This week, three cheers, a pat on the back, full credit and possibly some kind of medal should go to our adoptive Argentinian family: Sergio, Maria and Juli. These were the three who rescued us from the near possibility of falling back into the doldrums last week, and in order to fully mend our wounds invited us on their holiday. And so it was that on Monday morning, we merry five began our pootle up towards Bolivia, remaining in each other’s company until an emotional parting on Friday afternoon.
We’ve said goodbye to our favourite four-year-old and at the same time to Argentina: we’ve made it pretty much halfway up the length of South America!
The most striking difference between Argentina and Chile was the landscape, and now having arrived in Bolivia it is the people. Suddenly it feels as though we’ve stepped into a poster of how South America is supposed to look, primarily because of the older women: bowler hats, mega-long plaits, sandals with socks, incredible frocks. The ‘Miss Potosí’ contest we stumbled across last night (the winner gets to be a contender for Miss Bolivia!!!) with the requisite strutting in skimpy swimwear was an uncomfortable contrast.
And now for our week in pictures…
On Tuesday we:
On Wednesday we:
Total number of lifts: 53
Week Seven distance travelled: 855 km
Total distance travelled: 7589 km