Monthly Archives: June 2014

The (lengthy) residency process.

To obtain a one year temporary residency visa in Bolivia is a lengthy process fraught with incompetency, frustration, corruption and pointless bureaucracy.  The following is a rather long-winded account of my experience. NB:  To be fair, it’s MUCH easier and cheaper … Continue reading

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Aymara New Year

Bolivia is the most indigenous country in South America.  In the 2012 census 86% of respondents identified themselves as having native origins.  In La Paz the Aymara people form the vast majority.  These people are traditionally sun-worshipers and have used … Continue reading

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Teleferico

One of the exciting things that happened this year in La Paz was the opening of the first line of the Teleferico, a cable car public transportation system. La Paz traffic is truly terrible and the bane of many paceños … Continue reading

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Bolivian clocks to run backwards

As if Bolivia was not backwards already. Some creative government officials have decided that Bolivian clocks should run counter-clockwise. Their reckoning is that the design of a clock was originally based on a sundial, which in the Southern Hemisphere runs … Continue reading

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