Social issues

Taking a Trip

29 Jun, 2015 | Kinjo Kiema

Ayahuasca and Spiritual Tourism Flourish in BoliviaTripAdvisor ranks an Ayahuasca ceremony as one of the top ten things to do in La Paz. So it’s not surprising to learn that many people come to Bolivi...

Don Teo

28 May, 2015 | Sharoll Fernandez

PHOTO: ALEXANDRA MELEAN A.Don Teo has worked for the URME clilnic before it even was an actual clinic. He was first hired to take care of the building while the last construction details were being ma...

La Playa en la Selva

28 May, 2015 | Phoebe Roth

PHOTO: FINN JUBAKThe Playa Turquesa website shows a slim, bikini-clad blonde lady, reclining on white sand with clear water and sailingboats in the background—what looks like a fancy Mediterranean pac...

Born in Bolivia

28 May, 2015 | Emily Gray

PHOTO: NICK SOMERSThe topic of adoption in Bolivia holds a special place in the lives of two former BX interns: Catey and Christof. Both of them were adopted as infants from Bolivian orphanages and ra...

Mennonite Community

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMONS, THIS IS NATAHANIEL, TREY RATCLIFFReligion is a topic that has often graced the pages of the Bolivian Express, be it from examining the country's dwindling Jewish population to...

Familia Galán

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

PHOTO: K-OS GALÁNWith the twirling skirts of the Kulluwada dancers, the booming backdrop of constant live music and the mile-long water fights along El Prado, Carnival in La Paz is always a vibrant af...

Bolivia and Barbie

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

Klaus Barbie, a man who described himself as a ‘superman’ for being a member of the SS during the height of the Nazi occupation of France, was also described as a ‘savage’ by one of his torture victim...

Drunk and Wishing for Death

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

ILLUSTRATION: OSCAR ZALLESEl cementerio de elefantes is a graveyard in Africa filled with the corpses and bones of elephants who go to die there when they know their life is about to end. ‘Elephant gr...

Dia de los Perros

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

PHOTO: VALERIA WILDEDía de los Perros is celebrated on August 16—the feast day of St. Roque, the 14th-century Majorcan patron saint of dogs, who was nursed back to health by a canine whilst suffering...

Years in Prison

28 May, 2015 | Eliza Wood

PHOTO: IVAN RODRIGUEZ PETKOVICOver the past five years, a string of gutsy interns from Bolivian Express has ventured inside some of Bolivia's most notorious prisons. In 2011, Matthew Grace, an editor...

Labour Day: May the 1st

28 May, 2015 | Adriana Murillo

ILLUSTRATION: FREEPIK.COMIn Bolivia, the origins of unionism lie in the revolution of 1952, a moment in time that was a determining factor consolidating the start of the representation of the working...

GIRL HERO

27 Apr, 2015 | Alexandra Meléan A.

Bolivian volunteers join a global social action movement for girls’ education. Education is a universal human right, yet obstacles like poverty, sexual exploitation, child labor, cultural paradigms an...

UNRESOLVED CURIOSITIES

27 Apr, 2015 | Adriana Murillo

Transforming what is simple, and searching for that which doesn’t want to be forgotten. Where does a story begin? In a workshop on narrative literature taught by the writer Adolfo Cárdenas in 2012,...

THE CANINE CLASSROOM

27 Apr, 2015 | Emily Cashen

Meet Bolivia's four-pawed police force The command rings out around a modest training centre in Obrajes and four police officers hastily stand to attention. Beside them, with their two front paws rais...

BACK TO THEIR ROOTS

27 Apr, 2015 | Jenny Dinwoodie

Bolivia's first indigenous university takes a step outside of the classroom, but just how far? Imagine the serene expanse of Lake Titicaca rippling just metres away. Its distant shores are distinguis...