Day 126 – Dakar day 2 With the competitors taking a rest day in La Paz we made our way into town in search of the bivouac. We weren’t allowed into the site, but we could get close enough to see a lot of the vehicles and even talk to some of the crews. My Czech friends waved their flag proudly, which grabbed the attention of some of the Czech teams. They talked to us for quite a while telling us about the conditions in the bivouac and sharing some of the crazy untold stories that happen during the race. Unfortunately I couldn’t understand a word of it, but my friends translated afterwards. La Paz also has a great new system of gondola’s that are used for public transit. We rode the gondola over the city, which was an awesome stress free way to see the town. For a city built on so many levels, gondola’s are a perfect public transit solution. Fast, quite, clean and able to climb up and down all of the hills with ease. The system they are building will be amazing when it is completed and should be a model for other cities around the world. Overall I have really liked La Paz. Many people seem to speak ill of it claiming heavy traffic, filth and poverty. I have a very different opinion. The city I saw was proud, relatively clean (by S.A. standards) and full of warm and wonderful people.