Why Did I bother?

Trip Start May 30, 2005
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Trip End Sep 30, 2006


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Friday, March 17, 2006

It was kind of sad to leave Brazil again, itīs a great country, but just so expensive by South American standards, and of course they donīt speak spanish so Iīm back to being useless again.

I got the Super Pullman back to Bolivia, but instead of going all the way back to Santa Cruz, I decided to stop half way in īSan Jose de Chiquitosī. This is a town with an old Jesuit church right in the middle. There are several around this area of Bolivia, but this one was easier for me to visit on my way back from Brazil, plus I havenīt decided where to go next and I may head towards the north of the country from here.

I arrived at the ungodly hour of 2AM, Iīd been asleep on the train beforehand so was a bit groggy and disorientated. As such I probably paid twice the amount for the taxi into the center of town, but I really didnīt feel like arguing my point. Hostel one was full and I eventually had to plump for a room in expensive hostel two, next to the Karaoke bar, great! Needless to say I moved to hostel number one first thing in the morning.

The town of San Jose is really pretty, a fantastic large plaza with the church one one side of it. Itīs a huge stone building built in the 1700īs before the Jesuits were forced to return to spain. The inside is quite cavernous, it really doesnīt feel like a church of this size or stature really belongs in a town so small. It doesnīt actually take very long to look at this church and before long I was pretty much spent.

I had a little look around the surrounding area, all I can really say is that itīs really pretty, but my heart really wasnīt in it. Perhaps if there had been other tourists around I could have went for more walks but instead I became a little lazy and barely scratched the surface. It kind of suggests that I wasted my time coming here, and sadly thatīs how I feel. Nevermind, you live and learn.

During my second night there was an almightly thunder and rain storm. Iīd been thinking about heading north from here. However the roads are unpaved and usually pretty bad during the rainy season. Iīd thought that it was pretty much finished but this storm told me otherwise. Iīm thinking that the potential to have a miserable time if I head north is pretty high, so basically Iīve decided to chicken out, return to Santa Cruz and head back to places that are more accessible. On the other hand, perhaps Iīve missed out on a real travel gem, Iīll never know.

With this I bought my ticket to Santa Cruz and headed for the train station.
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