4/22/10: Southwest Circuit, Bolivia
I’m typing this while sitting on a bench made of salt. The floor is covered in salt and there is a salt flamingo on the wall opposite me. There is a salt chandelier on the ceiling. All the other trucks that had been hanging out with us along our stops today are nowhere to be found. The six of us are the only ones at this hotel.
We arrived here about an hour and a half ago with a stern warning from Maxima, “Si problema esta noche, nos vamos!” The four of us had all nodded solemnly at this statement. But Maxima – what problema?
Sam and Matt are teaching Jesus how to play blackjack. I think he’s winning. Kevin is taking a hot shower for 10 Bolivianos. Maxima is somehow cooking up yet another fabulous dinner with just one gas burner and two pots.
Me? I have no idea what is going on. All day today Maxima has been trying to explain something to us (hence the problema) – we think something having to do with a blockade that might prevent us from getting to Salar de Uyuni tomorrow morning. From what the four of us have pieced together, some villagers are protesting tour trucks from Tupiza driving through their village by forming a blockade along the road, forcing you to go around the long way rather than through their village. From what I imagined, we would be confronted by an angry mob of pitchfork-wielding locals, who would shout angry (and unintelligible) things at us in Spanish and then climb onto our Toyota and jump up and down on it until the roof split. Maybe that’s what Maxima meant by “una problema.” Or maybe she was referring to man-eating spiders. Really, we have no clue. All we know is that the last two nights we had the company of ten other tour trucks and tonight we’re alone with “una problema” hanging ominously over our heads.
Anyway, since we don’t really know what’s going on – whether it’s angry locals or angry spiders, we can’t really be bothered to worry too much about it. So instead of sitting here wondering what might or might not happen tonight and tomorrow, let’s just go through some pictures from today instead, shall we?
Puzzles for Postcards
Lots of Fish to Fry Up High Anagram
Take Cat Cilia
Picture of the Day: How we fill our Land Cruiser with gas.