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Trip Start Aug 31, 2012
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Trip End Apr 30, 2013


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

We didn't make up that title. we stole it from a souvenir shop in Potosi. And we'd do it again!

We'll keep it short and let the pictures tell the story. We took a tour to Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat at 10,582 square kilometers. This seems to be one of those things near the top of everyone's to-do list in South America, and for very good reasons. There is no other place like this on Earth. We began, as before, the two of us with Ludovic the sweetly-odoured Frenchman (whom we had still not managed to get rid of by this point), and then Cliff the Dutch/Korean hybrid, who was lucky enough to make up the numbers in the jeep we were to be traveling in for the next four days.

The day before setting off on this trip we had just moseyed on back into Tupiza on our hardly harassed steeds, but even after two hard days in the saddle we felt like our strong taught buttock muscles were up to the task of getting straight on with it. So the four of us climbed into our Toyota 4X4, and Hernan – our guide – hit the gas. Taking up pride of place in the front passenger seat was Sylvia, our wonderful cook for the trip, and her son Louis. Louis is only about four years old at best guess, and would offer us backseat foreigners no more than skulky glances for the first two days of our trip, no matter how much we cajoled him or plied him with sweeties. He eventually came around to Ludovic’s charms at the end of day two. Stevie was lucky enough to earn his friendship on day three when he discovered the charms of the high-five that hurts. Get a high-five from them, pretend it hurts, then watch as they laugh and want to keep on high-fiving you… forever.

That’s about all you need to know. We’d drive, we’d stop, we’d get out, we’d gape, we’d get in, we’d drive again. I was actually quite under the weather for most of this trip, feeling weak and lethargic from a number of different minor ailments, and so spent a lot of the time curled up on the back seat, groaning like a baby and dragging myself outside only whenever it came time for a scenery stop. Most photos of me are featuring those smiles that feel like grimaces (nothing to worry about – simply a cold mixed with toothache mixed with the runs – nothing serious, and all sorted now, but one heck of a combination for bumping around on dirt roads for four days!).

I’m afraid you can’t enjoy these photographs anywhere near as much as we enjoyed taking them. The sights of this trip were genuinely like nothing we’ve ever seen before. They came wrapped up in a feeling of being either on a completely different planet, or in a long-extinct age. Check out the pics and you may see what we mean.
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Mindy on

These are brilliant. Enjoyed it very much. Can't wait to see you guys.

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kezandstevie on

Thanks Minds. We enjoyed it loads too. We also can't wait to see you all. Very excited.
xoxoxo

heather Rader on

Hi, some of those senic shots are a book in themselves. Definately a book needs to come out of this trip. Its so amazing.

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