Sucre - all is not as I thought
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I have big plans for some last minute sightseeing in Potosi, but by the time Iâ€™ve had breakfast, tidied the room and packed my case, itâ€™s nearly time to leave. Somewhere during the morning my puter will not work with the wifi. Donâ€™t know what the problem is. In telling me what the bill was, there was some confusion on my part. I thought he was asking for 8 thousand, not 8 hundred, Bolivianos. The decimal point is very important!
The taxi comes on the dot of 12:15. I count the number of times he toots the horn in the ten minutes it takes to get to the bus terminal; 7, and thatâ€™s not counting the individual times he beeps the horn, sometimes 3 times in quick succession.
This morning I rang M of Fox Academy to confirm that I was arriving today as she hasnâ€™t answered my last two emails. She confirms that the family is expecting me and she will get there around 4:30 at their home.
When we arrive in Sucre I share a taxi with two Finlandians who I met yesterday on the tour of the Casa de Moneda. When they hear that I am coming to Helsinki in September, they give me their names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers.
NB Sucre is where the name is on the map, not way off on the north east.
When we get to the house that Iâ€™m to stay in, one of them goes down the 40 stairs to get someone to take my suitcase down. The father, J, comes and gets my suitcase and Iâ€™m introduced to his wife and one daughter. Then it starts to get rather strange. They show me to my room, which opens onto an uncovered outdoor verandah. Very basic, thatâ€™s OK. But then the family promptly disappears. M comes shortly after and the story becomes quite different from what I was told by email. Iâ€™m not staying with the family, only in their rooms and will rarely see them as the parents both work and are very busy.
After dinner I find a hotel, the second one that I visit, which has wifi and the cost is 170BOB, AUD24.48 pn and I book in. With the help of a taxi driver and his wife I sneak back to the house, he carries my suitcase and I take the other things. I lock the door and we disappear into the night. All for 10BOB, AUD1.44, a lot of money for a taxi driver.