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Casa de la Libertad fronts Plaza 25 de mayo.

The usual start to the day but I decide that breakfast will be my last meal in bed.  After L leaves I put on the splint and go for a short walk.  I buy a large box of chocolates for the hotel staff as a small thank you.  BOB70, AUD5.08.  As arranged earlier, L returns at around 4 and we go down to the central market which is only a block and a half from the hotel.  I need to buy a new watch as the cheap one that I bought in Perth keeps on stopping and I want to buy some food as we’re going to have dinner where she lives.  We find a watch that I like but the boy on the stall doesn’t know how much it costs so I can’t buy it.  I will return another day to get it.  We decide to go to the supermarket as it will be easier to push a trolley than to walk around the market where the footing is very uneven.

Plaza 25 de Mayo with statue of Sucre
  I go to get into the back seat of a taxi but can’t get my leg in, because it is straight.  I end up getting in the front, with more than a little effort.  It’s very disconcerting when the taxi driver has the engine revving and I’m so pathetically slow.  We go to the supermarket and buy a few things for dinner and for L’s larder, which I pay for.  It is only a little money for me, but will make a difference to her.  I mentioned before that I pay BOB40, USD5 an hour for lessons.  Out of that BOB40 an hour, she receives only BOB14 an hour.  Fox takes the other BOB26.   I found that this payment structure is, unfortunately, quite common in South America.


Going to the supermarket was a different experience.

Departmental Government
  There is only one supermarket in Sucre and it had just shifted and opened in this new location.  I was not allowed to take my handbag in, nor the drink that I had.  Everybody has to give their bag in at a check in counter and is given a receipt.  The supermarket had nowhere near the range of food that we would have in a supermarket of that size.  I got another drink in the supermarket and was about halfway through it when some man came up to me and said that I wasn’t allowed to open the drink.  Bit late.  Also I conveniently forgot how to speak Spanish and answered in English.  Wasn’t much he could do about it.  Did I really look like somebody who was not going to pay for the drink?  It was quite weird to find these strict rules in a city where there are so many things that nobody worries about.
Departmental Govt, fronting onto Plaza 25 de mayo.
  The supermarket seemed at odds with anything else that I had seen in Sucre; most likely owned by some huge company.


L has two daughters living with her in two rooms that she rents.  One room has a large bed, TV, wardrobe, fridge, stove, table and chairs and some shelving.  The other room is her elder daughter’s bedroom, but they all sleep in the room with the big bed.  They share a bathroom but do not have hot water because it is very expensive.  When she opens the fridge there is hardly anything in it.  I know that she doesn’t always have enough money to buy food for her children and sometimes borrows from a friend.  It is so different from the world of plenty that we know.

Teatro 3 de Febrero


We send out for chicken and chips for three.  They are brought to us by taxi, very large servings.  I think it was BOB80, AUD11.50, which included the taxi and sachets of ketchup and a piquant sauce.  Bolivians love mayo and ketchup.  We had a very pleasant evening and then I caught a taxi back to the hotel BOB5, AUD0.81.


Have added some photos taken during the last few days in Sucre, mainly of the white colonial buildings which Sucre is famous for.  Sucre was named after Antonio Jose de Sucre, born 3 February 1795, who was a mate of Simon Bolivar's (Bolivia), and played an instrumental role in the independence of Bolivia from the Spanish.  The beginning of the War of Independence is regarded as being 25 May, 1809.   The Declaration of Independence was signed in the Casa de Libertad in Sucre on August 6, 1825.  Hence the naming of public buildings etc. as 25 de mayo, 3 de febrero, 6 de agosto.

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Casa de la Libertad fronts Plaza 2…
Casa de la Libertad fronts Plaza …
Plaza 25 de Mayo with statue of 
Plaza 25 de Mayo with statue of …
Departmental Government
Departmental Government
Departmental Govt, fronting onto P…
Departmental Govt, fronting onto …
Teatro 3 de Febrero
Teatro 3 de Febrero
Colonial Church of San Francisco 1…
Colonial Church of San Francisco …
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