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South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 16th 2015

I’d asked Ronald to go on to the next place so I could finish a few things off in La Paz and we could then meet up tomorrow, which he agreed to. As well as getting a few things done (things that can only be done when I have access to wifi – most of my planning requires wifi) whilst I really enjoy travelling with Ronald and enjoy his company I wanted to be alone for one day and night in this capital city to be sure I could be independent and look out for myself as I had been able to do during my trip up to now. I would be horrified to find that I had to rely solely on anybody but myself to carry out my plans and therefore even when I have ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 15th 2015

After the festival had finished and we’d shared a delicious pizza in an Italian restaurant the day started to turn into a comedy of errors for us both which wasn't quite as funny as the water bombs, foam or pistols were combined, although I still managed to find it hilarious. The festival had started four hours later than it was due (I think waiting four hours is quite normal in Bolivian culture – the notion of time is very different to general European culture) but we had banked on getting to Tiahanacu in the afternoon and hit some museums on pre-Inca tribes. By the time we were ready to go after the festival, had eaten, collected our bags and taken them up to Ronald’s aunts house at the top of La Paz and walked to find ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 15th 2015

We checked out of our hostel in La Paz and headed to Carnaval 2015 to watch the parade, with the aim of leaving for Tiahuanacu in the afternoon. Carnaval was amazing. There were lots of bands there each playing different instruments to different rhythms depending on the national song of their community, people were dancing and wearing different costumes. We had waited a long time for it to start, found a place with a good view of the parade whilst not getting wet and for a whole hour watched kids (and plenty of adults) all wearing disguises from superman to Clockwork orange, racing around spraying each other with foam, water pistols and throwing water bombs. The parade consisted of groups of communities from La Paz, dressed in themed and very colourful costumes, dancing to a band ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 14th 2015

MORNING I woke up with bad stomach cramp, had a spell of diarrhoea and I could only eat bananas, melon and papaya and drink a café con leche for breakfast. Ronald insisted we travel to Tiwanaku today, about an hour away from La Paz, which we had planned to go to yesterday. Yesterday I’d insisted I just needed a day to catch up with the usual jobs so I could enjoy the rest of my trip and today I really felt I couldn't travel to Oruro for the festival which we had planned to see. Although it wasn't serious I felt very weak, I barely ate a thing during the day and every now and then I would get a very bad pain in my stomach and then it would pass. In the afternoon we went ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 14th 2015

EVENING In the evening we headed down to the Feria de Alasitas. This happens once a year and consists of a square full of vendors selling hand-made miniatures of anything you might like a bigger version of, in the coming year. You can buy just about anything as each one of the hundreds of vendors specialises in a different thing. There is everything from farm animals and agriculture related things, shops, diplomas from all universities, driving licenses, passports, (frogs, elephants and buddhas all representing fortune), cars, all types of food, fruit and vegetables – anything you can’t afford now but you want to be able to afford within the next year. Once you buy the miniatures you put them together on a plate creating your vision of the future. The people then burn incense around it ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 13th 2015

We both had a nice breakfast in the hostel. As it was an open buffet I ate what I could, I had cereal, coffee with milk, a glass of orange, bread and butter, and a dish full of banana, papaya and melon. It was a good start to the day which I’d dedicated to catching up with some jobs so we could enjoy the rest of the trip around Bolivia following Ronald’s itinerary and using La Paz as a base.... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana February 12th 2015

We went to visit the Asiento del Inca which was the seat used by the Incas during their ceremonies. We saw where the King and Queen sat, where the Incas would eat during the ceremony, where they would rest and where they would urinate down a channel in the rock. An unofficial guide came to show us the rock, explained the parts of the rock and how they were used during the ceremony, complete with demonstrations. He also asked Ronald to do some demonstrations but thankfully not the one of the Incas urinating down the rock. Of course, the unofficial guide wanted money for his explanations and I was more than happy to give him a few coins. His demonstration of the Incas lying down in the rock resting, was so funny. He was comical without ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana February 12th 2015

We left the church and went on to have breakfast in the local market with the local people. We had coffee with milk (fresh from the cow), bread and ‘queso fresco’ (fresh cheese made straight from the cows' milk that very day.) Ronald began telling me that Bolivians believe in Catholicism as well as paganism. For example, festivals such as ‘Carnaval’ are pagan festivals but they still celebrate the Catholic festivals that they do in Europe. In this way they integrate going to mass and Catholic ceremonies with earth worshipping rituals.We then looked around the shops and Ronald pointed out that they sell dehydrated, dead animals. Depending on your illness to get better you need to sacrifice a certain animal to the Gods by burning it. All Bolivians know which dehydrated animal they need to sacrifice ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana February 12th 2015

Both of us woke up with burned faces after spending yesterday on the Isla del Sol. I couldn’t believe it as there hadn’t been any sun and instead was very cloudy. I suppose because we were so high up the sun must have been so strong that it had burned us through the clouds. Ronald woke me up at 7.30am to see if I wanted to go to mass. I went with him because I didn’t want to offend his culture, I felt it would be a new experience and it meant we would get some breakfast quicker. We waited in the church for the priest to come but after half an hour he never came. It turns out that during the week he baptises cars but during the weekend he only baptises people and says ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Isla del Sol February 11th 2015

We were sold a Cruz Andina each - a piece of jewellery shaped in the form of a cross representing a sacred part of indigenous' people's history. The Andean Cross pre-Inca represented 13 months of the calendar year, and represented three important seasons. 21st March was the summer solstice, 21st June when the energy would enter the earth through the sun and 21stSeptember when the women would come and plant seeds in the ground and look after the earth. The 3 seasons were represented by the sky, the earth and the undergrowth? and these elements were represented by a condor (the sky), a puma (the earth) and a snake (the undergrowth) The Incas living on the Isla del Sol, every 6 months would sacrifice virgin women to the Madre Pachimana (God of the Earth) in order ... read more




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