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Jan 25, 2018 - Druken musings

Alison has requested that I remove this page and replace it with something more acceptable Therefore I asked our guide Wendy why is " comment Ta llamas? Spoken as jamas" (What is your name?) is the word name for name spelt exactly the same as llamas the animal. She explained that like most things in life failures in communication have consequences. And so it was that when the Spanish invaded Peru they had never seen llamas before and naturally pointed at the Llamas and asked the local incas " what is their name" comment ta llamas?....

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Jan 25, 2018 - Day 2 in La Paz stuck back in hotel

Hoping to go golfing but weather currently raining in town but hopefully clear in mountains. Unfortunately it was not weather that stopped mr playing but a bloody 24 hour walk out by the taxi unions. There we were ready to leave at 09:30 and were told that no taxis would be operating today as no taxi private or local authority would dare to operate and cross the picket lines across the capital. So not only are we not going golf but cannot travel anywhere as the possible threat of violence was high and neither the hotel or the Bolivian Tour...

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Jan 24, 2018 - La Paz after lunch day 1

We continued our journey with Alicia our shoeshiner, who carried the tools of her trade with her. We visited a market place built like a maze and full of exciting shops where everything under the sun, including Guinea pigs were available to buy, eat and cook all on the stools. We saw many dehydrated vegetables, seeds , meats and fish all from around Bolivia. We came out in area were the ladies hats were for sale at £60, Alpachas shawls at £300 and to kit out a girl in full costume it would cost £2000. Mind blowing given such poverty....

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Jan 24, 2018 - La Paz City Tour first half day

Today is Wednesday and we awake to an another fantastic view out of our room overlooking Las Paz and the Andian Mountains that surround this metropolis of 1.6m people mainly indigenous people wearing their national dress with the women wearing their distinctive bowler hats and colourful dresses and using the shawls as back packs for everything including babies, weeks shopping or even car engines that have been procured. We find out that Lap Paz is.not the capital city but Sucre is and the city is in at least 8 different districts, with the...

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Sep 3, 2017 - La Paz

We don't bother to go back to bed as we feel okay and got enough sleep on the bus. We have breakfast first and then we get our big suitcases from the Hotel storeroom and start to amalgamate everything back together. This will be interesting as we did have to buy quite a few warm clothes. Mid morning we have a break and go to Cafe del Mundo for a coffee. At 11 am we meet Eilis in the foyer as we are going to meet an American guy who talks about his 16 years in San Pedro Prison in La Paz for smuggling drugs. We are early for the meeting place...

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Aug 26, 2017 - City tour of La Paz

A city tour of La Paz this morning with our new group. Marco meets us at he Hotel at 9am and we head along Avenida 16 de Julio which has a large medium strip running between the four lane roads. We have fond memories of this area as we stayed in a Hotel on this road when we were here in 2004. We had our boots, from trekking to Machu Picchu, cleaned here by the shoe shine boys that frequented this strip between the two roads. They polished them up and got rid of any tace of soil so we could get them back into Australia. We also go past our...

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Aug 25, 2017 - El Alto

Happy Birthday Phil! We are booked on a tour this morning and our guide Sergio meets us at the Hotel. We set off in the first of 4 local transport options, a local bus to the second transport option, a cable car. La Paz now has 4 cable car lines, green, yellow, red (as on their flag) and also a blue. This new transport system, built by the Swiss has only been in operation 3 years but it has transformed the lives of the locals as it works perfectly in hilly La Paz. We travel 4 kms on the yellow line and have amazing views of La Paz, sitting...

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Aug 24, 2017 - La Paz

No rushing anywhere this morning. We have breakfast in the Hotel and then continue with some more shopping. I get a new pair of Merrells, my favourite outdoor shoes which are super comfy and some thermals for those cold temperatures ahead of us. I think we are all prepared now but we will be living in the same clothes for a week. We didn't want to buy too much stuff as we have to get it all to Santiago on 4 September. Lunch was at The English Pub, not very Bolivian, but they make a good tuna, avocado and mayo roll, which we shared. This...

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Aug 23, 2017 - La Paz

Today we must get some warm clothing. There are heaps of outdoor stores right near our Hotel. Unfortunately La Paz is very hilly so we wander up and down the hills checking out all the stores. Mind you, it's hard work walking uphill in high altitude as we are still acclimatising. It has taken longer this time to get used to the altitude than it did when we were in Peru in 2004 but I guess we are a lot older now! Some stores sell the 'real' thing and some sell knockoffs, so we need to give everything careful inspection to make sure of what...

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Aug 22, 2017 - La Paz

We are wrecked today! After getting to our Hotel at 4am we finally surface permanently at 2.00 pm although we have been awake and up and down as there has been a noisy protest in the street of our Hotel. Nothing violent, but a lot of loud fire crackers and chanting. There are hundreds of people, all locals, marching down the street, some women in their national dress and their bowler hats. They are all carrying coke bottles filled with stones and they shake them to make more noise. Not ideal for a sleep in. Both of us are suffering from a)...

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Aug 21, 2017 - Antigua to La Paz, Bolivia

We have a flight at 4.45 to La Paz today. Not up too early and a leisurely 1.5km walk into Antigua. We eat breakfast at the Dona Luisa Xicotencatl Restaurant that we tried to get into yesterday but it was filled with locals having Sunday brunch. We have a last minute wander through some streets we missed and are picked up for our transfer to the airport in Guatemala City at 11.30. It's an early pick up but we are not sure if there will be traffic delays so better to be early than late. We arrive at the airport at 12.15, no traffic at all,...

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Jul 26, 2017 - The ancient civilization of Tiwanaku

I had a quick breakfast this morning since I was not feeling well. I returned to the room to take Imodium to be able to get through the day. We meet in the lobby at 8:00 for our ride out to Tiwanaku. Juan took a different, quicker route up to El Alto that encountered leas traffic. It was a chilly, sunny, beautiful morning again. How long can the luck hold???? Most of us used the blankets on the bus on the way out. Wendy talked about coca leaves and cocaine. Bolivia is a big producer of cocaine. (Cocaine was an ingredient in the Coca Cola...

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