Trip Start Aug 12, 2010
135Trip End Sep 23, 2011
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We landed in Quijarro after our 20 hour train journey from Santa Cruz as it is the border town for Brazil. We stayed here overnight before our (horrendous) crossing into Bonito, Brazil. At first, all went well. We woke up had a lazy breakfast, swam in the pool and ordered our taxi to the border. The signs at the hostel showed (and the owner verified) that the border shut at 12pm till 2pm. Our bus to Bonito left at 2pm so we made our way in the taxi at 11.00am; plenty of time as the border was 5 minutes away.
Unfortunately, the owner did not tell us that the time difference changed at the Bolivian border into Brazilian time (stupid!!)
Our next destination after Bonito was Campo Grande. As we weren't supposed to arrive in Campo Grande for another 3 days we hadn't looked up any bus times or whether we could even get to Campo Grande from Quijarro. But as there was no other option we waited until 2pm and took a local bus to the coach station. Luckily there was a coach to Campo Grande in a few hours time. We luckily exchanged our remaining Bolivianos into Brazilian Reais back at the border; but not very much hoping to reach an ATM. Just our luck no ATM at the coach station. Fate was finally on our side and we had literally just enough with 10 Reais spare (£3) to reach Campo Grande.
The coach journey went well until we were stopped by the police. Everyone had to get off and the coach had to be searched. The sniffer dogs came out and guess who got stopped....oh yes dear old Thomas!!! The dogs had sniffed his bloody bag and sat patiently next to it while a police officer body searched Thomas and made him empty all his bag
Soon after we stopped at a restaurant to have dinner. A buffet was on offer and as we had only enough for one person we thought we would be sneaky and I would sit on the bus while Thomas would fill his plate to the top and then ask for it to be take-away. This apparently was not allowed and so Thomas had to sit there eating a plate for two while I sat on the bus not eaten since breakfast (it was now 8pm). Thomas later relayed about stuffing some down his trousers but fortunately he decided against that!!
Five hours into our (supposedly) six hour coach journey Thomas got rather ill
The best and worst bits of Bolivia can now be seen in this video - http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-022c-3418-f3f1?ln
Love Hollie and Thomas x x x