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So my week began with a super sexy sight. In the trufi in front of me was a man cleaning his ears with a screwdriver and I was so distracted I almost missed my stop. No I'm kidding, I just wanted to get out of there! In the afternoon Mechi and Santi were playing together and the game looked as follows: Santi was wearing a Hulk costume and was chasing Mechi. After some while he would die and Mechi then would put him on my lap, so I could reanimate him. Then it started all over again. Chasing, Dying, Reanimating...after six rounds or so I said there was nothing more I could do and this time he was actually dead. Santi, sitting next to me on the sofa, let out the biggest possible fart that can ... read more
One cool taxi
"The sky is the limit"
Cochabamba city

South America » Bolivia » Cochabamba Department » Cochabamba September 28th 2012

First of all there will be lots of different names appearing in my blogs, so I'll introduce to you the most important people: Alcira: my host mum Andrea: my host sister (and Alcira's granddaughter) Paola: Alcira's daughter who comes over every day Ariel: Paola's husband Santiago: Paola and Ariel's son (he's 2 or 3 years old) Mechi: Alcira's goddaughter who also lives at the house Those are the people who are around me every day, but of course there are many visitors as well. On Monday I was picked up in the morning and taken on a walk through the city. I got to meet everyone at my organisation's office and all the important places around (post office, internet café a.s.o.). I then got a Bolivian sim card for my phone, but unfortunately my phone didn't ... read more
The street my office is located in (and the Andean mountains)
A photo for my article
Taxi-Trufis

South America » Bolivia » Cochabamba Department » Cochabamba September 24th 2012

Day 339 Friday 14th September Had breakfast with the cheery ladies again this morning we sure will miss them, but at least we got eggs this morning only because I pushed in. Paid the bill and there was a taxi waiting out front so we were on our way for our 9.00am bus to Cochabamba. The bus is one of the better bus companies El Dorado yes you would have thought we would know better and there was definitely no gold lining on this bus. I learnt one lesson I waited till the last minute to board and let everyone get settled in their seats. We are heading down to 2553m and warmer weather so we can’t wait, as we have spent the last month between 3600m – 4000m. The bus was hot and stuffy so ... read more
Cochabamba
Cochabamba
Cochabamba

South America » Bolivia » Cochabamba Department » Cochabamba September 23rd 2012

Sometimes I wonder if there is something wrong with. Coming to Bolivia I don't know the language or the culture, but I am not nervous at all. Any normal person would probably freak out and prepare as much as possible, but all I did was worry about my 30-hour trip to get there. On saturday I met the whole family I am now staying with and had to discover that noone speaks English. Well, my host sister knows a bit, but it's not really enough to communicate. My Spanish isn't as bad as I thought, I am able to communicate most of the time and if no words work I use my hands. They told me about a German volunteer who stayed with them and didn't speak Spanish at all, so I wasn't doing too bad. ... read more
The dance show
The girls dancing to "it's raining man"
The girls dancing to "it's raining man" 2

South America » Bolivia » Cochabamba Department » Cochabamba September 20th 2012

My big journey began at a pretty crappy time. 5pm to be precise. The first adventure was right after my first flight. The security in Hamburg wanted me to open my trolley and take out my camera for an extra scan, so I thought I'd be smarter in London and took it out right away. Especially since the security check there took forever and I only had 30 minutes until my next flight. I was told there were some new security standards made by the government which took place the first day and caused all the chaos. Well just my luck! Once I was through security I grabbed my stuff and ran towards my gate which was 10 minutes away (boarding had already started and the gate was supposed to close any minute). Halfway through I ... read more
My room
My room
The view in the morning


Hello everyone! We had about 3 days in sucre. We started our second day by walking round the city. We popped in to the local free museaum which had an exhibition of Bolivian mask , very intresting and amazing how stunninof some of thesemasks were. When we got back to the hotel my tour leader Carolina knocked and said she had a delivery for me. It was a white rose and I later found out it was suppose to be from the receptionist! We went quad bikacted for the day. I was expecting it to be round a dirt track however we went round the countryside n cliff edges and mountins for 3 hours! Was a bit scary at first as I kept thinking I was going to go of the edge because I couldn't steer ... read more
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Aurora 3 Guarbi 1 (Part 4) A very low key match on a Saturday evening in Cochabamba at the Felix Capriles Estadio. This was a Liga A game and the attendance was a measley 2,000 or so. A little on the disappointing side but Cochabamba is a much smaller city than Santa Cruz so what can you expect. Quality of footy was the poorest we've seen ot the trip so far, these lot would make Blackburn look good! Aurora are mid table and Guarbi are adrift at the bottom of the league so that may explain things a little. Tomorrow we´re off to a Liga B game with Cochabamba´s other team Wilsterman, expectations aren´t high!! Despite the low numbers, there were still a few fans who made the effort, banging drums and setting off flares and ... read more
Aurora v Guarbi
Looking cool!
La clima en Cochabamba es bonita!

South America » Bolivia » Cochabamba Department » Cochabamba November 16th 2011

On our last day in La Paz, we took a relaxed day trip to the Moon Valley - sandstone stalagmites that are busy eroding away. A lot of the town actually looks like that - not sure what type of insurance the guys take out for their houses! We saw some house clinging precariously to the edge of the sandstone cliffs. The past few days have seen big action! We kicked off with the Death Road cycle - claimed as the most dangerous road in the world, we set off with 4 others and a guide. The first part was great for Phil - 32kms of downhill on smooth tarmac. The rest of the road kept Marco happy with downhill offroad stuff for the next 33kms. The scenery was spectacular, the photos don´t give it justice. ... read more
Moon Valley
Moon Valley
 Shoe Shine!

South America » Bolivia » Cochabamba Department October 12th 2011

Ey up Gringos We’re in Arequipa , Peru . But uuughhh I’m dying. I’m ill. You wouldn’t understand. Uggghh. I would kill everyone in this hostel just to be back at home on the couch with a cup of Yorkshire Tea and a couple of slices of toast. But I’ll fight my way through it cos I’m a man, a man’s man that just gets on with it and does it my way. I always say, ‘what would Chuck Norris do?’ He’d probably punch himself in the stomach until he was better. Beat those bugs up with his fists, no time for those white blood cells to sort it out. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do. “Cheers love.” Judith’s just got back from the shop with a bottle of water for me and a bag of ready ... read more
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Bonita ciudad, con un centro de aires coloniales, una parte más céntrica donde las calles se están quedando pequeñas. Y alrededores de calles anchas, con buenas aceras y algunas grandes avenidadas. Sorprendidos del gran número de restaurantes, y de la gran afluencia que tienen de gente. Debe ser que la gastronomía es un punto fuerte de esta ciudad. Un gran cristo domina la ciudad, está prohibido mearse dentro. LA subida en teleférico es muy bonita. Un mercado o cancha, lleno de cualquier artículo que podamos necesitar Al estar preparando las maletas para salir hacia Uyuni, Carol se da cuenta que su pasaporte no está, la ultima vez que lo vió en los lavabos del aeropuerto… Por suerte lo encontramos en información ... read more
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