Mayhem

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Our bus preparing to sail...

We left Copacabana on the 'tourist' bus at 1.30pm (note, the local bus is cheaper and takes the same amount of time, so don't get conned into paying over the odds for this, which is Bs25 compared to Bs15 local) and it was an eventful journey to La Paz.  after about an hour we were abrutly told by our conductor that we'd all have to get off the bus as we were going to be crossing a channel of water.  What??! Water and buses don't get on well together in my experience!  It soon became apparent that we were going to cross the water in one boat and that our bus was going over in another - a randomly bizarre experience I can tell you! surprisingly, it made it in one piece and we carried on for another 3 hours to La Paz.

The stunning view as we entered La Paz
 

Our first glimpse of the city after passing the haunting Altiplano was asbolutely awesome - La Paz is set in a deep canyon and the road leading to it spirals down giving a brilliant view of buildings clinging to the side and the massive 6,000m+ snow-capped mountains in the background.  We were all clambering, sticking our cameras out of the window to get some shots!  We were meant to all be staying at the Wild Rover hostel, but they buggered our bookings up, so we went round the corner to LOKI.  It actually turned out out to be a good choice as LOKI has a better bar (clearly the only important thing about a hostel!).  We knew that Abby and Stan's friends Izzy and Cherry were arriving on Friday, so we settled on going out to La Paz's no.

Pete buying himself a cheeky little sweater at the Witches Market
1 curry house, The Star of India!  We were all dying for a good curry and we weren't disappointed, it was immense!  We ordered way too much food and stuffed ourselves silly, and there was no chance we were going out on the source after that.  So an early night it was, ready for some shopping and sightseeing the next day. 

after everyone had had a decent lie (except early birds Abby and me, getting up at stupid-o'clock), we set off to the main plazas for some photos and found our way to the Coca museum (Bs10 entry), which informed us in great detail about the history of coca leaves and the production of cocaine in Bolivia.  Culture done, we hit the Witches Market for a shop-athon and I managed to do all my Christmas shopping in about half an hour (many thanks to Katie for her girly input!).

  We deserved a beer or two after that and after catching Izzy and Cherry checking in, we all met up in the hostel bar - me, Katie, Izzy, Cherry, Mark, Abby, Stan, Angus, Peter, Leo, Becs and we found a few new friends in Jeremy and Rhiannon, a kiwi couple who fancied joining in the carnage and Steve, a Manc, who also couldn't help getting involved.  Ring of Fire was promptly declared and as soon as Happy Hour was called at 9.30pm the table was filled with cheap vodka, gin and rum.  Some people managed to stay out of the game (perhaps wise), but most of us were trollied about an hour and half later with Mark making up ridiculously rules - Stan particularly enjoyed humping the bar!!  We went out to Traffik, a club, and that unfortunately is where my memory ends - oh dear.
Izzy preparing for Ring of Fire!!
  Apparently Peter put me in a taxi at about 2.30am...

Saturday was spent with a hangover until we decided to reconvene for some more party action - I remained more in control of my faculties this time and can actually remember being in RamJam at 4am - wahoo!  I did my bit for local UK-Bolivian relations with the help of the lovely Zoya and then ended up in Blue bar, managing to escape just as the police raided - all in all an eventful night!!  Katie sensibly got herself home earlier, as she had to be up at 6am to get her flight back home to the UK....but that's another story altogether!

Sunday was spent watching Steve crying in his beer as Man  lost to a debatable Chelsea goal and we had a quiet night after stupidly booking to mountain bike down the world's most dangerous road tomorrow - what were we thinking?!?!

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Our bus preparing to sail...
Our bus preparing to sail...
The stunning view as we entered La…
The stunning view as we entered L…
Pete buying himself a cheeky littl…
Pete buying himself a cheeky litt…
Izzy preparing for Ring of Fire!!
Izzy preparing for Ring of Fire!!
Some other random game!
Some other random game!
Me with Steve and Gus
Me with Steve and Gus
Having a quiet meal out in La Paz
Having a quiet meal out in La Paz
errrm....theres great history at …
errrm....there's great history at…
LOKI hostel, La Paz
LOKI hostel, La Paz
King rule-maker Mark, with Abby
King rule-maker Mark, with Abby
Stan, post Ring of Fire
Stan, post Ring of Fire
Me and Pete
Me and Pete
La Paz Hostels review
Fun, fun, fun
I stayed 5 nights at LOKI in La Paz and I had a great time there. It is a lively, party type hostel, so don't go here expecting a quite night in. It… read entire review
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