The craziest city on earth perhaps
La Paz Travel Blog› entry 20 of 134 › view all entries
November 9th, 2009 – by: melsadventure
After saying goodbye to the tour group we checked into Loki in La Paz. Let me introduce you to Loki with it´s 5 lies,
1. I´m not going out tonight
3. Ok i´m going out but i´m only having a couple of drinks
4. Ok I´m going out but i´m not getting smashed
5. I love you?
That pretty much sums up my time in La Paz. Drinking in the bar at Loki (Vodka and sprite for 1 pound 80 anyone?) and then partying into the not so wee hours of the next day. It´s a place that never sleeps and never allows you to either. The hotsal is filled with lovely people and looads of Israelis so i feel right at home. It´s been lots of fun but being back in a hostal has been something of an experience. Luke warm showers, being woken by room mates, locking everything away and padlocking it back to your bed ... all the name of a cheap night´s sleep and meeting fun people.
Despite the late night partying and early mornings i have managed to see something of the place. I took a cab journey out to the Valley of the Moon, an impossibly strange landscape about 20 mins from where we are staying created by lava flows that have eroded. The place is very strange but more so are the descriptions of the apparent shapes in the rock, the air is certainly thinner here! We also went to Bolivia´s answer to WWF ... Cholita´s wrestling. It´s an interesting expeirence being in a school sports hall watching poorly executed wrestling stunts. The locals loved it and it was hilarious for a day out. Think Candy would be less than impressed though!
I´ve also managed to take in the city and start to make some sense of it and visit the Coca Museum. Now coca is somewhat of a wonder leaf and has been found in the remains of mummies dating back to 2,500BC which is incredible. Chewing the leaves here is as natural as it is to brush your teeth and coca tea is the Anadean version of Chicken soup, it´s a shame the tea is illegal everywhere else or i´d bring loads home, i´m slightly addicted!
So it´s onwards and upwards. I am leaving La Paz tomorrow ... maybe. Heading for Sucre and more Bolivian adventures.
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