Thursday, December 16, 2010

La Paz

This was the view from the hotel the next morning.  Amazing!

La Paz is a mix of quaint, sleepy lanes and big city congestion.  Traffic was incredible.  And pedestrians definitely do not have the right-of-way in Bolivia!

One of the highlights of the day was a visit to the National Museum of Ethnography & Folklore.  Besides being in a beautiful building, the museum had fantastic collections of textiles, masks, and a special exhibit of objects adorned with feathers.

We had lunch and did some people-watching.

Then in the afternoon we visited the market area known as the Witches' Market.  Some vendors at the market specialize in supplies for shamans and healers.  There were plenty of stalls selling spices, carvings, and animal fetuses, all used in making offerings to the various spirits.

This woman had many older textiles for sale.  We bought quite a few items from her sidewalk stand before she suggested that we visit her store about 2 blocks down the street.  What a treasure trove that was!

John takes a break from shopping.

Another great day!

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