Note: We are way behind on the blog! No internet access for a long time and our recent quick travel schedule has made updating the blog difficult. We hope to catch up soon but here's a nice unusually long post in the meantime...
After the hellish lovely time at Ginger's Paradise, we headed to Sucre to soak up some Bolivian culture.
Actually by "headed" I mean we walked to the restaurant where we supposedly could catch a bus, found out that the bus is full (well, we were offered to ride in the middle of the aisle... for the 12 hour ride), discovered too late that we should have been waving down every bus that we saw in an attempt to get seats, and then headed back to Ginger's Paradise for one more night. Oh, and by the way, this day was Tom's birthday! So not making the same mistake the next day, we backtracked a couple of hours to Santa Cruz and took the bus from there... only to stop at the very same restaurant we had waited out the night before to pick up a couple of passengers. Such is travel in Bolivia. This doesn't even go to mention the 12 hour bouncy ride on unpaved roads, the extremely smelly guy sitting next to Tom in the middle of the aisle, and the fact that 99% of the bus was comprised of a teenage boy "delegation" who spent the night taking flash pictures of their shaving fight and having rap "battles". We definitely felt like we arrived in Bolivia with these transportation hijinks. At least Tom stopped one of the boys from peeing into a bottle in the seat next to us... we didn't want to set a precedent, right?
After arriving to Sucre though, we felt the travel woes were worth it as we viewed the whitewashed city high up in the foothills of the Andes. At 9,000 feet, Sucre was a good introduction to the higher altitudes we'd be experiencing in Bolivia.
Known as the cultural heart as well as the constitutional capital of Bolivia, we spent a pleasant few days exploring the city and doing typical touristy things, like visiting a textile museum to learn about the traditions of the various indigenous cultures of Bolivia and seeing some indigenous masks worn at festivals: