We found computers that work (yay!)!
Our trip down the World´s most dangerous road was nothing short of amazing!!! We were kitted up with helmets, goggles, buffs and overalls so we all looked the same!We had to travel down a tarmac bit first which was really good, but it was even better when we got to the dirt road! The ride was a bit bumpier (our guide said that we had to stand on the pedals or it would feel like we had spent a night in prison!) but the views were amazing! Most of it was downhill so we were travelling pretty fast, and the road was really twisty! I felt really safe until i looked over the edge-sometimes we were literally inches from an 800m drop! Luckily the guide waited until the end of the trip to tell us most of the horror stories-apparently a few people have gone off the edge due to faulty breaks, one girl stepped over not realising she was near the edge, and one guy managed to take a 7cm tube of flesh from his leg when he fell on his handlebar! Ñuckily nothing bad heppened on on our tour and we all finished safe and sound! At the end of the road we stopped at a little animal santuary for showers and lunch,and we saw the freakiest monkey known to man! His arms and legs were so long, and his fingers were about the same size as mine! One of them took a liking to Sam and kept patting his leg, and another one climbed on my shoulder which was a lot scarier than i thought!
Today we were having a walk around another part of town and we arrived at San Pedro prison! A guy named Kenny told us how to arrange a prison tour (basically tip of the guards and tip some of the prisoners to show you around-very dodgy but there seemed to be lots of tourists doing it!), which we thought we should do as we were there. When he told us we´d have four guards at all times i thought he meant the armed prison guards, but we soon found out he meant 4 prisoners (some of them big and one of them English speaking.). It was a very strange place! If you get sent to San Pedro prison yo have to buy or rent your cell, which means the rich people can afford luxurious places while the poor have to share cells. Apparently if you can´t afford torent somewhere you have to sleep outside, which means it´s only a matter of time before you freeze to death! There are lots of children there too, as often the families move in with their convict husband, and they leave everyday to go to school. Our guide told us that lots of drugs are made is the prison (we learnt this before from reading the back of ´marching powder!), which seems ironic as a lot of them must have been arrested for drugs offecnces! Our guide also said that the guards help them to trade drugs, booze, etc, across the prison walls, and that they could use the phone to order pizzas and other stuff! So after politely declining to try the prison food (which he said was laced with medicine to keep them calm) and the prison drugs we left feeling rather happy that we were not convicts!!!
Tomorrow we´re going to see some of the ruins in La Paz, and in the evening we head to Uruyni to catach a night bus for our alt flat tour the next day.