La Paz - Witches and Crafts

Trip Start May 12, 2013
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Trip End Jul 30, 2013


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Flag of Bolivia  , La Paz Department,
Monday, July 8, 2013

The hostel served bad breakfast with stale bread. We checked out at around 10am and walked to our new hostel: Hostel Junior, which was at a more prime location than Loki. Took us 20 minutes to reach, with upslope climbs. La Paz is kinda situated in a valley, with the Main Street at the base of the it.

Checked into our new hostel, met Max there, and went out to get some money from the ATM. Couldn't find citibank though we googled for it, and withdrew from a local bank instead.

Checked out a few tour agencies for the death road trip, and managed to get a good price off Altitude biking - at B405 (+B25 admission fee). A finisher tee and DVD was included in the price as well, and we would do the tour tomorrow.

Went back to the restaurant at our hostel for a cheap B15 menu lunch. Then proceeded to stroll the streets under us. First we walked the witches street, where local witch doctors sell their wares like llama foetuses and scented wood. Then we turned into a long lane of shops selling sweaters, scarfs, jewelry and bags. The opening price for a sweater was only B80($16), and I'm sure I can get it for cheaper when I shop in 2 days time. Was drawn to the nice jewelry as well, though I am certain that those were not real silver.

It was almost 4 and we decided to have a tea break and a chocolate cafe called Cafe del Mundo. Had a hot chocolate(B15), which had too much whipped cream for my liking, and a banana muffin, which was delicious. They served us free chocolate balls as well, which was yummy. We met a middle aged French lady at the cafe, and had a chat for awhile. Decided to go to the cinemas to watch Hangover 3 later in the night.

Went back to the hostel for a rest, and cabbed to the cinemas for our 7.55pm show. Bought a subway (B22) for dinner, and some popcorns for the show. The show was more retarded than funny, and glad I only had to pay B30 for it.

Took a local minivan 'bus' to get back to the main square. We grabbed a beer and headed back to the hostel to chill, where there was a good rooftop abandoned bar with pool tables.

La Paz, Bolivia
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