We’ve now entered Peru, the land of the Incas. Bolivia has been left behind in the dust, literally! Boy did we come across some Bolivian quirks during our time there! We thought now would be a good time to provide a list of those oddities experienced during our three weeks or so in Bolivia. We’ve decided not to put it on this list but the very poor internet speeds in Bolivia have frustrated our blogging attempts. Brazil and even Peru are definitely ahead in the internet game. Right onto the quirks:-
1. Prices of products
Bolivia seems to have an issue with putting prices on its products in shops. Presumably this is to encourage communication and potentially negotiation but for the price savvy traveller looking for a bargain this is very unhelpful. In addition to no price we came across two alternative methods of pricing in supermarkets; unlike the UK in having the shelf labelled with a price Bolivia opted for either every single time individually priced or a sheet listing the product prices stuck up on a wall. Weird!
2. HIMYM car alarms
Now only a few people will understand this. There is a particular episode of one of our favourite TV shows (S2 E15 of How I Met Your Mother) in which the characters are kept awake by a ridiculously annoying car alarm. We were astounded to discover that nearly every car in Bolivia has this alarm! We have added a clip below to show you.