Good evening La Paz!!
Trip Start Jul 09, 2011
111Trip End Jul 09, 2012
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The bus company said the journey would take 12 to 17 hours, well it actually took 19!! It involved 2 taxis, three bus changes, a (easy) border crossing, a change of time zone and a ferry ride across Lake Titicaca, the worlds highest salt lake. The put the boat onto a barge to cross the lake and it was that rikity that I wouldn't put my bike on it, let alone a 50 seater bus! We also got caught up in a massive parade, it was like the Bolivians version of Patrick's day! The views were pretty amazing.
We got into La Paz and jumped into a cab to the Wild rover hostel, if you have not guessed, its an Irish owned hostel. La Paz is a manic city, where traffic lghts are mere guidelines and not rules, j walking is a no no here unless you want to become a bonnet ornament of some lunatic bolivian driver!!
Went for an Indian that night, which was awesome and cheap as chips! There was a free tee shirt for anyone who ate the vindaloo, I thought long and hard about it, as that is the kind of tee shirt you would wear to a job interview! (The following night an aussie guy we are friendly arrived back into the hostel with one on him, sickened)
Came back to the hostel, had on beer, and went to sleep at 9:30, hardcore or what???
Annie's birthday today!! Got up, had breakfast and watched the 1st half of the utd arsenal match and then went to the markets for the day!! Eventually, I got permission to go to a coffee shop and watch the highlights of the utd match and Annie continued buying all round her! (Where she is going store it all is beyond me!!). We then made our way back to the hostel, had a few drinks with an Irish/aussie couple, and then went to a steakhouse to celebrate Ms Mc Garrells birthday! We ordered two steaks which were massive, easily 4 inches think, washed them down with some lovely red wine and then trundled back to the wild rover for a table quiz with the intention of going out afterwards! The bar staff then called Annie up onto the bar (not to it, but up onto it), and proceeded to feed her shots as the whole bar sang happy birthday to her
Not a lot to report fro today due to sore heads following the birthday celebrations!! In the afternoon, we finally got our act together and went out for a walk around La Paz, we walked up to San Pedro prison, you can take tours of the prison but we did not have the cojones to go in, we walked up to the main gate and looked in! The prisoners were waving and shouting at us to come in. The one gringo that was in the crowd of prisoners had a tee shirt on saying, 'Fuck the Rules', I wonder was he being ironic or was it his life motto!!We then walked through the witches market and booked our trip down death road for the next day. Had dinner in the hostel, played some pool and had an early night as we had a 6:30 am start the following day!!!
Up at 6:30 and made our way down to the meeting point for the tour. We had coffee there and met our guide for the day, Cody. We then took off with our group and instructors and drivers in a hiase van. We drove 45 minutes up to the top of death road. We got suited up and given our bikes and instructed on what to do and what not to do
Woke late with sore heads, checked out, and walked around La Paz, got lunch, picked up our bags and jumped onto a night bus to Uyini. Not much to report from this day!! Salt Plains here we come!!