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Three weeks have passed now here in Bolivia and the surroundings and culture no longer seem strange. This is simply another part of the one world and all people are basically the same. The Bolivian people are generally very friendly and many were happy to speak to me today as they watched England beating (at the last check) Trinidad & Tobago in the World Cup on the tv in their shops. Bolivians love music - one hears it everywhere. Much is local salsa-based pop music but one also hears the lovely Andean flute or pan-pipe tunes. Today, unexpectedly, as I came into the small town of Quillacolla (5 minutes mini-bus ride from the Community) I discovered it was a fiesta day and I was able to take many shots of a wonderful parade. There was one ... read more
Llama friend
Cheese Lady
Fiesta Dancers


Hello Everyone, I am writing this having sadly just left Bolivia, a truly wonderful country. In the last blog we had just left Argentina for a brief stop in San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. We only spent one very cold night there - enough time to book a three day tour that would take us into Bolivia and the Uyuni Salt Flats. It was a travelling friends birthday so we went to see the sunset at the ´Valley of the Moon´just outside San Pedro which was really beautiful and as the name and my pictures suggest very moon like with large sand dunes. We woke very early the next morning and took a bus to the Bolivian border crossing - a tiny building, the road suddenly going from tarmack to cross country. Our group consisted of ... read more
Valle de La Luna
Bolivia
Arbol de Piedra

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz June 14th 2006

La Paz is the worlds highest capital city at a altitude of 3,600. That means three things. First the city is in the Guinness book of world records, second it's cold and third you are out of breath if you walk up two stairs or a steep road of which they have plenty here. Not much to report from here as I spent most of the time either shopping, trying to send a parcel home, in my hotel room in my bed trying to get rid of the cold I got at Lake Titicaca or sitting in internet cafes writing travel blogs. My hotel is quite nice and I even have international cable TV but when you step out you feel like you are in Israel. The area around the hotel was completely taken over ... read more


It´s that time for another update from our travels. After the Inca Trek we arrived back at Cuzco for 2 more nights. After a tiring trek we decided to stay at some nicer places with hot water, and get a few good meals. There are only 2 good places to go at nite, Mama America and Mama Africa, so we spent our last nites in Cuzco at these clubs, learning to salsa dance as an added bonus, cos I know it will come in useful in Argentina :) Anyway after our last nite in Cuzco, we had to get up at 6 to catch a bus to Puno, the harbour city. The place was pretty much what we expected, with beggers and shoeshiners lining the cobbled dirty streets. We weren't expecting much of a nightlife in ... read more


You can go the road from La Paz to Coroico on a bus or you can go on mountain bike and it's mostly all downhill. It has some of the most dramatic scenery imaginable with a gaping valley, a huge forest and views that go on for miles and miles. At Coroico there's a beautiful wee hotel where you can sunbathe, swim and just chill right out from the hustle and stinks of La Paz. Sounds amazing... bikes, scenery, luxury... but I decided months ago I would not under any circumstances be going down what is otherwise known as the World's Most Dangerous Road or Death Road. It´s a two way road and runs along about 40k of a cliff edge, is full of sharp, blind corners and if you take your attention away from the ... read more
Death Road
Death Road 2
Death Road 3

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz June 14th 2006

La Paz is the worlds highest capital city at a altitude of 3,600. That means three things. First the city is in the Guinness book of world records, second it's cold and third you are out of breath if you walk up two stairs or a steep road of which they have plenty here. Not much to report from here as I spent most of the time either shopping, trying to send a parcel home, in my hotel room in my bed trying to get rid of the cold I got at Lake Titicaca or sitting in internet cafes writing travel blogs. My hotel is quite nice and I even have international cable TV but when you step out you feel like you are in Israel. The area around the hotel was completely taken over by ... read more
Guards in front of the presidential palace
Souvenir shop and "witches" shop in one
Dried Llamas


Hello again from the Children´s Mission! We apologize for the lack of pictures ... the computer closest to us here is incredibly slow, and the other computer is nearly always occupied. We hope to get some pictures on tonight. It´s a rare quiet time in the house today, with lots of kids either at school or the dentist. Earlier this morning we were busy occupying the little kids and helping the older ones with homework. Most of the older kids have school in the afternoon until 530, so they do their work in the mornings and everybody is at home for lunch. Lunch is the biggest meal of the day here. Today it was chicken peanut soup, fried cabbage cakes, and a salad of carrots, green onions, and tomatoes -- all very delicious Bolivian foods. After ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz June 13th 2006

this is not my first attempt to blog, last week a completed one and when I went to post it, the internet here at the office went nuts and i lost everything. I was too frustrated to re-do it. this is not a real blog either. just too say that one is coming very soon, I have taken some pictures of the fantastic lanscape that i want to share, but right now I dont have time to upload them. My next blog will also have lots of stuff about what I have done so far. At this time i leave everyone with one thing. There are hundreds and hundreds of stray dogs here. At 6am they all congregate in front of my window to bark. I honestly don´t need an alarm! CIAO... read more


Cochabamba, Villa Tunari and Santa Cruz Cochabamba is a bit of a sleepy town - not a whole lot to do - we where mainly there in hopes of visiting the boys orphanage that Sean volunteered at five years ago but to no avail. They gave us a number and asked us to call back to see if we'd been authorized to visit the boys home. The post is vacant and no one seems to want to authorise (take responsibility) for our visit... will call back next week to see if any progress has been made, fingers crossed we get the A Okay. Villa Tunari is on a wild road ride, might be more dangerous than the road of death Mt. biking we did in La Paz? Our driver was excellent! Felt like we were taking ... read more
big Christ... (Cochabamba)
view from one of the holes...
descending...


The flight into Bolivia was an experience in itself; it hugged the coastline and landed three times to pick up passengers. The final destination was La Paz which at 4000m is the highest capital city in the world; the first thing that hits you is the altitude, which leaves you out of breath after one flight of stairs. It’s a strange location for a city, nestled into a valley surrounded by 6000m snow capped peaks. There are many more indigenous people in Bolivia than I saw in Chile, dressed traditionally in bulky skirts, ponchos and funny bowler hats perched on top of their heads. The city itself is basically one massive market with everything imaginable for sale, my two favorite little cobbled streets housed the local dress market which had brightly colored clothing lining every stall ... read more




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