After weeks of living above 3000m and moving on every day or two I decided I needed to take a break and head off the Altiplano for a few days to recharge the batteries. And recharge them I did! I cycled down from La Paz with Silva and Amelie via the so called Death Road which involves 3000m metres of descent via winding cliff face. After we reached the bottom I said farewell to the others (I will miss hearing “Â´ey Loois” said in a French accent) and headed off to a small town called Coroico where I spent a few days chilling out and enjoying the sub tropical surroundings. I love the mountains but sometimes the altitude does seem to act as a bit of a heavy weight on everything and it can get a bit chilly in the evening (No, IÂ´m not expecting sympathy!). As soon as I came down the mountain everything seemed more colourful, vibrant and happier. I didnÂ´t want to leave.
Unfortunately I cant seem to get any pics onto this pc so youÂ´ll have to make do with the website of the lodge and iÂ´ll add as soon as I can. http://www.solyluna-bolivia.com. I stayed at this lodge for three nights, including bed, breakfast, lunch and dinner and the bill at the end was the equivalent of 34 pounds. I like Bolivia!
As well as some trekking, I have read a few more books. I finished the Stieg Larsson trilogy and finally got round to reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
(it always grates to have to agree with a know-it-all, but it is still worth reading given the lack of less smug authors covering the subject), The Picture of Dorian Grey (which I read while drinking a bottle of wine and now I cant remember what I thought of it!) and The Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking (from which I still have a headache)
Anyway, feeling fully refreshed I am now back in La Paz for some partying and am staying at the Wild Backpackers Hostel (the name says it all really)