Views 02 Feb Some biased images of Bolivia
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I´m a ceaseless traveler, so staying in Cusco for over 3 months seemed a bit of a torture for me. I had to travel. And so, I went to a neighbouring country, a country of Che Guevara, Morales, Bolivar and coca leaves – Bolivia. The trip was an interesting experience itself.Some biased images of Bolivia
I went by bus, which takes about 11 hours from Cusco to La Paz. The border between Peru and Bolivia has to be crossed on foot, which basically means that you have to take off your bus, then stand in a long queue of natives and tourists, go through 3 checkpoints, get your stamp in the passport, and after that get on your bus again to continue the trip. After a couple of hours you´re safely in the administrative capital of the country. The city overwhelms you with its contrasts. On one side you can see shanty town, shabby houses built in a great hurry, and on the other side sky scrapers shredding a nice blue sky. The city centre amazes with its architecture ranging from 18th century villas until modern and smartly looking buildings, shining on you from above.

Before going to Bolivia I was warned by my Peruvian friends to be alert and careful, as it is a dangerous country and especially the city of La Paz is perceived as a very unsafe one. Strangely enough I felt quite safe and marched though the dodgiest streets, peering in every corner as I´m also quite inquisitive. I found out that this city can be either loved or hated. As for me, I loved it apparently. It has many well maintained squares where people relax, sit, and watch pigeons nibbling crumbs at tourists´ hands.

Some biased images of BoliviaYou can find there many museums, a couple of cinemas, theatres, nice and cosy pubs to sip your Paceña beer. On the other hand I encountered in Bolivia some cutting remarks about Peruvians. I sensed some veiled hostility between those two nations. Is it just me? I guess not, as I asked some people about their opinion and they confirmed my suspicions. But where does it come from? Nobody knows, it´s just a matter of opinion. As a matter of fact, I find both nationalities extremely friendly and outgoing. They are very helpful and hospitable. I strongly recommend everyone to pop up after the rainy season finishes, otherwise you can hide in one of the bars and dwell on your pint of Cusqueña while observing people hasting with their umbrellas or in ponchos searching for a dry and warm place.

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