• Fighting old women and crap cars

    It is unbelievably cold in our hostel room.  I have no idea why icicles are not hanging from my nostrils when I wake, and my eyes have not frozen shut with the sub zero temperatures.  It is actually warmer outside, and I’m wearing all of the stinking clothes from last nights session.  I’ve discovered Paddy …

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  • The Salt Flats

    Waking up a combination of cold, tired, hungover and pissed off is never a good thing, but I find I am once again in the back of a jeep with the sun barely up.  I console myself with the thought that this is the last time I need to pander to someone else’s time frame, …

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  • German and Irish

    You know the drill by now.  Up when it’s still dark, no shower, still wearing the same clothes we’ve had on for the past three days.  Although light hasn’t found it’s way over the hills, I’m hiding my eyes with sunglasses due to the obvious bleariness of them, stoatering around like a blind man in …

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  • Not my scene

    It’s a bitter cold morning as I pour out of bed fully clothed and into an icy Land Cruiser.  I’m barely awake for Spanish invasion ruins and early view points, and I’m wondering why I’m putting myself through this horribleness.  We’re not going to shower for three days, and it gets sub zero at night. …

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  • Salt Flats day 1

    Wedged into the back of a Toyota land cruiser with two American girls, Paddy, a guide and a cook, we’re underway, beginning a four day journey that will culminate in the stunningly mesmerising Salar De Uyuni.  Between Tupiza and the worlds largest Salt Flat, we will see vast volcanic landscapes, geysers, hot springs, lagoons, indigenous villages, ruins, flamingo’s, ostriches, wild donkeys, and …

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  • Bolivian wild west

    The gurgling stomach I can hear across the room ensures that Paddy is in no fit state to join me on the horse trek.  Unfortunately for him my group is then changed so I’m joining four girls.  Apparently he wants me to flirt with them on his behalf.  He’s got enough to worry about with …

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  • Dodgy arse

    I’ve woken to find Paddy making a mess of the bathroom.  We’ve missed the chance to get on any trek today, so I’ve ordered him to go to the doctors.  He’s not been right for months, probably at least since I’ve known him.  It’s an interesting and eye opening experience attempting to find medical help …

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  • Hard to breathe

    Once again we could potentially go to visit the mines.  Once again we decide we can’t be bothered.  Apparently it’s been due to collapse “any day now” for a good number of years.  I’m happy to sit in a crap cafe all morning and eat rubber eggs.  Our bus out of this interesting part of …

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  • Miners

    Potosi is famous for pretty much one thing and one thing only.  The Mines.  They’ve been here for hundreds of years and at one time made Bolivia the richest nation in South America (or actually Spain who were exploiting the millions of people who worked and died digging underground). The silver deposits have significantly dwindled since those times, …

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  • Karaoke classics

    So some 15 hours on a crap bus comes to an end and we’re pulling into Sucre terminal.  I have no idea where Paddy is, and I’m not convinced I want to stay here a night at all.  I jump a cab into town and set up shop in a gringo cafe.  It’s not long before the …

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