I got up and dressed at about 6:00 a.m. The sun was just starting to come up when I went downstairs for breakfast. I really wasn’t hungry, but I knew I needed to eat, so I grabbed a marraqueta (a type of roll) and some hot tea to hold me over until lunch. The rest of the crew wasn’t awake yet, so I set out to find Jaen Street and its many museums.

Jaen Street was absolutely beautiful. The street itself was pretty narrow. I don’t think any cars could fit through. It was lined with buildings that were bright blue, orange, red, yellow, and all colors in between. And the streets were made of cobblestone. I was glad I wore sneakers; otherwise my feet would have killed me all day. I tried to take pictures, but the buildings on both sides of the street really blocked out the sun. All my pictures came out really shadowy.

The taxi driver told me to go to the Museo Costumbrista first, so I started reading the signs on the buildings to find it. I didn’t have to look very far because it was a bright pink building right on the corner where he dropped me off.

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When I got to the ticket counter, the man said I could buy passes for this museum, as well as the Museo Casa de Murillo, Museo Historico del Litoral, and the Museo de Metales Preciosos Precolombinos. I wanted to go to all of them, but I knew I wouldn’t have time, so I asked him to tell me a little bit about each one. He said the Museo Costumbrista is a history museum that tells the history of La Paz. The Museo Casa de Murillo was the home where Pedro Domingo Murillo, a martyr in the La Paz Revolution, lived until he was hanged in 1810. The Museo Histórico del Litoral depicts the battle in which Bolivia lost its Pacific Ocean border to Chile in 1879. Lastly, the Museo de Metales Preciosos Precolombinos has displays of precious metals from pre-Columbian times. As my mind was swirling from the all the choices, the man told me there were six other museums on the same street including a Museo de Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia. Finally, I had to tell him to stop with the choices because my brain wasn’t thinking in English or in Spanish at this point. I knew it would be a stretch, but I bought tickets to four museums.

Usually, I like to take my time and walk through the museums slowly and view all the items carefully, but today I half-jogged through them all. I turned the flash off on my camera and snapped pictures as I went through. I was hoping I could capture all of the things I missed because I went through so fast. I hope the photos turned out OK!

Activities:

  1. Which museums are mentioned in the text? Which one would you prefer to visit and why?
  2. Take a look at the picture of La Paz and describe it.
  3. ¡A investigar! Find La Paz in Google maps https://www.google.com. Describe where the town is located.