A man playing the flute at the top of the Moon Valley
We took another overnight bus to the capital city of La Paz
. This bus was much better than the last Bolivian bus experience even though they played an awful Lindsay Lohan movie dubbed in Spanish for the first two hours (nonetheless we both took turns watching this masterpiece). After catching a few ZZZs on the bus we arrived to La Paz at 530am. We had been in contact with a woman who is the sister of the husband of one of Danilo´s mom´s friends and she allowed us to stay in her apartment. We are those dirty travellers who will show up at your door at 6am and crash on your couch for a few days. Her apartment was really nice with spectacular views of the city. La Paz is built into the mountains so the landscape of the city is very interesting.
Also, the woman we stayed with (her name is Norka) fed us to no end. It was delicious and we ate like crazy. We were very exhausted from not being able to sleep for a week due to high altitude so we took it pretty easy in La Paz. The first day Norka gave us a driving tour of the city and then we hiked to La Valle de la Luna which was dissapointing compared to La Valle de la Luna in San Pedro de Tourismo. One very cool aspect was that there was a man who played an Andean flute on top of the rocks while we were hiking around, who obviously then tried to sell us something. Our second day in La Paz we visited the capital area where their beloved (unless you are a Bolivian white) first indigenous president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, lives and works. We walked around the center of town for the rest of the day and gathered information for our upcoming trek through the mountains. Also, as we were walking around we kept hearing explosions. Emily jumped every time but no one else seemed to care or even notice (not even Danilo). When we got back to the apartment Norka informed us that the Univeristy of La Paz was holding elections that day and there were some small bombs. Yowzer. La Paz was a nice place to visit because we got fed and relaxed but its defintely not a beautiful or exciting city (unless bombs excite you).