I enjoyed two days with Kathy, a friend I met in Boquete, Panama in January and took Spanish Language classes with. Kathy has continued traveling in Panama and Argentina and is passing through La Paz on her way to Machu Picchu and all the places I have already seen with the tour group. While I'll be tracing her path in reverse to the south of Bolivia to Sucre and the Salt Flats. We were able to trade some good information. For me how extra cold it will be on the Salt Flats and not all buses have heaters. Brrr!
Our two days in La Paz we enjoyed shopping visiting the Museos de Metales Preciosos, Litoral Boliviano, and Casa de Murrllo (first citizen who tried to get independence for Bolivia), rode the cable cars over the city, and a LOT of fun having dinner and drinks at the English Pub and meeting another American expat, Jill, living in Bolivia for over 20 years.
Tomorrow I leave some luggage at the La Posida Abuela Obdulia Hotel ($49US, and just learned they have hair driers to lend) and take off at 7:30AM for a bus ride to Oroco, where I'll take a train to Uyuni where my Salt Flat tour begins. I should arrive in Uyuni at 10 PM. For several days the road my bus takes out of La Paz has been closed for demonstrations. It is open now and I hope it stays that way for me to leave.