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Aug 27, 2017 - Oruro

A free morning this morning. We have a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel and pack a smaller bag for the next week including our 4 x 4 adventure lasting 3 days. After breakfast there is a lot of noise from the street below so we go down to find a parade of kindergarten children, dressed up as all kinds of fruit, promoting healthy eating. Very colourful and so cute. Mid morning we have a coffee at Cafe del Mundo and buy some croissants and snacks for our lunch. At 12.30 we catch 2 taxis to the bus station. At 1.10 our very comfortable public...

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The Americas

Nov 9, 2012 - Long way round to Oruro

We had planned to drive along a 150km dirt road on the way to our next destination, but local information was that the road was in very poor condition and we would probably not make it through. Edmund in his Porsche and David and Tessa in their Discovery did go that way. Edmund broke a front shock absorber, but got his spare put on with the help of a local and David damaged his running board - and that was on a Land Rover. On balance therefore the rest of us were glad to have taken the alternative route, back to Potosi (again under perfect...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Oct 1, 2008 - Oruro- benches & bag slashing

We stopped here just for one night to break up the journey between La Paz and Potosí. We didn't stay long enugh to see a lot here and I don't think it would have been the most exciting stop in Bolivia even if we had, but in any case it was interesting to see life in another Bolivian town. The main things I'll remember Oruro for are an apparent world record attempt at the number of benches in a town square, and Anne's bag being slashed in the market. Luckily for us she had nothing veluable in the bag and the thief didn't manage to slash...

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Sep 6, 2008 - Oruro

Well, I had planned to go to La Paz today, and technically I did. I was ready to move on, but I realized I wasn't really in the mood to hang out in a big city. So I got up early and caught a bus to La Paz. La Paz was but the views were beautiful coming into the city, because there are snowcapped mountains in the distance. So I enjoyed the views, but s soon as we arrived I caught a cab to the main bus station to get out of town. As soon as I walked in, I bought a ticket to Oruro, boarded the bus, and left town. Tomorrow I am going to try to...

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Apr 4, 2007 - City of Gold

There is nothing easy about leaving Uyuni. All of the trains and buses in just about every direction (of which there are not many) seem to leave at ridiculous hours of the night. In the case of the buses, it's the fact that most companies like to travel at night because there is less traffic, and also, many backpackers prefer to travel at night to avoid the cost of accommodation, and to not "lose" a day. Well, that's sure not flashpacking! So, our choices were a little limited for our northern journey to Oruro, but we eventually settled on...

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honeymoonplanet

Oct 12, 2006 - Six hours to a hot shower! (Oruru, Bolivia)

The transit strike was averted! We rushed from the train station to the bus station and made our bus as planned. It's been three days since we've showered so I'm sure the Bolivians on the bus don't have a very good impression of us gringos right now..

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Rob in the Andes

Feb 28, 2006 - Oruro carnival

"Oruro-Ruro-Ruroruro!" Saadan bliver man velkommet naar man traeder ind i busterminalen i La Paz. Her staar femten tyve herrer og damer og raaber i munden paa hinanden for at faa din opmaerksomhed. Man ved ikke om man skal gaa eller staa, graede eller le, det er helt absurd. Senere har vi laert at fenomenet skyldes de 40 procent i bolivia der ikke kan laese. Fair nok. Men til Oruro kom vi. Og det skal siges at det var et aegte brud paa rejseplanen, i den helt forkerte retning. Men hva fanden, hvad er livet uden lidt spontanitet? Det skulle...

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Feb 23, 2006 - Oruro, Bolivia

Well my time in Sucre has come and gone. I will take some great memories from my stay here. I really improved my Spanish and also got the chance to help out some really needy kids. I will say this, the bolivian school system is horrible. Kids in search of a better way of life generally leave the rural areas for the big cities at the tender age of 8 or 9. There are just not enough qualified school teachers to meet the demand. The kids all live in "orphanages" for the sole purpose of getting an education. Think about the ramifications of this...

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Sep 9, 2005 - J+17 - Retour vers La Paz - Train jusqu'Oruro

Nous avons quitté Dave et Corona après le souper pizza. Muriel et Nicolas nous ont proposé de partager la chambre d'hotel qu'ils ont pris pour la soirée en attendant le train mais, à 23h00, cela ne vaut pas la peine de dormir une heure. Nous allons attendre à la gare pour acheter nos billets de train. 00h30, le guichet ouvre. Je fais la file pendant qu'Agnès garde les sacs. Pas très agréable. Une chola s'est glissée dans la file juste dernière moi et elle me colle. L'odeur qu'elle dégage est vraiment beurk. Il y a six personnes devant moi...

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Sep 5, 2005 - J+13 - La Paz --> Oruro

Lundi 5 septembre... On a appris avec plaisir hier que le bus que nous devons prendre pour nous diriger vers le Salar ne part qu'a 15h30. Du coup, on se leve tranquille le matin, on profite un peu du confort de l'appart de Anne et Ben. On profite aussi de la matinée pour préparer nos bagages... On a encore en tete les recits d'Anne, Ben et maman qui nous relatent leur nuit dans le Salar a -25degres! Tout ca nous fait un peu peur, on prend des gros pulls en quantité! Une fois Anne rentrée de ses cours de peinture, je m'installe avec elle...

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Jul 29, 2005 - La Paz to Oruru

We woke up with an impending sense of doom. America Tours, our travel agency, seemed to have made lots of mistakes on peoples tickets when we were in there yesterday, and we had to get ourselves to the bus station to meet Doris, who would have our bus tickets to Oruru and our train tickets onwards to Uyuni. "Its not a problem", they said last night, "she'll be there at 8am to get your tickets". South American attitude - mañana - always tomorrow. No problem. Hmmmm. We dutifully put ourselves in the cab and arrived at the bus station. No...

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Feb 4, 2005 - Oruro- Carnaval

What a dust bowl!!!! Not the prettiest of towns, or even interesting, but they have a really big carnaval, so here we are for the next three days and ready to party and have a great time . Everywhere we go, we wear our plastic ponchos, as the locals and all the kids have water guns and water balloons, so we get wet continually. I have talked a few people into letting me have their guns, then turned it on them- they usually get me back, but it is fun. I have spent two days watching fabulous costumes and crazy dancing, having a great time....

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