Saturday, April 01, 2006
I had a great rest in Peru for about a week of minimal travel so I am currently making up for that with 4 hours of bus and 15 hours of Train yesterday from La Paz and across Bolivia to Argentina. This morning I got off the train to make my way through customs. At first sight it appeared like I would be waiting for hours and hours (Bolivian side had like 50 people in line with no officer and Argentina side had like 150 people in line with one officer), but being a tourist you are viewed as having money or something since some officers shuffled us to the front of the line on both sides of the boarder to get our stamps ( I kindof felt bad as it seemed like I was butting). From there I had 5 hours on the bus and am currently trying to find a nice steakhouse before I find a spot on another bus for the 20 some odd hour haul to Buenos Aires. The scenery has been very different over the past 24 hours (huge lagoons, salt flats and enormously vast arid areas of land). I can truly see why Bolivia is called the Tibet of South America (at least from what I know of Tibet). Have a great weekend.
by Jon Barrett