Saint Francisco Church

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  • Day21

    Walk around the city center

    October 20, 2017 in Bolivia

    We woke up a bit late and then decided to change our hostel since we didn't have a proper room. One of the walls was made of thin ply and was basically a partitioned living room. The floots were made of wood and made a lot of noise whenever anyone would walk.
    After moving to the next place (York B&B) we went to an Indian restaurant nearby. After a good breakfast/lunch, we walked around the old town for sometime.Read more

  • Day31

    All Saint's Day preperations

    October 30, 2017 in Bolivia

    In the evening we cooked pasta and finished our conserves we've been carrying since the Salar grocery shopping.
    Then we quickly drew up a plan on what to do next. We went back to the tour agency we had used earlier and booked a tour to Tiwunaku for the next day.
    In the main Cathedral Square, we saw many small kiosks selling sweets in the shapes of dolls, crosses and other offerings. Our guess is that it is due to the All Saint's Day coming up on 2nd November. Unfortunately, we'll be in the Amazonas again by then so we'll miss it. But, for now, all the goodies were irresistibleRead more

  • Day114

    La Paz (BOL) - Locals

    February 26, 2017 in Bolivia

    Andere kleren, maar de lokale bewoners blijken gewone mensen. Omdat het carnaval is hangen er hier en daar zatlappen rond. Op de heksenmarkt zien we vooral curieuze koopwaar. Tijdens de kindercarnavalstoet worden normaal de waterpistolen bovengehaald, maar door de extreme droogte komen die er dit jaar niet aan te pas. Schuimbussen als alternatief dan maar.

  • Day67

    La Paz in english, please

    November 12, 2016 in Bolivia

    Considering the fact that this App can't contain larger texts, I have an extra footprint in English, same same, but different:

    Well, yesterday evening, when the bus arrived this huge city, I was impressed. First by the huge size. And second was that this city looked different from most of the cities in South America so far. It looked more liked my imagination of Mogadishu, but without black inhabitants. The streets were more like dusty paths with huge stones on them, there were real packs of street dogs and nearly no shops or anything.
    Then I realized, looking at, that La Paz isn't just La Paz, there are two cities, La Paz and El Alto. And Last one is the bigger City. It's placed on the Alti Plano, the high plateau from were I just came. In contrast to that is La Paz placed in a valley east of El Alto. Here it doesn't look good either, but better than up there. The city has everything what a big one needs in South America, beside of a beautiful old town. Nearly like Coventry, but with more people. And everyone has black hair and is brown, so also not Mogadishu.

    As I want never prejudice to win, I have to get to the walking tour here, done by the Red Cap Agency. Its not a free tour, it costs $3 or 20 Bolivianos. But to be fair it's one of the most interesting tours...

    Let's start with a brief history of La Paz: The city was founded by the Spanish as a station for the silver transports from Potosi to Peru. It's the seat of the government on the highest altitude and the full name is "nuestra Señora de La Paz", our women of peace. But it's not really about peace when you look at the first highlight, San Pedro prison. It's a bit different compared to most prisons. Let's start with the fact that you have to buy your own cell. And so there are luxury cells with a great view, netlfix account and a hot shower, bit also holes in the ground. Caused by the fact of burying your own cell, whole families are moving to this cells because it's like a bought flat. And so that creates a whole community within the prison, because they have to create an income to pay the bills. And so one can find there restaurants, shops and bars. Simply everything that you need in a small town, and one of the biggest and well known cocaine production site. And to sell this product to the outside world, the british inmate Thomas McFadden developed the idea to offer a guided tour through the prison. On this tours coce was selled like hell, till McFadden was released. Afterwards different people tried to continue the tours, but there were stabbings, rape and muggings, so today the tours are prohibited.

    So much to that one, there is also a big street market like in every big bolivian city. And this market is more than just a possibility to buy your groceries.
    By the way, there are more types of potatoes that I've ever saw in my life. That's the reason why the people from La Paz are called potatoehead, chucuta.
    The other function of the market is to be a dating place. The women wear their typical clothing which is known from all the documentaries on discovery channel. There they stuff the hips because it's a sign of fertility and the skirt has to be longer than the cuffs, remember that one.
    The funny melon hat that they are wearing is rooted on the british railway workers, who build the railways from Potosi to the sea in the 19th century. If the hat is straight on the head, they are dating or married. If the hat is slope, they are ready for dating. And if theses women are flirting with someone, they show their cuffs, therefore the long skirt.
    The women in the same place prefer men with thick hair and big belly's, I'm currently out of that for sure.
    And so is this market also a place to look for hat's and who is with whom and whatever.

    Next station is the witches market. Here the locals can find everything what they need in matters of magic like aphrodisiacs, medicine, things for curses and against them. And what's most interesting for tourists, hydrated lama phetus.
    You have to offer them when you marry, buy a car or build a house. An urban legend says that lamas are not enough for big and important buildings. So they sacrifice homeless persons. They get them drunk, and before passing out they're set in concrete. It's just a legend and nobody would confess it, but there were some human remains found in the basements of old and big buildings.

    Last stop is the presidential palace and the theme: Evo Morales. The president who wants to become president for a third period, contrary to the Constitution. After a failed referendum, in which he asked the Bolivianos whether he should go for a third presidential period, he wants to go for another referendum. You could get the image of a president who is on the well known way to become a dictator, but the real situation is a bit more complicated.
    Bolivia didn't had many good Presidents, although they had in 191 years 88 Presidents. So nearly every two years another one. And some of them where burned in the presidential palace, so it's called "palacio chamuscado", burned palace.
    The last president with a longer period was Lozado, an America friendly president who privatized many state owned enterprises and tightened Bolivia nearly to it's ruin. In the following protests the military shot more than 60 persons, most of them policeman trying to protect people. Not that good.
    Compared to that did Evo Morales many good things, like nationalizing the former enterprises to create an income for Bolivia. Also he supports education and included the indigenous into his politics, after all their are the majority of people in Bolivia. But also he is a populist who is against gay people and blames fast food to be the reason for hair loss, although he likes to eat it. Abd after a population census he wanted to ban condoms, because there are to less Bolivianos. After a protest he changed his mind.
    So now the time will tell the story whether Evo will become the problem, because he is still very popular in Bolivia which you can see everywhere.
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  • Day134

    La Paz

    March 22 in Bolivia

    We have arrived to La Paz by a night bus from Sucre and for the first time had a really good journey.
    The comfy "camas" fully declined and created a comfy bed.
    Thankfully we could check-in to our hostel right after arrival and after a good night sleep could head straight to the town.
    In two full days we ended up having in La Paz we have experience a lot. I don't think we can say that we really like the city but we have to admire how the city grew around it's environment.
    In La Paz you either go uphill or downhill and with the altitude of 3 600 m.a.s.l we have paced ourselves.
    On the first day we have experienced just how much would Bolivia wanted it's sea back. There was a huge parade in the city with thousands of people marching the streets singing hymn or shouting " Mar para Bolivia".
    As we do like to eat, we have headed towards market to grab something for lunch. We tried the local schnitzel and soup with peanuts. It was very nice and after a quick stop to grab a sugary drink for more energy we could head towards the streets again.
    La Paz is huge in all different types of markets and Bolivia in general is not big on supermarkets.
    That means that whatever you need, you can head towards a Mercado and get it. Anything from a TV to countless DVDs to sinks and toilets or dried baby llama.
    I think we got into a busy La Paz life that is so noisy and has one of the strangest traffic rules we have seen (read no rules).
    After five days we are ready to head towards more tranquil Copacabana on shores of Lake Titikaka.
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  • Day36

    La Paz

    October 1, 2015 in Bolivia

    3 days in La Paz gave us time for such exciting adventures as the cable car, witch's market and Jack Daniels steaks. We said goodbye to half of our group in style by having a great night out, ending in a nightclub, which was actually someone's converted house.

  • Day78

    Kennismaking met La Paz

    January 7, 2015 in Bolivia

    Een leuke wandeling leidt ons door deze interessante stad. Enkele verrassende stops zijn de:
    - Rodriguez markt
    - Mercado de Brujas
    - San Pedro gevangenis

    De laatste twee moet je zeker eens opzoeken.

  • Day15

    La Paz

    July 9, 2017 in Bolivia

    Nachdem es gestern doch recht spät geworden ist, wartete heute morgen ein Highlight auf uns: geheizte Zimmer und eine warme Dusche mit ausreichend Wasserdruck! So sonnig es auf den Bildern auch aussieht, die Temperaturen schwanken hier von kurz vor 0°C nachts und 20°C am Tag.
    Den Vormittag haben wir dann mit intensivem Einkaufen verbracht: neue Sonnenbrillen für die Death Road, Nachschub an Medikamenten und Alpaca Pullover standen auf der Liste. Nebenbei haben wir uns noch den "Hexenmarkt" von La Paz angeschaut. Braucht noch jemand ein getrocknetes Lamababy als Glücksbringer zum einmauern? Wir würden da gerade günstig dran kommen...
    Nachmittages haben wir dann versucht unsere Tour in den Salar de Uyuni zu buchen, nur die BoA wehrt sich gegen Kunden so dass wir wohl Bus fahren werden statt zu fliegen. Aber die Straße ist wohl kein Jahr alt und vollständig asphaltiert, so dass die Reise wohl entspannt wird.
    Zum Abendessen gab es dann im Restaurant unseres Hotels noch gegrilltes Lama und argentinisches Rinderfillet. Klingt nach Luxus, ist es für Bolivaner auch, hat aber mit der Flasche Rotwein keine 30€ gekostet.
    Morgen geht es dann mit Mountainbikes auf die "World's Most Dangerous Road", wir sind gespannt.
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Saint Francisco Church, Iglesia de San Francisco

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