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Dinner in La Paz

It had been a pretty big day. We spent the morning trekking, had breakfast on a floating island, lunch in Copacabana, took a bus ride through El Alto, and finally landed in La Paz around 4:45 p.m. I was ecstatic. I don’t think I’ve ever been happier about anything in my life. Hotel Rosario, the place we fell in love with our first night in the city, was booked. They recommended Inca’s Room Hotel. They were guaranteed to have hot water at least most of the day. (This is a real amenity.) Mike checked us into a double and booked Dave a single. How cute is this little room?

Incas Room Hotel

And how killer is this view:

mike and trish in la paz

Whoops! You wanted a picture of the view, not an adorkabley cute photo of us kissing in front of the view. My mistake! But real quick, I’d like to point out that we had not bathed in three full days. People were afraid of us on the street, that’s how bad we smelled. And now, the unobstructed view:

unobstructed view

Is that not absolutely awe-inspiring? It still takes my breath away. Mike and I did not have this view. Our window faced a brick wall, but we did have a private luke-warm shower in a clean bathroom and a room to ourselves for the first time in almost a week, so we were very, very, very happy.

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la paz 2

roof top laundry lines

We checked into our hotel around 6 p.m. and I took the most wonderful, albeit kind of cold but not terribly cold, shower I’ve ever taken in my life. Michael bought me a single-use shampoo packet from the hotel lobby and the girl at the reception desk loaned me a hair dryer. We washed our filthy camp clothes by hand in the sink and wore what was still clean to dinner. I felt like a pampered princess. While we waited for our dinner reservation, Mike and Dave went foraging for the next day’s breakfast and I posted this. I was ecstatic. Drunk with happiness. Life had never felt more exhilorating.

That night we feasted on llama, lamb, regional cheeses, quinoa sopa, and sparkling water. We went to bed clean, comfortable, with full bellies and happy hearts.

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windowless sky scraper

la paz 1

la paz

L.A. to Mexico City to Tapachula…

…to Lima to Santa Cruz to La Paz

La Paz = Love

Cementario del Distrito

Copacabana

Isla del Sol en las Fotografias

Trekking Isla del Sol

Trekking Isla del Sol, One Step at a Time

Evening in Yampupata

The Village Awakens

Trucha Frita

Back in Copacabana (Finally)

Electricidad

El Alto