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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 27th 2011

Tue 27th We arrived in Sucre and checked in Gringo´s Rincon hostel. It was run by a crazy crazy german called Mike. He insisted on showing us around his hostel so we could see which room we would like to pick. The first room he opened was a big 8 bed dorm, to which Mike said "This is an 8 bed dorm". We walked upstairs and he opened another door which was another 8 bed dorm, to which Mike said again "This is an 8 bed dorm". We moved on and he opened a door to a room with 4 beds in it. Feeling that i had a firm grip of what was going on here i said to Mike "...and this is the 4 bed dorm". Mike turned to me, scoffed loudly and quiped "Well ... read more
Call me what you want, but at the time it was funny goddamnit
Hayley having a great time at the empanada patio
nom nom nom!!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 17th 2011

Sucre : les vacances boliviennes Bon bon bon, après quasiment 2 semaines d’absence totale sur notre blog, il faut qu’on s’y remette ! On ne vous cache pas qu’on a pris du retard et que beaucoup de choses se sont passées depuis… Si on réussit à se remettre à jour, les posts du blog vont pulluler sous peu ! C’est parti ! Nous avons donc rejoint la « deuxième capitale » du pays, Sucre, il y a maintenant plus de 2 semaines ! Nous quittons l’Altiplano momentanément pour passer quelques jours dans cette charmante ex-capitale bolivienne, à la douceur plus qu’agréable ! Sucre, à 2790 mètres d’altitude, se trouve dans la région des « Vallées », une région qui longe tout l’Altiplano bolivien mais quelques mètres (voire kilomètres) en-dessous. Un climat bien plus clément du coup, ... read more
Université San Francisco Xavier, Sucre
Plaza 25 de Mayo, Sucre
Répétitions pour le cortège du 6 août

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 5th 2011

Ola from Sucre! Following the disastrous route to Bolivia, its safe to say our hopes for the next 3 weeks were pretty low! However, much to our delight we've had a great few days in Santa Cruz and Sucre. We slept very well on our first night in SC, then headed out to the busy market the following morning to buy warm clothes. Unfortunately there isn't a Primark out here, but the shoes, tracksuit bottoms, fleecy jackets, hats, gloves, socks and alpaca jumpers didn't cost us too much, and are exactly what we needed to combat the weather which might just about rival England. We wandered around the town, went into the Cathedral to say we had done something cultural, then met some Canadian girls who we had dinner with. Really rather good steak for less ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 5th 2011

A month ago we arrived in Sucre knowing that we were going to be working in an orphanage, but we did not know what to expect. Both of us had slight reservations of what we might be getting ourselves into – although there was an anticipation of excitement. After registering at the school that organises volunteers, we were taken to the orphanage by means of a bus. Buses in Sucre defy all laws of physics in as much that they are built to take 30 people at the absolute maximum (including those lying on top of each other ) but somehow manage to cram about 125 in). On the way it was explained to us that W was going to be working with the new born to 2 year olds, while I was given the 2-5 ... read more
Upstairs room
The orphanage
G "working" with a feather duster!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 28th 2011

car drivers are much more advanced than their counterparts in Europe. Here they have evolved to such a level, that they do not use indicators, only the car horn. The following is a helpful guide should you ever travel here: one beep of the horn means I am turning right. one beep of the horn means I am turning left. one beep of the horn means I am going straight on. one beep of the horn means I might stop to talk to a friend I have just seen on the pavement. one beep of the horn means I have no idea where I am. ONE BEEP OF THE HORN MEANS RUN !!!!... read more

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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 22nd 2011

So, where were we…ah yes, we had just finished the tour of the salt flats and the train graveyard, and had entered the town of Uyuni, then quickly left it. It has the same atmosphere as Portsmouth on a wet Friday night – can’t say much more than that. To escape, your correspondent took on the role of official bus booker and so, booked a bus to Sucre. Rather than having to stay overnight, I immediately booked an overnight bus and rushed to tell Wendy. Did she congratulate me on my booking skills, nay dear readers she did not. I was berarted for not checking if it was a direct bus, or if it stopped elsewhere – more on that later. Later. No, it was not a direct bus, there was a two hour stopover in ... read more
the olympic pool
Bolivian luxury
top class !!!!!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 14th 2011

Luckily for my readers, this entry will be brief; I have little to write about this lovely city, the first I have encountered in Bolivia that has genuine charm and appeal. I did not do much during my time, except enjoy the warmth, the oxygen and living a slow relaxed life for a few days. Lying at a breathable altitude of 2750m is the beautiful white city of Sucre, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and constitutional capital of Bolivia. The Unesco protected city centre of Sucre contains a large number of buildings which have been painted white, giving rise to it's obvious nickname - La Ciudad Blanca. The history of the city became significant alongside the discovery of silver in the mines of Potosi. The people the mine made wealthy generally want to live ... read more
Smoothie Stall
Sucre Mercado
Arce de Triumphe

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 13th 2011

On a sunny Tuesday morning the adventure began. The 4x4 comprised of Wendy, myself, Nilla (Australian) and Neil (anglo-australian). Joining us were Eduardo, the driver, and Agustina, our cook. Off we zoomed on a 4 day trip which promised volcanoes, flamingos, hot springs and a multitude of llamas. Our trip started promisingly – the car started – and off we went out of Tupiza, following the by now recognisable river bed and dirt track. The scenery as we went into the mountains was spectacular. Red sandstone reaching up nearly 4000 metres. To the joy of everyone, I was pointing out areas that appeared to be where Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid was filmed. You can imagine their happiness being tuck in the car while I quoted every line I know from the film – which ... read more
the trail to follow
had to blow up a passage through
Butch and Sundance land


We left Potosi by taxi - sharing it with an elderly couple who were going to Sucre to catch a flight to Cocabamba so the man could have more cancer treatment. They were a lovely couple, really cheery and fun. The driver was playing Western music on the CD and our fellow passenger knew every song - he sang along and we had a competition to see who could name the song first. He won! A great drive - as with most of our high altitude travel - very scenic, though desolate in some places. I should imagine that it would normally be very dusty as well though the rain over the previous few days had dampened the earth. Unfortunately though there were too many plastic bags blowing in the wind. We arrived in Sucre three ... read more
Typical street scape in Sucre - with the bare hills behind the city
Museo de la Recoletta
Fountain and arches at the city lookout


what have the Romans ever done for Bolivia ? let me tell you dear readers - absolutely nothing ! ! if they could have been bothered to invade and conquer a couple of thousand years ago, we would now have not just straight roads, but ones that are not merely dried up river beds. in fact these ones are almost motorways compared to those that are just tracks across fields. There are times however, that one would wish for even a track rather than just having your bus drive across fields !! to be fair, there is a new road being built which will help dramatically. the only slight drawback that I noticed, is that rather than built one part of the road and then move on to the next stretch, the Bolivians came up ... read more




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