Thursday, 23 April 2009
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Monday, 4 June 2007
Saturday, 2 June 2007
Friday, 1 June 2007
Here are a couple of links.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca - Wikipedia page on coca
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca_eradication - Wikipedia page on coca eradication
During our trip to Oruro we went to the Restaurant Nayjama. Anyone who gets the chance to go, should. The food was great. The owner Chef Roberto sat and chatted with us on both our visits. He is an interesting fellow. He is a local man who trained at the Cordon Bleu school in Paris and has cooked all over the world for many celebrities. For example he worked in the Playboy Mansion for 3 years and was on the David Letterman show. His stories are great!
Thursday, 31 May 2007
Tuesday, 29 May 2007
We are off to Oruro, a city of about 200,000, which is a 3 hour bus ride from La Paz. Here is a link http://gosouthamerica.about.com/cs/southamerica/a/BolOruro.htm. We will be sport climbing at a granite cliff called Rumi Campaña and exploring the area for the next 4 days.
Monday, 28 May 2007
After that, we have one more day and then we will be on our way home :( . Hope everyone in the northern hemisphere is well and we look forward to seeing you all soon! Thanks also for following our blog and posting comments (even the smartasses).
Sunday, 27 May 2007
Friday, 25 May 2007
Posted by Cheryle: Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Esther, who is from Switzerland. I met her while we were all in the Condoriri area - she is an Economist-slash-mountaineer and is halfway through her 4-month trip around South America. We checked out several interesting museums, shopped a little, toured up and down some colorful streets, and people-watched at a busy square which contained more pigeons than I have ever seen in my life! It was a great day - especially since Esther is fluent in about 5 languages, including Espanol!! Her translating services were hugely appreciated and I even learned a few new words and phrases!
Today I took a guided tour to the ruins at Tiwanaku, which is about 75km from La Paz. After the usual mass confusion was straightened out this morning (i.e. overcoming the language barrier, navigating thru traffic jammed streets), I found myself squashed in a van with 12 other people, hurtling down the highway towards a major archaelogical site. Overall, the trip was well worth the effort. Only a small portion of the area has been excavated, but the history is interesting and the exposed monoliths and walls are cool.
Todd and Brad will be leaving their chilly tent in the snow at about midnight tonight, in their attempt to summit Illimani. It will take them about 12 hours round trip. I hope all is going well for them - I'm sure it is, as they are both totally competent. I look forward to seeing them on Sunday and hearing all about it!
Tomorrow, I think I'll sleep in... then perhaps I'll lollygag up and down the streets near our hostel, looking at what the vendors are selling and I'll maybe buy some souvenirs. So get your requests in soon! Or be prepared to pretend you absolutely LOVE the llama wool toque I got for you!! Heh heh heh...
Thursday, 24 May 2007
It is unbelievably inexpensive to travel in this country! For example, nine of us went out to dinner last week at a fantastic Cuban restaurant - we ate great meals, drank ALOT of rum (we're talking at least two 26's), and even had dessert... the damages were less than US$80, including a large tip! Last night, five of us ate at a fairly fancy joint, had wine and dessert, and paid $30 in total. Taxi rides around the city are never more than $3 or $4 return trip. And we went to get photocopies of some guidebook pages yesterday... at the whopping cost of ONE CENT per page. Tomorrow, Cheryle is going to be a big spender - a guided, full-day tour of the Tihuanaco Ruins will be about $15. Whew. Anyhow, we are so appreciative of the friendly people and awesome experiences we are having! It will be hard to leave. More pix will be posted in a day or two. We hope everyone back home is well!
Tuesday, 22 May 2007
Saturday, 19 May 2007
- It is one of the poorest South American countries.
- Average income - $2500 US per year!!!
- Since 1825 there have been more than 200 government coups and counter-coups.
- The States has spent more than 1.3 Billion $$$ on coca eradication in Bolivia.
- There are 8 Bolivianos to one US dollar.
The one thing I have noticed is that the people of this beautiful country are friendly and helpful despite poverty and poor living conditions. It has really shown us that all North Americans should be thankful for what they have.
Friday, 18 May 2007
Thursday, 17 May 2007
Saturday, 12 May 2007
Friday, 11 May 2007
The only possible thing that could make this day better was the arrival of our beloved bags!!! When we got back to town, Cheryle and Brad made a mad dash to the American Airlines office where we finally retrieved our lost luggage. Yippee!! Life is extra good!
Thursday, 10 May 2007
Anyway, today we went to Lake Titicaca - it was great! We got onto a bus at 7:30 this morning (we were expecting an 8am pick-up and instead got chased out of the restaurant in the middle of our breakfast by some wirey little Bolivian guy who was rounding up folks for the tour), then we drove around a large portion of LaPaz to pick up more unsuspecting tourists... by 9am, we were on the road... or at least I think that's what they call them here... and went to the small part of the lake, where we got on a boat and went out and toured two islands (Pariti and Kala Uta). It was awesome! Then we had a great lunch of fried trout (caught in the lake) and hopped the bus back to the city.
Tomorrow, we're going mountain biking from the top of Chacalayta (sp?), down into the Amazon basin - so, it now is almost time to hit the sack and get some rest. We are all still adjusting to the altitude and are kind of dragging our butts. Although, the cervesas (beer) and mojitos (yummy rum drink) may be adding to the problem??!! Ciao!!
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
The missing bags are due to show up tomorrow, we hope. Today we are just checking out the city. It´s old and interesting; and THANK CRIPES we took a taxi from the aeropurto!! The traffic is completely insane, we´re talking not even managably scary - it is full-on potential death on wheels. Kind of cloudy today, but the temps are good and the forecast is for clearing skies la manana (that means ´tomorrow´). Got just a glimpse of the Cordillera Real this morning and are looking forward to seeing those huge bastards in their full glory as soon as possible!
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Well... here we are... the first leg of the 24 hour adventure to La Paz. Leave it to good ol' Bradley to have forgotten something ALREADY!! We had to wake up poor Toni at 3am, so Brad could retrieve his approach shoes from his car (which Toni is kindly allowing him to leave behind her house - keys are stashed outside somewhere, for those of you who may want to play a practical joke on our buddy.... wink wink).
Anyway, the plane will be boarding shortly and we will officially be out of the country. Stay tuned for an update from Miami!