Lovely Lovely Sucre
Trip Start Nov 13, 2010
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I arrived in sucre at 6:30 am after taking the 13 hour night bus from La Paz. Really comfortable - huge seats that reclined, stupid Ashton Kusher movie in Spanish, and no muss no fuss but for some reason - think the seat was too big, I kept sliding out - I didn't sleep at all - ok maybe one hour. We arrived one hour early due to the maniac driving of the bus driver. Seems all the night buses left at 7:30 pm or 7, and there must have been 10 buses hit the highway at the same time - our driver made sure he arrived in sucre first.
I met a young Aussie (Beth) getting on the bus.....Josie was still back at the hotel getting ready for her flying day from Hell....it is horrible to travel sick.....Beth had a seat upstairs in the cheap seats - me? downstairs in the big pricey seats.....$10 for 13 hours...but no meal served!
We were two of only three foreigners - the other guy was a snotty Irishman...a first!, so when the bus pulled in at dawn Beth and I teamed up, grabbed a taxi to town and attempted to find a place to stay......
A guy had given me the name of a Hostal so we tried that one first - nah..didn't want to answer the door - too early. We found that a few places so we wandered the streets together visiting in true homeless fashion. . It was a first as I ususally have a plan, a place booked for at least the first night but didn't this time because Jos and I had really just gotten out of the minivan from Coroico, got her settled and I decided it didn't make sense to stay in La Paz for one more day and night so I made the Sucre decision pretty darn quick.
After about one hour of homelessness, it was getting tedious. A young Japanese couple stopped us and asked us if we knew of a cheap place to stay just fro the day as they were waiting for a night bus - they told us of the place they had just checked out of so we headed there - nope - all full....no room at the Inn but the nice guy suggested we knock on the next door neighbors door. sure. We did, he welcomed us in and gave us each a great room for $10 a night and we both crashed. It turned out to be a great place - Oswald and Maria - two professionals who have a few rooms, great kitchen - just attached to their fancy house in a beautiful neighborhood just blocks from the city center. It always works out.
Sucre looks bright and rich until you get just outside the core and then the reality of bolivian poverty is smack in your face. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in the world. Really poor.