Trip Start Nov 19, 2008
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hotel del sol

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Thursday, December 25, 2008

christmas eve we moved to hotel del sol for a bit of class and luxury for christmas.  neil flew in that day and we went out for dinner and drinks and had pressies and dizzy wine and lots of fun and crashed out at about 4am christmas morning.  then arose middayish and went out for christmas dinner (steak as no turkey on offer).  in south america families have big family meals on christmas eve and then tend to go out for food christmas day so we were lucky as places were open.  it rained non stop christmas eve through till boxing day morning but we still had fun and met a random austrian guy at the hotel (turned out to be a little strange) and went out for dinner with him and then for drinks and went to go to a club but was a very strange set up as they separated the men and women until 1am and then let them loose together (think the intention was that by that point everyone would be drunk and rweady to mingle!).  too strange for us so we decided to give it a miss.  quite happy to hit bed at midnight after out late one the night before.
in tarija we also met up with alejandro - a friend of juan puablo´s who is a guy amber hooked up with in cochabamba - very lovely guy.  tarija was beautiful if a little quiet, two main squares, principal and sucre and we got to know it quite well during our five day stay.  spent one afternoon doing tour of the local wineries, campos de solano and conception - wines we already had a little knowledge of! nice to have neil back with us and went to get bus to tupiza thursday night but when we arrived at bus station found out buses were not going anywhere due to the rain and landslides on the mountain and dangerous roads (all roads are dangerous if you ask me or see the buses which have toppled down the hillsides or if you count the multitude of wooden crosses dotted along the mountain roads of which there are plenty.  woulf like to be kidding but am not.  on a mountain road you close your eyes and hope your crazy maniac speeding driver manages to keep the bus on the road).
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