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Published: August 14th 2005
We arrived in La Paz really early in the morning so intended to climb into a hostel bed, not as easy as it sounds. For anyone arriving in La Paz early in the morning be warned most of the hostels are closed! You can buzz for as long as you like but they will not answer the door! And by early i mean 6am!
But we eventually found a place and just crashed out untill mid afternoon, cama buses arnt as comfy as everyone would like you to think!
We spent much of the afternoon just wandering around, it took us a while to find anywhere on the map because the lp guide map sucks! But just wandering was good enough for us. Everywhere you look you can see huge mountains towering over the city, with houses, or shacks, balanced on the side, it really is amazing.
We found the witches market, im not sure i will be buying any of the hundreds of dried llamas they sell, from pickled llama fetuses, to fully grown llamas...well just the heads! Dom bought some incense as our room smells really bad! and the woman on hte stall tried to convince us
to by a lucky charm, we were quite taken by the idea untill she let us in on the fact it was to increase fertility!
The next morning we couldnt get out of the hostel fast enough! So we went in search for a nice, but cheap, hostel, and we found one, and Doms broken spanish and haggling skills came in use once more, 2pounds 80 for the both of us for a double room!! Although it is on the 5th floor, which may not sound much but there really really really is no air, it takes us 20 mins to recover from the climb up to our room!
The rest of the day was spent wandering once again, we came across, purley by accident, a museum full of yet more mummies! and loads of inca artifacts, well worth a visit even though it might take you all day to find it!
We also did what we are best at...splurged!! But if you were here you wouldnt be able to say no to the wonderful thingfs to buy, we bought jumpers, pressies of course and lots of nice things for us!
On the way back to the
hostel to unload our selves of all our goodies we bumped into a man whose wife teaches spanish, so tomorrow is spanish day!
After Dinner we wandered through yet another part of the town, and came across the cutest children ever! They were playing toy guitars to make money on the side of the street, and the cheeky things insisted on money before we were allowed to take their photo, so of course we put coins in each of their cups! Its really sad to see kids as young as 3/4 having to sing on the street to make money, but people do seem to give money more easily than they do to the older people, and of course all of them gor finger puppets!
The next day was spanish day, well morning, and opnly two hours as our teacher was an hour late, apparently she had to pick up a fridge!
After Spanish a HUGE lunch, we have found it too much to eat on the evening so have taken to big lunches instead, and then the afternoon a teeny bit more splurging, and an early night! This lack of air really makes you sleepy!
was spent taking pictures of more cute children! There was some kind of festival where hundreds of children were dancing up and down the streets to loud music, whilst dressed in bright outfits, and as vegetables!
Unfortunatly we got a bit carried away and followed them so far we were lost...so lost a bus was needed to take us back to the hostel and a net cafe where we are now!!
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