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December 21, 2004

Advenures in Transit

I left Uyuni on the night train to Oruro, which was supossed to leave at midnight, but didn't leave until 1am. The only logical explanation for the delay is that, it is Bolivia. I have found that 'It's Bolivia,' is an excuse in itself for delays, cancellations, or overbookings of transport of any form. The only noteworthy event from the train ride was actually after it was over and everyone was collecting their baggage. Apparantly a lady had died during the ride, which was brought to my attention as the corpse was carried past me and tossed into the back of a van, as if she were unclaimed luggage. Sadly, the only people that seemed to think it was unusual were me and the other backpackers that had taken the overnight train. All of the locals seemed unphased by it. From Oruro, I only had a 3 hour bus ride to get to La Paz, which had been overbooked, but luckily I was already in my seat when someone came to claim it as theirs, showing a ticket that was identical to mine. I didn't budge.

My two days in La Paz were rather uneventful as the cough I acquired in Uyuni turned into a full blown flu like sickness. I either slept or looked for suitable food for most of my time in La Paz. I flew into Lima this morning, and instead of staying the night here, flying to Miami in the morning and having a quick connection there, I have moved my Lima - Miami flight to tonight! Soooo... I will have an entire day in Miami, which is perfect because I will finally be able to use the Marriott gift certificates given to me by Sherry as a going away present. Yippee! I have an ocean front room reserved for tomorrow night, and since I will be arriving into Miami around 9am, Ill have an entire day to lounge around on the beach doing absolutely NOTHING! Can't wait!! There MUST be a Taco Bell in Miami.

Im in the Lima International Airport right now, where I have been for the last 4 hours and where I will be for the next 9 hours waiting for my flight to Miami, and to finally say goodbye to the southern hemisphere.

Posted by msshell on December 21, 2004 12:40 PM
Category: South America

Welcome home!!!!
Sure sounds like one exciting adventure, every step of the way. Can't wait to hear more. Merry Christmas!!

Posted by: Wilma & Jian on December 21, 2004 09:46 PM

ahh lets see.... hmm nope can't think of anything to say. Maybe I have too much to say. soooo... hello. Welcome home.

Posted by: jeff on December 21, 2004 10:37 PM

Welcome home and Enjoy the civilization of American life. The trips surelly to open your minds of another world besides the United States. We're proud of your Journeys Completed.Maybe you can give us some tips of travelling aboard.

Posted by: GRACE TSAI on December 22, 2004 11:11 PM

Welcome back and Happy Holidays!
Looking forward to hearing some more stories in person!

Posted by: Ali on December 23, 2004 11:18 PM

Welcome home Michelle! I've really enjoyed reading all about your travels and you've inspired me to plan some exotic trips in the near future... :) Can't wait to see you back at WORK and hear some more of your stories! Happy holidays and see you soon.

Posted by: Ami on December 30, 2004 01:02 PM
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