Blogs from Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia, South America - page 17


South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 10th 2009

So, having been tricked by fate and the swarky ladies at the bus station, we were now holding two very expensive tickets on the last bus out of Cochabamba, eagerly awaiting departure. And waiting. And waiting. Finally we set off. Only stop for a meal break 25 minutes down the road. Then everyone piled back on, complete with chicken, gravy and god knows what else, as we bumped our way along. Caitlin and I were sooo lucky. We had the middle seats in the back row. Our seats weren´t even level. My ass was numb before we left the bus station. Caitlin was lucky. Her seat neighbour was a 13 year old who had a wee crush. He spent the night staring, giggling and cuddling up to my curly haired friend. Oh how we love bus ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 10th 2009

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is well and happy! We are well and happy! Throughout South America we have traveled along a few Inca roads and Inca and pre-Inca ruins. It is a great feeling to travel as the Incas did and the roads are still there which is impressive. We really love the stone work in which the roads were constructed. These roads usually lead through the hills and mountains and are definitely off the main roads and the scenery is usually better. So we decided that we would take a three day hike along one of these roads just outside Sucre (capital of Bolivia). So we got our things together, some food, a map from the military and instructions on how to get to the starting point. So we had to get a taxi ... read more
The Camiones
The Ince route
Inca Road

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 10th 2009

I don´t think I have ever felt so relieved to get off a bus. Ok maybe, but never one that was supposed to be so short and straightforward. Anyhoodle, we picked up our bags and headed for the nearest HI hostel (expensive yet clean..) for a quick reshuffle and then it was off to explore Sucre. It rained, so we breakfasted at the first place that was open. Bellies full we visited La Casa de la Libertad and learnt all about Bolivian, and Latin American independence. We also saw some very cool furniture. Oh, and we found several chocolate boutqiues and tasted their wares. We explored the plaza, but were still hungry, so headed for an early lunch at Joyride. I heart their hot chocolate. Post lunch we hiked up the somewhat steep hill to La ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre April 5th 2009

Hola mi amigos, Hope everyone is well. So I have finished my first week of Spanish classes and am very happy. Mi gusta Sucre, mi familia and mi clase de Espanol (I love Sucre, my host family and my Spanish classes). Sucre is a beautiful city, it is the highest capital city in the world and it has a beautiful charm and look about it. The buildings are mostly white and grand and the view from my favourite (ultra steep) hill is moi bonito (very beautiful). My Spanish is coming along very nicely. I have learnt so much in a week and find I can converse with the merchants in the mercado (market) and I sometimes sit in the plaza and talk with the beautiful (and smelly) homeless children. I certainly can´t have a proper conversation ... read more
Las Chickas leaving Sydney
Breakfast in Buenos Aires
Border Crossing, Bolivia

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 25th 2009

I stayed put long enough in Sucre to take up a 5th language (Hola!), familiarise myself with the markets and get acquainted with the dogs on my street. My 8 hour of Spanish lessons cost 4euro/hr, and enables me to now blurt out all sorts of furniture, fruit and colours (very important ...) without conjugating a real sentence. It was lovely ... I would get up at 7am and walk the 2km to school with the school kids. Afterwards, feeling like quite the local, I went to the wet market (where of course I got ripped off) and went 'home' to cook. Having achieved that I decided cooking really wasn't worth it, since a full set menu at lunch cost the same. After 4 days in the same city, it was time to move on, since ... read more
P1000580 - Potosi how to make silver

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 23rd 2009

I arrived in Sucre after 9 hours on a chicken bus. You have to look at the photo to clearly understand this. The road between Uyuni and Potosi is just mud and sand. Occassionally we literally drove over a river (thank goodness we didn´t get stuck). It had been raining cats and dogs, so everything was flooded. Chicken bus meant that our luggage was put on the roof of the bus (and got wet), and Bolivians who needed a ride would stand in the aisle, with their bums in my face. There wasn´t a toilet on the bus (toilet? bus?), so I didn´t drink anything the whole day. To top it off, halfway into the trip, the bus had a flat tire, so we stood outside in the rain. I wanted desperately to be in Sucre ... read more
P1000534 - Bus broke down change tyre
P1000536 - Stopping for a break
P1000537 - Market in Tarabuco

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre March 18th 2009

Gemma: I can´t believe another week has gone by already, time really flies here! This week has been a good week for meeting the locals. On Friday we went to my Spanish teacher´s house for a traditional Bolivian meal as it was my last lesson. I say house, but it was 2 rooms in an apartment complex, neither bigger than an average sized bathroom. She lives there with her 3 year old daughter, her husband died last year in tragic circmstances. Anyway, it puts poverty in perspective. She is a teacher, has a university degree and yet she can´t afford to live somewhere with its own bathroom, sink or cooking facilities. She is lucky, in that she has nice neighbours etc but she really has nothing. She gets paid the equivalent of 1 pound an hour ... read more
Cafe at Uyuni - Colin!

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 24th 2009

Its sooo weird to be back in Sucre again! For those who don´t know, I lived here last year for 2 months! I lived with a family for a month then had my own apartment with some friends that I met here. Sucre is crazyyy right now though! We arrived here on the first day of Carneval, which is a 4 day fiesta in the streets. Thousands of people will gather outside roaming the streets in huge groups playing music, dancing, and getting people wet with water! They roam the streets with waterballoons, squirt guns, and foamy spray. The first day when we arrived in Sucre, we went out into the streets not knowing that we would be seriously ATTACKED with balloons!!!! The guys will literally whip balloons at girls faces and backs.. i had welts ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 16th 2009

Thurs 12th - Went out looking for something for breakfast and found a different kind of salteña, was soo yummy. I have just read in my guide book, while checking the spelling for salteña, that the best salteñas are found in Sucre so score. Sadly they only sell them in the mornings. Sucre is also known as La Ciudad Blanca de Las Americas (the White City of the Americas). Went and got some fruit from the market and had a totally awesome breakfast. We got a bus out to buy our bus ticket onto Santa Cruz and decided to walk back. Got some good street meat from a lady beside the bus station with boiled corn bits, potato and spicy salsa. While we were walking we came across a phone inside the belly of a dinosaur. ... read more
Our hotel in Sucre
Bus station food - dried meat and potato
Dinosaur phone

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre February 3rd 2009

Hei! Argentiinan ylamailta ollaan jo ehditty Bolivian puolelle. Kaytiin muutaman paivan suola-aavikkoreissulla ja sielta tultiinkin lahes yhtakyytia tanne Sucreen, missa ollaan jo reilut viikon paivat majailtu. Loydettiin kohtuuhintainen espanjan ope, jonka palveluja nyt kaytetaan hyvaksi joka arkiaamu. Eilen ja tanaan kaytiin vahan tutkailemassa vapaaehtoistyomahdollisuuksia, mutta usein vaativat useamman kuukauden sitoutumisen, joten toistaiseksi se homma on viela auki...ainakin mun osalta. Taalla on karnevaalit 3 viikon paasta, jonka huomaa lahinna kosteista planteista paidassa. Lahes kaikki lapset ja lapsenmieliset kantavat mukanaan isoja vesipyssyja tai isoja kasseja vesipalloja, joidenka kohteeksi turistit helposti joutuvat. Tanaan kuitenkin kaami karahti Veruskalta kun ison kerrostalon ylimmasta kerroksesta alkoi sataa vesipalloja, tulivat sen verran lujaa, etta Veruskaa sa... read more
salar de uyuni

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