Back on my feet
Sucre Travel Blog› entry 25 of 129 › view all entries
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.
Going to the supermarket was a different experience.
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.
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.