The last couple of days I have been spending alone in La Paz after Amy and Gemma finally got their flight out of here. It has been a pretty relaxing few days as I have had the days off work so had the time to myself to wonder round the city and do some more exploring.
On Tuesday I decided it was time to buy some souviniers so headed out to the local market to see what I could find. It was pretty cool to see some of the homemade stuff like hats and gloves as they arent as common as they are in Peru but managed to pick up some awesome hats for under 2 quid each, and they are made of alpaca, making them super warm! From this market I went to the market closer to the hostel, known as the Witches Market. In this market the local women sell all kinds of local remedies, a couple that stuck out in particular was the cure for cancer and the pills that make you go from being massively fat to really skinny in a week! They are also the women who sell the dried llama feotuses, i decided against purchasing one, customs may have a problem with that! They also sell loads of little statues and wall hangings of Pachimama, or mother earth. She was basically believed to be the one who protected the Incas from danger and looked after them and the earth, so I bought a couple of statues of that for 50p each. There is also an Incan symbol which signifies the Incan way of life with each step representing an aspect of their lifestyle in which they live by, i cant remember the name of the symbol but the meanings are pretty simple and effective so i bought one of those again for 50p and this time the woman threw in a free keyring of the symbol too, everyone loves free stuff! That afternoon I sat in the rooftop bar of the hostel reading my book for hours and before long it was time for tea, so I headed out in search of food, and once again ended up at an empañada seller. For 80p I got 4 empañadas to last for the rest of the evening, its pretty awesome to spend 80p and know that you have all your food sorted!
Yesterday I had an even lazier day, laying in bed until around noon reading my book before getting up to have a HOT shower, something that is very sought after in these parts, then I headed up to the rooftop bar to read. Again i spent my entire day there until tea time when I ventured out once more to the market for food. I came accross a very interesting looking stall saying pizza so went to enquire and managed to get a 10 inch ham, pepperoni and peppers pizza for just under 1 quid. Feeling proud of myself I headed back to the hostel, pizza in hand, and spent the evening reading once more.
Today I actually have to go to work today, but not until 5pm so yet again I am going to spend the day being lazy doing nothing before work.
Its crazy to think that I have been in La Paz almost 3 weeks now, and I am pretty excited to Leave. Also, this time next week I will be on the first of my flights home, which is even more exciting. As much as I love South America I am ready to get back to the warm summer climate of the UK (that is something I never thought I would say!).
I have been thinking about the many modes of transport I have taken throughout my trip and the list looks something like this:
Aeroplane, Bus, Taxi, Combi, Tuk Tuk, Train, American Muscle car, Dune Buggy, Sandboard, Canoe, Boat, Vine, bike, minivan, old school VW Beetle and of course not to forget my trusty feet!
I was going to try and work out how many miles i have travelled in total, but that can wait for another day, today is a day to relax before work, maybe tomorrow I will share that one!