We haven't been in touch for a while, and there's a very good reason...we were stuck in Tupiza, southern Bolivia, for a week due to protests and a town blockade, and the only activity we managed to do was horseriding (oh no! haha), but we managed to over-do that by taking a 5 hour ride on the worst saddles ever! and couldn't walk for the next 2 days (ok, 3!), amazing scenery and all that though.
We then bussed it to Potosi, arriving Saturday night...come Monday, strikes and blockades etc! We went on a mine tour which was horrifying and terribly sad, i managed to walk about 10 minutes into the mine before freaking out, which was better than i had anticipated! the asbestos dripping from the ceiling put an end to Nick's venture, you could taste the chemicals and dust, there are kids of 10 years old working down there! This country has some propper issues! anyway, we then had to wait until yesterday, Thursday, before we were allowed to walk over the town line (far, hot and i can't breathe up here still!). The bus broke down twice en route to Oruro, where we boarded another bus to La Paz, arriving late last night, amen! So, no more protests etc (fingers crossed!), so we should be able to get back on track and into travelling mode again.
La Paz is totally manic, tons of people and buildings on top of one another, and it all sits in a crater so when you approach from up high you see the entire city, and we came in the dark so it was all lit up, amazing, probably one of my fave sights so far!
Only 1 month to go, boo, and we have so much to do and see. We're excited about getting to Peru in about a week. We're spending today and tomorrow exploring La Paz and then going to bike-ride down the world's most dangerous road - so you may not be hearing from us again! hence this rather dull update! um, what else...sorry if i'm boring you, we haven't blogged in a while because we've been sitting on our asses waiting for blockades to let us out of towns etc, not too interesting, so i have pent up blabbing!
Yaz, i'm going to give you a mention...yes you probably recognise a lot of what i've said here, my email to you got me going and was my inspiration! but i know you wanted a mention in the past! while i'm here though...good luck in your finals (yaz has big exams, wish her luck please!), and just to annoy you some more...hahaha...can everyone that's been to my rents house please tell yasmin that she neeeeeds to come this summer!!! we will have a swimming pool by then too! that invite is extended to everyone too (which i can say with a lot of confidence because i know how stupidly expensive flights are to nyc in summer!). alright, i'll leave you alone now.
ciao folks, we'll be in touch if we survive this week!