Bolivia 2008

Bolivia-Travelogue  |  Travel time: November 2008  |  by Oliver Schuetz

La Paz - Nov 21

There was a plane to La Paz today, much later than expected, but it arrived. The airport situation in Sucre is even more delicate than for La Serena in Chile, it´s really a kind of gambling. The flight went somehow chaotic (is it normal that the flight attendents ask you three times to change the seat?) and an employee of the airline, who had nothing to say, got extremely upset because I took a photo of the plane, which seems to be the worst law offense. On the other side, boarding the plane with some rolls of dynamite (freely available for purchase) would have been possible, as there were no security checks neither for luggage nor for passengers.

The second photo of today shows the government palace in La Paz. Since the birth of the State, Bolivia had already about 100 presidents, while those completing a full term could be easily named. Several presidents were only interim, many have resigned before the end of their term, and some were even killed. Evo Morales, currently in his third year as president, is the one with the longest government period since 2001.

Tonight I have seen the James Bond movie, which is showing also Bolivia, but was not filmed there. The theater audience was both amused and disappointed about the way how the movie company presented Bolivia, as it did not match the reality at all.

Tomorrow I will leave into the (semi-)jungle and may not be able to update these pages until Tuesday.

A historic Boeing 727, at Aerosur still in operation. The technician under the left wing got really heavily upset because I took the photo, but boarding the plane with  dynamite would have been no concern. A nice example of the typical Bolivian contradictions.

A historic Boeing 727, at Aerosur still in operation. The technician under the left wing got really heavily upset because I took the photo, but boarding the plane with dynamite would have been no concern. A nice example of the typical Bolivian contradictions.

The Government Palace in La Paz. The strong tree to the right (in front of the national banner) is said to be the place where already two Bolivian presidents have lost their lives, being hanged by an angry mob. In fact, the Government Palace is called by the people also "Palacio Quemado" (the burnt-down palace).

The Government Palace in La Paz. The strong tree to the right (in front of the national banner) is said to be the place where already two Bolivian presidents have lost their lives, being hanged by an angry mob. In fact, the Government Palace is called by the people also "Palacio Quemado" (the burnt-down palace).

© Oliver Schuetz, 2008
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The trip
 
Description:
Planned is a two-week trip to Bolivia, mainly in the Altiplano with a short detour half way into the jungle. Not sure whether I will be able to attach photos during the trip, so make sure to visit the pages later again.
Details:
Start of journey: Nov 12, 2008
Duration: 15 days
End of journey: Nov 26, 2008
Travelled countries: Bolivia
The Author
 
Oliver Schuetz is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 12 years.