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Published: February 28th 2012
Lunch on the way
Many hands make light work
Above location incorrect as we couldn´t find it on the list!!
Baggage was loaded on the bus at 6.45 am. Breakfast and then on the road by 7.30 am.
A long drive with lunch on the way with food bought by Frenchie and Dave at the
local Market first thing. For those of you who have specifically asked for
photos of food, Ed took one of the laden table! Soon eaten......
We were on our way to Livichukko - a community project only used by Dragoman a couple of times and not visited previously by our leaders. Pablo, the local translator and coordinator, travelled on the bus with us from La Paz.
In the afternoon we arrived at a village near to our destination and were stuck behind other traffic for about 15 minutes as a result of festivities for the carnival which had halted all traffic through the village. Lots of locals with music and dancing milling around everywhere, several spraying water pistols and foam at all those who decided to have a closer look by getting off the bus. Some of us got rather wet.
Moving again and collected the President of the Village
Hot lava rock keeps soup warm!
of Livichuko. This place was
miles down an untarmaced track/road with spectacular views all around as we were at about 4000 metres. It's lucky it wasn't raining as the track would have been
impassable in mud. As it was, there were sheer drops on one side of the truck
with nothing to stop it toppling over the edge if steering hadn't been excellent!
We arrived at Livichuko to see a group of mud houses and a school surrounded by hilly fields with llamas everywhere. The President of the community showed us
where we would be sleeping. All mod cons! There were three huts built
specially for the tourists. 18 beds in all which may have been a problem if
Frenchie and Dave hadn't wanted to sleep in the truck and others slept three in a bed. This is the first time since well before our marriage that either of us have had to share a room with others. Both Ed and I and another couple each had a double bed. However, they were in the same room!
After being shown our sleeping quarters, we were taken to a basic dining room
and given a 'snack'. This consisted of
black potatoes, giant corn, a tomato
salad and an eggy thing with herbs in it. This was about 5.00pm. Afterwards we
had two hours free time to wander. We sorted our sleeping bags out while it was
still light and then walked over the fields. Ed nearly got attacked by a llama
which looked ready to bite him. Luckily he was wearing thick llama proof
leather gloves. Maybe the llama smelled an erstwhile friend in the gloves!
We then watched a textile demonstration of shearing llama wool, spinning it and
dyeing it with all natural dyes from plants, etc. And then we were shown the
weaving of the finished products. It was all very nice but not much use in the
Supper followed at around 8.30 pm and vast tureens of a yellow corn and maize
soup were brought in bubbling with a great big black volcanic rock in the middle which had been heated previously to keep the soup hot. When the Rock was first lifted from the soup, it glowed red hot. Soup had a rather strange taste but it was hot and comforting. This was followed by quinoa with burnt llama morsels - not the best meal we've had!
There was supposed to be a 'show' by local musicians. However, Pablo came in
and told us that unfortunately, the band was drunk and were not capable of
performing so everyone went to bed at 9.30 pm.
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