DC 2s And Mangy Dogs

As we were told, and expected, our early morning arrival in La Paz, the highest national capital in the world, was very cool, and by that, I’m referring to the temperature not the approach. Unfortunately, and despite that fact that sunrise at 4000 metres is unobstructed, our 5:30 am arrival prevented us from enjoying the full impact of the sun creeping over the jagged mountain ridges.We were also warned that the effect of, for all intents and purposes, instantly taking our bodies from sea level to 4000 metres, would cause unpleasant symptoms. They weren’t kidding, the walk from the airplane to the baggage carousel felt like a 5k run.? After a hand full of steps, my heart rate was racing and my breathing was quick and shallow.? Otherwise, I?ve been spared the more unpleasant side effects such as headaches,

We were also warned that the effect of, for all intents and purposes, instantly taking our bodies from sea level to 4000 metres, would cause unpleasant symptoms. They weren’t kidding, the walk from the airplane to the baggage carousel felt like a 5k run. After a hand full of steps, my heart rate was racing and my breathing was quick and shallow.? Otherwise, I?ve been spared the more unpleasant side effects such as headaches, diarrhea and nausea. On the upside, all our baggage arrived intact and none the worse for wear.The drive from the airport to the city proper took us from 4000 to 3600m, past a field full of abandoned DC 2s and 3s, down a narrow winding road with a spectacular view of the city. Through my light headedness, my first thoughts were that everything was strangely

The drive from the airport to the city proper took us from 4000 to 3600m, past a field full of abandoned DC 2s and 3s, down a narrow winding road with a spectacular view of the city. Through my light headedness, my first thoughts were that everything was strangely quiet, until I realized that it was only six o’clock in the morning and on a? Sunday to boot. The only creatures shuffling along the streets was a collection of mangy dogs.

There was no confusing that I was a long way from Toronto, and around every corner, and to either side, I kept picking out wonderful photographs. The light, the angles, the patterns, the lone woman walking along the side of the road, in traditional laired dress, the archetypal black bollard hat, with a child in one hand and a bag of belongs in the other. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stop to photograph any of this, the road was far too steep and narrow, but I?m hoping to hire a taxi, in the next few days, to retrace my steps.

Not only because of the early hours, but because our itinerary took into account the effects of the altitude, we’ve spent the day thus far, taking it easy in our hotel rooms, a light breakfast, writing this entry and a very short walk around the block to share some of the streetscapes in the immediate neighbourhood.

I don’t want to push my luck, so I’m going to sign off here and share some of my first impressions, regarding La Paz and our initial contact with our CUSO hosts, tomorrow.

Bueno, aunque no sean mas que unas pocas palabras, y esto cualquiera que viva o haya visitado España sabra a lo que me refiero, una de mis primeras observaciones fue la semejanza en modos de construccion con España. Tambien se construye con ladrillos, algo que en Canada no se ve. Los ladrillos alla, se usan mas bien como una capa exterior y no como forma estructural. El otro detalle es que los ladrillos tambien son huecos y no macizos como en Canada. Me trai recuerdos que tiran del corazon. Hasta pronto.

3 Comments

  1. Kay 2011/10/24 at 9:17 pm #

    I’d second Carlos’ comment about pics and kids, better to be safe. Enjoying your views of La Paz! Can’t get enough =)
    Kay

  2. carlos 2011/10/23 at 7:44 pm #

    Send some pics of DC’2

  3. carlos 2011/10/23 at 7:40 pm #

    Hi Miquel,
    Listen when we were in Guatemala,and we were taking pictures we had to ask the locals permission first especially with the children,that way the elders didn’t get angry. Not sure how it will turn out in Bolivia but I would ask about local customs to be safe.
    Carlos

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