Riding as a passenger on a bus or van on an Andean highway can be a scary experience. There’s constant blind turns and perpetual thousand foot drop offs at the edge of the road, and both features are elevanted from dangerous to terrifying by the fact that the people driving on those twisty mountain highways appear to take an anarchist perspective toward basic traffic … [Read more...] about Driving the Most Dangerous Road on the Planet (with One Eye!)
Getting My First Digits in Bolivia
While I certainly have not have been to many cities in Bolivia, I can confidently say that Bolivian women are really lacking in the looks department. It's not the nicest thing to say something like that but the truth is that I saw less than 5 cute girls during my month traveling in Bolivia. Even the hired dancers in upscale clubs were ugly. One exception was in the airport in … [Read more...] about Getting My First Digits in Bolivia
Zebra Crossing Guards
La Paz, one of Bolivia's capital city, employs a unique method of solving traffic problems. 70+ young Bolivians dress as Zebras to combat traffic problems and accidents on its busiest streets. The call this program "Cebra Voluntaria" (Voluntary Zebra), in which 16-22 year old Bolivians work as crossing guards. … [Read more...] about Zebra Crossing Guards
Route 36: A Bolivian Cocaine Lounge
Sometimes when I know I won't have internet access for a while I write down brief notes on a scrap of paper. 5 months after returning home from my last trip to South America I just pulled out one of these papers to remember what I was thinking at the time. "La Paz cocaine gay guy house" That is one line I wrote down. The Guardian actually an interesting … [Read more...] about Route 36: A Bolivian Cocaine Lounge
Bolivia Wrestling – Boom shakalaka!
Traveling all the way to Bolivia means you're likely to see a number of important tourist attractions, including a Bolivian wrestling match between the oddest of characters. In El Alto, the city above one of Bolivia's two capitals La Paz, is a well established wrestling auditorium where each Sunday Bolivia's version of the World Wrestling Entertainment in the United States or … [Read more...] about Bolivia Wrestling – Boom shakalaka!