As I was walking around last night, I found a gym close to my hostel and saw they offer salsa lessons. When I saw that they cost about $0.75 per hour, I decided ¨Why not?¨ They are offered 2 hours on Saturday, and then 1 hour Tuesday through Thursday. If you thought I would never take dance classes, I am right there with you. But when in South America…
It´s a tough thing to do…going into a dance class having never had danced salsa (except one short class I took in Prague) and not knowing a single person. I have to admit that I almost backed out at the last minute, but I am glad that I didn´t. About 30 people showed up for the 2 hour class in a gym typical of dance and aerobic classes you´d see in the US. Being the only gringo, I didn´t want to embarrass myself, and I am extremely please to say that I wasn´t the worst dancer there. However, I was in the bottom 5% for sure. Salsa is definitely difficult, even when having someone else lead. I have a hard enough time just keeping up with the feet while just copying someone, let alone just trying to follow the music with nothing to lead me. It will take some practice, so I am going to try to continue my lessons (whether in La Paz or elsewhere).
I am still amazed by how much of this city is markets. Everywhere you go, everywhere, there are vendors out on the street, in plazas, everywhere. There are some main streets that have stores and little tents outside of the stores with completely different people, and this seems to run on for a mile. Luckily I needed to buy some stuff, like a lock, a Bolivian SIM card so I could use my phone here, a small day bag that I can easily store in my backpack, and a couple other things. Buying these things has definitely kept me busy.
Tomorrow, I might be heading to a soccer match here. Should be interesting to see what the atmosphere is like.
Hope everyone is doing well.