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Finding My Fortune in the Silver Mines of Potosi

Posted by on March 31st, 2013 in Bolivia, Destinations, Feature, South America | 8 comments

The day started the usual way. We headed to the market and bought some dynamite, coca leaves, 96% alcohol and orange juice. It might sound like a pretty epic Thursday evening, but that was not the case this time.

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Road trip through the Salar de Uyuni

Posted by on May 12th, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos | Comments Off on Road trip through the Salar de Uyuni

[Not a valid template] On a cold Sunday morning me, the six girls, and our driver boarded our land cruiser, and thus started our road trip to Chile through the Salar de Uyuni (Salt flats of Uyuni). It was time to leave Bolivia behind us, as we said bye bye to civilization (well, relative civilization, there wasn’t wifi anywhere in Uyuni). [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] We heaved our bags on top of the car and climbed inside. First stop, Salt flats of Uyuni, worlds biggest salt flat. This is where your table salt comes from, well probably not, but if you eat any salt in South America, my feet have probably been in it. Big industry here, plenty of trucks being constantly filled with salt. It’s a place that’s hard to...

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Surviving the Death Road in Bolivia

Posted by on April 30th, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos, South America | Comments Off on Surviving the Death Road in Bolivia

[Not a valid template] My eyes linger over the majestic mountains towering over me for maybe a second, before my focus is brought back to the narrow dirt road that is speeding before me, and to the depths that are waiting on my left side should I miss a turn. My hands squeeze the breaks of my bike as I approach a turn, the fear battling against my courage, how fast can I go and still stay in the road. Mind you, the stakes on that battle are quite high, going over the side would in most cases mean certain death. With probably at least ten seconds of airtime, enough to think about what went wrong. [Not a valid template] So yes, this is the Yungas road, or as it is more commonly know, the Death Road of Bolivia....

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I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning in La Paz

Posted by on April 23rd, 2011 in Bolivia, Photos | Comments Off on I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning in La Paz

[Not a valid template] Loud explosions and the smell of gunpowder filled the air as the crowds rushed past us. Thankfully it was still only fireworks so far as the demonstrations had stayed peacefull. Only a few people in our hostel had managed to get teargassed. The police was out in force, but there hadn’t really been any classhes between them and the protesters. Welcome to La Paz in Bolivia. It could be argued that this is not the best time to travel to La Paz in Bolivia, not when demonstrations apparently have been going on from January, with only brief pauses in between. But it also could be argued, that for months the demonstrations have stayed peaceful. So the only annoyance for a traveler is the fact that some parts of the city are occasionally blocked off by...

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