Summary – Gary’s blog update
Pretty Sucre, Loving wife and lots of sickness
My health has been poor all week, I suspect the sandy cycling took a bit too much out my body.
I have had sore eyes, headaches, running nose, hot and cold flushes, and diarrhoea. It’s left me pretty weak all this week.
If you look up these symptoms it’s possible I have Genge Fever from them dam mozzies, but tiredness from the bus rides, the new issue with altitude and I clearly have a cold as well mean that the self diagnosis’s may be flawed
Saturday – This morning I am actually feeling good, I started a BRAT (Bananas, rice, apple sauce and toast) diet to help with the diarrhoea and along with the drugs I am feeling good this morning (first time in a week).
Sucre is a really pretty city with white walls, maintained buildings and plazas, lots of interesting Indigenous locals with a mix of western modern dress and natural costume
Marching bands pop up regularly taking protesters or celebrating children or funerals around the main plaza, disrupting all the traffic but no one seems to mind.
The Main plaza is a meeting place a chill out and the locals make full use of it, lots of elderly gentlemen use it as a meeting spot. Also groups of teenagers gather and are all behaved well, none of the girls dressed to impress.
Before the BRAT diet we were eating out cheaply – a three course meal and drink for £2.50 each, and this is very nice vegetarian food.
It has been Sunny and hot, Ginette can sit soaking the sun but my poorly body needs the shade so we have to find just the right bench. It is very much cooler in the shade, a much more noticeable difference than I have experienced before.
Our room this week has been a bit Naff, no outside windows or much space so we have spent a bit of time in the parks.
Ginette – I hadn’t expected Gary to arrive this week and downgraded my accommodation to compensate for the expense of the bike being repaired. It was a warmer room, but much smaller than my previous apartment.
Gary – Nets Spanish is good she understands most of what she hears, I have found myself looking to her to translate for me
We have moved to a rooftop apartment, we have much more room and an open area to catch fresh air. There is no WiFi which is not so good
We are planning on staying another week in Sucre, there is a celebration this weekend so we are staying to see what festivities we can enjoy.
Sunday to Tuesday 6th August
Gary is back, and the marching bands are endless.
Hurray! I have finally managed to pull through all the bugs, I have my mojo back.
Ginette – it is great to have my bouncy puppy back.
We have visited the dinosaur footprints and museum and found it fascinating that the shear limestone face in front of us with a whole range of fossilised footprints was once a flat ground over 70 million ago.
We have managed to get most of our equipment restocked from the various markets in the city.
Ginette – I took Gary for a walk around the cemetery, I found it really interesting the sign above the door warns Hodie Mihi Cras Tibi: Today Me, Tomorrow You. Walking around the pristine gardens of the cemetery, the endless rows of stacked graves serves only to re-enforce this message. Appoximately 100 children work in the cemetary, helping family members to lay new flowers in the glass shrines, tidying the gardens and acting as tour guides. The grounds are really serene and offer lots of shade. I was surprised to read notices on some of the coffins reminding family members of overdue fees. Apparently it costs 10,000 dollars to rent a space for 7 years if the fees are not renewed the body is disposed of in a mass grave. Families often don’t see the notices until it is too late which is rather tragic.
Gary – Bolivia is celebrating its Independence today (6th August), and they do like a parade. For the last few days there have been marching bands and small parades but yesterday was a major step up. We set out at 10 am straight into a marching parade as far as the eye could see, it looked like all the schools in the area had been told to join in, there were the cutest small kids in national dress up to the university students, along with the teachers. There may have been other organisations as well. The march continued till around 3 pm for a break. But later in the afternoon it started again and was still going at 9pm.
Today the marching continued, this time in front of the president and with all the nations infrastructural departments marching, such as hospitals, mental health, blind associations and even the bin men. It’s fascinating to witness a country so proud in itself, the crowds are large and patient. Some must sit through the whole parade, which is no mean feat.
We have enjoyed a chilled week, visiting various tourist sites, shopping and relaxing. Most evenings have been spent in a local bar, catching up on IT tasks and chatting about our trip.
We will be setting off for the salt flats on Thursday it will probably take a week or two. We have a lot of climbing to do over 7,000 meters! It gets dark here early and the nights and early mornings are very cold, which will mean reduced hours. We are in no rush, we intend to take it nice and easy.
We hope all is well with everyone in the UK.