Winter in La Paz
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I arrived in
Day 1: Play Cards in Hotel in
Day 2: Take Bus to
Day 3: Sing
Day 4: Help build a church
Day 5: More church
Day 6: Back to
Day 7 Go back to the
OK so I'm not giving the Christians fare shake, but wow 8 hours of snoring straight to your ear you get biased! OK so the flight was coming to a close, they said get ready for landing, and WOAH it was something like this:
The Landing: Crew please gets ready for landing.... 30 seconds later.... CLUNK, well that was one abrupt landing! This was followed by the plane doing a nice bounce on the runway. It then took a LONG time for the plane to stop. The reason for this crazy landing is that the airport was located in El Alto, elevation 4,000 meters. As an engineer I observed that the plane did not need to descend much of a distance, and the plane slowed down at a slower rate due to the thin air, or low air pressure. Any engineers care to comment?
OK so the flight stopped, time to get the hell off the plane, and away from annoying snoring jesus boy. Yea so I get off the plane.
Warning: Check to see how long of an entry visa you get. The customs agent has a little space to write in for how long you are allowed to stay. At the time Americans can stay for a maximum of 90 days, but sometimes they give you less time. When you leave you will then get a fine or deported as an illegal immigrant for overstaying your visa. To combat these ask the agent for more time or when you leave the country bribe the official.
One other things for Americans to worry about in La Paz is that if you visit the embassy you may be asked to keep track of the nationalities of people you may meet. So I was asked when I visited aid centers to try to get a count on the number of Cubans and Venezuelans working there, where they live, and what they are doing.
So I got through customs, found my partner peter, who is my partner in crime, and working with me. Next we found Juan Carlos, our boss, and a downright great guy.
As we hit the road the sun started to rise over
The middle part is the downtown area. This is where the touristy areas are. The main thing to see here is the saint Francis area, which contains the witch’s marker. Additionally is the downtown and the financial / embassy area where my office (well Juan Carlos's) is. This area has lots of chic restaurants and cafe's filled with ex pats. The night life is mainly old guys hitting the bottle. Also in the area is a large industrial market where I spend much of my time getting supplies.
After going down a large hill there is the rich area of town. Many times the road was blocked by protesters so the wealthy folks can't get to work and to complain about the latest civil rights issue. This is where my home was, in the district of irapavi. This area has lots of great foreign food, and is the home of the Lebanese and German communities. Also it has a hospital ran by the
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