Took about 9 hours to get here, with a stop in the mellow peruvian lakeside town of copacobana (the more famous brazilian version is named after the famous shrine here) for a menu del dia.
Journey included getting off the bus an watching it get punted accross the lake in a raft by a small guy with a big wooden pole. quite nerve racking when everything you have is strapped to the roof. we crossed by smaller boat and rejoined on the other side.
the drive was incredible. Not for the first time in this part of the world, i felt really emotional at the sheer scale of the scenery. everything was deathly still, yet a riot of colour sprayed the hillsides, and i found it hard to close my eyes and not watch, tired as i was.
La Paz is 3621m, making it the highest capital city in the world. It certainly feels like it. i threw away my coca leaves, so as not to give the bolivian border guards a reason to hassle me (even though its perfectly legal in this form, non toxic and helps a great deal with altitude sickness). Need to get some more.
Hotel is an old colonial mansion, but the centre of town feels VERY dodgy! Got a taxi back last night ater a nice soiree in "cafe la paz", which was a former hangout for escaped nazis (that´ll help your case Parviz); bratwurst is still on the menu. Now it´s old men in grey suits discussing politics through the blue haze of foreign ciggies.
Taxi basically took us back to where we had started, charged us Bs6 (ok, only about 40p) and shortchanged us without us noticing (i had a nosebleed!!). I was fuming! I can´t stand being ripped off, no matter the amount. He did, however, give me a tissue for my nose. bless him
This morning saw a trip to Parque la Florida, the home of the La Paz skatepark. It was actually the best park i have seen on this trip (thats not saying much!!). It was smooth, with a funbox-a-la-leven, driveway a-la-kirriemuir, flat banks, quarters etc and really smooth.
trouble was, the altitude. Have been in the mountains for quite some time, even lived at 2000m for 3 months, but the difference a 1000 metres makes. Breathless. Teased by the smoothness and couldn´t get anything done! had to leave with my tail between my legs, but plan to buy some hoja de coca and some altitude pills and try tomorrow!
Just bought an overnight bus cama (bed bus) ticket to cochabamba for about 2.25 (pounds) it´s anice old colnial city to break the journey. arrive at 7am, leave the bags somewhere, see the town then back on another overnight journey to Sucre. It´s the former capital and doubles handily as our proposed meeting place for the now rucksackless jeremy.