I'm writing this from the common room of a hostel in Santiago, Chile, where that movie "Just Go With It" with Adam Sandler is playing, so this post very well might be a little disjointed
We went to Sucre, Bolivia, after La Paz. It's the legislative capital of Bolivia and a UNESCO world heritage site, but it's tiny enough that the airport is sort of adorable. I love airports that let you off on the tarmac and let you wander your way into the building.
Sucre had lots of character, too, and hills with pretty views.
Nighttimes were great for wandering.
It's the kind of place where you might leave the hotel to find a bottle of Bolivian wine and stumble onto a parade.
Also, they've got a very cool central market.
Lots of wegetabbubbles. And baskets, if you're interested.
And sausages. Sucre loves its sausages.
Though I think they might like their cakes more! It seemed like half the ground floor of the market was made up of ladies selling cakes.
I was a very big fan of the juice stands. They've been in a lot of the markets, but here they seemed really clean, so we enjoyed a kiwi and tumbo juice and a batido with malt beer (I don't think ours had a raw egg in it like these folks' did).
We had a nice, cheapo lunch at a comedor on the second floor. They pretty much all seem to serve exactly the same things, so we just picked one that seemed popular.
We love markets.
We shelled out for a super-nice meal at El Huerto, just outside of the center.
Two types of tongue in stews with local peppers and (of course) perfectly cooked potatoes. And a $10 bottle of decent Bolivian wine.
And Bolivian teatime is always a treat. Though at this particular place, everything was sort of yellow and mushy. This is yucca paste on a stick with cheese and a corn drink that had very little flavor.
My favorite dish in Sucre isn't even from Sucre. We stumbled into a restaurant at the very end of the lunch hour and ordered something we hadn't seen before - the charquecan orureño, a favorite dish of the town of Oruro. It was a sort of composed lunch made of shredded llama jerky, large kernels of choclo (the Bolivian starchy corn), a potato, a hardboiled egg, and a slice of fresh cheese. Simple and freaking tasty.
Next up - the Sunday market at Tarabuco! And then we move on to Uyuni and the largest salt flats in the world.