Day 13 - 15

Trip Start Apr 13, 2008
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Trip End May 10, 2008


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Monday, April 28, 2008

Ola Amigos,

Greetings from Bolivia.  After a day of travelling from Puno to La Paz, we enjoyed a meal for 2 (including wine) for $8.  La Paz is pleasantly cheap and a recommended retirement spot.  Bolivia is the poorest country in South America, with an average annual income of $1,200.

La Paz is the highest capital city in the world (close to 4000 meters) nestled in a valley surrounded by mountains.  When you see the city for the first time from the top of one of the mountains, itīs quite breathtaking.

In the city centre, the streets are narrow and hilly, so weīve been doing a lot of climbing at high altitude.  We now feel well-prepared to challenge anyone to a running race once we get back to sea-level. 

We will remember La Paz for itīs hustle & bustle, 1000s of market stalls (selling everything), police guarding banks and ATM machines, and pollution from heavy exhaust.  La Paz is definitely worth the trip.

Adios
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liam333
liam333 on

From Kay
Hello Janice and Leigh
I am full of admiration that you sampled a complete guina pig ! Your jouney and experiences sound amazing. Below freezing here last night so enjoy the warm weather.
Mum

veronicap
veronicap on

Hola!!
Hi Janice and Leigh,

I'm reading your blog and am really enjoying it. Can't wait for you to get to Argentina! Make sure you have an alfajor (Havana) and have one for me and make sure you try the Argentinian tea 'mate'.

Sounds like your having a great time, can't wait to see your pictures!

Your MEDT friend,
Veronica

janlee
janlee on

Re: Hola!!
Hi Veronica,

We arrived in Argentina yesterday and we are in Salta now, off to BA tomorrow.

We had a fantastic steak dinner with fine Argentinian wine last night. We will follow your advice and try out the alfajor and mate.

Cheers.

janlee
janlee on

Re: From Kay
Hi,

It was actually below zero when we arrived in Uyuni, Bolivia but overall the weather has been great (hardly any rain). In the high altitudes, it really warms up when the sun comes up.

Do you remember the address of the leather shop in Buenos Aires?

liam333
liam333 on

Re: Re: From Kay
Hello Janice and Leigh
I Cannot remember the actual address of the leather shop other than it is on Suipacha Street and on a corner. I gave Leigh the leaflet from the shop - did he pack it? Anyway, happy hunting and try and experience the tango with one of the many street dancers - I really regret not doing that and getting a photo.
Mum


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