Uyuni

We booked a hostel for one night after our great adventure in the salt desert, and the plan was to take the train to Oruro in the morning after. It turned out that the train does not run at Wednesdays, only at 00:05 on Thursdays. Because of this we had to spend one day in the city of Uyuni, and the city of Uyuni is more or less focused around getting away from there. Be it not on a tour to the salt flats, then maybe we can interest you in bus ride to La Paz?

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There is not much to do. In the evening when we arrived we ate pizza at a place called Minuteman Pizza which was very expensive in Bolivian terms, but rather cheap compared to Chile. If I remember correctly €18 bought us a large pizza, a beer and a coke, and it was probably the best pizza we had since we were in Mar del Plata in Argentina.

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The day after we had breakfast and packed up our bags, spent two hours queuing for train tickets and still had more or less 12 hours to fill with joy before it was time to get on the train. There is a rather large food market which we strolled around for a while, longing to be able to have a proper kitchen to cook food in when we come home.

After we spent one hour in the food market and another walking around the town, we still had many hours before Minuteman Pizza opened again and we could enjoy dinner there. I brought up my trusty map app, OsmAND, and saw that there is a museum on the other side of the rail tracks. Said and done, we took a walk there.

Upon first sight it became apparent that my map is ahead of its time, the museum is not close to being finished. Not having much else to do we walked closer and saw that it was a train museum and to be able to get the trains in they have already put them there, and were now building the walls. I asked one of the workers if we could enter and take a look, and to our surprise he welcomed us in to the museum/construction site.

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The trains here were very much more complete than the ones in the train graveyard from the day before, and were probably rolling not too long ago when they were brought in to the museum. I emitted the quote that “These trains would probably work if someone put in a few thousand hours”.

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It was a lot of fun to see these trains that must be at least 100 years old, and still in such a good shape. It would also be interesting to see if they are going to do some renovation work to the actual trains before opening the museum.

Time was dragging on and after a few episodes of criminal minds in the sofa at the hostel it was yet again pizza time. And later rather than sooner it was time to get to the train station, next stop Oruro and directly after it, La Paz!

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