Category Archives: living

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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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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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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Animal Rights

The issue of animal rights was a hot topic in Bolivia last month after a woman in Cochabamba became upset with a neighbor’s dog that entered her property and ate one of her chickens. Rather than reporting the incident through official channels (which are notoriously … Continue reading

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Cars and Driving in Bolivia

Car ownership is comparatively uncommon in Bolivia, with private vehicles generally being reserved for transportistas and the economic elite. Nevertheless, if I did happen to earn enough money to buy a car here, I probably wouldn’t want to drive it anyway. … Continue reading

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Why the Internet Sucks in Bolivia

Bolivia’s undeveloped internet infrastructure is said to be among the worst in Latin America, with sky high prices making home connections out of reach of the majority of the impoverished population. In fact, only 5.4% of Bolivian homes are online, a pittance  … Continue reading

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Apartment hunting in La Paz

I finally moved into an apartment after living with the missus’ family for way too long, so I’m currently renting a spacious two bedroom place down the road from her parents for US$250 per month. It’s a decent crib, at … Continue reading

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