Going on holidays is always exciting. You might be a little stressed about work, nervous about making your connecting flight, and dreading the lack of leg room (if you’re a tall guy like Steve), but mostly it’s supposed to be fun. You’re going somewhere new to explore. It’s an adventure! Since you only have a limited amount of time off work, you decide to leave as soon as you can after your last work day! Is this the best for your sleep? Probably not. But it gives you chance to see the most you can of the cities you’re visiting, so I think it’s worth it!
Left: Last views over the hills of Sucre from the taxi window. Right: Steve and I in front of the plane on the runway.
Sucre, Bolivia – December 21st, 2016
I have to get up pretty early for work. Thankfully my commute is just a 15-minute walk, so I can get up at 6:30, leave the house at 7:15, and still make it to work for 7:30. Although I have a really early start, I also have shorter work days, and I’m able to finish by 1:30 in the afternoon – totally worth the early mornings! Originally when I asked my boss he told me that we have holidays from December 22nd to January 9th, so I booked my flight after work on December 21st. It turns out he was wrong, and the week actually went until Friday for the school, but I already had my flight booked so I was out of there Wednesday afternoon! After work, I walked home, took a shower while Steve made lunch, ate some food, did some last minute packing, and we were ready to go by 3:30. Since our street is super narrow, we walked with our luggage to the corner with the bigger street and flagged a taxi to the airport. Thankfully, since it was a local flight we only had to get there about an hour in advance. But the actual drive is about 45 minutes through winding country roads. We got to the airport, checked our bags (mine was exactly at the correct weight, Steve’s was way under – as usual!), and bought some chocolate to bring for my family. We paid the airport tax, went quickly through security, and got on our flight to La Paz no problem.
Left: Steve is too tall for Bolivian planes and hits his head on the ceiling if he doesn’t duck. Right: You can see that El Alto is a huge city, with tons of small buildings that stretch out as far as the eye can see.