One of the things I was looking forward to the most on this trip wasn't so much a let down as an eye opener.
The Salar de Uyuni was number one on my list of sights in South America. We were nearing the end of our time in Bolivia and this was the last stop before heading on to Chile. I had spent years drooling over pictures of the salt flats, imagining how it would be to stand in the center of the vast alien plains, thinking about the pictures I would take and how cool they would look.
If your looking for a budget place to stay in La Paz this is it.
Adventure Brew Hostel is a behemoth hostel located near the San Francisco Plaza in La Paz, Bolivia. We stayed there on multiple occasions during our road trip, since La Paz was a home base for our travels. The hostel is linked to a brewery which means every night that you stay there you get a complementary beer, and each morning an all you can eat pancake breakfast is also included in your bed cost.
A post about finding help in the most unexpected of places.
The water was surprisingly warm for the highest lake in the world.
72 hours of dancing, insane outfits and an army of adolescents out to get you.
Aside from seeing what seems like the entire population of Boliva (every region is represented well) in some truly awesome costumes marching non-stop for nearly 3 days. There is a covert part of the celebration that is almost as important as the parade, For probably a week on either end, every person under the age of 18 arms themselves with water balloons, water guns of all types and the most dangerous of all armaments; the foam canister. This is short test video that we took to get familiar with some new video equipment, hopefully we will have more videos up soon.
Two bribes in one day, more dirt roads and near failure within sight of our goal.
Epic clouds would be putting it mildly.
By Joe Weaver
A collection of pictures taken in the on the Pichincha Volcano near Quito, Ecuador
Meeting with some friends, we stumbled upon a a gem that was unknown to us, but we might have been the only ones who didn't know.
By Joe Weaver
Recently we were invited to have drinks at a restaurant fairly new to La Paz. Gustu has a modernized version of the rustic wood esthetic seen in much of S. America and that carries through to its cuisine. The dishes that we tried used the same ingredients that we had become familiar with in S. Peru and Bolivia, namely many varied types of potatoe, corn, aji (a type of pepper,) and llama. This being said they looked a tasted nothing like what we had become used to eating.
The restaurant is the largest project of Melting Pot Bolivia and by extension the greater Melting Pot organization started by Claus Meyer of Noma fame. The ideal here is clearly quite similar to that of Noma; namely using local ingredients in new and inventive ways as well as acting to further the "cause of food" for the whole region. To this end Gustu acts as a school in equal parts to its role as a restaurant, with many of its employees being students learning about about all facets of restaurateuring as well as taking language courses. This is less a restaurant than a breeding ground for food evangelists ready to go forth and convert the whole world. After eating we had the opportunity to have a short tour around the property and the whole time I found myself wishing that something like this existed when I started working in restaurants.
Follow the link for pictures of the restaurant and some of our dishes.
The biggest Carnaval celebration in Bolivia was a head-on collision of local culture and 12 year olds with foam guns.
By Joe Weaver
A collection of pictures taken over 72 hours of Carnavla cellebrations in Oruro, Bolivia.
We spend 3 short days doing some of the hardest work of our lives, and are told that it was the easiest job they had for us.