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La Paz - an exciting city
2000-08-19 17:48:00
La Paz is the capitol of Bolivia, and the worlds highest capitol.
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The bus trip from Copacabana, stright after the border from Peru, was a very beautiful expirience. The countryside from time to time reminded Lars and Hege of Greece, and Odd agreed eventhough he hadn't been there. All the way we had the spectacular view of the enormous Titicaca lake.

After a while we arrived at the Taquina canal. Here there are no bridges, and we hade to take a boat over to the other side. The bus was loaded onto a sort of boat, and it seemed pretty fragile, but everything of course worked out nicely. We were also give a life saving belt, and we assume that this belt would be able to keep a six pack of beer floating.

It was to this area Tor Heyerdal travelled to learn more about how to fabricate his famous Tigris, and it is examples of this all around.

When we got the first glimpse of La Paz, we where just amazed. It was like driving over a top and the suddenly the city appeared far down there. It is a beautiful city, with a lot of shops and life. We where also amazed by how much cleaner it looked than things in Peru. For the first time in two weeks we saw trash cans, and it was a sheer delight.

After settling into the hotel, Saranaga, recommended by Kris as a good low budget hotel, we went out to have something to eat. La Paz has one main attraction when it comes to food and tourists, and that is the worlds highest McDonalds, 3.577m. above sea level. The good thing is that you always know what you gonna get.

After food we went out to have a beer, and as we where walking down the main street, we met a guy who spoke Swedish. It was Ivan, and he took us to a German pub where we had some beers. A very nice man, who showed up at the hotel the next day to guide us around a little bit.

Ivan took us around town, and showed us the San Fransisco church, the Government House. He told us quite some about history, shops and life in General. We were amazed by the electrician engineering work in La Paz, and we assume that a Norwegian electrician would have a heartattack just looking at it. Wires going everywhere, ending up everywhere and nowhere.

After a nice lunch with Saltinjas, a kind of Pirog, we all felt a little bit sad to leave for the airport. We had only had one day here, and that was a shame compared to Puno. At the airport it would show that Odd would get this wish for an extra day granted. He had lost his vaccination card, this small yellow piece of paper, and because of this he was not allowed to check in. So he had to wait another day in La Paz, and have another shot of the yellow fever vaccine, before he could follow after Lars and Hege to Rio de Janeiro. Anyway, he is now the proud owner of a Bolivian vaccination card.
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