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I lived in La Paz, Bolivia for a year in 2012-2013 and moved back in May 2014. This website documents my personal experiences and observations of Bolivian society.

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  1. Wellsy says:

    So what is a gringo exactly? A derogatory term for a white guy?

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  2. It just means foreigner. It can be derogatory or not depending on the context and tone or voice.

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  3. julian says:

    nice work Hazza

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  4. Gabriel says:

    Gringo originated as (white) Americans came to Bolivia. It first referred to to them in a non-derogatory fashion but then extended to mean any foreigner that is not clearly of a different ethnicity (Asian for example). As pointed out, current use can or not be derogatory.

    On a side note, I quiet like the blog and having lived for some time abroad also find amusing many things in our culture (or sometimes the lack of it).

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  5. ur esposita says:

    ur bride is pride for ur awesome work my love, the best writer for me next to my bed from the sunrise to the sundown…
    10 years together, and more … :)
    can’t wait!! tkm

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  6. Beau Ives says:

    The origin of the term ‘gringo’. When the fruit companies came South from the USA, they only wanted the green fruit, like bananas, mangoes, etc. So they said, “Only the green go. Only the green go.” So, it follows, green-go—shortened to gringo.

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    • There’s a variation of that story in which US soldiers were fighting against Mexicans. The Americans wore green army gear so the Mexicans shouted Green-go at them…

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      • GABRIEL ALEJANDRO VERA PINTO says:

        About the subject at hand (I left a response here before but for some reason it seems as it did not submit) the story I know of where the term first came to use is the one told by gringoinbolivia, I learned of it when I was doing middle school at the USA and we were going over American history, specifically the conflicts with Mexico, it was told to us by the history teacher (because someone had mentioned the term in class) and she advised that it came from the Americans wearing a green uniform and Mexicans wearing Blue. Mexicans would shout “Green Go Home” advising them to go back to the US or… “stay on their side of the river”… Rather ironic now don’t you think?

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      • Haha, yes. That is very ironic!

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  7. I’ve never considered where the term gringo comes from. Interesting discussion! I love language. I’m off to Google now.

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  8. Alexis says:

    Gabriel Alejandro Vera Pinto is 100% right!

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  9. Andrew says:

    Thanks for sharing this info on a less-traveled country.

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