Sucre

Trip Start Oct 05, 2007
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Trip End Oct 04, 2008


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Monday, June 9, 2008

We arrive in Sucre after 9 in the evening and get a taxi into the main part of town where we check into a hostel and then go in search of food. As it's around 10 on a Sunday evening we struggle to find anything that's open but eventually come across a bakery where we get some sort of cheesy bread rolls which we take back to our hostel and then go to bed.

In the morning we go in search of breakfast and see Sucre in the daylight, the buildings are all bright white and look really pretty in the sunshine and some of the architecture is amazing, it's also slightly more manic on the streets than it was at night! We find a nice cafe where we have breakfast and then we go back to our hostel and check out and move into a nicer looking one further up the same road.  After we've done that we go and look around the market which is quite nice as it's not very touristy and manage to pick up a few bits and bobs. We then go to the main plaza where we have lunch and then sit in the square for a while watching people go by before we walk to Museo de Arte Indigena. The museum is really interesting as it has displays on the different indeginous populations of Bolivia and their different customs, dress and music. There are also big displays of weaving and a couple of women demonstratig weaving which looks so intricate and difficult. After spending a while there we then go back to our hostel where we relax for an hour or so before heading back to the main plaza where we find a Mexican place to have dinner which tastes awful and so go in search of another place for pudding which doesn't taste much better so we give up and return to our hostel.

After a rather tasteless free breakfast at our hostel we go to the main plaza and try to see the cathedral but it's shut so we head to a different museum - Museo Casa de la Libertad, where  the treaty between the Spanish and the Bolivians was signed. We are given a tour around the museum which is really interesting and we learn more about the history of Bolivia. There was information about the numerous presidents of Bolivia - an amazing 200 in 18 years! 

After the tour we get icecream (probably the tastiest thing we ate whilst in Sucre as the rest was pretty horrible!) and sit in the plaza enjoying the sunshine and watching the demonstration that took place around the plaza before we go and get supplies for our bus ride to La Paz. After getting supplies we get some lunch and cheer on Spain in the world cup match that is playing in the restaurant and then wait around for most of the day in the sunny courtyard of our hostel before getting an early dinner and then going to collect our bags. On our way back to the hostel we are stopped by the woman in the office where we booked our bus ticket who tells us that there are blockades on the way to La Paz so the buses aren't going and might not be for the next few days. We quickly look at a map and find a town in the opposite direction to the blockades and so book a ticket there instead so that we don't get stuck in Sucre and then rush to the bus station in order to catch the bus. The bus is pretty awful but at least we're on our way to La Paz!
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