Lego Bride Diaries: Part 1 – The Salt Flats

Have we really only been gone just over a week?! It feels like we’ve been travelling for ages as we’ve done so much already! We started our two month travel adventure in Bogota, Colombia for a day while we changed flight. Bogota was edgy, vibrant and bustling. We did a cycle tour of the city, visited flower and fruit markets and soaked in the atmosphere. We even played a traditional Bogota game that involved throwing a rock at a target loaded with dynamite. Good fun but I don’t think it’ll catch on in the UK.

Next stop was La Paz in Bolivia. Blimey is this place high! Highest lego bride ever possibly. We were only there for a couple of nights before our trip to the Bolivian Salt Flats, and man this did not disappoint!


I must admit that before I came to Bolivia I didn’t know much about the country, I can honestly say this country is naturally stunning. The tour to and around the salt flats was 3 days. Zooming over the salt flats into the middle of nowhere in a Toyota Land Cruiser was pretty sweet! My sparkly veil blowing in the wind from the car window. The vastness of the flats was breathtaking and of course we got some fab fun photos on the flats especially some of Rodrigo and I under our floral arch. What a place to say our vows.

 



We then stopped off at a place called Cactus Island. As the name suggests, it’s an island in the middle of the salt flats with loads of cactus plants. The views across the flats were stunning and as dusk approached we watched the sun come down. So romantic! The colours in the sky and across the landscape were so pretty! What a day. That night we stayed in a salt hotel – again, as the name suggests, an entire hotel made of salt! It was very basic but you can’t help wonder that if this was in East London it would be more than £200 a night. I think the Bolivians are on to something.

 

We were up and off early the next day, with my tiara and hair adjusted to the altitude I was ready for the day ahead. The desert’s rocky roads, clouded with dust lead us to the most beautiful lagoons. The most breathtaking one was crowded with flamingos. Rodrigo had promised me flamingos, and his promise was kept! This view was just like the one from a Mac screensaver. I didn’t think they were real. I wish I’d had flamingos somehow in our wedding. Even if it was the hen party. I just love them! Do lego make flamingos? Something I need to look in to.


After numerous vista stops, we came to the geysers. Bubbling away under the volcanic earth, they were enchanting. Smoke from the geysers filled the air. We got to the hotel to find a natural hot spring pool overlooking one of the lagoons. After dinner, we grabbed a few beers and watched the shooting stars within the Milky Way in the dark Bolivian sky. The only light pollution coming from our torches while we topped up our beers. I’ve never seen so many stars and as I sat in the hot water I felt like the luckiest lego bride ever to experience something as special as this.

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It was our last day of the tour and we started the journey back to civilisation and wifi. The salt flats are an absolute must if you’re visiting South America, not just for the flats but for everything else across the landscape. We did a tour with a company called Salty Desert and the bunch of people, drivers and tour guide were fab! Doing the YMCA with a Dutch couple and a Bolivian driver who spoke no English whilst driving through the desert was a surreal but amazing moment to treasure.

Onto the next part of our travelling adventure. Stay tuned for more.

 

Lego Bride, Ariane x

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