The Moon and then some

Trip Start Feb 02, 2013
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Trip End Mar 25, 2013


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I have already written this once, and lost it on the ether, so now for the reader's digest version.
 
Just a drive through La Paz and there is this place that is simply eroded clay mountains.  The spikes of clay are supporting rocks of various sizes that keep them protected so they don't wash away in the rain.  If that is a sentence you can understand, you are obviously not as tired as I am!  We wandered around The Valley of the Moon and wondered a the quirky shapes that are formed.

We also got a bit cultured and went to a museum that described the main features and history of La Paz in miniature models and photographs.  No photos allowed, but there were some classics.  The traditional dress for women here has morphed over the years and our guide, Gissell, can tell where someone is from by the style of their clothes.  
 
Next stop was the witches' market.  If you are at all squeamish, do not check out what is in this photo.  (Renee, Jacqui, just don't go there!). It was a fascinating shop filled with all the items necessary for offerings just like the Shaman used.  There were many jars of indescribable and unrecognisable substances as well as some objects of abject beauty.  

We visited the town square, a real predictable feature of all South American towns, it seems.  It had some fabulous statues of the Liberator, whose name I can't remember, and some female Gods, each symbolising elements of the environment.  There were many pigeons and many people.  La Paz is our first city not focused on tourism, so it really felt like we were seeing the real place and people.  
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robynsista on

hi there lovely, you are having such a wonderful time....love the stories and photos....so much joy and beauty...you are all doing really well to keep up with your very full schedule...good to hear that you are now (even mo(o)re) blessed...when you come back you can burn some candy (or whatever works) and we can all look after the earth too....i feel sure that renee will appreciate you taking the effort to capture the non-duckingduck...did you get anything from the witches market?, looks like amazing wares...and love the little fellas yarning in the square.....have fun, love you

Renee on

well of course I looked ... that's a bit like saying don't think of flying pink elephants :)

Jacqui on

How can you tell me not to go there... and expect me not to go there??? If course I did.... so what did you buy? Any special magic potions?

Moore4 on

Thinking of you everyday and LOVE hearing all about your wonderful adventures... Maybe you should become a writer.....and cheesemaker...You can write about cheese and sell it real estate style... LOVE it!

sean on

Can you bring me back a shrunken head?

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