What a crazy world we live in
This may be the last time that we get chance to write before we leave for Africa for Christmas, so we might as well wish everyone a great holiday. Hopefully all of you have a couple days off and someone great to spend them with.
Our time in Bolivia has been short but throughly enjoyable. We stayed in a hostel that had once been a mansion... complete with high ceilings and chandeliers. We also biked the world´s most dangerous road, a 64km mostly downhill adventure through some of the most beautiful scenery. Every corner ended with a cliff that dropped thousands of feet, and everywhere you looked there were waterfalls. The crazy thing is that when we started we were in the mountains surrounded by llamas and snow and when we finished 4 hours later, we were in a lush tropical valley. We were both filthy by the end but it was a blast.
We had the most difficult time flying out of the airport in La Paz, due to the fact that our tickets had been stolen and we couldn´t buy new ones because the airport didn´t accept travellers checks... which was the only form of currency that we had. Nathaniel took a taxi from the airport to find a bank that would change our checks into cash and was not successful. He tried over five banks and not one could help him. Our third day at the airport we finally caught a flight out to Lima and then were able to buy new tickets to Madrid. We have been in Madrid now for a little over a day now and we have already managed to sort out the metro system, which Nathaniel loves, picked up our permanent passports from the Canadian consulate here and have gotten visas for Kenya, Africa. Hopefullly we will get to do a bit more sightseeing tommorow. It is very lovely and clean here but it also very cold. We have been travelling in fairly warm climates up to now and we don´t have much warm clothing. In fact we are wearing nearly everything that we brought. I feel like a fashion disaster. Almost every second woman I see is wearing a fur coat or carrying a prada purse. It´s craziness to go from seeing toddlers begging on the streets to poodles in custom made rain jackets. What a crazy world we live in.
The Christmas decorations in Madrid are beautiful and for the first time, it feels like the Christmas season. Today we went to the groccery store and loaded up on all our favorite foods... lindt chocolate, cheese, fresh bread, oranges... and we had a feast in our tiny european hostel room... while we watched TV in spanish. Simple pleasures.
Much love Jocelyn and Nathaniel
Soon we will be in Kenya and cold will only be a memory.