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Now that we are in La Paz my plan is to buy a new computer and get all caught up on my blogging. But there is a brand new development on the travel front which is that unbeknown to us until the most inopportune moment yesterday our ATM card expired at the end of July! Our cash-on-hand situation is not the greatest at the moment, so we have to lay low in La Paz (lay low = pay hotel at checkout and just eating) until the new card arrives in hopefully a few days.
I am not sure how it came about that these funcioning buses were deemed unworthy for Japanese passengers and got sent to the middle of Bolivia, but my guess is that it has something to do with failing emissions control tests.
Almost all of Sucre's public transportation system consists of used buses imported from Japan. La Paz does not have this type of vehicle, for example. They use a fleet of old, clunky Dodge and Ford buses. And these secondhand buses in Sucre come from a hodgepodge collection of private entities, many retaining their original markings. A bus that once transported Japanese kids to swimming school now brings Bolivians to the outskirts of Sucre and back. So let's take a ride through Sucre on these ghosts of Japanese transportation past..
|Asking the bus destination|
|Shirakowa Kogen Country Club in Fukushima|
|East Itabashi Baseball Little League bus and the Bolivian Supreme Court.|
They have been playing baseball for more than 40 years.
|An airport bus headed around the park|
|Study Swimming School bus in front of the main plaza|
|"Suzurango" - a senior citizens' daycare center|
|A Hitachi bus|
|Swimming school in Kooriyama|
|Kayama Captain Coast Ski Mountain bus owned by the famous actor, Kayama Yuzo|
|A pre-school bus|
|Kamemitsu Corporation "The Village of Dawn." Making healthy food from tortoises and honey. |
Editor's note: I am amazed that any company selling edible products from tortoises makes enough money to own their own bus.
|Mr. Negeshi's steel business in the Isezaki housing development|
|Official driving school in Chiba|
|Satomi hot springs bus|
|An ad for a driving school|
|Tahara - a fancy Japanese style restaurant|
|Waterfall and outdoor hotsprings bus|
|Healthy Land bus at the outlying turn around point for the city buses|
|Marin Hotel - Sweetbrier in Nigata costs around US $100 per person with dinner and breakfast|