Silencio es salud(Drive day 181: Dec 27th, 2003)
I am recovering from another round of motion-sickness meets altitude-sickness meets unnamed parasite but we hire Eosebio to take us on a taxi tour of La Paz. I have to laugh at the signs warning against honking cars – silence is apparently healthy. Our native taxi driver’s presence helps shield us from some of the more tenacious street hustles and persistent beggars and he points out places tourists never go – like the Valle de las Animas or valley of the spirits. No one lives in these hauntingly beautiful foothills of the Illipimi mountains; the spirits don’t want to be overcrowded.
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