The hills are alive with the sound of imminent riots

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Chile, resident kitten, at your service

We got the bus to Tacuba only to find that half way into the journey the road was blocked and so we had to all pile off the bus and walk. The driver told us it was a short walk around the corner to where another bus would meet us and take us the rest of the way. We walked along the road happy enough, over and around lots of big boulders and fallen trees. So obvioulsy we thought the road was shut due to the debris littering the road. How naive we are....

After an hour´s walking on the ´5 minute´walk we came across a village and by this point -  hot, sweating, tired and thirsty -  we thought wow we have walked all the way to Tacuba.  Humm, no. We walked through the tiny village where the entire village inhabitants and surrounding villagers had gathered in the centre.

Everyone looked at us in utter surprise and bewilderment (I think we may have been the first gringo sighting for some of those villagers). A young lad quickly ushered us away from the village and pointed us back to the road, telling us that Tacuba was ´muy lejos´ i.e. a long way.

We kept walking and eventually, after 2 hours of walking, we turned a corner and there, like a mirage, was a chicken bus! Horah!! We finally got to the little mountain town of Tacuba and found a great hostel with a gorgeous resident kitten called Chile. We flaked out in the hammocks and were told by the owners that the road blocks were put there deliberately by the residents of the village that we stumbled upon due to an impending riot by them against the government. Something about them being pissed about the water price increase or something.

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