Bruised testicles & a sore backside...Interesting!

Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
Trip End May 14, 2009

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

After an 8.30am breakfast, we grabbed our stuff to meet our guide for our horse ride. As we left the room we realised we had locked the key inside! The hostel said that they had lost the spare key, but they would sort something out whilst we were riding - more later.

It was a short 5 minute bus trip to the stables where we were introduced to our horses and were provided with our cowboy hats - yeehah!
Mine was a white, male horse called Morra and Lorna had a grey, female horse called Anaconda! There were two other people riding with us - Connor & Katie from the UK.

The four of us, plus our guide, then set off to conquer the West. Got to say that the hats made us feel the part, we just needed our shotguns and some distant smoke signals on the horizon.
Lorna's horse decided that it was going to f@rt for almost the whole 2 and a half hours we were riding....well, Lorna said it was her horse! I remember blaming my dog for years when I lived at home, so I've heard that one before!

The scenery that we passed on our ride was awesome, very cowboyland in style. Red rock formations, small streams and loads of cacti. We got the horses up to quite a fast trot at certain times, but as this was only my second time on a horse, control was more important.

The three main parts we went by were Puerto Del Diablo (Devils Gate), Valle de Los Machos (Butch/Male Valley - I think) and Cañon Del Inca (Inca Canyon). There were some amazing sights, but it seemed even more fantastic by seeing them on horseback. The only thing missing was my cigar!
I did try the odd western song, but the clouds came over so I refrained from continuing, and the clouds left again - strange.

All we needed now was a small dusty town with a nice saloon for us to quench our dry mouths, but, alas, none were to be found, so we headed back to the stables.
My horse and Lorna's horse definitely must have had a past because they were at each other from the start. I think one must have got dumped by the other or something.....mine kept charging Lorna's and hers just kept f@rting and sh*tting on mine! A bit harsh I felt.

We had a really good few hours on the horses and fully enjoyed the whole experience. We dropped our horses off at the stable and then as we walked away, the testicle bruising and ass soreness became apparent.
I have to say that testicle bruising and ass soreness are not things I like to run around shouting about, but on this occasion I feel it's necessary!!
Lorna was obviously used to the fact that she'd been riding an athletic beast for the last 2 and a half hours!

Upon returning to our hostel, we were informed that they had to smash the window to get in our room - that'll teach them to lose the spare key. The manager then asked if we would pay for the new glass!! We said no and he just said OK, smiled and walked off. I think he was just trying it on, but it was funny and a nice try.
To be fair, the staff here have been brilliant and we can't fault them. This was added to when we needed to ring the hostel in Salta. As my Spanish isn't conversational yet, one of the reception staff came with me to the International phone call café and helped me get our hostel booked. This was a great help as the woman at the Salta hostel was a bit of a dingbat! It took 9 minutes to book a room, when it should have took about 2 at maximum! Oh well, hopefully we're all booked in now.

We arranged to meet Connor & Katie for dinner tonight at 7.30pm. We went to a similar restaurant to the one we'd already been to - actually, to be fair, most restaurants we've been to in Bolivia (outside La Paz) have all served pretty much the same food.
We had a good few hours eating, drinking and chatting. Connor & Katie had come up through Argentina and heading up to Cusco, so we gave them a few tips and they did for us, which was useful.

After dinner we went back to the hostel to pack. We are expecting a long and awkward day tomorrow with train delays, border problems and bus issues - we will see....
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