Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Day 18 - Bolivia Trip

With the holiday falling on a Sunday, we had the day off yesterday. Which was good because it's nice being tied down to nothing in a different country.

Unfortunately, I had a feeling that everything was going to be closed. Took it easy in the morning but the morning also went by fast because of how much I usually sleep in.

Found the Rogers Cup Tennis tournament on TV. It was good to get my North American fix every few days. I'm glad the sky isn't falling without me back in Canada.

After a few false starts by other volunteers in the last few days off, we finally made the trek up to the Christ Redeemer Statue. We drive passed it every day we visit the kids so finally getting there was a must.

In fact, being there is so amazing that it makes the Statue of Liberty boring. There is a option to hike but I didn't want to risk it with being at Altitude. The Gondala ride up was 10.50 Bolivianos. A unwanted 90 minute wait greeted us but was spead up by the workers asking for a party of 3.

The ride up was about 5 minutes, fast enough to make it seem like a ride but not too fast so you couldn't enjoy it. At the top we had to climb a hil, we passed a coke stand on our way to the top where I enjoyed a Powerade. The view from atop was breathtaking and gorgeous at the same time.

A few interesting things to read at the top but of course everything was in Spanish. We were able to pay 2 extra Bolivanos to walk in Jesus's body where spiral staircases led as to the very top. View was excellent as the sun was just about to set.

It took another hour to get to the bottom. Wish there was a gift shop at the bottom but I was out of luck. Went home and got a bite to eat a few blocks away before crashing in front of the TV and watching the Cubs and Giants on ESPN.

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