So rich in cultur and traditions, but still so poor...
29.11.2010 - 15.12.2010 4 °C
Well, what can I say about Bolivia…Bolivia is dusty, cold and full of colourful people. I definitely have never felt further away from Norway than I did the 16 days I spent in Bolivia. Bolivia is such an underdeveloped country when it comes to hot water, roads, electricity etc. But I get the impression that the lack of these basic things isn’t Bolivia’s biggest problem. It’s not unknown that Bolivia is one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Not only the politicians, but also the police seems to care more about the money THEY can earn then keep the country safe and “fair”.(Or is it the money they don’t earn that drives them to this corruption???!) I asked a Bolivian man I meet “But what about the police that want to make a change? The good ones?? Isn’t it hard for them to “survive” in this place?” The answer I got was a big laugh and “the good police???!!!!”
There is so much more to Bolivia...First: It has amazing nature. Our first 4 days in Bolivia we spent up in the mountains (5000 meter abow sea level at one stage!) where we saw everything from lamas to volcanos……ending at the salt flats.
Lunch time: James & Caitlyn…and a very curious lama :O)
Playing soccer with some of the kids in a village far, far up in the mountain where we spent the night. These kids really live a life so different from any Norwegian child…they only have the basic things to survive! It was minus degrees & windy and they were covered in sand, they’re hands and face was obviously damaged by the cold. But still they were such happy kids…..I think so far through all my travels this night in this little remote village will always be remembered as very special.
A shy, little boy:
Dinner time. Michell, Caitlyn & me.
Not exactly 5 star!!!
Oh, so cold!!!!!
Our car for the 4 days.
Volcano….that u apparently aren’t supposed to walk on and can be pretty dangerous. But our guide didn’t seem to care too much about that…
A rock from one of the near by volcano, that James ofcourse had to climb:
Sunset over the salt flats….
Salt as far as u can see….
Michelle, Caitlyn & me..
The end of 4 days in the Bolivian mountains…
Bolivian women having theyre morning snack:
After our 4 day tour from Tupizia to Uyuni we spent 2 days in Sucre. The buses in Bolivia don’t always have toilets…so on the bus from Uyuni to Sucre I found out how they solve this little problem in Bolivia. After about 3 hours driving the bus stops in the middle of nowhere (only desert) and yells out “BANO!!!! (=toilet)…in one second everyone around me is outside. Man and women, old and young. I look around and I don’t really understand where the toilet is…until I see everyone from the bus start pulling down they’re pants and literally are going to ”the toilet” right in front of me! Because it took me a while to understand that there weren’t any actual toilet around, just nature, I of course where the last one to find a “toilet” spot…which meant everyone were back in the bus by the time my pants were down, so I had a pretty big audience!!!!
After Sucre we went to La Paz. In La Paz I meet up with Morten, my friend from Norway. Together with Morten, James & Henry I went down the world’s most dangerous road!! (Most deaths pr km)…I think there are about 30.000 registered deaths …mostly in cars/buses!! But still it was pretty scary….but such a beautiful spot
At the moment I’m in Peru (Cusco) where I will celebrate Christmas this year, I have to admit I will miss the warm, cosy Norwegian Christmas but at the same time excited to experience a totally different Christmas.
So wherever u are this Christmas: FELIZ NAVIDAD
-Tonje, som sitt på ein terasse I Peru og høyrer på Kurt Nilsen sitt jule album-