Election fever

Trip Start Sep 19, 2005
Trip End Mar 19, 2006

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Hello everyone!

A quick entry from what will be my home for Christmas, New Year and beyond!

I've been in Sucre for a week already and time is flying. I've started proper Spanish lessons with a lovely language school and am now learning how to do verbs correctly instead of making them up in a kind of French-Spanish mix, which is good.

I have been making some fairly useless attempts at finding somewhere to live more permanently than the hostel I am in - mostly because I have a bee in my bonnet about cooking a proper (well, by Bolivian standards) Christmas dinner, as the kitchen in the hostel is about the worst I have come across in South America!

Anyway, its all proving a bit difficult at the moment because the nicer places want to sign you up for 3 or 4 months, which is too long. But, another try again this afternoon might result in something better, I hope.

There's elections on Sunday here and the whole country is going mad. I'm pretty glad to be staying in one place as there are roadblocks on the main roads to La Paz and to Santa Cruz in the south, and we keep hearing horror stories of people on buses either having to walk for 2 hours beside the road or having rocks etc thrown at the bus. Here it is pretty calm, just an awful lot of marches in support of one party or another. Its a really big deal as this is the first time the Bolivians have been able to directly elect their local representatives. Politics is really corrupt here and a lot of the people are desperately poor.

Even my university-educated Spanish teacher only takes home 50 US dollars a month, and she has 4 kids and a husband with no job. Its certainly been a bit of an eye-opener in the last couple of weeks, as even though Sucre is fairly 'European' and easy to live in, there are huge numbers of kids living on the streets and lots of people asking for money all the time. On a positive note, though, the health of the stray dogs does seem better here than some of the sorry specemins in Argentina.

I am also trying to fix up volunteer work here and the language school is meeting with someone from a local orphanage today so I need to go and see later what the outcome of that is.

Anyway, this is the first internet cafe in Sucre I have found with cd drives in the computers, so I am going to attempt to upload some pictures from the last couple of months..... wish me luck!
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