Bolivia Journals

A Politically Incorrect Journal

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

Dark Green Coca Plastic Bag Photo, Bolivia, South America More Photos
Quote: On the avoidance of careless whispers…

Sabor Chapaco

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Restaurant | "Is it OK if a Chapaco calls me Kolla?"

Sabor Chapaco Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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A casual weekend lunch at a restaurant along the city’s main avenue gave birth to this unusual journal. Probably I’ll be walking all along it atop a very thin line, thus I must explain a few things before. In the way things are expressed here, they are not offensive at all in the eyes the people I’m speaking about. Moreover, this is aimed at avoiding careless whispers of travelers while speaking with Bolivians. Despite not alluding here to the event explicitly, I’ve seen an American traveler getting in troubles for what back at her home would have seen as an innocent remark.Last Saturday, I was walking along El Prado, when I saw a sign advertizing lunch at "Sabor Chapaco" (Chapaco Taste). ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2011

Sabor Chapaco
Mezannine 2, Block B, Alameda Building, El Prado
La Paz, Bolivia

Kuchen Stube

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Restaurant | "Interlude: On an International Roll"

Kuchen Stube Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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More often than not, a traveler seeks for local adventures and experiences. What’s different in this place from all the other places I have seen? What type of food is native? How do they cook it? How do locals spend their time? In other occasions, eclectic international creations provide another type of desired experience. The traveler becomes an international "cultyglot," knowing and recognizing influences from a myriad of places, concentrated into a boiling stock of excitement. The last type of experience led me to Kuchen Stube, one of the most exclusive pastry shops in La Paz.Located at the heart of Sopocahi, it is at walking distance from the downtown area, and expectedly close to the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 5, 2011

Kuchen Stube
Calle Rosendo Gutierrez
La Paz, Bolivia

Chewing Coca

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Lejia Photo, Bolivia, South America
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If arriving from the Andean Plateau, the first sight of La Paz is unforgettable. The ground drops hundreds of feet, creating a wide amphitheatre surrounding the northern side of Mount Illimani, one of the highest in the Americas. "La Hoyada" (the hole) – as locals call it – is completely constructed of precarious brick and adobe houses clinging to cliffs at the most unexpected and dangerous places, especially in the remote areas. Every year, a few houses slide down during the rainy season....Read More

Chifa Lu Qing

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Restaurant | "Interlude: On Chifa, Chaufa and Cheeky Denizens"

Chifa Lu Qing Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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"Let’s go to a Chifa," I’ve been told."A what???""You say you were in China; how come you don’t know what a Chifa is? You can get ‘arroz chaufa’ there!"Yes, sometimes a traveler finds this type of smart denizens. Especially among these who had never traveled beyond their native language boundaries. In a country like Bolivia, where most people haven’t visited even neighbor cities, they are not difficult to find. There is no point in educating them; yet, the terms used by this one were interesting.In an awkward way, they were a reminder ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 5, 2011

Chifa Lu Qing
2088, 20 De Octubre Avenue, Sopocachi
La Paz, Bolivia

Cool the Coffee; Spill the Coke

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Isla del Sol - Inti Kala Photo, Isla del Sol, Bolivia
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Manners are geographical in nature; while reaching one of the world’s roofs it is only natural to meet some unusual etiquette. Here are some of the most unusual things a traveler may see while exploring Bolivia.Spill the CokeIf spending some time with a group of Bolivians, invariably somebody will bring a large bottle of soft drink. More often than not, it would be accompanied by just one plastic cup, which would be filled time and again while being passed around. Just before the last sip, the drinker would spin the little liquid left and then spill it on the floor, and...Read More

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