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

We got on the boat to get to Isla de Sol which is located in the middle of Lake Titicaca. We sat down on the top deck with a bunch of 14 Argentinians from Buenos Aires who had come to Bolivia to dance caporalles, one of the dances danced in Carnaval . They were rowdy, laughing and joking and after an hour into the boat trip, they had finished two litres of some blue syrupy sweet cocktail. For the last half hour of the boat trip they were very drunk, all singing songs about the dance and waving bottles of cocktail in the air. Half way through the boat ride we got caught in a hail storm and it was really cold and windy, but fun. Once we arrived on the island Ronald and I, and ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana February 11th 2015

Ronald showed me how the walls were made of wood on all the fences up in the hill, then we headed back to the town and had a coffee, bought two tickets for the boat trip to the Isla de Sol and packed our bags with water, bread, mortadela and tostado de macarrones for the boat trip. Whilst we ate Saltenas (a pastry filled with juice, olives, carrots, eggs, potatoes and chicken) we watched the daily ritual of the baptism of cars. Everyday people of the town who have just bought new cars park their cars in a line outside the church, they decorate the cars in flowers, dress them up and bring lots of food and drink to celebrate the baptism of the car. The priest then comes out of the church with holy water ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana February 11th 2015

Ronald and I had breakfast in a place in the centre with the locals. We had a purple drink made of maze called Api, it is similar to sweet cereal but in a liquid form and bunuelo fried sweet dough, like a sweet pastry. We walked around town, visited the shield of Copacabana -each part of it representing geographical feature. We chased a bull as you do, climbed a big hill to find the Ahorca del Inca which consists of 3 rocks which the Incas put together to hang criminals from. On the way we up we passed the Observatorio Astronomico where the Incas would observe the universe from and finally after a very steep climb we found the Ahorca de Inca and from there we had an excellent view of Lake Titicaca and the Isla ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department February 10th 2015

Ronald and I took all my luggage up the hill to his Auntie’s house in Alto La Paz, at one of the highest points of the city. We headed up by Trufe and walked the rest of the way up into the clouds. We both packed little rucksacks with just the essential stuff and made our way to Copacabana. Before heading there, Ronald’s cousin, Franklin invited us to lunch in a restaurant where we had a four course meal - starter, then soup, then meat with potatoes and rice, and dessert – arroz con leche, rice pudding and apple juice. Here in Bolivia people eat enormous sized portions, but most of the food is home grown and there is a wide variety. If you want milk here you get it straight from the cow. The bus ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 9th 2015

To me La Paz felt very safe as long as you are careful crossing traffic and can manage steep hills. I think that it’s safe because it seems that everybody is so busy working selling their local produce and concerned about making money as that is mainly what La Paz is for, that they don’t have time to commit crime. I also don't think distraction techniques using mustard and ketchup have arrived here yet, it is not developed enough, and frankly the chaos in the streets is such that nobody has a free second to rob anybody. I find the costumes worn by the indigenous women are colourful and make for an expressive, fascinating city. In fact, everything in the street is colourful, from costumes to fruit and vegetables. There is plenty of opportunity to eat ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 9th 2015

Well Ronald was right. We got a trufe (a minibus without seatbelts, anybody can get on or off at any time and it’s packed full of people so that when one person needs to get out from the back all passengers need to get out to let him out.) Once we had gone down from La Paz El Alto (the highest point where the airport is located) to the town of La Paz the transport was chaos, there were trufes, all cars were Japanese (some very well maintained, some not) and there were also the first buses brought by the North Americans in the 1950s, doges, which pumped out a mass of black exhaust. As all of La Paz city centre is hilly when vehicles go down the hills they turn their engines off and coast. ... read more

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica February 9th 2015

Today I took my flight from Santiago to La Paz. I’d left my packing to the last minute which made the morning more stressful than it needed to be, but I’d packed my food for the airport the night before, got the metro at rush hour with all my backpacks, got a bus from the centre to the airport, checked my luggage in and got through security with plenty of breaks for coffee and plenty of time to relax. Security was relaxed. The only items that were prohibited on the plane were explosives, sharp objects and fizzy drinks. I suppose the liquid laws haven’t reached Chile yet, and perhaps terrorism from Islamic groups is non-existent here. The first flight which took about 2 hours dropped us off in the middle of the desert in Iquique, still ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

There was so much interesting history left to study but I knew soon that I would find myself in a room dedicated to the 1970s, where the explanation of the grim life under Pinochet’s regime would begin. For me it was time to head home at this point. I’d had enough of politics and after reading everything in Spanish, my mind felt like it had been participating in a triathlon, but instead of swimming, cycling and running, reading Spanish, processing Spanish and looking at objects. Besides which I had a whole appartment waiting for me, from which I could sit on my terrace and watch Santiago act as a passage way from all the hikers heading to the mountains and all the families heading to the swimming pool on a beautiful Sunday, whilst I drink ginger ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

I studied about Chile’s independence process, inspired by the French Revolution and the American war of Independence which both gave Chileans ideas about becoming independent from Spain. It began with Napoleon’s invasion of Spain in 1808 to the Battle of Maipu, then in1811 with the National Congress and ended in 1818 when the War of Independence ended and the empire collapsed. The King abdicated and Chile had its first autonomous government. I learned a bit more about how Argentina, Chile and Peru got their independence, helped by the same man in each country – the Argentinian Militar Jose de San Martin. I’ve seen statues of him everyhere in Argentina. According to Argentinians he is the one famous person who is popular amongst everybody, a completely non-controversial figure unlike all the others. I also learned about the ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region » Santiago February 8th 2015

I then studied about the changes which took place in the 18th century in America and Chile, due to the reforms carried out by the Bourbons. The church began losing its importance. The church carried on living alongside the Bourbon dynasty, new buildings were built in the Neoclassical style, rather than Baroque. This was what is know as the Golden Period, when the elite began using the estancias as a means of getting rich. The elite they would recruit immigrants who would work on their land and make money for their businesses, and prosper from the agriculture stemming from the land of the Estancias.... read more




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