Tag Archives: La Paz

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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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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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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The Pope visits Bolivia

Pope Francis recently visited La Paz and Santa Cruz as part of an eight day whirlwind tour of South America’s poorest nations, although sadly he only spent about four hours in La Paz due to medical concerns regarding the high altitude. This is probably fair enough, … 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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Alasitas – The Festival of Abundance

Alasitas is a month long festival beginning on the 24th of January in La Paz which is celebrated by indigenous Aymara to pay homage to Ekeko, the god of abundance. Throughout the festival, the Aymara buy an assortment of miniature models which … Continue reading

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