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Will the Real Capital City of Bolivia Please Stand Up?

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Arriving in Sucre to a hostel I had looked up, I had to grit my teeth somewhat when Chilean clinger jumped out to join me. Thankfully, the only beds available were in separate dorms, so that put an end to our time together, shame! (Maybe I sound harsh, but it is oh so fair).

Sucre is the official capital of Bolivia, but is far smaller, cleaner and quieter than the overshadowing La Paz. Buildings in the centre all have to be painted white (or owners receive a fine) making for a pretty - if rather sterile - appearance. Colonnial architecture rules here, and the central plaza is my favourtie in Bolivia. Despite all this, it was here I was most aware of homeless lining the streets, children everywhere trying to make a few cents - car washing, selling sweets, juggling, and chalk drawings on the pavements. Pretty heartbreaking, and a heavy contrast with the seemingly perfect facade of the city.


After a couple of days, enjoyed by simply wandering the streets, and exploring the wonderful food market, I was treated to a sudden visit from Jorge. He had a few days off from work, so jumped on a night bus to come and find me. I might add, without telling me his arrival time, not knowing where I was staying, or having a phone to make contact... Obviously I eventually found him, after wandering around the bus terminal for quite a while at 7am.

We found another hostel, as my current place was full, which we soon realised was completely occupied by French people. I don´t know why, or how, but I have come across several places where I am the only non-French occupant!


We had a lovely few days together, generally lazing around town, enjoying the sunsets (with beer) and me being treated to Jorge´s cooking. Did I mention he´s a chef?! He likes to cook, I like to eat!

Sadly, he had to head back to La Paz, leaving me to fend for myself amongst the French. The day after he left, I gave myself food poisoning (I knew there was a reason I shouldn´t cook!) which delayed my leaving Sucre. This was fine really, as I didn´t actually have a clue where I was heading next...

Sunset from the Lookout

Sunset from the Lookout

Posted by rcally 08:11 Archived in Bolivia

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