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About Harry

Harry is a freelance writer based in South America who writes about travel among numerous other things.

The Case Against A Coup In Bolivia: How The Left-Wing Media Got It Wrong About Morales

Bolivia is going through its worst political unrest in decades. After nearly three weeks of nationwide protests against overwhelming evidence of electoral fraud, president Evo Morales resigned and fled to Mexico. While most Bolivians responded to the news with jubilation, … Continue reading

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Water Shortages and Climate Change

La Paz is currently suffering from the first water restrictions I’ve seen since moving here. Every third day this November, the water is being turned off for large parts of the city until 8 p.m, causing huge crowds of people to queue up for … Continue reading

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Pokémon Go

The augmented reality mobile phone gaming phenomenon known as Pokémon Go saw as much success in Bolivia, as it did across the world. Like many things, the game didn’t make it here until much later than pretty much everywhere else in … Continue reading

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Sailing the High Seas in a Boat Made of Reeds

Archaeological researches and historians alike have long held the belief that ancient South American civilizations may have sailed across the Pacific to settle in Polynesia and beyond. The continent’s pre-Columbian inhabitants were known for their expert boat crafting skills and nautical prowess despite having … Continue reading

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Wonderkid Makes Robots out of Rubbish

A teenage genius from a remote and desperately poor Bolivian town became internationally famous this year for his ability to create robots out of rubbish. Just to be clear, we’re talking about awesome, fully functional robots made from actual trash which he found at the garbage dump. … Continue reading

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Bolivia’s disabled march to La Paz

More social unrest has been brewing in Bolivia over the last month. This time a group of some 150 disabled protesters have marched 386 k.m. all the way from Cochabamba to confront Evo Morales’ government in La Paz. The march took … Continue reading

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Middle-aged Cholitas climb Mount Illimani

A group of middle-aged cholitas reached the 6,438 m summit of Mount Illimani last week, creating a storm on social media and attracting the attention of the international press. Most of the indigenous Aymara women, aged in their 40’s and 50’s, work as cooks … Continue reading

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#SI o #NO – the Bolivian referendum

On Sunday, Bolivians head to the polls again, this time for a referendum rather than an election. The country will decide whether or not they want Evo Morales, who leads a left wing socialist party, to be eligible for re-election in … Continue reading

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Visa Requirements: November 2014 and beyond

The process of applying for a residency visa changed significantly in November 2014, so a long-overdue update is in order. TOURIST VISAS: Group one countries, which include most of the “first world”, are still able to enter Bolivia visa free and stay for … Continue reading

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The Death Road

Hurtling down The Death Road on a mountain bike has become a bucket-list item for international thrill-seeking adventurers, with hordes of tourists descending the 60 km road in Bolivia’s subtropical South Yungas region every day. Above of else, the tour has become … Continue reading

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