Hello all. We are currently in Sucre and studying Spanish.
We finished up our time in La Paz. Our supposed one night stay turned into a week so you can guess how fun it was.
Our last few days we went on a bus trip to a archaeological site of some pre inca ruins and I had llama for lunch at a local cafe. It was like a cross between beef and pork but was quite sweet and a lil tough.
I don’t think elevators have made it to La Paz yet and trying to climb stairs at 3600m is tough.
Our hostel bar was on the 4th floor so by the time we got there our daily free beer was well deserved.
On the Friday we went paragliding off a mountain top just outside the city in La Paz. Not as scary as I thought it would be. It was tandem and the guide even let me have a turn at controlling the glider! I don’t think they’d let you do that in Aus! Then afterwards we went for a beer with the paragliding guys and I tasted (which I found out afterwards) deep fried intestines! Like tubes of pork crackle but a little chewier and not as tasty. Apparently it’s a local delicacy.
On our last day we went to a local music museum, which was in my favourite street in La Paz.
We got to play a lot of the instruments and there were guitars made from armadillos and all sorts of creatures. It was insane but quite interesting. We didn’t end up getting to see Harry Potter even though I wondered around the city for 1.5hrs 2 days previously and now we are in Sucre and the local cinema doesn’t have it in English so its going to have to wait. It was a 12 hour bus ride overnight to get here from La Paz and the bus didn’t have a toilet. We paid about $23 for a cama (bed) seat and the bus was pretty dogey so it wasn’t an overly comfortable ride and we only made one toilet stop the whole way at 10:30pm at the dirtiest banos (toilets) I have seen so far. Then when we arrived we waited 25min for the Bolivian Spanish’s Schools bus to come and get us but apparently they don’t really check their emails on a w-e so we got a cab instead.
It’s very nice here. We are in a hostel called the Travellers Guesthouse right next door to the school. Me and Biddy are sharing a double room so it’s nice to have a lil more privacy. There are only about 6 rooms here/ singles and doubles and a really cool bunch of people from different parts of the world. Most are doing the same as us 2-4 weeks and so it’s already started to feel like a nice safe family environment. We are directly opposite a beautiful park and have a good view of it from our window. The only bad thing is that there is a car every morning that parks on the sidewalk below and has a very sensitive alarm and every time a car goes past it sets the alarm off so it goes off all day everyday and drivers everyone in the hostel and the school bonkers! We have classes mon to fri, 2:30-6:30 with a 15min break in between. The teachers are great. After the first class I decided to get some private lessons because the other girl in our group class and Biddy both had had a couple of lessons already and so I didn’t know what on earth was going on haha! So we are doing lots of study, well trying to at least and have homework to do each day. We also have excursions and other activities. On wed night we went to play basketball and walleyball. No I didn’t spell it incorrectly. We played in a squash court with a net across the middle and you can hit the ball off the walls. So much fun!
And last night I did a salsa class. There was only and Irish couple, an English lad and I so none of us had any natural rhythm and the dance teacher told some of the local teachers to leave the room and stop laughing at us. I couldn’t stop laughing myself. We must have looked quite a sight.
On friday after lessons we had a traditional cooking class that turned out to be the teachers cooking us a dinner while we all sat around talking and drinking vodka. We weren’t allowed to help so I didn’t learn much haha! Then we went to check out some of the local night life afterwards. Sucre is a university town and so it was quite lively and we had a really big night.
Well that’s about it for now!