Shopping in La Paz
Today was souvenir shopping day. I walked all over La Paz's shopping district to look for goodies.
We walked through an area called 'The Witches Market', a section of town filled with mystical booths run by witches, gypsies, or whatever you choose to label them. Superstitious shops filled with candles symbolizing everything from money to love, sex and power, potions, oils, ceremonial trinkets, and best of all- aborted llama fetuses! Yes, you heard right. Apparently, they use them in their rituals. I wonder which lucky blog-reader will get an aborted llama fetus for a souvenir? One can only hope!
We moseyed down the street, admiring the sidewalk displays fish, meat and fruit next to bracelets, earrings, light bulbs, and car batteries, whatever your heart desires. "I'll have some fresh fish with a side of battery acid please!" You guys are getting HOOKED UP with souvenirs!
We ducked into a salchicha for lunch. A salchicha is the Bolivian version of an empanada, each one more delicious than the last.
I headed back into the chaos for a few more trinkets and postcards. I found myself in an artsy little antique store that happened to feature a very intriguing cigar section. The woman who ran the shop was Cuban and had access to a steady supply of cubano cigars. Now, I'm no cigar smoker but, when in Rome (or Bolivia, for that matter). I bought the cigar and put it away for safe keeping until the bar hopping began later that night.
We headed to this bar that was recommended to us a few days earlier, called Musik.
It had a futuristic, clean, jazzy vibe and I started with a shot of tequila in its honor.
Next was a rose martini which included champagne, raspberry vodka and a real rose petal floating on top.
We sat out on the patio overlooking La Paz and enjoyed the martini and Cuban in Bolivian bliss.