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Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
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Trip End Jul 15, 2010


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Hostal Torino

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

We took a night bus from La Paz down to Sucre and were exhausted coming off it.  We had to wander around to fnd a place to stay, in and out of one place after another but we eventually found something.  We crashed out for the rest of the morning and decided that we may as well get up when we realised that it was one in the afternoon!

We took a wander around the pretty little town of Sucre.  There was a beautiful plaza in the centre and we sat there for the good while.  There were shoe shine boys all over the place.  Ranging in ages from eight to about twelve or thirteen.  They came over to us and asked us where we were from and then asked us for any Irish money that we had.  Of course we hadn´t any but they showed us their collections and they had so many.  One kid had coins from Australia, most South American countries and even a coin from somewhere in Asia...he couldn´t remember which one.  We were sitting there with flipflops on but they still came over and asked did we want our shoes shined.  We ended up buying them icecreams too.  I think six cost us the bones of 60p and they were so grateful.  They put down their little stools and sat in a big circle slurping away and chatting about God knows what.  We got a big Thank You from every single one of them.  Little did we know that when we walked through the plaza the next day they´d all come running up shouting ´you buy me icecream again amigo´.  Brian told them it was there turn to buy him an icecream.  The didn´t stay much longer

The place we were staying was right around the corner from the local market.  We went in the following morning for breakfast.  We got some bread and some juices and avoided the meat walkways.  The market here was very like the big one we´d walked through in Cusco.  You could get anything here.  Fruits, vegetables, meats of all kinds, detergents, eggs, spices, breads, cakes, bootleg dvds, jewellery, sunglasses, anything!!! 

The following day we went out to Parque Cretácico.  It was top of the list of things to do in Sucre in the guidebook so we figured it´d pass a day.  The BIGGEST waste of time ever!!!!  We got a bus out to the park and were taken on a tour.  Parque Cretácico is a dinosaur amusement park built because a couple of years ago, when the city was building a cement factory they found dinosaur footprints while they were excavating.  The footprints themselves are pretty cool but you can´t get any where near them and you have to look at them through binoculars.  There was a huge vertical wall in front of the park and you could see the footprints of about five different dinosaurs going up and across this wall of rock.  Apparently the ´wall´ used to be horizontal but tectonic plate movements pushed it into a vertical postition.  The guide taking us around was talking to us like we were morons, he explained erosion to us using a phonecard, ´in the same way that we scratch to see the number code, this is what the rain and the wind did to the rock face´,  so we didn´t stay with the group for too long.  It took us all of five minutes to go from the entrance to the exit and we were both very annoyed when we got out.  What a waste of time!!  I suppose it would have been good if you were four years old and could ooh and aaah at the huge dinosaur models or somewhere good to take a school tour but not for us.  We got back to the city and went for pizza to cheer ourselves up.  

There´s a ´festival´ on in the middle of February in the city and all the children around the place were gearing up for it already by throwing waterballoons.  Groups of girls and girls walking alone were particularly vulnerable.  I got a smack across the ear from one as we were on the bus out to the park.  There were kids with super soakers in the plaza and even ´drive-by´ gangs who pelted them out the car windows at unsuspecting couples, groups, it didn´t matter.  We were talking to the guy in the hostal who told us that it only gets worse the nearer you get to the event.  It´s only water and you dry off pretty quickly but it´s still a big shock when one of them hits you!

We took a day bus to Potosi the following day. 
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