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Day 44 – 45: La Paz

The last 6 days have just been so eventful and wifi has been so limited that I haven’t gotten around to posting again. Hopefully I will be able to catch you guys up on everything soon! Let’s begin with the two days that were spent in La Paz, Bolivia. A quick note that La Paz marks the end of my time with Rishee and the start of my time with Aiasha. Rishee and I had a great time traveling together with a great balance of adventure and relaxing. So glad that he could make it out to keep me company!

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When we arrived in La Paz after Coroico, this was the day of the first world cup game so from here on out, you will see gaps in my day that pretty much filled with watching games at bars. This started straight away in La Paz for the Brazil v. Croatia match. We stayed in a hotel that was right off of Plaza Murillo called Lh Residencial Latino. While some of the people who work there are not the friendliest, I actually highly recommend it for people looking for a place to stay in La Paz. Finding affordable yet decent accommodations in La Paz is actually pretty difficult to come by. It was great being right by Plaza Murillo which is where the Presidential Palace and Cathedral are located. The square was beautiful despite the thousands of pigeons that flock there during the day. I was thoroughly grossed out by them, but Rishee just ventured on in.

DSC_0033 DSC_0046 DSC_0048DSC_0034DSC_0035DSC_0076DSC_0071In terms of tourist spots, we stopped by the Museo de Etnografía y Folklore as well as the Calle Jaén Museums (which consist of Museo de Metales Preciosos, Museo del Litoral, Casa de Murillo and Museo Costumbrista Juan de Vargas). The Museo de Etnografía y Folklore was filled with like thousands of dolls and was sadly, not super fascinating. The dolls showcased the different cultural, geographical and racial influences on dressing styles throughout Bolivia. I included a picture two dolls showing the traditional dressing styles here in Bolivia. One of their prized art forms here is weaving their tribal cloths. The museum also showed how the thread and colors for the thread are developed. To finish off the museum, we took some dorky photos. The Calle Jaén Museums were a little more interesting though they did not allow photography. The Museo of Metales Preciosos was basically a gold vault where they had a bunch of gold artifacts from the time of the Incas. Casa de Murillo showed belongings of Pedro Domingo Murillo, an independence revolutionary and the man whom the plaza is named after. Things were interesting to look at, but did not give a very robust understanding of Bolivian history.

DSC_0087 DSC_0088DSC_0085On my day in La Paz with Aiasha, the city was celebrating their largest festival of the year: Gran Poder. It was pretty lucky that we were there for the festival, but it basically meant the rest of the city was shut down, which kind of sucked. Since they closed of many of the main roads, it was also pretty difficult to get around the city, but I’m still glad we got to experience it. Gran Poder began as a small candle procession with the image of Christ in 1939, but has since grown as a celebration of Bolivian culture. Over 25,000 people participated in the event, dressing up and dancing down the parade. The costumes were elaborate and many kudos to the chicks dancing in heels the whole time.

DSC_0053DSC_0057IMG_0416 IMG_0415Lastly, I’m including some photos that we took from night-time as well. The plaza is gorgeously lit up at night in all different colors. There are also many viewpoints in the city since La Paz is basically situated in the mountains. These pictures don’t do them justice and I do apologize for the quality as all I could manage was Iphone pictures at the time.

After La Paz we headed to Uyuni for a 3 day/2 night tour of the salt flats. I have way too many pictures from that adventure and I will try to get that post up soon. The scenery was just incredible, though the temperatures were freezing!! For now, I’m off to join some friends at a bar in Sucre to watch the England v. Uruguay game so will try to update you all again soon.

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