Social issues

Blue Moon

23 May, 2017 | Aida Muratoglu

Photo: Aida MuratogluLuna Charlotte finds a love of her ownLuna Sharlotte Humerez exudes confidence, love, acceptance. She has mastered the art of conversation. She speaks openly and honestly, urging...

(Mis)Reading between the lines

23 May, 2017 | Cassandra Spry

Illustration: Hugo L. Cuéllar A gringo’s attempt at watching a play in SpanishI’m as gringo as they come. The only Spanish I knew before coming to Bolivia was ‘hola’. I even bought a jumper with alpac...

Not Another Corny Story

23 May, 2017 | Yolande Rowson

Photo: Nick SomersThe mythical origins of the Golden CropCorn is not something that I had particularly considered before coming to South America. It is just another component of the international die...

PROYECTO SINESTESIA

16 Apr, 2017 | Alex Walker

Photo: Nick SomersShining the spotlight on deaf children and Bolivia’s neglect of the disabled‘There is a mountain of work still for us to do,’ Valeria Salinas tells me. Her initiative, Proyecto Sines...

LA PAZ´S WASTEWATER CRISIS

15 Apr, 2017 | Caroline Risacher

Photo: Nick SomersThe Río Choqueyapu’s journey from mighty Amazon tributary to the sewers of La Paz.Toxic foamy water and muddy brown slush are rotting with a variety of discarded rubbish. The pungent...

EATS , DISPUTES & LEAVES

15 Apr, 2017 | Alex Walker

Photo: Nick Somers The challenges of implementing Bolivia’s new coca lawClimbing high into Villa Fátima, I reach ADEPCOCA headquarters, whose insides remind me somewhat of a labyrinth-tardis hybrid. W...

REHEARSING WITH THE KORY WARMIS

28 Mar, 2017 | Marianthi Baklava

Photos: Marianthi BaklavaWomen meet to create theatrical art – and to empower themselves‘Get ready, you’re going to be backed against that wall once everyone gets here,’ Erika Andia warns me. Upon arr...

A GIANT DESCENDS

28 Mar, 2017 | Sophie Hogan

Photos: Sophie HoganUber's Introduction to La Paz is turning. . . not that many headsIt would be rare for one to not have heard of it. Founded in March 2009, UberCab, as it was then known, quickly exp...

Education on Wheels

17 Feb, 2017 | Louise Lacourarie

Photo: William WroblewskiBringing the blackboard to the streets of El Alto I arrive at the Casa Cultural in Ciudad Satélite, a suburb on the southern edge of El Alto. It’s a shabby building that house...

Quirquincho Conservation

17 Feb, 2017 | Louise Lacourarie

Burrowing Deep into the Protection of the Hairy Andean ArmadilloThey have pointy noses and hairy shells, and they live in sand-dune burrows in the harsh, high-altitude conditions of the altiplano. ‘Th...

Boat-Building in the Andes

17 Feb, 2017 | Julia McGee-Russell

Photo:  Julia McGee-RussellA Workshop with Lake Titicaca’s Master Reed-WeaverBringing with me the skills of finger-knitting, hair-braiding, and a solitary workshop in willow-weaving, it is clear...

From the Ashes

29 Dec, 2016 | Rodrigo Delgado Calderón

A Detention Centre for Adolescents Tries the Restorative-Justice RouteI am sitting in Café Urbano in Sopocachi listening to ‘El Fénix’, a song by paceño rapper-songwriter Fercho. The lyrics, set to hi...

Las Primas of Bolivia’s New School Tattoo

29 Dec, 2016 | Valeria Salinas Maceda

Photo: Jodido Diego (Juan Diego Alvarado)Let yourself be seduced by this sexy urban styleSince 2010, the tattoo scene in La Paz has experienced a revolution of sorts, as the Bolivian New School style...

All Dried Up

29 Dec, 2016 | Karina Guzman

Photo: William WroblewskiThe drought has brought out the ugly and the good in La Paz’s affected areas.Manuel Morales, a resident of the San Antonio neighborhood in eastern La Paz, has been collecting...

El Gato Negro

29 Dec, 2016 | Adriana Murillo

Image: Courtesy of Chicho SernaThe caretaker of civil societyHe is an ordinary guy who wears a hat and a black mask to express his critiques of the government and society. When he speaks, his words ar...