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In prison in La Paz

So one of the must do things in La Paz is to visit the prison out of the book Marching Powder. It is illegal to go officially but everyone goes and it is supposed to be a real experience so we thought why the heck not. We decided to go on New Years day (very hungover) and you basically go and stand outside the prison until someone comes up and asks if you want to go in. A lady approaches us and we follow her...sign in with the very scary looking security guards and she brings us in to meet her husband Jack form South Africa and Sebastian from Holland. We are brought into their little apartment and it is completely bizzare as we are sitting there in their home hanging out with two prisoners who are very nice but very coked out. Thing is that in this prison the prisoners live with their families who come in and out all day and although it is not official. Coke is big business in there and a lot of prisoners are visibly high. All visitors are offered to do coke in there but we politely declined...Although the word is a huge amount of tourists jump at the opportunity to do cheap coke in the prison. It is a mental experience enough but to try drugs there is just mad. But hey all to their own. We get a tour of the prisons church, gym, school shops ect and all while kids are playing all around us...We finish up in their "house" where we listen to their stories which although interesting were all over the place. They were quite upset we were not in there to party but after politely declining the offer of coke for the 11th time we left. It was a really interesting experience and would not have wanted to miss it but so weird and pretty sad. When the prison doors closed behind us we were relieved to be on the other side again. Not sure if we would ever want to pay to go into prison again.....

Posted by kmandmc 14:30 Archived in Bolivia

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