We had a great trip on our way to Bolivia, before we started the blog. A total of 16,539 km.
This amazing interactive map will show you the way.
Click on the city blobs for pictures and brief details of our trip. Scroll to the bottom to read about how we go to each place.
1. Flight from Amsterdam to Heathrow
An uneventful flight, except that the guy next to me used his fingernails to pluck hairs from his beard. He then ate the hairs. Really. The world’s slowest shave.
We watched films mostly. I remember seeing Lucy, but not much else.
3. Miami to Houston flight
This is where we learned the phrase ‘ground power’. The flight was delayed because of a lack of ground power. This was not the cable they connect to the aeroplane but people. They didn’t have anyone to clean the aeroplane. Therefore, there was no ground power.
The trip by Greyhound bus was quite an experience, with quite a few people carrying nothing but little string bags with maybe a shoe and some cigarettes inside. These people, we learned, were just out of jail with a few of their belongings. The net bag, I guess, is free, but maybe not.
5. New Orleans to Tallahassee by bus
It was fascinating listening in to some of the conversations on the bus, often about the path Jesus had sent them on or comparisons between prisons around the country. I learned a lot.
6. Tallahassee to Gainesville by bus
Although this was just a short trip, the bus was crowded, and I think this is where I caught my Greyhound bus cough. That’s an officially recognised disease. Probably.
7. Gainesville to Miami by bus
Overheard on the bus: ‘I wish I had wunna them touch screen computers. I’d be on the innernet porn all day touchin’ them titties.’
8. Miami downtown to MIA by taxi
Our second time in a Miami taxi, and the second driver from Haiti. It seems to be a thing.
9. Miami to La Paz flight
A night flight. We slept mostly. As did the American Airline staff in the rows at the back.
10. La Paz to Santa Cruz flight
666km! We were told we might see The Beast somewhere along the way. That kept us awake, because, unlike the antisocial Santa, you’re allowed to see him/her.
11. Santa Cruz to Cochabamba flight
A very short flight. Little more than 30 minutes. And we had arrived! Yay!