in touch