Friday, July 3, 2009

The Dumb American

Well, I came to Cochabamba to be a tourist. And my god, I feel like the most stereotypical tourist possible.

Let me preface this with, I am not usually a stupid tourist but I also just got off a 10 hour overnight bus ride in which I nearly froze to death (I couldn´t feel my feet) and was forced to share my sleeper seat with a family of cockroaches. So I was exhausted, hungry, cold, and not thinking clearly.

Within 3 hours after arriving in Cochabamba I was scammed for about $40 by a street gambling game.

One might ask, why the hell I would play a gambling game when I somewhat despise gambling? I have no clue.

I´m not going to go into the specifics of the game, but it was kinda like roulette. I watched for awhile and the nice guy running the game gave me 5 Bolivianos to try it. The girl next to me won like 500 Bolivianos although I´m pretty certain that the nice girl was part of the scam.

Someday I´m going to be able to laugh about this. I´ll look back and know that I am all the wiser but right now I am pretty angry with myself. I promise this, I will never ever ever deliberately or accidentally gamble a single cent again.

Ok, I´m gonna pick myself up, brush myself off, and go enjoy Cochabamba.

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