Most people might have not even heard of this place before, at least I haven’t before even entering Bolivia – Santa Cruz de la Sierra. It is with over 1.5 million people the biggest city of Bolivia and located in the East right before entering the jungle on either side but the West. The name means Holy Cross of the Mountains which doesn’t really make sense to me because it’s more a selva-place (jungle). It is a surprisingly modern city, clearly influenced by nearby Argentina and Brazil, and also serves as industrial hot spot of Bolivia. We haven’t really thought about visiting it but as we arrived with the night bus at 7 am it gave us plenty of time to stroll around in the center and just enjoy a relaxing Sunday there before continuing our trip.Read More »
Im letzten Post habe ich erwähnt, dass wir uns ein bisschen außerhalb der „Touri-Gegend“ aufgehalten haben und eine grandiose Landschaft erleben durften, und dass es einem manchmal die Lebenseinstellung völlig auf den Kopf stellt, wenn man sich aus seinem Alltag raustraut. Hier ein weiteres Beispiel, das sogar mit diesem Tag zusammenhängt.
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Unverhofft kommt oft – so heißt ein Sprichwort, das wohl auf diesen Tag komplett zutrifft: Da mein Freund und ich eher Natur- als Stadtmenschen sind, wollten wir aus Potosi raus, um uns die Landschaft anzuschauen. Empfohlen vom „Tourismusbüro“ fuhren wir in ein Tal, wo es angeblich nach einer kurzen Wanderung eine Lagune names Ojo del Inka („Auge des Inka“) mit heißen Quellen geben sollte. Man könnte auch ein bisschen durch die Dörfer spazieren. Nach einer halben Stunde colectivo-Fahrt kamen wir in einem kleinen Dorf an, keiner hatte eine Ahnung wo wir hinwollten aber das Dorf war übersäht mit einem halben Dutzend Thermalbädern. Nicht wirklich das, was wir suchten. Read More »
I always thought culture shock was something absurd. I knew I wouldn’t always agree with everything I encounter in a new and different country and that there will be things to frustrate me. It had never gone that far so I would call it a culture shock but this time it hit me – a little harder. It may be that all the other times before, I haven’t gone out too far of my comfort zone and stayed or moved to places with similar backgrounds, cultures, values and customs. There wasn’t that much of a change from home. Or it can be that I expected a lot of my travels through South America, I hoped them to be perfectly relaxing and easy and to be fun and games, always. Which was not so much the case.Read More »
Like you can read in the title this tiny post will be about a few habits I formed during my travels in South America – and that I will need to break as soon as I land on European soil again. Not that I am thinking about coming home yet, in fact we are just at our half point of our travels and I feel this time passed way too fast, even though we saw and learned so many things already. Whatever – I will get right to it now! :-)Read More »
A few weeks ago we were able to spend a few days in Chile – only two to be honest! It was the best deal: We made the Uyuni desert tour that practically ended in the far South of Bolivia, right at the border to Chile. Instead of driving all the way back up to Uyuni for 8 hours we chose to take a bus down to San Pedro de Atacama, the main city in the center of the famous Atacama desert in Chile. Read More »
The salt flat of Uyuni should not be the last place for us to explore in the Southwest of Bolivia. We went on a two-day tour through the desert and mountain range that forms the border between Bolivia and Chile. The landscapes we passed were breathtaking and fast-changing as we drove further into the “nothing”. It began with volcano stone formations for as far as you could tell, llama herds and sandy terrain and ended with massive snow-tipped volcanoes behind colorful lagoons that were home to three distinct types of flamingos. We let ourselves amaze by a field of geysers at almost 5,000 m during sunrise and jumped in pleasant hot springs to unfreeze afterwards. Excellent scenery for stunning pictures – see for yourself!
Just throwing in a little life-update from my side here:
As I recently celebrated my 21st birthday (finally considered a complete adult – even in the US!) I decided to spoil myself a little bit. As some of you might know, the last few months I have been maintaining this blog solely from my iPhone, one with only 8GB storage! :D You can probably tell how frustrating this whole task can become considering I had to play the pictures from the camera to my phone and “edit” them and type everything with my two thumbs. Not complaining – I still loved to prepare every single post. It just took me close to forever.
Traveling and living in Peru and Bolivia, talking to locals and experiencing everyday life has so far changed a lot in my point of view and how I see the world. Not only are these “third-world” countries and you can see the poor in every corner, but also do the people here grow up with a completely different mindset and mentality.
Below I have plotted down a few points that came to my mind in terms of things that people in the Western countries take for granted and don’t even think about.Read More »
Remember when I told you about the historic center of Lima? Well, it looks really “historic” and crammed with little cute colonial corners. Which is great, but there are also a few more modern districts close to the ocean that are definitely worth a visit as there are amazing restaurants and the best nightlife in town. Actually, if you visit Lima the chances are high that your hostel will be there. And I would definitely recommend it! The areas I am going to talk about are really safe, offer you a bunch of activities and let you experience the more multicultural scene in Lima.Read More »