Trip to Cordillera

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Crazy Bolivian children!

The cordillera Real is a series of mountains around the city of La Paz.  I got invited to go hang out in a cabin during the "incan" new year with my friend and his extended family.  The cabin doubled as an army outpost, since the cabin was located along a series of springs / water reserves.  So we get up there through a pretty boring drive in a pickup truck, it was pitch black out and I didn't know I was on the top of the freakin' Andes mountains. 

So we get out, go in the cabin, start up a fire, ect.  The back of the cabin is an army outpost, and the one gaurd comes out to greet us.  Jaun the "commander" quickly become our best friends, we get out our bottle of tequila, he then yells something in quetza and his whole freakin' family pops out.

Woah Ivan is having a good time
  I suddenly learned what Bolivians, and maybe the incans did on new years eve, it goes something like this:

1.  Drink a bottle of singani (a bolivian liqour, kind of distlled wine I think)....

2.  Pull out a ton of fireworks, and have your kids try to scare the gringos

3.  Get the gringos to share their tequila

4.  Smoke, which is fun because we were at an altitude of 17,000 feet. 

So the point of these festivies was to honor some gods, for example for every round of shots we take, we actually take a shot, and pour it on the ground, kind of like in the USA how people will leave some of their malt liqour "for their homies".  When the gods are honoured enough a meteor shower will start... I'm not sure why, but at around 4 in the morning the shower did start, I don't know if it was from dust hitting the atmosphere, or too much booze!

So we're out of booze and end uppassing out with a bunch of bolivians we'll never see again!

 

The morning after was even better.  First thing was there was snow on the ground, the bolivians were super happy about that.  Next we played soccer, aka football.... not the best place because if you overshoot the ball may drop off the side of a mountain.  So we did that, barbequed, and that was my trrip to the cordillera.... Also the mountain in my photos is supposed to look like acondor, I can totally see it!

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Crazy Bolivian children!
Crazy Bolivian children!
Woah Ivan is having a good time
Woah Ivan is having a good time
This Kid loves now
This Kid loves now
Beautiful eh?
Beautiful eh?
The mountain in the backround is s…
The mountain in the backround is …
alpacas!
alpacas!
The cabin / outpost we stayed at.
The cabin / outpost we stayed at.
Alpacas
Alpacas
Our Ride.... sweet!
Our Ride.... sweet!
This is when things got ugly...
This is when things got ugly...
awwww Bolivian kids roasting
awwww Bolivian kids roasting
Me, Peter, and Karina
Me, Peter, and Karina
Cordillera
photo by: osgoodst