Today I am in Copacabana, Bolivia.
Harry and I decided to go looking for our fellow volunteers Hayley and Tara, who are also in Copacabana.
Several hours later we realised an important fact.
They are in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Our first main activity in Bolivia: mountain biking down the World’s Most Dangerous Road, also known as Death Road and the Devil’s Highway.
The price of food in Bolivia astounds me. Here are a few examples, with prices converted to GBP, of what I’ve eaten lately:
Fried chicken, chips, plantain and a Sprite (similar to a KFC deal) – £2.40
Steak burger with the trimmings – 90p
Regular burger with the trimmings – 60p
Jelly pudding with whipped cream – 25p
Bottle of coke – 10p
The address of this blog was given to the two volunteers who will replace Harry and I in Sand Creek for 2013/14, so I can assume they might see this post at some point.
Johnnie & Neal: there is an undisclosed volume of money burried somewhere on the school compound, near to your apartment. The hoard includes coins from Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil and the UK. If you find it, it is yours.
After taking the boat from Manaus to Porto Velho, Harry and I embarked on a long journey to La Paz in the heart of Bolivia.
This is the best form of short-distance transport ever. I will have no arguments about this.
For our adventure, the road from Manaus to Porto Velho is actually a 5-day boat journey. I will add to this post throughout the voyage, and publish it next time I am online. Read more
Something that cannot go unnoticed when travelling through Brazil is the police presence. Firstly there are a lot of them, and secondly they are all armed. All of them. I noticed it when I was in Brazil over Easter, and I’m noticing it again now. I’ve discussed it with several volunteers whilst here, and I’ve decided to share my two cents. Read more
Planking outside the Teatro Amazonas museum and theatre in Manaus, Brazil:
As I write this I am lying in my hammock, listening to the sounds of a busy river port, and feeling overwhelmingly relaxed.
The first “chunk” of our holiday has gone exceedingly well Read more