Three little stories

By Published On: February 24, 2005Categories: Travel10 Comments on Three little stories

1. I walked into an English Language School in Brasilia, and asked the receptionist at the desk if she spoke English. She didn’t.

2. A fellow traveller told me that in Salvador, a group of thieves were using the following technique to rob tourists. A huge tall guy would come up from behind, grab the tourist in a massive bear hug and lift them up, while two others emptied the person´s pockets. Mugging by hugging. But I suppose at least you get a hug.

3. I saw a bus yesterday signposted to "Paranoia" (but then again, maybe I am just being…)



  1. Laura February 28, 2005 at 3:45 am - Reply

    I love the hugging and mugging story. Maybe we can introduce the method to muggers in London 🙂

  2. Alex Buck March 3, 2005 at 4:04 am - Reply

    …just being what?? Come on – finish your story!!! Or am I just being….

  3. Antonio March 3, 2005 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Nick, I’m not sure what to worry about most on your behalf, your being mugged or hugged. Just to clarify one thing: you’re claiming that you’re not gay? So our night together meant nothing? Love and kisses from everyone at the Admiral Duncan. Antonio xxx

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  6. Duciel July 4, 2012 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Chakaltaya, Payachatas and CondoririFor my trip to the Bolivian Andes in August 2011 I chose “Bolivian Mountain Guides” to organize this eipdeitxon and to guide and accompany me – and it turned out to be an excellent choice. In preparation for this trip Eduardo Mamani Quispe and I had exchanged a whole series of emails to work out in detail a tailor-made program for this eipdeitxon and already in this phase Eduardob4s friendliness, flexibility and customer orientation became obvious.After arrival in La Paz I spent some days in the Cabana Chakaltaya to ensure a good acclimatization phase. During these days I climbed the nearby Chakaltaya Peaks.After two days in La Paz we started to Parinacota and Pomerape. My guide was Jose Mamani Quispe, the younger brother of Eduardo. In the High Camp at 5.150 m unfortunately I got some health problems which made us change our plans regarding the twin volcanoes. Instead we decided to move to the Condoriri Group. At the Lago Condoriri we established our Base Camp at an altitude of 4.650 m. From there we climbed – with a High Camp – Pico Austria (5.358 m) and in another two-day-trip Pico Tarija and Pico Diente (5.358 m). In both cases we had beautiful weather and an amazing view to the other mountains of the Condoriri range, to the Huyana Potosi and a lot of other peaks of the Bolivian Andes.After more than 50 years of mountaineering in many parts of the world I can whole-heartedly recommend Bolivian Mountain Guides as an excellent organization for mountain eipdeitxons in the Bolivian Andes. It was a great pleasure for me to climb with Eduardo and Jose. The eipdeitxon was very well prepared in every detail. In contrast to many other eipdeitxons with other operators each piece of the equipment was in very good shape. Eduardo and Jose as well as all other staff were very friendly and helpful. It was no problem whatsoever to change plans after my health-problems.I would like to thank Eduardo and Jose very much for the nice and successful days we spent together. If I return to Bolivia in the future, I will without any doubt chose again Bolivian Mountain Guides as tour operator for my eipdeitxons.

  7. Subur July 6, 2012 at 3:36 am - Reply

    Long before we settard our bicycle journey across South America, meand Jenny had been thinking about climbing a 6,000 m+ mountain. As wecycled further north, our curiosity for Bolivias highest mountain grewstronger. Since we didn’t have any experience at all, we felt the needfor a good guide and came in touch with Eduardo after reading a tripreport on and his team arranged everything for us when we came to LaPaz; technical equipment, food, transport and even a spontaneousguided tour in El Alto! It took four hours to reach the Sajamavillage, where we had lunch before starting the short hike up to basecamp at 4,800 m, all the time facing the steep west face. Naturalsprings provided us with water, perfect! The end of the second day wasquite tough, and happy but exhausted we went to bed at 5,700 m, eagerto get some sleep before the next day’s attempt to reach the summit.After an early start the next morning, while struggling with thealtitude and the tedious walking on the penitentes, the sunrisecreated a pyramid-like shadow of Sajama in the other horizon –absolutely amazing!It’s hard to describe all the feelings that ran through your head whenwe finally reached the summit at 6,542 m. We hugged each other, lieddown on the glacier and just laughed at the same time as gasping forbreath! This was without any doubt the most challenging thing we hadever done – but we were so glad that we did it!We can strongly recommend a tour with Bolivian Mountain Guides. Theclimb on Sajama, together with Eduardo, turned into a very specialmemory.

  8. Sam July 6, 2012 at 5:25 am - Reply

    I have been traveling and lviing in Bolivia since 1967. In 1969 I climbed Illimani, Huyna Potosi, Mururata and other mountains in Bolivia. Some of these trips are written up in the American Alpine Journal. From 1992 to 2010 I participated in ten expeditions to the mountains and the southern Altiplano of Bolivia. Our mountain climbing expeditions included nine different peaks and the total personnel number was approximately 60. On every one of these climbing expeditions we used the Mamani Brothers as mountain guides and on some of the trips we used Trek Bolivia to help organize the trips. I mostly worked with Eduardo and Gregorio, but also with their brother Jose. I can say without qualification that these were the most dependable, safest and skillful mountain guides that I have ever seen. In addition my son Will, who was born in La Paz in 1968, climbed Illimani and Illampu with Eduardo. Currently my 15 year old daughter is thinking about climbing in Bolivia and I would only use the Mamanis as guides. All trips were conducted with a great degree of professionalism and we just used Eduardo this last year for an expedition into Southern Bolivia. I am a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and am especially aware of high quality in a profession. I may be reached at any time for references about the Mamanis at 610-639-0246 in Philadelphia.e-mail:

  9. Leonardo August 5, 2012 at 5:00 am - Reply

    If you are looking for gdeuis in Bolivia, the Mamani brothers are the best. These guys were born and raised in Bolivia and began climbing the mountains when they were very young, using boards with nails as their crampons. Their climbing portfolio is extensive and I’d say noone has a better knowledge and respect for the Bolivian Andes. I climbed with Bill Fox and company on various expeditions from 1993-2001. Eduardo and his bothers successfully guided me to the top of Huayna Potosi, Pequeno Alpamayo, and Jank U Laya, which was no small feat considering Eduardo had a 260 pound climber on his rope (Eduardo – I lied about being 245 pounds!). It has been awhile since I have climbed and I miss these guys very much. My travels to Bolivia were the high points of my life, opportunities of a lifetime, and time spent with the best of friends that I look back upon with supreme fondness. Some day, I hope to return to La Paz and climb with my old friends!Eduardo – Tu el Hombre!!! Saludos, el Toro.

  10. Abdullah October 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Yum, I miss these! Did you have trouble with the indiess spilling out when you took the first bite? I remember reading that they’re kind of a late morning snack I went to a place in Sucre where saltenas seemed to be the main dish, and the place was packed around 11am it seemed more like brunch or dim sum than breakfast, which makes sense because saltenas are kind of heavy!Ekua recently posted..

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