Trip Start Aug 31, 2007
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Friday, September 21, 2007

The flight to Sucre from Santa Cruz was very short, about 35 mins, but saved us hours on a bus as there is only a dirt road connecting the two cities, and buses in bolivia aren`t very fast!

Sucre is a beautiful  little city at about 2400m altitude ... we are heading into the mountains! Its nicknamed the white city as all buildings in the centre of town are white and must be whitewashed once a year, so its pretty and clean. We had lunch at a restaurant overlooking the main square and had our first real Bolivian meal ... they eat a lot here! It was huge, but delicious! The people in Bolivia are really short ... I feel like a giant here! Our tour guide is about 6 foot 4 inchs and sticks out like a sore thumb.

After lunch we were taken on a city tour by a local called Noel. He gave us all of the history of the city, showed us many buildings which we took photos of &  I have now forgotten what they were. We went to a textile museum & learnt a lot about the local tribes & cultures, then to a castle which a rich dude built a while ago to keep his french lover from returning to France, then to the central cemetary where he showed us all the important mauseleums, then the local fruit markets where they sell a lot of potatoes as well as other fruit & veg!

It was saturday that we arrived, so after a few Bolivian beers ( Huari is our favourite so far) we went out to see a local band at a pub called Repizza. The music was so much better than we expected ... yes, there were pan pipes & people wearing ponchos in the band, but they rocked!!! The 2nd band was a little more traditional ... and not so much fun, so we left and went to a Dutch bar for a few more beverages. We were reasonably well behaved ... got home about 2am.

Everyone felt a little worse for wear the following day, which was a shame as we had to get up early for a 1 hour bus ride on a windy dirt road to Tarabuco, a small town about 60kms from Sucre where they hold a craft market every Sunday. It was a cute little town, and the markets were extremely colourful with beautiful stuff. A lot of Bill Cosby type jumpers with alpacas on them and crazy colourful pants (yes, Chrisso bought some!), as well as weavings, fabrics, bags, etc, etc. I bought a few scarves, a little purse & we spent up big on a local weaving, which took 3 months for one person to make. It was about $60 australian and the ladies were so grateful that we bought it from them ... the average wage of a Bolivian is US75 per month!

Today we have a free day and have chosen to wander aimlessly, spend a few hours on the internet and we are going back to the Dutch pub tonight for dinner and a movie. The weather has turned cold ... throughout the pantanal it had been really warm, even yesterday at the markets we all got burnt because the sun was so hot, but at this higher altitude the nights have been cold and now that there is cloud cover and rain, its freezing! I`m beginning to think I`m unprepared for it to get colder ... which it will!

Tomorrow we head to Potossi, a mining town where they mine for silver, then we are off to the Salt Flats at Unuyi ...  much more fun to come! 
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