Published: June 13th 2012June 10th 2012
La Paz!! Cocaine capital of the world, yay.......
Again due to the fudged up bus systems in Berrrrrrlivia, we arrived to our hostel at 5 am. the hostel was one of the best we have stayed in, has 26 rooms and a huage bar for the people staying there. After sleeping for a while this guy woke me up by looking at me and going "tilly......tilly is that you?" (or something like that) and trying to get in bed with me..... that was confusing. We slept till about 12 and me and george went to have breakfast, people weere already doing shots at the bar shouting; "1, 2, 3, Wilrd rover!!!" (what it was called), so we were like riiiiiight and had a fry up.
WE then left for the witches market, called this because it had loads of witch artifact, like dead llamas and stones to wish upon, was a bit freaky. Me and george bought about 10 items of clothing each (and some presents :)), all of them matching/george copying me, and all along the way we saying how incredibly cheap the clothes were, in the end we spent about 50 quid.... so
not so cheap. That night we just went out for a nice mexican and aimed to get an early night in preparation for cycling the death road the next day! Except when i was getting in bed, michael and jimmy (guys from uni) came into my room to surprise me. I literally had no idea they were in la paz and they had seen my fb status (which was a frape btdubs) and just walked to my hostel to surprise. was literally speechless, so had a few beers with them and a good ol catch up and then got a relatively early night.
WE got up at 7am and set off in a bus for an hour, got our mega cool helmets jackets and gloves. It was absolutely freezing at the top, we were at 4500m again and it was early. there were people camping that high!!! nutters. So we had a bit of cake for breakfast and set off. the first bit was great for views and was a road so we could go mega fast as it was all downhill and very few cars. I kept trying to stay as fast as the guide but
couldnt manage it, he said i went about 40 miles an hour or something like that, felt rapid! We then got to the real death road, which has a pretty self explanatory name, a cliff to one side and a wall to the other! Towards the start i was going pretty fast, and fell into the ditch side...... so that made me go a bit slower, haha nah wasnt going to far was just bad luck. So after the near death experience we just took our time and had a few rest down the way, in the end it took us 4 hours and we had covered over 60 kms, mostly downhill so not too hard work. The road was so bumpy tho, my ass killed and my hands had huge bruises on the palms. At the bottom we got a litre of 7% beer each to celebrate that we were still alive (except em who got 100ml of vodka coke) YAY! Next was a cool down at a restaurant with a buffet lunch and a 3 hour drive back to the hostel. We planned to nap eat then go out, but i didnt have time for a nap, then me and george ate bangers and mash and got ill :(. I was way worse than george and had to get up 9 times in the night to do the deed, and was sick 2 times! was not the best nights sleep.
The next day i just stayed in bed and read....... fun fun fun, then had a crappy thai meal that made me feel worse.
That night i had again planned to stay in bed and fully recover, except michael came again and didnt want to leave la paz having not gone out, so i dropped two immodium and got on it! In the end it was an amazing night and wasnt too ill! Lots of dancing and screaming our heads off to the offpsring and stuff. Michael was hilarious and Jimmy was embarrassed by him which made it even funnier! One downer to the night was that we forgot to wake honesty up from our group nap, so she woke up at 2.30am and was ready and wondered where we were...... awkward. We all felt soooooooo bad the next day! There was also a room upstairs where they just sell and let you do cocaine, which is very weird and i avoided that like the plague.
The next day we just got up had food and went to the airport to fly to rurrenabaque, we also took loads of photos of em as she looked hilarious, and called her death all day.... coz thats what she looked like, god we are nice :)
lots of love
Oh Hec xxxxxxxxx