Blogs from La Paz Department, Bolivia, South America - page 2


South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz March 7th 2015

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Finalmente nos recuperamos en Corico, tres días de descanso después de la caminata del camino de la muerte.... Hora de volver a La Paz y hacer las ultimas vueltas antes de partir de Bolivia. Fuimos al MUSEF para recibir la carta de agradecimiento por la conferencia de david y copia del video, como todo en lationoamerica y en especial en Bolivia, todo toma mas tiempo del debido el video no estuvo listo, nos prometieron que lo enviarían por correo a Bogotá.... Amanecerá y veremos.... En todo caso la ultima noche en La Paz la aprovechamos para visitar con los norteamericanos Ron y Diane, viejos amigos y viajeros que llevan más de 45 años en sur América, viven en La Paz y son unos personajes.... David los conoció en Bolivia, pero sus primeros países visitados incluye a ... read more
La Horca del Inca
Tiquina, donde el ferry

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Coroico March 1st 2015

Coroico y el 'Camino de la Muerte'. Con pocas ganas de arriesgarnos a morir en este viaje en sur América, nos unimos al plan que nuestro amigo alemán Hans, junto con su amigo visitante y compatriota Anselmo. La idea era, esperar que el clima pareciera apropiado y salir temprano en la mañana en un vehículo que nos llevaría arriba a la cabecera del camino de la muerte, de allí empezar a caminar bajando y avanzar a pie lo que mas pudiera, son unos 35 kilómetros la parte más peligrosa del camino. Empezamos a caminar en la parte norte del camino, unos 3.500 mts. Nublado, frío y solitario. Nos acompañaba también el perro de Hans, Sami, empezamos la marcha y enseguida entramos en una carretera serpentesca y muy angosta, con un gran y gigantesco precipicio. Muy profundo. ... read more
Mas precipicio
Unos de los pocos sitios sin precipicio del recorrido

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 27th 2015

Solo dos días de preparar y trabajar en los detalles de la conferencia. Este evento que habíamos intentado coordinar desde meses antes desde Colombia en el Museo de Etnografía y Folklore (MUSEF) resultó muy bien recibido por los interesados en la arqueología. El día anterior a la conferencia, el primer día sin viaje después del paseo por Argentina y Chile, david tuvo una entrevista en la televisión comunitaria, en una en el canal nacional, patrocinado por el gobierno y con fines comunitarios. La periodista del canal, nos sugirió hablar con Marcos Michel, director de patrimonio del gobierno, él estuvo muy interesado con el tema y nos conecto con la prensa y con Julio Ballibian, director del museo de arqueología de tiwanaku en La Paz. Excelente nuevo amigo con quien entablamos varias buenas conversaciones en torno a ... read more
Conferencia de david en el MUSEF
Exposición de gorras andinas en el MUSEF

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 24th 2015

I realised that travelling to various countries had made me observe my social conscience and develop what for me had become a healthy a set of values, in turn leading to a happier lifestyle. I realised that this started when I worked in France as part of my university degree. From the conditions stated in their work contracts I realised the French had a good set of social values as well as a good working code - one which maintained a balance between personal rights and the rights of the company. I now refuse to sign the optional opt out form 'the 40 hours maximum working hour week' set by European law, which often UK employers force employees to sign in the UK. After studying about the many French revolutions which took place during France's history ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 24th 2015

I went to check in for my flight. I put my passport and walkman on the desk as I had just finished listening to it, when the man at the desk exclaimed in an amazed tone: ‘is that a Discman!?’ Wow I haven’t seen one of those in years.’ In defence of my poor walkman and with very little idea of what to say to such a comment even though I had been asked it several times, I said ‘Yes , it’s jogproof too’ The man was overjoyed. Without further ado, both my ''discman'' and I got safely through passport control, through security and to the departure gate where it rested safely in my hands for the best part of an hour until we both boarded the flight together. The first flight went like a dream. ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 24th 2015

It seemed tourism was quite new to Bolivia, unlike in countries such as Argentina and Chile. I thought a lot about the newness of the Bolivia and how it is only just developing itself, deciding its politics, marking out its boundaries and assigning land to various parties. This made me consider how hard our great grandparents must have had it, growing up in lawless countries at a time when laws still hadn’t come into play. I was grateful for having grown up in the UK at the time I had. I felt that if I’d have been born in my Mum’s generation I would have EXPECTED to have security for life and worked so hard just to get my pension, if I’d have been born into my Grandma’s generation I would have been resilient but obsessed ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 23rd 2015

As well as preparing for my flight tomorrow, I visited the local San Francisco cathedral museum, which after having passed it several times I felt it was my obligation to learn about it. I arrived just in time to take a tour in Spanish and I joined the tour group. The tour began with the guide describing in detail each one of the series of twelve painted pictures relating to Jesus’ crucifixion. I wasn't interested in this part of the tour, so I took the opportunity to add some new ‘religious’ Spanish vocabulary to my word bank. As the lady went through each picture, testing us to check we were listening and understood the details of the cruxifiction I zoned out and zoned back in again when she mentioned the cock in one of the pictures ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 22nd 2015

From about 10am, in the main square there was a tango concert starring tango singers, in preparation for the end of 'Carnaval.' Today is the last day of Carnaval in La Paz and this afternoon from midday, according to the local people in the market was the 'burial of the cucumber' in the cemetery. Intrigued I went down to the cemetery to investigate. It was yet another carnival, with the red and green cucumbers dancing around and children spraying water and foam everywhere. It took place outside the cemetery and I believe that they may have buried the cucumber there unless 'the burial of the cucumber' is just a title for the ending of Carnaval. The cemetery was interesting. Again like the cemeteries I've visited in other South American countries, they have tombs of different designs. ... read more

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz February 21st 2015

I checked into another hostel which didn’t have a club attached to it unlike the one I stayed in last night which played music from 1am to 5am. I got up with a positive attitude and went for a coffee in the local market where I met a guy called Santiago, a Bolivian, who told me that Bolivians don’t like Chileans because they charge their holiday makers a fortune to get near the coast. Like every latino does, ) he told me about there being lots of robbers in Buenos Aires and he also gave me the name of a travel agency to help get me out of La Paz . He’s guessed immediately that I’d been to Yungas (the area between Coroico and La Paz) recently as I had 15 red mosquito bites on my ... read more

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