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Steve & Loz’s Travel Diary

Friday, 20 Jul 2007

Location: La Paz, Bolivia

MapBack in La Paz and this time we stayed in a brewery! Seriously! Strike another entry from the list of life's ambitions. We can verify that it was in fact a bona-fide brewery as we received an impromptu tour of the facilities after volunteering to lug a keg from the basement up four floors to the rooftop bar. Ended up not being the wisest idea on account of our collective scrawniness, but it was all in the name of a free beer.

Contrary to what people may have said about us in the past, we WERE actually able to organise a piss-up in the above said establishment. Twice in fact. So there.

So... we were back killing time in La Paz, waiting for a flight to the jungle that could be (and was) cancelled at a moment's notice. As Nick had finally kicked the ill-effects of the altitude, we made the most of this time by getting out and exploring the best of La Paz after-dark. Highlights were the self-proclaimed 100% fake English pub, the full Run DMC-style Bolivian break battle at a random local hip-hop club and the seriously questionable steak sangas that started and ended our nights out. It is amazing how alcohol gives you the courage to face even the dodgiest of street vendors.

We finally received the green light on our flight to Rurrenabaque... BUT... as our luck would have it, La Paz was in the midst of a massive show-stopper of a strike. Apparently the Government is trying to move the capital from La Paz to the more appealing Sucre, the Paceñas (people from La Paz) are none too happy about it. Personally I think moving the capital from La Paz to anywhere would be a step in the right direction.

The good news is we eventually tracked down a taxi, made it to the airport and are on our way to the jungle.