Nov 19, 2008
well, life in cochabamba. hot and sunny. makes me very happy. a few things... they have trufi taxis. they are numbered and travel designated routes. you can get 8 people in them, 3 in the back, 3 in the middle and 2 in the passenger seat. we take one to work which takes about 25 minutes and costs 15p. set price no matter how far you go. brilliant. talking about the cost. 2 pounds and i got 20 cigarettes, 2 cans of lager and change. all good. people in the house are great. we have been to bolivian nightclubs, lots of english cheesy music, been and played beach volleyball, out for dinner, found a pool hall (80p an hour), been to a bolivian house party and walked around lots. cochabamba is friendly and warm. tan lines from my flip flops. lots of dogs around on the streets and women in traditional dress. knee length pleated skirts, a top and long pigtails and sometimes funny hats. keep forgetting where i am in the world but am definitely enjoying being here. boris the dog who lives in the house is a black, grey and white cocker spaniel. he is great. we play a lot of ball. we had an intruder on the roof the other night (fairly scary) but boris went barking mad and he seemed to disappear! 20 hours of spanish lessons now and certainly improving but, my god, long way to go before i understand bolivians chatting away at full pace. school is still great - the children are fantastic - lots of hugs and kisses everyday when we arrive and then lots of playing (piggybacks and throwing them in the air goes down a treat). we made christmas frames which they decorated and we made one for us and they are all over the walls of their dining room. the other volunteers are a mixture of english, french, canadian, american and australian. fortunately everyone speaks english. out tonight for dinner and then maybe dancing. just been brought a glass of homemade sangria, very tasty. am starting to think about plans after here. am thinking that another 10 days here and then down to Sucre (a beautiful bolivian town) and then onto Uyuni de Salter (you can take these 3 day 4 wheel drive trips across the salt fields which are one of bolivias highlights) then into northern Chile for christmas and some hot springs and desert star watching and then am heading to Salta in Argentina for new year. would meet up with Naomi (an australian girl who was here and is now there with her argentian boyfriend) and may head down there with Amber (english girl here from bristol) and possibly another australian girl here called lauren. they are all much fun so would be good to hang out together again in a new country to see in the new year. more in a week or so.