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


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

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre January 15th 2009

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. I don´t know what the road to Sucre is paved with, but it made the bus stop every few minutes, then crawl onwards again until it finally terminated several hours short of my destination. Unbeknown to me, my ´direct´ ticket to Sucre actually terminated in Potosi, one of the highest altitude cities in the world. What with it being 5am 'n' all, I was seriously, utterly underwhelmed. I always knew the Argentian bus system was a luxury that wouldn't be repeated in other south American countries, but I must admit my heart leapt a little when I saw the symbols for ´reclining seat´and ´video' printed on the side of the bus before boarding. Turned out that yes, the seat did recline, but the mechanism to ... read more
Cops on bikes

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 19th 2008

Alright alright, so the funk odyssey has hit Bowel-livia ... what a great country and of course, many adventures to be had. So I´d like to start this entry with a confession: I have been the victim of my first backpackers´scam. I know that some of you probably aren´t surprised however, hey, I fought the good fight for a long while ! Basically, when I entered Bolivia, the tards at Customs stamped my passport with an entry date of 16 November vice the 12 December ... bastardos ! This means that where I currently sit, I have overstayed my visa by 3 days and consequently, may have to pay a $US fine tomorrow when I hit the Argentine border. I´ll see how I go weazling my way out using my charm, skill and ample Spanglish abilities ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre December 17th 2008

Now then, let me begin this entry with an admission. Jurassic Park ranks a lot higher in my list of favourite films of all time than it probably really should for a 23 year old male. So when the opportunity came to go to a real life Jurassic Park near Sucre, I jumped at it. Or rather I jumped on a bus to it. Which I kind of told you about last time. Anyway, arriving in Sucre, I naturally had slept like a baby on the bus, so was full of beans and wanted to jump straight on the "Dino Bus" to the footprints. However, also quite predictably, Beth hadn't slept so well, so wanted to have a bit of a kip first. That was fair enough, and gave me a chance to wander round Bolivia's ... read more
Dino Footprints

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