Still alive and in Bolivia
La Paz Travel Blog› entry 5 of 24 › view all entries
Well I woke up at 3:30 am to catch my 6:45 flight in Santiago this morning. I got yelled at by the security guard in our hotel and I thought he was going to call the police because as he was yelling at me he had his hand on the phone the whole time. Apparently, he was in the bathroom when I came down and thought I snuck in the front door. He kept yelling at me and asking me how I got in since the door was locked. Nothing is better than trying to cool down an angry security guard at 3:30 in the morning in a language you aren´t very good at, but I finally was able to cool him down and eventually I think he felt pretty stupid about it.
I am now in La Paz, Bolivia after spending Saturday in the Chilean coastal town of Valparaiso.
La Paz is the highest capital in the world (11,740 feet). I have taken the altitude sickness medication that I was prescribed before arriving, but I still get a headache and short of breath anytime I walk more than a quarter of a mile. That didn´t stop me from spending a lot of time walking around town, but I just took breaks in the middle.
Suprisingly, there was very little begging during the day, but as it get darker out it appeared that many of the women who sold things during the day switched to beggars at night. The city is also very cheap.
I will be taking advantage of the free internet here at my hotel for the next few hours to take care of some banking and stuff for Michigan, but tomorrow morning I will head out to Copacabana,Bolivia. Tonight and the bus ride will give me time to get more acclimated to the altitude which I expect will continue to bother me for a day or tow. I am really looking forward to seeing the Bolivian countryside too!!!