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Amsterdam Noordermarkt

At the end of the Lindenmarkt we came across the Noordermarkt. It was focussed on bio-friendly produced wares. There was some items there. One vendor explained what made their cheese so special was that the cows were in Austria eating only one specific type of grass which in turn made their milk and then the cheese so much more flavourful. One lady at the mushroom stand was giving all different types of recipes for the various mushrooms she was selling. Interesting place.

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Lounging in La Paz

We got a bus from Cuzco, Peru (10pm departure)  to La Paz, Bolivia (4pm arrival) transferring in Puno and Copacabana. I woke up when we got close to La Paz and I was a bit shocked. The sky was dark, cloudy and grey. The streets were dirty with trash lining up the “sidewalks”. It was chaotic with small markets, busses stopping anywhere and no splash of color anywhere. Welcome to “El Alto”, a city on top of the Bolivian Capital La Paz. I don’t have any photo’s of El Alto, so I don’t really know why I typed all that.

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Our Hotel (Milton) was right outside a small daily street market. Lots of fresh and unidentified veggies were sold there.

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Some of the street art we came across. I didn’t find as many as say in Bogota, but then I again maybe we didn’t explore the right neighbourhoods.

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A photo of La Paz at night from El Alto. El Alto is about half a kilometre higher than La Paz which is already the world’s highest capital.

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A Photo inside one of the store in the “Witches Market”. A strip of shops that sell any type of supernatural remedy you might need due to unrequited love, lack of money, general depression or sore feet. I bought some souvenirs here so I asked the lady if I could take some pictures of her store. Somehow it bothers me when tourists take photo’s of these stores without asking or buying something.

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Dried llama foetuses. The perfect souvenir for the person who has everything. No, actually it’s very tasty when boiled in a chicken broth with some potatoes. Okay, the truth is, this is that besides a building permit a dried llama foetus is one of the most important things when building a new home or shop. This is buried underneath the foundation of the new structure to bring luck, protection and rainbows.

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Otavalo Animal Market; Her & His Views

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After visiting the animal market would you consider becoming a vegetarian?

Nestor: Not really. I’ve seen how meat is produced in the west and it’s not a nice process. If that won’t convince me to become a vegetarian, this won’t either. Once science figures out how to produce a food product that tastes the same as meat with the same vitamins and other essentials components this would be a great option.

Heejung: Yes, very briefly.

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What animal at the market would you like the eat the least?

Nestor: I guess baby chicken. Seems like too many bones and too little meat. Seems like a hassle.

Heejung: Cat. I saw cats.

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If you could be any animal in the world what would you be?

Nestor: I would have to go for a Galapagos tortoise? Living a long peaceful live without natural enemies. I’m sure being a slow creature also gives you allot of personal insight and calmness like a animal-monk.

Heejung: A dog at Nestor’s parents house. Because their dogs are well fed and well taken care off.

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Is Otavalo a handicraft shopping paradise?

Nestor: I guess so. I’m not a big shopper, but there was a lot of different things to buy and not expensive at all. Market vendors so far have also been very calm and less pushy compared to places in South East Asia, China and India.

Heejung: Yes. I didn’t know it at that time, but after visiting other market in other countries, Otavalo has a very wide variety of handicrafts and the prices were good. But they don’t have funny t-shirts.

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What are three recommendations you would give for travellers going to Otavalo?

Nestor: Don’t miss the animal market on Saturday. Get up early, by 9:30am things already start dying down. 2) Go see a local band playing Andean Folk Music at one of the Pena’s that Otavalo has to offer. 3) The Mirador (viewpoint) de la Cruz isn’t really worth it, save your oxygen.

Heejung: Do a tour. Visiting the nearby communities in including a local school.

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Practical information: Every Saturday in Otavalo, Ecuador. Walking distance from the main plaza. Get there early as by 9am most of the animals are sold and the market will be dying down.