Social issues

PHOTOGRAPHY IN AN AGE OF VISUAL CONTAMINATION

24 Dec, 2014 | Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Cables, advertisements, meaningless graffiti; posters, billboards and political propaganda: these are only some of the things that mark our urban landscape in La Paz. Practically every wall or stree...

THE ERA OF DIGITAL DATING

25 Nov, 2014 | Vicky Roberts

Finding Love in the Palm of your Hand Swipe left, swipe right; left, right, left, left, right. Anyone who’s been looking for love in the past couple of years (and hasn’t been hiding under a rock)...

MEET ME AT THE MOTEL

25 Nov, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

MOTELS IN LA PAZ OFFER UP A SPACE OF SEXUAL FREEDOM AND SECRECY FOR YOUNG PACEÑOS Photo: Valeria Wilde The door opens up into a hidden cave of treasures. I walk through a rounded tunnel; the c...

Want to Speak Like a Paceño? ‘Yaaaa!’

25 Nov, 2014 | Vicky Roberts

Things you notice when you first arrive in La Paz: the mountains, the cholitas, the traffic… and then the resounding choruses of ‘Yaaaa’ exclaimed by the younger generation, a linguistic idiom that ha...

JAILONES

25 Nov, 2014 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

“Too many bottles of this wine we can't pronounce Too many bowls of that green, no lucky charms The maids come around too much Parents ain't around enough Too many joy rides in daddy's jag...

WHEN DO YOU STOP BEING YOUNG?

25 Nov, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

In all societies, age appears to be one of the principal defining attributes of activity and social image. Age and sex form the basis for social classification, coding and structuring in a demographic...

YOUNG BUT ADULT

25 Nov, 2014 | Adriana Murillo Argandona

Between light and shadow... Illustration: Oscar Zalles Sarita lives in Santa Cruz with her boyfriend. She gets up every morning to begin work at 6 am at a supermarket and works until 2 in the a...

COBWEBS IN THE SKY

22 Oct, 2014 | Rodrigo Barrenechea

“ Do the Evolution” Illustration: Oscar Zalles Suddenly I find myself once again flying over this city which is always so familiar from high above in an airplane, and realizing, to my surpri...

Rural Re-Visions

22 Oct, 2014 | Wilmer Machaca

To cast an eye upon the rural areas of Bolivia is to look back at the history of the country. You are looking at a Bolivia that, in its early years, depended on the peasant workforce, taking you back...

Energy and Natural Resources in Bolivia.

22 Oct, 2014 | Felipe Seoane

On hearing that this issue of the Bolivian Express focuses on “visions” of the future in Bolivia, many ideas passed through my mind – but it was natural resources that surfaced as the most defining fo...

Talking Trash

22 Oct, 2014 | Sophia Vahdati

As consumption increases with the growing population, will waste be lining the streets in 20 years time? Where will all the rubbish go? Trash, litter, rubbish, garbage, waste, refuse, junk, detritus...

Vehicles of change

22 Oct, 2014 | Stefano Hollis

Bolivian Express explores how La Paz's city government must adapt to cope with rocketing levels of car ownership Photo: Michael Dunn The streets of La Paz--especially during gridlocked...

The Rise of Bolivia’s Youth

22 Oct, 2014 | Stefano Hollis

As the country’s young population ages into the workforce, can the government provide employment and training? Strolling—or, rather, panting—up Avenida Montes from Plaza San Francisco towards the hi...

Guarani Crossroads

22 Oct, 2014 | Valeria Wilde

Photo : Valeria Wilde Elidet Ruth Mercado is a young woman with a lot to say. She loves to talk and explain her opinion, and from the look on her face and the tone of her voice you understand her...

Whiteout: The End of the Andean Glacier?

22 Oct, 2014 | Sara Shahriari

Glaciers aren't just important to penguins and polar bears. In fact, they contribute to the water you drink in parts of Bolivia today. Photo: Anders Backman, Redi Images Not far fr...