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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.

Rugged Travel

Our overnight bus from La Paz to Potosi was the thirteenth bus ride over four hours on this trip and the eighth of at least nine hours. That is a lot of time on buses. By taking this form of rugged transportation, it gives you a lot of perspective on the place you are traveling and on home. At home, a two hour car ride on smoothly paved straight roads can feel extremely long and tough, but in Bolivia and Peru, we have become accustomed to long bus rides on bumpy and curvy roads on the side of cliffs. A ten hour bus ride now seems normal and I have no problem with them, even though two months ago it would have been a massive undertaking. Now we don´t think twice and hop on the bus for ten hours and get off as though nothing happened. A quick plane ride almost seems too easy. The tough and long travel makes me appreciate the places we visit more because it is so hard to get there. It will be interesting to see the how my perspective of travel changes as I go home to an environment with simpler modes of travel.