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Night train and bus back to La Paz

Written on: Thursday August 9th, 2007

A journal entry from: Bolivia, Peru, and the Galapagos!

At midnight we caught a night train to Oruro. The train ride was not too bad. The conductor gave us snacks, blankets, and pillows before we departed, and then he even unfurled a red carpet in the aisle. The best part was that the car was heated! Unfortunately, the chairs were not super comfortable even though they reclined quite aways, so most of us didn't sleep much during the 7 hour journey.

Once in Oruro, we took taxis to the bus terminal to take a 3.5 hour bus ride on a public bus back to La Paz. Unfortunately, due to some miscommunications, our group leader was mistakenly left behind in Oruro. But she made arrangements for us to have someone meet us at the bus terminal in La Paz (phew!) and she was on the next bus after us.

Being back in La Paz was fantastic (though I was so terribly bored of it a week and a half ago). We all dropped our clothes off at a laundromat, grabbed lunch (we ate at the Hard Rock Cafe... sigh... we were hungry and had no motivation to find traditional food), and then took nice long showers at our hotel.

That night, half of us went out to celebrate the departure of Lila, our group leader (we get a new one for the next leg of the trip). We started with dinner at an Asian restaurant (yes, Bolivians cook some really good Asian food!) and then drinks and music at a gringo disco/bar called Mongos.