Welcome to the travel blog of Luke Kelly. I flew to Brazil in January 2011 with a one way ticket. Follow me as I journey around South America, getting by on the proverbial shoe string. I love football, design, music & food amongst other things and I'll be working as I travel - so those will probably be regular themes here. But a bit like my trip, I haven't really got a plan for this blog, so lets see what happens...
Sucre
Digital Nomad - progress report 2: 6 weeks in Sucre

Digital Nomad – progress report 2: 6 weeks in Sucre

Having got things going in Buenos Aires, but not really managed to add much to my savings, I was keen to try and make a bit more headway as I settled into life in Sucre. Using my own contacts to try and find work as well as webistes like elance.com and odesk.com, I was hopefull...
Oh Christ - Jesus get's everywhere: another statue on a hill

Oh Christ – Jesus get’s everywhere: another statue on a hill

A South American city seems to be worthless without a big statue of Jesus bearing down on it from some adjacent vantage point – and Sucre is anything but worthless. Sucre actually has two big hills looking down on it and rather than waste an opportunity (or freak everyone out with two Jesus’) they’ve put...
Lunch at the Mirador

Lunch at the Mirador

Sucre is a city of hills and mountains and there are several great spots you can climb to which offer amazing views. Having been here now for around 7 weeks I would say the most pleasant of these spots has to be at Cafe Mirador. Perched on a hill in Recoleta- just at the foot...
A regular game of football in Sucre

A regular game of football in Sucre

Having dusted off my boots in Buenos Aires I'd been bitten by the bug again and have been really missing playing football - so knowing I'd be stopped in Sucre for a while I was keen to find a way of playing a bit. Fortuitously, a couple of days in I was drinking with some...
The Dancing Gringo!

The Dancing Gringo!

Since stopping in Sucre, I´m getting invited to the occasional party and meal with Bolivian friends. These parties, more often than not, end up with a bit of a dance. Not being too shy (and usually by the time the dancing starts having drunk a little), I seem to be the ´good-sport´ gringo mug that...
Final game of the Bolivia season - here come The Strongest...

Final game of the Bolivia season – here come The Strongest…

Arriving at Estadio Olímpico Patria for the final game of the season, there was a whole extra level of excitement and atmosphere. The Strongest were in town, and as one of Bolivia’s really big (well relatively) and successful sides, they attract a lot of glory hunters I think. They were also in with a chance...
Learning Spanish in Sucre

Learning Spanish in Sucre

One of the main reasons I’d decided to stop in Sucre was knowing what a Mecca it had become for Spanish learners. There seem to be Spanish schools on every corner here and being Bolivia it’s about the cheapest place in the world you can study – so pretty much my first task on arriving...
25 Mayo, Sucre - 202 years of South American independence

25 Mayo, Sucre – 202 years of South American independence

It's been mental here the last couple of days. Sucre is the epicentre for the independence movement in South America. It's here that the people first stood up to the Spanish and yesterday was the anniversary of the day the uprising started - so there's been huge celebrations for the last 48 hours.
Football: Universitario hammer La Paz 5-1!

Football: Universitario hammer La Paz 5-1!

My second trip to Estadio Olímpico Patria, this time to see Universitario take on already relegated and bottom of the table La Paz. On paper this looked a much easier game than the previous match against last season’s champions. I’d also managed to get a bit of a gringo group together – a firm if...
The Mask Museum - it's free!

The Mask Museum – it’s free!

There are a few museums in and around Sucre, but the first I chose to visit was the mask museum which is right in the centre of town. A very small place occupying one of the old colonial buildings just off the square, the museum is divided into three sections. The first area I was...
Universitario beat Oriente Petrolero to ease relegation fears

Universitario beat Oriente Petrolero to ease relegation fears

Having seen live football in Brazil and Argentina, I was keen to see what the game was like in Bolivia. I looked into it and it turned out my apartment was just 3 blocks from the home of Sucre’s top flight team – Universitario – so getting along to a game or two was going...