You know you are in Bolivia when........

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
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Trip End Oct 26, 2010


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Where I stayed
Residencial Bolivia
Casa Al Tronco

Flag of Bolivia  , Chuquisaca,
Monday, April 12, 2010

Time in Sucre - 03/04/10 to 12/04/10
You know you are in Bolivia when the bus & car horns do not stop, when you see hunched over men & women (of older age) carrying their very large loads to market & the faces of the locals seem very serious.
 03/04/10
We have noticed a big difference between Argentina, Chile & Boliva. You can see on the peoples faces that it is a harder life to survive however we cannot help feel sometimes that we are not that welcome here. Arriving on the 3rd April it all started a bit exciting when we boarded a bus in Potosi after asking 4 people that worked for the company which bus to board, it turned out that we boarded the wrong bus. We did all we could. The bus ride was OK but we are still trying to figure out why even 2 metres the bus driver felt a need to move his hand from the steering wheel & onto the very musical horn. I do not that we were going to get an sleep this trip. Sucre was very different from Potosi however the altitude did make Potosi a much slower pace of life. Our first hostel we stayed in was Residencial Bolivia which was clean & safe however was far from friendly as the lonely planet had advised us. The girl was too busy necking her boyfriend to offer any assistance like handing us our keys to the room. Have another reservation in a couple of days so was not long. Both Bernie & myself feel in love with central market & we were spoilt for choice with fresh fruit & veg, spices, eggs, cheese, all sorts of meat & little stores were you could pull up a seat next to a local family & have a big feed for a little as 80pence.
04/04/10
Easter sunday & everything was closed & also the elections were on & for some reason you could not buy any beer. Bernie was not happy. Spent the day playing cards & had our first feed at central market. Was a relaxing day.
05/04/10 - 10/04/10
We moved into Casa Al Tronco (in the lovely area of Rocoletta Zona about 15 minutes walk from centro) on the 5th & also had a first Spanish lesson. Our first Spanish teacher was a little too advanced for us so on the 6th we changed teachers to the owner of the place we were staying. From all the other places we have stayed into up until now this was the most special. We pretty much had the whole place to ourselves with a kitchen, private bathroom, balcony (of course) & overlooking the city of Sucre. All for 10 pounds a night. Was just as beautiful during the day as it was at night when the town came to life. We spent our mornings having breakfast on the balcony & then the afternoons lessons with Tania. Was an exhausting week however I think we have advanced in the Spanish department. This week also gave our travelling friends time to catch up with us & ready for our next move.

11/04/10
Off to Tarabuco Markets. Bless Bernie for coming with me as shopping is not his thing for some reason. Was nice to be eating with the locals in the market & got a new local handbag but apart from that nothing special. We heard that most of the things come from Sucre anyway so we felt like it was a bit of a wasted trip. Was a nice day out though & we deserved it after all those Spanish lessons.

12/04/10
A large group of us are off to Samaipata today which we are all looking forward to getting out of a big city & into a sleepy town. Bus trip as always was an adventure especially around some of those hairpin bends where for some reason everyone feels the need to overtake especially our bus driver. Was also had a very romantic toliet stop in a town which had no electricity when we stopped. All the eateries were lit by candlelight & gave us a opportunity to see a sky full of stars. The romance stopped when we needed to use the loo & was not happy when I just about slipped in. Dirty feet, happy soul Lianne says however I do not think this time it would have counted!!

Hope everyone is happy & no one has been upset by the volcano in Iceland!!

Love the watties!!!!

xoxoxoxox
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