Subdued Carnaval and Cholitas Wrestling
Trip Start Oct 17, 2010
72Trip End Apr 18, 2011
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Anyways this is exactly the role we wanted to play for the Carnaval weekend so we wrist banded it up! Carnaval in La Paz was quite tuned down this year because sadly there was a catastrophic landslide a few days earlier that rendered thousands homeless (and I am sure hundreds dead). However this did not stop the locals from attacking everything that moved with foam and the odd water gun. It actually wasn´t as bad as we thought it wold be as long as you didn´t retaliate or ask for trouble by carrying around your own ammunition. Sadly the parades were canceled but there was still lots of children and youth dressed up and relentlessly foaming each other.
Were were planning on catching a bus to Uyuni on Sunday but we ended meeting friends for drinks the night before and got inexplicably drunk. One word for the wise: too many 5% half liter beers and 4000+ meters of elevation do not mix. Needless to say we did not catch our bus the next day so instead we went to Cholitas Wrestling. Basically WWF meets bad domestic morals. It was sooo funny. Just a bunch of local men beating up and then getting beaten up by women in their traditional garb. Plus being on carnaval weekend meant it was almost more entertain watching the foam attacks in the stands then the wrestling itself.