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FACES OF BOLIVIA...A feast of Masks & Dance

March 13th 2016
FACES OF BOLIVIA. La Paz. Entering La Paz was like an earthquake zone. T'was tough enough crossing a river in the morning in a bouncing boat like a seed pod in a violent swell...faces of the other passengers grimacing as we were tossed about...our bus on a tin barge lurching nearby...hoping it does not sink...as our gear will sink with it. Then ... read more
South America » Bolivia » Chuquisaca Department » Sucre

Bolivian Flag Bolivia, named after independence fighter Simon BOLIVAR, broke away from Spanish rule in 1825; much of its subsequent history has consisted of a series of nearly 200 coups and counter-coups. Comparatively democratic civilian rule was established in 1... ... read more
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16th March 2016

My friend has a wonderful collection of masks
I have a friend who has a very nice collection of masks. He has bought them in different parts of the world and they are in many defferent styles. I hope he donates them to a museum the day he decides he doesn't want them any longer. I remember when we visited La Paz a few years ago. We decided to race each other one block. The reaction I had was scary. The thin air made me loose my breath completely and I started to get tunnel vision. And that from a short 50 meter dash! /Ake
16th March 2016

My friend has a wonderful collection of masks
So do we Ake, mainly from Africa. Our kids' school friends used to call our place a museum! The ones from Sucre were insane as evidenced in the photos. As you run marathons, I can only imagine how scary it must have been to be unable to breath in La Paz after a run. Altitude can often affect the fittest the most as they need more oxygen for their muscles, we were told in Tibet. Then there are those who say it is a lottery who are the most affected. Acclimatization is critical too which fortunately we had time to do.

Tot: 2.794s; Tpl: 0.028s; cc: 10; qc: 15; dbt: 0.021s; 2; m:saturn w:www (104.131.125.221); sld: 2; ; mem: 1.3mb