Published: July 1st 2005June 28th 2005
So we´re now in La Paz. Its quite strange being in such a big busy city after being in the countryside for so long but it seems really cool. We got the afternoon bus after going for breakfast at quite a dodgy reataurant in the centre of Copacabana. The guy brought me fried egg with a small black curly hair in it! Yuck! And when i pointed it out he took it away, picked the hair off and brought it back!! Arrgghh! I just gave him a horrified look and he said "oh, do you want a new one"?!? I assured him that i did! So weve spent the past couple of days hanging out and shopping. Everything is so cheap here. Accommodation is about 1.30gbp per night and eating out is about the same. We’ve found a fantastic fruit stall round the corner from our hostel that does massive smoothies with any kind of fruit you want for only 1.50bolivianos. That’s about 10p! Brilliant! I’m trying to be a bit wary of street food though as i spent my first day here in bed feeling sick and dizzy, I´m sure it just the altitude though. La Paz is at 3660m above sea level so you get out of breath really easily when you’re walking up hill and La Paz is pretty much a collection of big hills so we have to stop for coffee at least 3 or 4 times a day, but since the cappuccinos are 50p each, it´d be rude not to! The main thoroughfare is really quite pretty with nice gardens and palm trees and normal city shops but as soon as you go down (or up) any side streets it gets really dodgy. There´s loads of cheap markets and tiny street tiendas. Yesterday we spent a good part of the afternoon trying to find the famous witches market. we found a couple of stalls nearby selling witchy things like spells and good luck charms. They were also selling dried Llama foetuses which are meant to keep demons away from your house! Delightful! I´m off to find another smoothie!