Police control

Trip Start Oct 20, 2008
Trip End Feb 08, 2009

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

San Pedro is a little oasis town (2000 hbts) in the desert, blazing sun in the day and cool evenings (but nothing compared to Potosi or Uyuni) along with an occasional sandstorm. From the center of the village only have to walk for 7min to be in sand dunes and from all points in the valley you can see the massive volcano, symbol of the frontier between bolivia and chili. This region is the region in the world with the most volcanoes per km sqr but this one can clearly be identified as it towers over the desertic valley unopposed (photos to come). The only thing that spoils this tranquil paradise is the police presence in the evening. T

he two first nights we decided to go out to have a beer we arrived too late (12h) as the police passed before us to close the bars (they forcefully stop the sale of alcool as they give out a specific number of drink coupons that the bars can sell and sometimes take some back ). Well in anycase both evenings didnt manage to have a beer. The second night ended up at a locals place jamming with 7-8 people (oliv managed to jam on his charango for the first time).

Yesterday lunch we had seen the boss of the camping cook a nice piece of meat on a BBQ and were saliving as we watched him prepare it. We had not been eating much since we arrived in San Pedro as the restaurants are really expensive (10 euros per person including everything) and therefore decided to go to the butcher and grab a big piece of meat for the evening. We cooked a 1300g piece of beef along with tomatoes on the BBQ and fried potatoes. The lot got devaoured within 5min by the three of us. It was an amazing piece of beef - really incredible.

Afterwards we went out as we had heard there was going to be a music festival in the streets but again we arrived after the police (11pm) and as such it had been closed down. Went to bar for a beer and heard that there was going to be a party in the northern part of town (poorer quarters). Upon arrival our friend beformed a secret knock on a big metal gate and a 40ish year old woman opened and told us to make haste. We could here the music well before our arrival but didnt know what to expect but as we entered into this private garden we were astonished to find half of the town`s population in this private garden illuminated by candles and a big fire.  The DJ was pounding music throughout the garden and beyond, and if you approached the house you were greated again by 40ish yr old women and you could buy any alcohol. The place was basically an illegal bar-nightclub. It was great fun but at around 1am a loud pounding noise on the gate could be heard and the volume of the music reduced. When looking towards the gate we could see flashing lights as realised that it was the police pounding on the door and as such thought th party would finish (as we had started to be accustumed to here) but nobody went to open door - all continued to party and the intermittent pounding continued for a good 45mins. Appartently the police couldnt really do anything as it is ilegal for them to come in on try to com in unless specifically ordered so by a high ranking official, which would be sleeping at this time. Finally the flashing lights stopped along with the pounding of the police and was soon replaced by the pounding base of the subwoofers. But 10 min later the electricity died (the police cut the electricity of the sector), fortunaty i had brougth my cahon and oli had his charango so the subwoofers was soon replaced by instrumental sound as both me and oli started playing and was soon joined by numerous locals. And after nearly an hour a generator was brought and the DJ started again and the party continued. lol.
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