El refugio y mas

Hard to believe but we are already coming to the end of our stay in Samaipata. I haven’t written in a while because my computer died for no apparent reason which was great but oh well hopefully I can get it fixed when I get back to the US. A lot has happened since I last wrote.

First there was a big car rally race here in town which brought loads of drunk people to party in the streets all weekend long. It was pretty crazy. The little rally cars say the the drivers and navigators names on the side and their blood types which is a little scary if you ask me. They had fireworks and everything so it was sort of cool except super loud all night and a pretty drunken mess and Dave had to work as a bouncer at the bar which hardly ever happens here in this tranquillo town. Aidan and I woke up early and saw some of the rally cars head out which was neat.

We also finally made it to the cuevas which are the nearby waterfalls down the road. It was super beautiful there and just as I remembered it from a few years ago when I was last here. We hiked around and then went for a little swim in the river. It was a hot sunny day and good for laying on a rock in the river with my feet in the water.

Another cool thing we heard about was an abandoned house up one of the mountains with a great view of the town from the second floor. We took a bottle of wine in our backpacks and hiked up one afternoon to be there in time for sunset. The hike is straight up and tiring but so worth it. The abandoned house was gorgeous, or was going to be gorgeous but not ever completed. We walked around the rooms deciding what they were all going to be. There was a big patio and barbecue and even a little pond. The master bedroom has a big window with an incredible view of the mountains and town. Hiking up there at sunset was one of the coolest things we’ve done here for sure.

Tomorrow night we are planning to leave on a bus to Sucre if all goes as planned which is exciting but we are also pretty sad to leave all the awesome people we have met here. It has definitely been a memorable and awesome time. besos for now

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Living in a Bar (and Santa Cruz Visit!)

So another band played at the bar on a Saturday, a group of French travelers who had a brass band! The bar was pretty loco that night but a lot of fun. Working at the bar is going well. Also Aidan and I have finally gotten out a bit more here. We took a walk down the highway a ways and also finally went out to the ruins called El Fuerte. Aidan said it was his first time ever seeing any ancient ruins and I honestly thought it was pretty cool too, no Machu Picchu but cool. We also stopped in the archeology museum in town which is interesting if you like looking at a lot of old clay pots. The best was the views of the mountains from up at the fort, super beautiful.

We attempted to make a pizza the other day and for the fourth of July we made Mac n Cheese and Apple Pie, so American. Who knew that we would come to Bolivia to start watching a ton of Masterchef Australia and cook a bunch?

Now we are in Santa Cruz for the night! This morning we left Samaipata early with Dave. He was going to Santa Cruz to get some work done on the car and we thought a ride would be nice. We got about thirty minutes down the road when we came upon a roadblock of cars and trucks double parked as far down the road as we could see. Someone told us there was a mudslide and some trucks were stuck. Dave was like yup I am not going, I’m turning right around before I get parked in. Aidan and I decided not to turn around. We thought we would walk to the other side of the block and hitch a ride. We walked several miles past gridlock of buses cars and massive trucks it was completely awful and crazy. People had been there for who knows how long. We saw only one fight breaking out surprisingly.

At the other side of the block we ran into some English girls we’d met at the bar and decided to hitchhike together. A Bolivian family who had driven out from the city but decided to turn back picked us up. They were a family of four and all sat in the front seat of the car. At least one of them was a cute baby. The other four of us sat in the back seat. It was a very full car. We made it the rest of the way without trouble.

Being back in a city is a cool change of pace after almost a month out in the mountains. Despite what anyone else says I like Santa Cruz a lot. We wandered a bit and I got ice cream at Vaca Fria, a chain ice cream place that I had been dying to return to since last time I was here three years ago, strange I know, but for real it is amazing ice cream. It was just as good as I remembered. I was thrilled.

We went and lined up at the migration office a half hour before siesta ended and thank goodness we did, the line was crazy long by the time they opened the doors. After waiting nearly two hours we were called to a window and the guy told us he didn’t have the stamp to give us another month here. Uhm but it’s the migration office… We waited longer for another guy to run upstairs find the stamp and finally glance at our passports and give us thirty more days, phew! I took a deep breath and we were finally done.

We got dinner at a pizzeria and dropped our stuff at our hostel then we went to a movie at the cine 🙂 It was spontaneous and a good idea. We saw the Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara movie and I swear as stupid as it looks it was actually hilarious and everyone in the theatre laughed out loud the whole time. Plus we got another Vaca Fria. Life is good and now I have a Mojito by the pool. It’s funny to be in a city and have real internet and stuff but it’s nice. Back to the mountains tomorrow. Besos Bebas.