Bolivia

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22 August

Bolivia

We have spent the last week or so in Bolivia, exploring the world´s largest salt flats, La Paz and the Bolivian shore of Lake Titicaca.
Bolivia is a fantastic country to visit and I was so pissed off that we were only really passing through.  There was enough stuff to last at least a month and still not venture off the Andean Plateau and descend into the Jungle.  Its also a country on the up with their first ever indigenous president (rather than the US installed prats wh are out to make a profit).  You get the sense that the future is bright for the country with the new pres having already delivered 80% of his election promises.  Its a place that really wasn´t safe to go to until recently (120 coups in 180 years is not the worlds gretest statistic).  And judging by Michael Palin´s crossing of the Peru Bolivian border (he was the only person the authorities had see all day when he crossed, we were one of several coach loads) when he was going Full Circle about ten years ago tourism is really taking off.  The people there are also really friendly, more so than what I´ve seen in Peru.  Despite most people being poorer, there was less beggiing on the streets and a much nicer approach to tourists rather than following them around talking to you, which seems the norm in Peru.
The salt flats are amazing, from above, they look like clouds, or just a white sea, when your on them they look a bit like snow, but its so dazzling sunglasses are definitely needed.  I reckon its probably the only place in the world that has enough salt to cope with the demand from Teddy Hall.  I only hope my college doesn´t destroy this natural wonder!  There were also lots of volcanoes, which were very cool.
La Paz is an awesome city and they even had a huge cake and ice-cream shop, which in the evenings becomes a proper restaurant (still with the cake and ice-cream) with full meals, alcoholic beverages and even a piano player.  The city itself is not actually the world´s highest capital as its not technically the capital city of Boliva.  Its built in the middle of a canyon and extends up the side, every single ground floor of every building in the city is a shop of some kind.
We managed to get away from the gringo trail for a few days on the Isla Del Sol on Lake Titicaca (its the place where the sun was made - just so you know!). which was nice and relaxing.  Finally used to the altitude having spent the entire of the last ten days above 3000m!
Have been trying out all the local delicacies, including llama and alpaca meats, both of which are very nice.
Hope all is well back home, keep me updated on any cool stuff!
Its back to gringo territory in Cusco tomorrow, and starting the Inca Trail on Friday.  So excited!!!!
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