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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 18th 2008

A new week arrives in Bolivia. The bodies of several supporters of Evo Morales have been found murdered in the northern region of Pando. The governor of the region has been arrested on orders from La Paz. He is accused of paying death squads to hunt down the supporters and kill them. Meanwhile, in La Paz, all non-essential personnel have been evacuated from the United States embassy. Two full flights of American citizens have been evacuated from the La Paz airport, and the State Department is strongly warning against all travel into Bolivia - fearing violence against Americans. Things in Bolivia are bad. But this is just embarrassing. The UK Foreign Office is saying that travel to Bolivia is fine, but that Santa Cruz and Pando should definitely be avoided. My fellow Americans: CHILL OUT. Our ... read more
Ailbhe, Mike, Ross, and Tony
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South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 13th 2008

And after all, we're only ordinary men My last morning in Potosí is a lazy one. I had intended on leaving for Sucre at around 8am, but I seem to have found an excuse to pack and repack my things a few times over. The reason is probably that my tiny one-bed room has a crummy little television parked on a small end table. The local cable service is loaded with an array of Spanish-speaking and Brazilian channels. But it also provides CNN International. Not my first choice of journalistic integrity, but I've been completely disconnected from the planet for a few weeks. I'll take anything. One of the main topics of discussion is Bolivia. Protests in Santa Cruz and the northern region of Pando have ratcheted up a few notches. The U.S. State Department is ... read more
La Entrada de los Niños
La Entrada de los Niños
La Entrada de los Niños

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre September 13th 2008

Etter noen kalde dager i Salar de Uyuni var det deilig aa komme til Sucre. Vi hadde egentlig tenkt oss innom gruvebyen Potosi paa veien, men det er blitt omlegging i planene og vi proever aa spare inn tid. Sucre ligger hoeyt, men har et betydelig bedre klima saa det var bare aa finne frem shortsen. Sucre er en betydningsfull by i Bolivias historie, det var her de erklaerte seg uavhengige og loesrev seg fra Spania i 1825. Saa det blir paa en maate Bolivias svar paa Eidsvoll da kanskje... Vi spanderte paa oss litt komfort i hverdagen, og tok inn paa et straalende hotell i en gammel kollonialbygning. Greit aa slaa paa stortrommen naar det bare koster 200 kr natten. Siden vi hadde et flott hotell ville vi gjerne benytte mest mulig tid paa hotellet. ... read more

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 31st 2008

Our last few weeks haven´t really been much to write home about with a lot of disappointing towns and hours and hours of bus rides. We took a long way round to arrive in Santa Cruz but were immediately disappointed with this city too after getting our hopes up that it would be somewhere to spend a few days. In reality there really isn´t that much to do, it´s not that pretty and our 2nd of 2 days there consisted of a citywide strike so nothing was open at all.. no breakfast.. no lunch... no fun! We left Santa Cruz with a new travel plan lined up to visit the places that Che Guevera spent his last days. Unfortuantley for us Santa Cruz region decided to put up blockades on all the roads out of the ... read more
Vallagrande market
Sucre Plaza
Mural by the laundry room

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 29th 2008

Bolivian politics. Best visualised by a game of rugby/gridiron. One side is given the ball, and run where they want to with it. The rest of the field is in a state of carnage. * three distinct regions, with three distinct languages (plus Spanish) * overlaid with the legacy of a colonial hierarchical privilege and race driven structure * carefully placed natural resources (incl. natural gas en masse) sitting under some of the population - as it happens the wealthier group * add the first ethnic president (ever) pushing for change, combined with his anti-US tendencies regardless of pragmatism. And now you have a crude appreciation for some of the complexities exploding in this, the poorest Latin American country. So as we entered Bolivia via the remote back blocks of the spectacular Uyuni salars, we were ... read more
Nice place to sit in the sun
Energiser bunny
Marshalling something happy.

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 18th 2008

I'm sitting here in Sucre, Bolivia stuffing my mouth with bon bons. They are tasty. Apparently Sucre is the chocolate capitol of Bolivia. It's probably also the bon bon capitol of the world. Just before the bon bons I was eating the first dinner I've prepared for myself on this whole trip. I made an egg and cheese sandwich with tomatoes. It was kinda bomb. This I think is officially my worst blog ever. Sucre is nice by the way. Where did all my writing inspiration go? I probably keep going on about food because since I've been in Bolivia I haven't had much of an appetite and it finally came back today. After leaving Puno, I was in La Paz for about a day then continued on to Uyuni to see these salt flats everyone ... read more
Llama fetuses
Where am I?
Isla Incahuasi

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 3rd 2008

Well, it's been quite a while since I last blogged, so heres the latest installment. I last wrote as we boarded the bus from Rosario to Cordoba in Argentina. Here goes: Monday 07th July Chilled in Cordoba. Bought Steak from supermarket for tea. It was AR$9 (1.50 quid) and would have fed about four of us! It was fab! Tuesday 08th July Did Cordoba's sights. There's lots of nice buildings, but we've seen loads of nice buildings already! We saw the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Mercad, Cabildo Iglesia Catedral, Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus, Iglesia de Snta Teresa y Convento de Carmelitos Descalaz de San Jose, Museo de Arte Religioso Juand de Tejeda, Plaza Velez Sarsfield, and the Plaza de la Independencia where the Falklands Memorial is. Wednesday 09th July Argentine Independance Day! ... read more
Hubba Bubba Thingy!
Tilcara
Big Cactus

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre August 3rd 2008

Well not had much luck getting to an internet cafe (that works) since the last time I bloged so I have tried to put in as much info as possible without taking up to much of everyones time when you come to read it so hear goes. monday 7th to saturday 12th july We arrived in Cordoba and decided before arriving to visit a couple of the neighbouring towns so we headed to the bus station and was informed that La Falda, Alta Gracia and Villa Carlos paz cost more to get to than paying for an overnight busSo we decided to chill and spent the week visiting Cordobas sights such as "Plaza General" "Igles Catedral Sunday 13th july Arrived 9am in Salta and its lovely and sunny so I love it already. A little tired ... read more
Hubba Bubba Night
Tilcara
Train from Villazon to Tupiza

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 20th 2008

Sometimes the linguistic barrier can be broken down by the simple expedient of using the language of love, as perfectly demonstrated by the taxi driver who took me to Potosi bus station to catch the next service to Sucre. He asked me where I was from then mimed sexual intercourse when I said I was English, then made further shagging motions when I said that I liked Bolivia, and once again when I said I had met lots of Americans in South America. I was unsure if he was implying that he had been there done that or questioning whether I had. The trip to Sucre was as boring as any journey on a paved road can be, and I emerged from the bus into a city so different to Uyuni and Potosi that it was ... read more
Palm shadow
Church
Colonnade?  Portico?  Stoa?  Whatever

South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre July 20th 2008

Hello Perhaps you´d wondered if I´d fallen off the continent or wandered into the Amazon jungle. Sorry I haven´t been keeping this up to date too often. It´s not that I haven´t had anything to report - more that I keep forgetting to write it up or when I decide to do it, something else comes up. So where are we? Since I last wrote, I travelled to the east of the province of Santa Cruz into an area called Chiquitano where there are some beautiful villages very different from other parts of the country. It is an area also called Missiones for the missions established by the Jesuits in the 19th century. Each village has a church designed and built by the Jesuits with most beautiful carvings inside and out and decorated ornately. Twice a ... read more
Impressive Musicians
View of Sucre
The new house




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