Wandering around in La Paz (Bolivia) is always a stimulating delight. The sights and colours, the hustle and bustle, the synchronised chaos, all combine to hit the senses with what I can only describe as ‘beautiful’. It is always wise though, to keep in mind the geography and altitude. What amounts to walking distance to Sopocachi may very well necessitate a taxi or minibus back up the mountain, until you have acclimatized to walking around the highest capital city in the world.
I decided we were going to walk back home, but first a few minutes watching a mime go through his paces at the corner of Plaza Abaroa at the junction of Pedro Salazar and Sanchez Lima.
Moving on we needed to purchase a phone card. You could get these from any of the numerous sidewalk stalls, however we first came across Jackie.
Jackie was what I would call a ‘Sidewalk Secretary’. This was new to me, but on reflection, it makes perfect sense to put a little table and old school typewriter on the sidewalk. Not everyone can read or write but almost everyone is going to need to fill out a form or write a letter in this environment. Jackie is one of the friendliest individual I have met to date. Quite warm and sincere was my impression, and she seemed unwilling to let go of my hand during a parting handshake. I have since been made aware of another interpretation of my impression….. Jackie was hopelessly smitten!
Naturally at the time, I was totally oblivious to the amorous effect I was having on the nice lady, and I do now realise she wasn’t just looking up at me as she sat there with my hand clasped firmly in both her hands – she was gazing….