good bye bolivia.... NOT

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what a surprise... i'm stuck in bolivia!

a country that welcomes you with flat tires and inefficiencies everywhere surely won't let you leave smoothly on a sleeper train

the wetlands between santa cruz and the brazilian border are flooded; trains cannot operate and buses take about 24 hours on the 12 hours road

so we wait.... and wait....

i'm a bit upset about the way gap (my tour operator) handles this problem, the motto is basically "ah we can just take a flight, but you pay 100usd for it", as if the tour wasn't expensive enough and i was quite unhappy already... i'm really looking forward to arriving in rio and being on my own again; it's just not worth it doing a tour

but the way bolivia works is really funny; no business sense at all: we tried getting a private minibus as an alternative... found one that could take us in 10 hours with his bus to the border... well, in theory... he arrived with a minivan with space for about 4 ppl & luggage and needed 24 hours minimum for the trip - but of course he couldn't mention those tiny details a bit earlier

the current plan is to hope that the night train tonight is able to operate... so, let's wait.... at least i found a nice & fast internet place for once and since it's monday the shops in santa cruz are open for some last minute bolivian bargains

ulysses says:
definitely not recommend them...

but at least i'm in brazil now... rio is coming soon and then i'm 'free' again hehe :)
Posted on: Dec 13, 2006
angelalovestotravel says:
that sucks :( hope you manage to get on the night train. i guess you won't be overly enthusiastic in recommending gap as a tour operator :)
Posted on: Dec 12, 2006
lainey says:
aww :( i hope everythings sorted for u tonight :) x
Posted on: Dec 11, 2006
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