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A day out with the Italian side of the family โค๐Ÿ’š #family #familyweekend #fromitaly #fromtheuk #inleiden #leiden #blessed #twogreatfamilies #whatelsecouldiaskfor #maybelesscoldweather ๐Ÿ˜‡ #๐Ÿ‘ช #๐Ÿ’šโค #aboutlastsaturday
When the sun comes out in autumn our little forest around the corner becomes a magical and colourful place ๐Ÿ’›
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When I stepped out of the house today, ready to spend the day in the library, the weather and autumn nature was so beautiful I just couldn't ignore the feeling of wanting to be outside instead of 'locking' myself in a library. Thus, I decided to go out for a long walk through the forest, take my camera and just be in the moment๐Ÿƒ
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While I was walking and taking in the surroundings, I felt very grateful for the situation I am in for the first time in a very long time ๐Ÿ™ Right now, I am my own time master and on the verge of crossing from one phase of life to the next. But crossing phases of life means change and uncertainty which can make you feel unsettled.
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But today it made it possible for me to just go outside and follow my instinct, instead of doing something because someone else would be depending on me. This realisation gave me some sort of freedom: the understanding that I am only accountable to myself and that this in between phase of life has its own magic ๐Ÿ’ซ #nofilter #autumn #leidsehout #leiden #nl #photography #leaves #trees #autumninnl #thoughts #change #๐Ÿƒ #๐Ÿ“ธ
When the sun comes out in autumn our little forest around the corner becomes a magical and colourful place ๐Ÿ’› ~ When I stepped out of the house today, ready to spend the day in the library, the weather and autumn nature was so beautiful I just couldn't ignore the feeling of wanting to be outside instead of 'locking' myself in a library. Thus, I decided to go out for a long walk through the forest, take my camera and just be in the moment๐Ÿƒ ~ While I was walking and taking in the surroundings, I felt very grateful for the situation I am in for the first time in a very long time ๐Ÿ™ Right now, I am my own time master and on the verge of crossing from one phase of life to the next. But crossing phases of life means change and uncertainty which can make you feel unsettled. ~ But today it made it possible for me to just go outside and follow my instinct, instead of doing something because someone else would be depending on me. This realisation gave me some sort of freedom: the understanding that I am only accountable to myself and that this in between phase of life has its own magic ๐Ÿ’ซ #nofilter  #autumn  #leidsehout  #leiden  #nl  #photography  #leaves  #trees  #autumninnl  #thoughts  #change  #๐Ÿƒ #๐Ÿ“ธ
One of my hobbies is being creative ๐ŸŽฌ The past couple of years it has mostly been through photography ๐Ÿ“ธ (ask my boyfriend @roccco88 he has been victim and bystander no.1 ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™Š)
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But besides working on personal projects, I can use my creativity and make little things with other creative minded people through the social media team of Leiden Law School ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Last week we filmed short clips of different staff members and now it has become a cool congratulations clip to recent bachelor graduates ๐ŸŽฅwhich will be shown tomorrow at the LLB graduation ceremony ๐Ÿ˜Ž This is a picture of me and @saresque shooting ๐Ÿ˜„
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Honestly, if I could have a job on the side working as a photographer and perhaps even filmmaker it would make me super happy ๐Ÿ˜‡ Who knows, maybe I get to do that one day ๐Ÿ˜Š #creativity #photography #filming #leiden #lawschool #leidenlaw #socialmediateam #dreams #havingdreamsisimportant #saycheese #๐Ÿ“ธ#๐ŸŽฅ #๐ŸŽฌ
One of my hobbies is being creative ๐ŸŽฌ The past couple of years it has mostly been through photography ๐Ÿ“ธ (ask my boyfriend @roccco88 he has been victim and bystander no.1 ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™Š) ~ But besides working on personal projects, I can use my creativity and make little things with other creative minded people through the social media team of Leiden Law School ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ Last week we filmed short clips of different staff members and now it has become a cool congratulations clip to recent bachelor graduates ๐ŸŽฅwhich will be shown tomorrow at the LLB graduation ceremony ๐Ÿ˜Ž This is a picture of me and @saresque shooting ๐Ÿ˜„ ~ Honestly, if I could have a job on the side working as a photographer and perhaps even filmmaker it would make me super happy ๐Ÿ˜‡ Who knows, maybe I get to do that one day ๐Ÿ˜Š #creativity  #photography  #filming  #leiden  #lawschool  #leidenlaw  #socialmediateam  #dreams  #havingdreamsisimportant  #saycheese  #๐Ÿ“ธ#๐ŸŽฅ #๐ŸŽฌ
Bday celebrations part 2๐ŸŽˆThank you all for coming! ๐Ÿ’– My motto: never too old for a theme party ๐Ÿ˜Š Can you guess the theme ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ƒ#turning28 #29oct #bdaycelebrations #brunchtime #themeparty #somethingtodowithourtrip #southamericainspired #colombia #peru #bolivia #throwback #aboutlastsunday
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@tawissink @riannevanderploeg @visschersj @git92 @tjoebie @shaarilbegi @karim_k @roccco88 @nasrinjoonjoonie @tugcecoroz @gezal.w @nikawasseghi @liannemarcella @danavweerden @mariampetrosyan @sii_a_ @wies.toorn
Bday celebrations part 2๐ŸŽˆThank you all for coming! ๐Ÿ’– My motto: never too old for a theme party ๐Ÿ˜Š Can you guess the theme ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’ƒ#turning28  #29oct  #bdaycelebrations  #brunchtime  #themeparty  #somethingtodowithourtrip  #southamericainspired  #colombia  #peru  #bolivia  #throwback  #aboutlastsunday  ยฐ @tawissink @riannevanderploeg @visschersj @git92 @tjoebie @shaarilbegi @karim_k @roccco88 @nasrinjoonjoonie @tugcecoroz @gezal.w @nikawasseghi @liannemarcella @danavweerden @mariampetrosyan @sii_a_ @wies.toorn
Thank you @roccco88 for always picking the perfect things to do and for always doing your best to make me happy ๐Ÿ’–
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I appreciate the time you took during your work to book a beautiful restaurant, to find a magical ballet play and the most beautiful jewelry.
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Most of all, I appreciate you being you and writing the sweetest card for the first time after 5.5 years being together even though you find it difficult to express yourself in writing (I disagree ๐Ÿ˜˜) but doing it anyway because you knew something like that would be a BIG surprise to me.
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Thank you for the best way to celebrate my birthday together ๐Ÿ’– I love you more than words can describe โ˜„
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#sograteful #iappreciateyou #birthdaycelebrations #mylove #bestpresentsever #loveyou #turning28 #mybirthday #29oct1989 #ballet #matahari #bestballet #hetnationaalballet #beautifulmusic #beautifuldancing #couplegoals #persian #dutch #italian #persiandutchie #italiandutchie #๐Ÿ’– #๐Ÿ’‘
Thank you @roccco88 for always picking the perfect things to do and for always doing your best to make me happy ๐Ÿ’– ~ I appreciate the time you took during your work to book a beautiful restaurant, to find a magical ballet play and the most beautiful jewelry. ~ Most of all, I appreciate you being you and writing the sweetest card for the first time after 5.5 years being together even though you find it difficult to express yourself in writing (I disagree ๐Ÿ˜˜) but doing it anyway because you knew something like that would be a BIG surprise to me. ~ Thank you for the best way to celebrate my birthday together ๐Ÿ’– I love you more than words can describe โ˜„ ยฐ ยฐ ยฐ #sograteful  #iappreciateyou  #birthdaycelebrations  #mylove  #bestpresentsever  #loveyou  #turning28  #mybirthday  #29oct1989  #ballet  #matahari  #bestballet  #hetnationaalballet  #beautifulmusic  #beautifuldancing  #couplegoals  #persian  #dutch  #italian  #persiandutchie  #italiandutchie  #๐Ÿ’– #๐Ÿ’‘
This weekend was all about celebrating the Bicentenary of Bahรก'u'llรกh and the Birthday of the Bรกb ๐ŸŽ‰โ›งThis is a special year as it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahรก'u'llรกh and it was the first time Bahรก'รญ's all around the world celebrated it from Friday evening after sunset to Sunday afternoon untill sunset in over 100.000 locations ๐Ÿ˜Š
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"O well-beloved ones! The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch".
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#bicentenary #bahaullah #bahai #unity #unityindiversity #bahaifaith #celebrations #withmylove @roccco88 #withmysister @tjoebie #withmymom @nasrinjoonjoonie #persian #dutch
This weekend was all about celebrating the Bicentenary of Bahรก'u'llรกh and the Birthday of the Bรกb ๐ŸŽ‰โ›งThis is a special year as it is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Bahรก'u'llรกh and it was the first time Bahรก'รญ's all around the world celebrated it from Friday evening after sunset to Sunday afternoon untill sunset in over 100.000 locations ๐Ÿ˜Š โ€ข "O well-beloved ones! The tabernacle of unity hath been raised; regard ye not one another as strangers. Ye are the fruits of one tree, and the leaves of one branch". โ€ข #bicentenary  #bahaullah  #bahai  #unity  #unityindiversity  #bahaifaith  #celebrations  #withmylove  @roccco88 #withmysister  @tjoebie #withmymom  @nasrinjoonjoonie #persian  #dutch 
Taking steps to building my career ๐Ÿพ I went to Brussels to volunteer and attend the #ILA2017 conference on Leadership as I am almost finished with my studies, am interested in leadership and self-development and want to meet people who can help or inspire me on my career path.
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At first I was a bit nervous for I didn't know anyone that would be attending or volunteering at the conference or be in Brussels. But I accepted my nerves and focused on the exciting and adventurous part. After dropping my things at the apartment I was staying and arriving at Central Station I got so happy to be in Beautiful Brussels and get to know new people with similar interests. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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The first day I arrived I had to help volunteering for a couple of hours and by doing so I had an easy way to get in contact with participants as well as the organisation. In the afternoon I headed into town with one of my co-volunteers and rediscovered Brussels ๐Ÿ˜ The second day I had the morning shift and in the afternoon went out for lunch with a group of American students who were doing a minor/programme on Leadership. Later that day, I attended a super interesting workshop on how to deal with and empower traumatized youth, I learned about emotionally intelligent leadership and got to know a network of people interested in leadership from a religious point of view.
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I left the conference feeling inspired, motivated and full of dreams. However the most important thing I learned from this experience was that you have to take opportunities when they come your way and not let your fears or feelings hold you back as they exist more in your head then in reality and you don't know what you will get to experience and learn or who you will get to meet! #brussels #internationalleadershipconference #careersteps #overcomingfears #outofyourcomfortzone #opportunities #leadership #motivation
Taking steps to building my career ๐Ÿพ I went to Brussels to volunteer and attend the #ILA2017  conference on Leadership as I am almost finished with my studies, am interested in leadership and self-development and want to meet people who can help or inspire me on my career path. ~ At first I was a bit nervous for I didn't know anyone that would be attending or volunteering at the conference or be in Brussels. But I accepted my nerves and focused on the exciting and adventurous part. After dropping my things at the apartment I was staying and arriving at Central Station I got so happy to be in Beautiful Brussels and get to know new people with similar interests. ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ The first day I arrived I had to help volunteering for a couple of hours and by doing so I had an easy way to get in contact with participants as well as the organisation. In the afternoon I headed into town with one of my co-volunteers and rediscovered Brussels ๐Ÿ˜ The second day I had the morning shift and in the afternoon went out for lunch with a group of American students who were doing a minor/programme on Leadership. Later that day, I attended a super interesting workshop on how to deal with and empower traumatized youth, I learned about emotionally intelligent leadership and got to know a network of people interested in leadership from a religious point of view. ~ I left the conference feeling inspired, motivated and full of dreams. However the most important thing I learned from this experience was that you have to take opportunities when they come your way and not let your fears or feelings hold you back as they exist more in your head then in reality and you don't know what you will get to experience and learn or who you will get to meet! #brussels  #internationalleadershipconference  #careersteps  #overcomingfears  #outofyourcomfortzone  #opportunities  #leadership  #motivation 
Days like these make being back home in grey and rainy NL like being on vacation again ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ’•#throwback to this weekend where we catched up with good friends after 4 month ๐Ÿ˜Š We had a lot to share, talk and laugh about while exploring the Hague in the rain with @roccco88 being the best tour guide ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’– and the rain not bothering us at all ๐Ÿ’ฆ #exploringthehague #thehague #hoteldesindes #greatcompany @shaarilbegi @karim_k #friends #backinnl #saturday #staycation #nl #dutchies #whenitrainsandyoustillhavefun #teatime
Days like these make being back home in grey and rainy NL like being on vacation again ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ฌ๐Ÿ’•#throwback  to this weekend where we catched up with good friends after 4 month ๐Ÿ˜Š We had a lot to share, talk and laugh about while exploring the Hague in the rain with @roccco88 being the best tour guide ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ’– and the rain not bothering us at all ๐Ÿ’ฆ #exploringthehague  #thehague  #hoteldesindes  #greatcompany  @shaarilbegi @karim_k #friends  #backinnl  #saturday  #staycation  #nl  #dutchies  #whenitrainsandyoustillhavefun  #teatime 
Day 36 - 38: Finding paradise in Salento ๐Ÿ’š
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#Salento #Colombia #zonacafetera #paradise #green #horseride #coffeefarm #fincha #cafe #rocartravels #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica
Day 35 -37: Finding family in Bogota ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘ช Ever went to someone's house and immediately felt like coming home? Even though you never met them or knew them? Well that's how our arrival (after the LONG wait of ONE whole hour at immigration๐Ÿ˜’) was when we arrived at Esperanza and Victor's house through airbnb ๐Ÿ™ The night we areived, it was very late, we were very tired and the house we had rented from them was actually not available. But kind that they are they had offered that night (or longer) at their house so that at least we would have a place to sleep. As soon as they opened the door they were sooo kind and homely. Both of them welcomed us and showed us our room and bathroom which were perfect๐Ÿ˜
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We slept like babies and the next morning, when we had changed and gotten ready for the day, Esperanza asked us to sit at the dining table because she had prepared typical Bogotan breakfast ๐Ÿ˜Š She had prepared hot cocoa, orange juice, different kinds of pastries and a pea-ish hot broth. While we had breakfast her husband also joined and we have a nice and long conversation about ourselves. That moment, rocco and I both felt as if we were with family, our Bogotan family๐Ÿ˜Š we stayed there for 3 days and every morning was like that! ๐Ÿ’–
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Besides meeting these beautiful people, we really liked Bogota! Especially Monserrate, where Barcelona's Monserat is named after ๐Ÿ˜„ We also went to a little town near Bogota where a church is build inside a mine! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ On our last night we were able to meet our Colombian friends (that we had met in Leiden) in their hometown as they had moved back and had a very very nice evening! ๐Ÿ˜Š Our days in Bogota ended with an 8 hour night bus (with airco on FREEZE ๐Ÿ˜‚โ›‡) to the coffee region and the warmth ๐Ÿ˜ We promised Esperanza and Victor to come back and made the deal that next time we would make a road trip together through Colombia โค #Bogota #Colombia #monserrate #zipaquiracolombia #blackmaria #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #rocartravels #southamerica #wanderlust #travel #meetingnewpeople #feelslikefamily
Day 35 -37: Finding family in Bogota ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘ช Ever went to someone's house and immediately felt like coming home? Even though you never met them or knew them? Well that's how our arrival (after the LONG wait of ONE whole hour at immigration๐Ÿ˜’) was when we arrived at Esperanza and Victor's house through airbnb ๐Ÿ™ The night we areived, it was very late, we were very tired and the house we had rented from them was actually not available. But kind that they are they had offered that night (or longer) at their house so that at least we would have a place to sleep. As soon as they opened the door they were sooo kind and homely. Both of them welcomed us and showed us our room and bathroom which were perfect๐Ÿ˜ ~ We slept like babies and the next morning, when we had changed and gotten ready for the day, Esperanza asked us to sit at the dining table because she had prepared typical Bogotan breakfast ๐Ÿ˜Š She had prepared hot cocoa, orange juice, different kinds of pastries and a pea-ish hot broth. While we had breakfast her husband also joined and we have a nice and long conversation about ourselves. That moment, rocco and I both felt as if we were with family, our Bogotan family๐Ÿ˜Š we stayed there for 3 days and every morning was like that! ๐Ÿ’– ~ Besides meeting these beautiful people, we really liked Bogota! Especially Monserrate, where Barcelona's Monserat is named after ๐Ÿ˜„ We also went to a little town near Bogota where a church is build inside a mine! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ On our last night we were able to meet our Colombian friends (that we had met in Leiden) in their hometown as they had moved back and had a very very nice evening! ๐Ÿ˜Š Our days in Bogota ended with an 8 hour night bus (with airco on FREEZE ๐Ÿ˜‚โ›‡) to the coffee region and the warmth ๐Ÿ˜ We promised Esperanza and Victor to come back and made the deal that next time we would make a road trip together through Colombia โค #Bogota  #Colombia  #monserrate  #zipaquiracolombia  #blackmaria  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #rocartravels  #southamerica  #wanderlust  #travel  #meetingnewpeople  #feelslikefamily 
Day 33 & 34: Surprising Lima ๐Ÿ˜ When heading to Lima, we were actually planning to immediately continue to Paracas (an island similar to the Galรกpagos islands of Ecuador) but unfortunately Rocco had eaten red meat (at a good restau) the night before and his stomach got upset, so he felt sick again which made us decide to stay in Lima instead. ~
With Rocco needing some rest, I decided to explore our neighbourhood Miraflores and boy I was suprised! I hadn't heard or read many positive stories about Lima so my expectations were very low.. but Miraflores is sooo beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ all the housed look like fairytale houses, with cute different colours, flowers EVERYWHERE and a great ambience in the streets ๐Ÿ’›
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If you know me well, you'll know I love books ๐Ÿ˜‡ so I decided to head to a famous bookstore (we hadnt seen any bookstores since Chile) and I wanted to find a nice book as I always read books on my vacation and in the lonelyplanet I read there was a very famous bookstore in Miraflores. So I headed over there with the idea to buy a book from a famous Peruvian artist, have a nice coffee with cake and have some me time but unfortunately the library did not have any books in English and their cafe had been closed for a couple of months.๐Ÿ˜ฃ So, I decided to head to another cafe recommended by lonelyplanet and even though that was closed as well I did see more of the neighbourhood and I fell in ๐Ÿ’œ I also found a cafe in the end and enjoyed my me time with yummy cake ๐Ÿ˜
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When it started to get dark I got a bit worried so I headed back to our apartment, and on my way I bought some groceries (some which I didn't even know what it was) and cooked dinner after a looong time of not cooking (which felt really good ๐Ÿ˜)
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The next day Rocco felt better again ๐Ÿ˜Š and we headed into Miraflores because ofcourse I had to show him what I had seen and we also discovered some new parts. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had to head back for our stuff because we were flying to Bogota that night! #Lima #Peru #Miraflores #flowers #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #houses
Day 33 & 34: Surprising Lima ๐Ÿ˜ When heading to Lima, we were actually planning to immediately continue to Paracas (an island similar to the Galรกpagos islands of Ecuador) but unfortunately Rocco had eaten red meat (at a good restau) the night before and his stomach got upset, so he felt sick again which made us decide to stay in Lima instead. ~ With Rocco needing some rest, I decided to explore our neighbourhood Miraflores and boy I was suprised! I hadn't heard or read many positive stories about Lima so my expectations were very low.. but Miraflores is sooo beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ all the housed look like fairytale houses, with cute different colours, flowers EVERYWHERE and a great ambience in the streets ๐Ÿ’› ~ If you know me well, you'll know I love books ๐Ÿ˜‡ so I decided to head to a famous bookstore (we hadnt seen any bookstores since Chile) and I wanted to find a nice book as I always read books on my vacation and in the lonelyplanet I read there was a very famous bookstore in Miraflores. So I headed over there with the idea to buy a book from a famous Peruvian artist, have a nice coffee with cake and have some me time but unfortunately the library did not have any books in English and their cafe had been closed for a couple of months.๐Ÿ˜ฃ So, I decided to head to another cafe recommended by lonelyplanet and even though that was closed as well I did see more of the neighbourhood and I fell in ๐Ÿ’œ I also found a cafe in the end and enjoyed my me time with yummy cake ๐Ÿ˜ ~ When it started to get dark I got a bit worried so I headed back to our apartment, and on my way I bought some groceries (some which I didn't even know what it was) and cooked dinner after a looong time of not cooking (which felt really good ๐Ÿ˜) ~ The next day Rocco felt better again ๐Ÿ˜Š and we headed into Miraflores because ofcourse I had to show him what I had seen and we also discovered some new parts. Unfortunately in the afternoon we had to head back for our stuff because we were flying to Bogota that night! #Lima  #Peru  #Miraflores  #flowers  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #houses 
Day 32: Finding Summer in Arequipa ๐ŸŒž Arequipa lies in the South of Peru and is even bigger that Cusco, with approx 900.000 inhabitants. As our time in Peru was running out we decided to only spend one day here and because of that we weren't able to see the Condors because the trip to the mountains where you can see them starts at 3 am in the morning and we arrived around 8๐Ÿ˜… So we decided to go rafting and with luck we found a place for the afternoon.
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However as we had a couple of hours before and after we walked around and explored the city a little and omg it is such a beautiful city. I think it's one of my favourites in Peru ๐Ÿ˜‡ The weather is great, summer like, the architecture beautiful and it's a proper city ๐Ÿ˜Š
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The rafting trip was really cool! It was our first time rafting so we were excited and of course a little nervous. They picked us up and brought us to a place where they had all their gear. It reminded me a lot of my wind surfing days as the wetsuits we had to wear were already wet (= cold ๐Ÿ˜ซ) and we had to change in a shabby place ๐Ÿ˜‚ but that didn't ruin the fun! When we arrived at the river, we got some instructions and were split into groups of 4 + 1 instructor. Rocco and I sat in the front of the boat ๐Ÿ’ช and then we left the shore! The water was SUPER cold (10/102 degrees) but we really loved it. In our opinion it could have been a bit more 'dangerous' ๐Ÿ˜‡ ~
In the evening we had a lovely dinner around the corner with the most beautiful sunset ๐Ÿ˜ it was our last dinner with Anne as she still had 2 weeks left in Peru and we only had 3 days before we would say our goodbyes to Peru and welcome Colombia ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜#Arequipa #Peru #rocartravels #wanderlust #rafting #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #travel #plazadearmasdearequipa #alittlebitofsummer
Day 32: Finding Summer in Arequipa ๐ŸŒž Arequipa lies in the South of Peru and is even bigger that Cusco, with approx 900.000 inhabitants. As our time in Peru was running out we decided to only spend one day here and because of that we weren't able to see the Condors because the trip to the mountains where you can see them starts at 3 am in the morning and we arrived around 8๐Ÿ˜… So we decided to go rafting and with luck we found a place for the afternoon. ~ However as we had a couple of hours before and after we walked around and explored the city a little and omg it is such a beautiful city. I think it's one of my favourites in Peru ๐Ÿ˜‡ The weather is great, summer like, the architecture beautiful and it's a proper city ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ The rafting trip was really cool! It was our first time rafting so we were excited and of course a little nervous. They picked us up and brought us to a place where they had all their gear. It reminded me a lot of my wind surfing days as the wetsuits we had to wear were already wet (= cold ๐Ÿ˜ซ) and we had to change in a shabby place ๐Ÿ˜‚ but that didn't ruin the fun! When we arrived at the river, we got some instructions and were split into groups of 4 + 1 instructor. Rocco and I sat in the front of the boat ๐Ÿ’ช and then we left the shore! The water was SUPER cold (10/102 degrees) but we really loved it. In our opinion it could have been a bit more 'dangerous' ๐Ÿ˜‡ ~ In the evening we had a lovely dinner around the corner with the most beautiful sunset ๐Ÿ˜ it was our last dinner with Anne as she still had 2 weeks left in Peru and we only had 3 days before we would say our goodbyes to Peru and welcome Colombia ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜#Arequipa  #Peru  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #rafting  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #travel  #plazadearmasdearequipa  #alittlebitofsummer 
Day 26 - 31: Cusco & Machu Picchu, part 2 ๐Ÿž The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Perurail train so that the 92 km journey would only take 3.5 hours instead of 7 ๐Ÿ˜… that train was  damn expensive (it stil hurts ๐Ÿ˜ญ) but well organised and on the way to Aquas Calientes (from where you take the bus or walk up to MP) we met a super kind Turkish couple and talked the entire time ๐Ÿ˜Š
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When we arrived, we took the bus, which was SUPER scary but then finally we were at MP! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ As we had taken the afternoon shift it wasn't that CRAZY busy and by chance we found a guide that was so knowledgeable and told is many new things. He even corrected some information nat geo spreads as he had studied it at uni and had heard the tales from his grandmother.), such as the story that the Incas would sacrificed children to the Gods, which isn't true or that the Inca Compass resembles a Cross (the Inca Compass stands for the 3 realms, the Condor, God of heaven, the Puma, God of the earth and the Snake, God of the underworld and it also entails the calender).
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Machu Picchu really surprised us, because of its surroundings, which is soo beautiful and walking there and seeing with our own eyes what the Incas built so long ago was humbling. Also the Inca society was a really interesting society. They only had two classes, lower and upper class, which worked together. The children of the upper class had to study with the children of the lower class and once they were 15 years old, they would be tested and the most knowledgeable ones would be placed in the upper class whereas the children who had not studied well and knew little were placed in the lower class (even if their parents were hight priests).
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After the tour through M.P. we decided to walk back down as we really did not feel like going in the suicide bus + the surroundings were so beautiful and we had enough time. We literary climbed down for one hour! By the end my calved were burning ๐Ÿ˜‡ Once back in Cusco, we prepared our trip to Arequipa, pampered ourselves a little (mani+pedi ๐Ÿ˜) and even witnessed the festival of Santa Luca. #cusco #machupicchu #Peru #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica #inca
Day 26 - 31: Cusco & Machu Picchu, part 2 ๐Ÿž The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Perurail train so that the 92 km journey would only take 3.5 hours instead of 7 ๐Ÿ˜… that train was damn expensive (it stil hurts ๐Ÿ˜ญ) but well organised and on the way to Aquas Calientes (from where you take the bus or walk up to MP) we met a super kind Turkish couple and talked the entire time ๐Ÿ˜Š ~ When we arrived, we took the bus, which was SUPER scary but then finally we were at MP! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ As we had taken the afternoon shift it wasn't that CRAZY busy and by chance we found a guide that was so knowledgeable and told is many new things. He even corrected some information nat geo spreads as he had studied it at uni and had heard the tales from his grandmother.), such as the story that the Incas would sacrificed children to the Gods, which isn't true or that the Inca Compass resembles a Cross (the Inca Compass stands for the 3 realms, the Condor, God of heaven, the Puma, God of the earth and the Snake, God of the underworld and it also entails the calender). ~ Machu Picchu really surprised us, because of its surroundings, which is soo beautiful and walking there and seeing with our own eyes what the Incas built so long ago was humbling. Also the Inca society was a really interesting society. They only had two classes, lower and upper class, which worked together. The children of the upper class had to study with the children of the lower class and once they were 15 years old, they would be tested and the most knowledgeable ones would be placed in the upper class whereas the children who had not studied well and knew little were placed in the lower class (even if their parents were hight priests). ~ After the tour through M.P. we decided to walk back down as we really did not feel like going in the suicide bus + the surroundings were so beautiful and we had enough time. We literary climbed down for one hour! By the end my calved were burning ๐Ÿ˜‡ Once back in Cusco, we prepared our trip to Arequipa, pampered ourselves a little (mani+pedi ๐Ÿ˜) and even witnessed the festival of Santa Luca. #cusco  #machupicchu  #Peru  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica  #inca 
Day 26 - 31: When in Cusco, part 1 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anne joined us on our journey to Cusco and the three of us had decided to take a luxurious bus tour as we really didn't feel like sitting in a crappy bus for 7 hours after already having travelled for 3.5 hours the prior evening and waking up at 5.30 am. So we took a new bus that would drop us off in Cusco while visiting 4 places on the way! The first thing we noticed was the fact that all our luggage was collected and put in the bus as soon as we arrived at the desk. The second thing were the amount of elderly people. Until then we had been thinking a journey like ours would be too hard on our parents but having seen the our fellow passengers, I know that at least in Peru it is possible to travel in comfort. ~
The tour itself was amazing! We saw old cities, inca temples and the Sistine Chapel of the Andes which was truly amazing. After this super relaxed trip we arrived in Cusco and decided to spoil ourselves with a decent hotel. To our surprise, the owner was a Dutch woman who had established schools for street children and poor children and financed it with her hotels. Besides this amazing project, the hotel itself was wonderful with parisian vibes and perfect food. ~
Cusco is a big sunny and warm city! It is however also super touristic and on the main plazas every few steps you will be approached for a masaje or tour which can get a little annoying ๐Ÿ™ˆ Also, the drivers are very dangerous and seriously don't cate wether they hit you or not. Even if you are crossing the green light you can be hit by a car. Besides that, it is a nice cry and we spent a whole week there, preparing our machu piccchu trip and some administrative things. The days were super relaxed and with Anne we would chill in the city and find nice places to eat ๐Ÿ˜
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The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Peru rail train so that the 92 km journey would take 3.5 hours instead of 7๐Ÿ˜… Even though the train was the MOST expensive train we have ever taken (more expensive than the TGV or Thalys) we were happy that it was there. On the way to MP we met a really nice Turkish couple and talked the entire time! #Cusco #Peru #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel
Day 26 - 31: When in Cusco, part 1 ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anne joined us on our journey to Cusco and the three of us had decided to take a luxurious bus tour as we really didn't feel like sitting in a crappy bus for 7 hours after already having travelled for 3.5 hours the prior evening and waking up at 5.30 am. So we took a new bus that would drop us off in Cusco while visiting 4 places on the way! The first thing we noticed was the fact that all our luggage was collected and put in the bus as soon as we arrived at the desk. The second thing were the amount of elderly people. Until then we had been thinking a journey like ours would be too hard on our parents but having seen the our fellow passengers, I know that at least in Peru it is possible to travel in comfort. ~ The tour itself was amazing! We saw old cities, inca temples and the Sistine Chapel of the Andes which was truly amazing. After this super relaxed trip we arrived in Cusco and decided to spoil ourselves with a decent hotel. To our surprise, the owner was a Dutch woman who had established schools for street children and poor children and financed it with her hotels. Besides this amazing project, the hotel itself was wonderful with parisian vibes and perfect food. ~ Cusco is a big sunny and warm city! It is however also super touristic and on the main plazas every few steps you will be approached for a masaje or tour which can get a little annoying ๐Ÿ™ˆ Also, the drivers are very dangerous and seriously don't cate wether they hit you or not. Even if you are crossing the green light you can be hit by a car. Besides that, it is a nice cry and we spent a whole week there, preparing our machu piccchu trip and some administrative things. The days were super relaxed and with Anne we would chill in the city and find nice places to eat ๐Ÿ˜ ~ The day we visited Machu Picchu we took the Peru rail train so that the 92 km journey would take 3.5 hours instead of 7๐Ÿ˜… Even though the train was the MOST expensive train we have ever taken (more expensive than the TGV or Thalys) we were happy that it was there. On the way to MP we met a really nice Turkish couple and talked the entire time! #Cusco  #Peru  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel 
Day 23-25: Copacabana y los Islas del Sol y de la Luna ๐Ÿ๐Ÿž The story goes that the Inca's orvinita3 from the titicacalake area and the Islas del Sol y de la Luna, which can be visited from Copacabana (not the Cuban one ๐Ÿ˜‰) It is also said that the titicacalake is one of the most beautiful places in Bolivia. Thus, having heard all of this, we had to visit the islands. We did have a bump in the road as the previous night Rocco ate hamburguesa de la calle whcih gave him food poisening on the day of departure ๐Ÿ˜ฃ
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Once we arrived, we saw that our hostel had the most beautiful view on the lake (which you can see on the pic๐Ÿ˜) and I saw the sunset from our room giving our first night their a magical touch โ˜„ The next morning I headed into town sola and Copa is a little town, more like a village. It has one beautiful and huge church, three plazas and a beach/harbor from where the boats to the islands leave.
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As I was craving good coffee (since leaving Chile until La Paz there was no good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ข) I found a really nice and cute cafe owned by Americans! There I met some travellers and after my nice lunch visited the blessing ceremony of the cars. This ritual only occurs in Copa and the majority of the people who do this are people who just got a new car or bus. Before the cars are blessed the owners dress their cars with festive ornaments and wait in line until the priests arrive to bless them and their cars. It was interesting for me to see! โ˜บ After that, it was time for some serious tourhopping as we were planning to visit the islands and head to Peru on the same day!
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The next day Rocco was still not recovered so he stayed in ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. But luckily (for me) our new friend Anne (whom we met in Sucre) had arrived in Copa and she wanted to do the exact same thing so together we went to the islands, learned a little bit of history and rituals and enjoyed the scenery. The inca's believed the Moon and the Sun were God's and eachothers husband and wife. So one island had a temple dedicated to the Moon Godess and the other to the Sun God. The Moon island was OK but the Sun Island was incredible. It was really beautiful with creeks, flowers and green terraces ๐Ÿ˜ #rocartravels
Day 23-25: Copacabana y los Islas del Sol y de la Luna ๐Ÿ๐Ÿž The story goes that the Inca's orvinita3 from the titicacalake area and the Islas del Sol y de la Luna, which can be visited from Copacabana (not the Cuban one ๐Ÿ˜‰) It is also said that the titicacalake is one of the most beautiful places in Bolivia. Thus, having heard all of this, we had to visit the islands. We did have a bump in the road as the previous night Rocco ate hamburguesa de la calle whcih gave him food poisening on the day of departure ๐Ÿ˜ฃ ~ Once we arrived, we saw that our hostel had the most beautiful view on the lake (which you can see on the pic๐Ÿ˜) and I saw the sunset from our room giving our first night their a magical touch โ˜„ The next morning I headed into town sola and Copa is a little town, more like a village. It has one beautiful and huge church, three plazas and a beach/harbor from where the boats to the islands leave. ~ As I was craving good coffee (since leaving Chile until La Paz there was no good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ข) I found a really nice and cute cafe owned by Americans! There I met some travellers and after my nice lunch visited the blessing ceremony of the cars. This ritual only occurs in Copa and the majority of the people who do this are people who just got a new car or bus. Before the cars are blessed the owners dress their cars with festive ornaments and wait in line until the priests arrive to bless them and their cars. It was interesting for me to see! โ˜บ After that, it was time for some serious tourhopping as we were planning to visit the islands and head to Peru on the same day! ~ The next day Rocco was still not recovered so he stayed in ๐Ÿ˜ฏ. But luckily (for me) our new friend Anne (whom we met in Sucre) had arrived in Copa and she wanted to do the exact same thing so together we went to the islands, learned a little bit of history and rituals and enjoyed the scenery. The inca's believed the Moon and the Sun were God's and eachothers husband and wife. So one island had a temple dedicated to the Moon Godess and the other to the Sun God. The Moon island was OK but the Sun Island was incredible. It was really beautiful with creeks, flowers and green terraces ๐Ÿ˜ #rocartravels 
Day 19 - 21: part 3 ๐Ÿ˜‡  It is called the death road because up to 2006 two to three hundred people would die on that road, mostly due to vehicle accidents. It used to be the only road connecting La Paz to the Amazon and Santa Cruz. Nowadays there is a paved highway which is much safer. Anyway, we did take the death road and biked through the most beautiful scenery while being super focused to not accelerate too much in order not to fall and die ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It was our first time in the Amazon and it was soo beautiful and green!
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If you have never seen The Amazon, you can compare it to the area in the zoo that is dedicated to butterflies and jungle animals. It was unbelievably beautiful and only 2.5 hours away from La Paz + it was 10 to 15 degrees warmer than La Paz as well. We also saw huge beel/wasplike insects( I forgot the name) and also fruit trees ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ banana trees, coffee trees, papaya trees, sugar trees and avocado trees! Soo cool ๐Ÿ˜ I even tasted the sugar branch and it was really good ๐Ÿ˜ Our companion, beside the guide and the driver nicknamed 50 cent (no joke!) ๐Ÿ˜‚, was a Brazilian that knew all these different trees including the sugar tree so that's how we got to taste it๐Ÿ˜
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Our time in La Paz ended at one of our favorite cafe's called cafe blueberry with the sweetest waiter Jose Luis and the best panqueques๐Ÿ˜ La Paz, you stole our hearts ๐Ÿ’œ #coffeetree #bananatree #papayatree #avocadotree #deathroad #coroico #yungas #bolivia #amazon #rocartravels #wanderlust #travel #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica
Day 19 - 21: part 3 ๐Ÿ˜‡ It is called the death road because up to 2006 two to three hundred people would die on that road, mostly due to vehicle accidents. It used to be the only road connecting La Paz to the Amazon and Santa Cruz. Nowadays there is a paved highway which is much safer. Anyway, we did take the death road and biked through the most beautiful scenery while being super focused to not accelerate too much in order not to fall and die ๐Ÿ˜ฎ It was our first time in the Amazon and it was soo beautiful and green! ~ If you have never seen The Amazon, you can compare it to the area in the zoo that is dedicated to butterflies and jungle animals. It was unbelievably beautiful and only 2.5 hours away from La Paz + it was 10 to 15 degrees warmer than La Paz as well. We also saw huge beel/wasplike insects( I forgot the name) and also fruit trees ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ banana trees, coffee trees, papaya trees, sugar trees and avocado trees! Soo cool ๐Ÿ˜ I even tasted the sugar branch and it was really good ๐Ÿ˜ Our companion, beside the guide and the driver nicknamed 50 cent (no joke!) ๐Ÿ˜‚, was a Brazilian that knew all these different trees including the sugar tree so that's how we got to taste it๐Ÿ˜ ~ Our time in La Paz ended at one of our favorite cafe's called cafe blueberry with the sweetest waiter Jose Luis and the best panqueques๐Ÿ˜ La Paz, you stole our hearts ๐Ÿ’œ #coffeetree  #bananatree  #papayatree  #avocadotree  #deathroad  #coroico  #yungas  #bolivia  #amazon  #rocartravels  #wanderlust  #travel  #twomonthsthroughsouthamerica 
Day 19 - 21: Part 2 ๐Ÿ We stood there looking clueless for 5 minutes thinking whether this was the transportation that guy was talking about and then decided to ask one of the people standing beside us. She told us that those minivans were part of public transportation and that we had to stop one of them and ask whether they were heading towards our destination. Following her words, we got into a minivan and encountered the second problem.. how and where to get off. We found out all the streets were numbered and counted the streets untill ours came in sight and asked the driver to pull over. It was such a funny experience that we felt like real adventurers ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡
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Perhaps you won't believe it but there is another special element to transportation in La Paz which we found out the second day when we were heading down town, namely the way La Pazians (made this word up ๐Ÿ˜†) drive ๐Ÿ™ˆ If you think Italy, Spain, France or Morocco is bad.. you are in for a SCARE when you sit in a car in this city! It is survival of the fittest and if you don't take you will be taken and you will never cross the street. Honestly, when crossing streets I don't think it would matter whether you are driving with your eyes open as others will be forced to stop anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚ BUT I do have to say,  no accidents happened even though cars would drive up to us and stop 1 cm away from us or we (the driver) would throw ourselves in front of other cars to get through ๐Ÿ˜…
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Next to transportation (wouldn't have guessed I could write so much about it๐Ÿ™ˆ) La Paz has other interesting things to offer. We saw the witches market with llama foetuses (which brings good luck of you burry it under your new bought house ๐Ÿ‘€), artisan work, the San Francesco church, the museum of instruments ( which I really liked) and drank some good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ From the moment we left Chile all the coffee we had tasted bad untill La Paz's coffee! I don't know why, but perhaps because it lies close to the Yungas (the Amazon) where coffee treas grow๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ ~
Also we did something super cool and scary ๐Ÿ™‚ We went to the Amazon via the death road on mountainbikes. The road is 40 km long and descents 3000 m. ~ See part 3 #deathroad #rocartravels
Day 19 - 21: Part 2 ๐Ÿ We stood there looking clueless for 5 minutes thinking whether this was the transportation that guy was talking about and then decided to ask one of the people standing beside us. She told us that those minivans were part of public transportation and that we had to stop one of them and ask whether they were heading towards our destination. Following her words, we got into a minivan and encountered the second problem.. how and where to get off. We found out all the streets were numbered and counted the streets untill ours came in sight and asked the driver to pull over. It was such a funny experience that we felt like real adventurers ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜‡ ~ Perhaps you won't believe it but there is another special element to transportation in La Paz which we found out the second day when we were heading down town, namely the way La Pazians (made this word up ๐Ÿ˜†) drive ๐Ÿ™ˆ If you think Italy, Spain, France or Morocco is bad.. you are in for a SCARE when you sit in a car in this city! It is survival of the fittest and if you don't take you will be taken and you will never cross the street. Honestly, when crossing streets I don't think it would matter whether you are driving with your eyes open as others will be forced to stop anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚ BUT I do have to say, no accidents happened even though cars would drive up to us and stop 1 cm away from us or we (the driver) would throw ourselves in front of other cars to get through ๐Ÿ˜… ~ Next to transportation (wouldn't have guessed I could write so much about it๐Ÿ™ˆ) La Paz has other interesting things to offer. We saw the witches market with llama foetuses (which brings good luck of you burry it under your new bought house ๐Ÿ‘€), artisan work, the San Francesco church, the museum of instruments ( which I really liked) and drank some good coffee ๐Ÿ˜ From the moment we left Chile all the coffee we had tasted bad untill La Paz's coffee! I don't know why, but perhaps because it lies close to the Yungas (the Amazon) where coffee treas grow๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒณ ~ Also we did something super cool and scary ๐Ÿ™‚ We went to the Amazon via the death road on mountainbikes. The road is 40 km long and descents 3000 m. ~ See part 3 #deathroad  #rocartravels 
Day 19 - 21: La Paz, the city that amazes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ When you read about the capital of Bolivia, you come across a lot of negative stories. Therefore we had almost skipped visiting the city. We were however so glad our Airbnb hostel owner Carlos in Sucre had persuaded us to explore the 4000 m high city.
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We took the airplane to La Paz which (was only 1 hour ๐Ÿ˜‡) and arrived in El Alto (which used to be a suburb of La Paz but now has become a separate city at the top of the hill overlooking La Paz). From the moment our taxi started to drive we got enchanted by the city! We had never seen such a unique city with houses spread over the hills and the valley, with cable cars (mi telefรฉrico) passing above the city and the snowcapped mountains standing in the background. Truly amazing! ๐Ÿ˜
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Once settled, the first thing we did was ofcourse getting into mi telefรฉrico to see the city from above ๐Ÿ˜ To the locals the telefรฉrico is their public transportation that they take every morning and evening but to us it was a real attraction! We were sitting there saying oohs and ahs while our neighbours were looking stern and bored and probably thinking something like: crazy tourists spending money on public transportation for fun ๐Ÿ™ƒ The telefรฉrico exists since 4 years and before its existence, the poor citizens of La Paz and El Alto had to take the bus or car up and down every day for work. ๐Ÿ˜ซ BTW,  the telefรฉrico became Rocco's favorite attraction and if it were up to him we would have sat in it every morning and evening ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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Besides the telefรฉrico, the public transportation of La Paz has another special element, namely the minivans. After getting off at the final station of the telefรฉrico in the South of La Paz (the richest area) we got directions to the restaurant area. The guy who helped us explained we had to walk two blocks down and then take one of the minivans. When we arrived at the place where we were supposed to get into the minivans we didn't know what to do ๐Ÿ˜‚ We saw people stopping taxi looking minivans in front of the red light and get in.
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Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‡ #LaPaz #Bolivia #veryspecial #cityinthehillsandvalley #4000maltitude #rocartravels #wanderlust
Day 19 - 21: La Paz, the city that amazes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ When you read about the capital of Bolivia, you come across a lot of negative stories. Therefore we had almost skipped visiting the city. We were however so glad our Airbnb hostel owner Carlos in Sucre had persuaded us to explore the 4000 m high city. ~ We took the airplane to La Paz which (was only 1 hour ๐Ÿ˜‡) and arrived in El Alto (which used to be a suburb of La Paz but now has become a separate city at the top of the hill overlooking La Paz). From the moment our taxi started to drive we got enchanted by the city! We had never seen such a unique city with houses spread over the hills and the valley, with cable cars (mi telefรฉrico) passing above the city and the snowcapped mountains standing in the background. Truly amazing! ๐Ÿ˜ ~ Once settled, the first thing we did was ofcourse getting into mi telefรฉrico to see the city from above ๐Ÿ˜ To the locals the telefรฉrico is their public transportation that they take every morning and evening but to us it was a real attraction! We were sitting there saying oohs and ahs while our neighbours were looking stern and bored and probably thinking something like: crazy tourists spending money on public transportation for fun ๐Ÿ™ƒ The telefรฉrico exists since 4 years and before its existence, the poor citizens of La Paz and El Alto had to take the bus or car up and down every day for work. ๐Ÿ˜ซ BTW, the telefรฉrico became Rocco's favorite attraction and if it were up to him we would have sat in it every morning and evening ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ ~ Besides the telefรฉrico, the public transportation of La Paz has another special element, namely the minivans. After getting off at the final station of the telefรฉrico in the South of La Paz (the richest area) we got directions to the restaurant area. The guy who helped us explained we had to walk two blocks down and then take one of the minivans. When we arrived at the place where we were supposed to get into the minivans we didn't know what to do ๐Ÿ˜‚ We saw people stopping taxi looking minivans in front of the red light and get in. ~ Story continues in part 2 ๐Ÿ˜‡ #LaPaz  #Bolivia  #veryspecial  #cityinthehillsandvalley  #4000maltitude  #rocartravels  #wanderlust