I found a wonderland!

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
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Trip End Apr 12, 2011


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

26th.
The road into Uyuni was so rough and corrigated and windy that it shook our fillings loose, but I still managed to sleep, somehow.  I'm a bloody good sleeper, luckily.  We got a bit of a nap at the hotel and had a fabulous Canadian breakfast with pancakes! Then we jumped in our 4wd for our day trip.  It started at the railway graveyard where there were several old steam engines and heaps of carriages rusting away in the desert.  It was fun to take photos there.  Then we hit the market area where I bought a fridge magnet of the Andean calendar.  Then we travelled in our 4wd vehicle further into the desert.  We saw llamaīs and also the native deer type animal, called a Picuna.  Then we arrived at the SALT FLATS!  Since it is the end of the wet season, the flats are actually covered with a thin layer of water. They say the dry flats of white salt in the dry is a stunning sight to see but with the water it gives a pure reflection of the clear blue sky. Wow! The flats are so large, hundreds of kilometers wide, that there is hardly anything on the horizon, except for some distant mountains and a snow capped volcano.  I was captivated!  One trillion photos coming right up!!  There were some areas with piles of salt ready for collection and processing, which looked like diamonds with their reflection.  Then there were areas which had stripes of exposed salt and dots or big circles.  Totally unique and surreal landscapes.  We dined on salt chairs, at a salt block table in a salt buiding 5kms into the flats. Yummy schnitzels with vegies. I couldnīt wait to get out of the restauant though so I could go and take more photos.  There was a bunch of pommie guys in their budgie-smugglers and man-kiniīs posing out on the salt.  I took the opportunity to get a snap with them, as a laugh.  We travelled further into the salt flats and the guide helped us take photos of each other standing on cars or holding each other in each others hands etc.  That was fun. I loved being here so much, that even travelling in the car I couldnīt help but smile, I felt full of love for the Earth and life and everything.  LOL.  Then we saw a flock of birds.  "Flamingoes" said Karina and I immediately got so excited.  I used to adore the pink flamingoes in my childhood animal book!  The pink ones are actually from another part of Bolivia, but I was still so excited. I didnīt get a good photo and then two more flocks flew right over us and then in front of the snow-capped volcano.  As I was shooting my Canon, I was so excited, I was chanting "OMG OMG OMG" and I got all teary!  I was ecstatic and grateful to experience such a wonderous place on this amazing planet!  Pure elation.  I declared to my group that today was in the top 20 days of my life! 
Back at our hotel, we piled into the restaurant/breakfast room and ordered a famous Minuteman Pizza.  It was fabulous!  Dean ate a whole large one! 
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