So yesterday we were supposed to go to the carnival in Oururo which is a few ours away with bus. I went to the terminal together with Irena (the other volunteer) and met a group of some of the volunteers working with the project, altogether we were about 15 people.
ALOT of people were at the terminal. The local people told us that some of them have been waiting for the buses all week, but due to the protests and the blockages they can’t get there. We all waited for a few hours to see if they would be resolved. But decided to call it a day when the protests got more and more intense and it didn’t feel very safe to be there anymore. The frustration mainly stems from the fact that people are unable get to their homes in the village, so they are basically sleeping on the streets at the moment. And people who’re supposed to be performing at the carnival and have prepared for weeks are stuck here too, which is really ashame. Since the locals were blocking the traffic around the terminal too as a way to show they’re frustration, we had to walk several blocks to get something to eat and to take a cab back home. It was exhausting to wait but al together it was a good experience. I was happy to meet with the other volonteers who were really nice and positive.
This morning we wanted to try again but the blockages are still up. Instead we had a long breakfast together with Carmela and Freddi at the house, who had just been to the market getting groceries for the week, among other things some fresh fruit. I had papaya – so tasty! It’s amazing how much better the fruit and vegetables taste here comparing to Sweden and how big they are! 🙂