Bolivia's Capital Sucre & The Molly Crisis

Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
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Trip End Sep 28, 2008


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Well it had to happen I guess as the kids insist that something always goes wrong when we go away... theyve have been trying to ban our trips due to this problem...haha

So a couple of days ago we received an urgent email from Lia saying she couldnt get us on the phone and could we ring..mmmm...not good... On ringing we discover that Mollys cruciate ligament in the "good leg" has gone.  Big problem - We know this will be causing chaos for the kids who are at work all day.. Mollys in pain and doesnt have one good back leg to stand on, needs to be confined to playpen or laundry..as I said big problem.  So I got Trish to ring Qantas as I had no idea on the conditions of our tickets and found that we get one free change of date! - For a change luck is with us.. We couldnt change the flights until the 21st but at least we could tell the kids to not let the vet operate until we get home (she'd need someone home for a day or so and thats ridiculous for the kids to do) - told them to get pain killers and we'd get her operated on the day after we get home...

So this decision means that we will bail on the tour in Sucre... when the group goes onto Uyuni, Salar de Uyuni (the salt lakes) and Potosi (the silver mines) we will catch a plane back to La Paz for one night and then take a 8 hour bus ride from LaPaz from one side of  the Andes over the top thru the border and back into the top of Chile.. really looking forward to this trip - Im sure its going to be amazing! - From there we fly down to Santiago and then home... Hang in there Molly - we're coming!!

So Sucre! - we all flew into Sucre from La Paz which is only  about a 50 minute flight.

Because its a small town it only took about 10 minutes to get to our lovely spanish hotel in the middle of the city. 

Over the next 2 days we basically just checked out this pretty town.  While walking around Rob and I spotted a sign saying there was a movie playing that night so we decided to go... and lucky us... it was the equivalent to tight arse tuesday... buy one get one free... so cost us about 3 bucks total.  It was a latest release american movie..which i cant remember the name..action one...hmmm... anyway... it was in english with spanish subtitles which was a bit sad for the locals as we were the only "english" people there  (and only a total of about 20 people all up..hee)

So a few photos attached here - The plaza de armas had beautiful buildings but photos can  become a bit boring so I took the 4 sides of the square using the kids parading in front of each side to make it a bit more interesting for myself...haha

.. and as to the town itself - so beautiful - and nothing whatsoever like LaPaz- even culturally it felt different.  Easy to believe it was a different country from LaPaz but I think the underlying difference is that Sucre if very affluent....it would be a very hard life in this town if you were poor as you can see that it has a very high standard of living compared to Bolivan towns...anyway..

 Because it  has so many stunning monuments and a full on colonial history, in 1991, UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. The town of roughly 200,000, is easy to walk around and the older sections, with the white colonial buildings with their distinctive red-tiled roofs and beautiful colonial balconies that Sucre is famous for, allow great spots for exploring.


Theres a spiel at the bottom of this entry that is cut and paste with me editing it so that "I" can easily read and understand it... I dont usually like the history stuff but Sucre is a bit of a stand out and quite fascinating - but having said that I wouldnt remember whats what by next week..So Im going to nut shell it below for myself for the years to come....
But basically Sucre was a very powerful place for a huge part of the Americas in the 17th century...who'd of thought! hee... Its such a small pretty town.. but obviously very powerful in its time... and where now is often a hot spot for rioting and protests due to the government base there... causes constant chaos to travellers plans with ongoing disruptions or just plain too dangerous to go there. 

When we were there - 5 days after 30 people were killed in Santa Cruz tthe city was just returning to normal with all the shops and business closed when we arrived but by the next day everything was returning to normal.  We would never have guessed if we hadnt know of the problems that anything out of the normal had been happening in this city.... It was a fairytale city... chocolate box pretty and add to that the beautiful blue skies and sparkling sunshine and how could it be possible that there was violent clashes and protests on a fairly regular basis here..

So here is my history spiel... so you can stop reading now if  your not interested...heee (I wouldnt be interested if I hadnt been there...heee - feel free to stop reading..hee)

Bolivia has 2 capital cities - Sucre is the main capital as it is the constitutional and judicial city for Bolivia while La Paz is only the administrative capital

Sucre, was first founded in 1532 as a result of the near by silver mines (the city was called La Plata at that time). 
In 1559, Spanish king Felipe I1 made the  headquarters in the city of La Plata with the purpose of administering the eastern territories. It held judicial authority and executive powers and presided over the regions of what is now Paraguay, south-eastern Peru, northern Chile and Argentina, and most of Bolivia.
On 1609, the city received an archbishopric, and granted it theological autonomy. That, along with the establishment of a University in 1624 with the result that during the 17th century, La Plata served as a legal, religious, and cultural center of the Spanish eastern territories.
The first cry of Independence in the Americas took place in the city of La Plata May 25th, 1809. On August 6th,
1825 independence was declared and a new republic was born under the name Bolivia after its liberator Simón Bolivar.
On August 11th, the name of the city of La Plata was changed to Sucre in honor of Mariscal Antonio Jose de Sucre, who along with Bolivar, fought for independence from Spanish rule. Sucre is a city of immense beauty, is replete with historic buildings that serve as a scenic backdrop to its rich legacy. This place has so many stunning monuments and such a wealth of colonial history, that in 1991, UNESCO declared it a world heritage site. This town of roughly 200,000, is easy to walk around and the older sections, with the white colonial buildings with their distinctive red-tiled roofs and beautiful colonial balconies that Sucre is famous for, allow great spots for exploring.
With the mining boom in nearby Potosí at the change of the 18/19th centuries, Sucre underwent architectural updates, creating a new and splendid look to the city's streets, parks and plazas.
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