Tuesday, July 22nd 2003 – Day 154 to Wednesday, July 23rd 2003 – Day 155

Tuesday, July 22nd 2003 – Day 154

Two stories of importance today. Eight mountain climbers from Europe, Israel and Argentina died in the Peruvian Andes after an ice wall apparently collapsed today. The area where they were killed is not far from Huraz where I stayed for a few days and is the point of departure for the climb. I had met people who were going to do this climb. More information on the accident can be found here. More than 10 other climbers could be missing.

In Bolivia, Police and soldiers clashed with villagers during a protest Tuesday to force the government to pave a road in western Bolivia, killing one person and injuring 15 others, authorities said. About 4,000 villagers forced an oil pipeline to shut down and blocked access to oil wells. The villagers want the government to pave a road through Santa Rosa, a poor town where international oil companies have drilled for years. More information can be found here.

I got up at 8.30am, the earliest I have up for a while so that I could change some money (into local currency) and send the three fleeces I got home by post. I got breakfast in the market as usual (cheap and good) and watched the miners march down the main street for a while. Spent some time on the NET and checked if my VISA card had arrived.

I did not see them but big demonstration in La Paz early this morning. “Thousands of Bolivian street vendors demonstrate in La Paz, Bolivia on Tuesday, July 22, 2003. The street vendors were demonstrating against the high taxes they pay in order to sell in the streets, and they were waiting to hear if the mayor would reduce the tax.(AP Photo/Dado Galdieri)”

Wednesday, July 23rd 2003 – Day 155

More trouble with the Shining Path in Peru. I see Independence day there is on July 28th.

Did the same as yesterday. I did some shopping in the black market. I bought some socks and a shirt. I enjoy the market so much. I could spend all day, every day here. I find new streets and stalls every day. I also find great new foods and snacks. I have a favorite restaurant up there where I eat chicken, fried bananas, pickled onions and noodles for 6 B.

I also bought a World War 2 flag (very small for a friend) for 4 Band a Sony Headphones for 40 B.I went to the post to send a postcard (1.50 B) and the flag to Ireland. The postcard was 6B and the package 15B (1.75 Euro). Very awhard though as all foreign packages have to inspected. There were two Israelis sending fleeces and blankets home. The inspector pulled out the German (hmm) flag out (Its so small I did not believe she would) and opened it up in front of all and Sundry. I looked at the Israelis, they looked at me and the flag and I looked at the wall. They said nothing and I quickly got the envelope stamped.

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La Paz – Bolivia – Protests and Parades (23-07-2003)

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La Paz – Bolivia – Protests and Parades (23-07-2003)

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La Paz – Bolivia – Protests and Parades (23-07-2003)

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