Urban living

SEEING THE CITY THROUGH A BALACLAVA

17 Jun, 2013 | Fliss Lloyd

Fliss Lloyd goes on a tour with Hormigón Armado to understand what the city looks like to a shoe shiner. Photo: Carlos Sanchez Navas It was an afternoon well spent when I decided to do  ...

MICHAEL JACKSON REBORN

17 Jun, 2013 | Sophia Howe

The King of Pop’s Spirit Lives On Photo: Ivan Rodriguez Petkovic The year 2009 was shadowed by the tragic death of Michael Jackson, but the legendary entertainer’s spirit was reborn in on...

FROM THE STREETS TO THE RADIO

17 Jun, 2013 | Sophia Howe

A Young Man’s Dancing Journey. Photo: Sophia Howe ‘I don’t only dance, I entertain’. Franz Rodrigo Chavez began his career singing on the micros of La Paz ten years ago. However, this was not...

THE MAN WITH THE CITY ON HIS BACK

15 Jun, 2013 | Wilmer Machaca

Aparapita is the name given to the hundreds men who carry huge loads for a living across the city’s main commercial arteries. Wilmer Machaca talks to two different generations of these personages to u...

THE CEMETERY SINGER

13 Jun, 2013 | Ryle Lagonsin

Fabián Luizaga’s repertoire consists of various kinds of boleros, huayños , Christian tunes and even waltzes. Among the most popular requests he receives are ‘El Llanto de Mi Madre’, ‘Mi Querido Vie...

Dawn Till Dusk At Mercado Rodriguez

15 May, 2013 | Ana Ryan Flinn

A Photo Essay Este gigantesco mercado, con reminiscencias de incendio, de sueño y de pesadilla, con tenebrosos contornos y con espesas humaredas, puede decirse que es único en su clase: no tie...

Out of the Closet, Into the Fire?

14 Mar, 2013 | Bolivian Express

Changes in Bolivian Laws signal some progress towards recognising sexual freedoms, though for gay rights to improve in practice, society must follow suit. Can culture hold the key for change?...

Artful Rebellion

14 Mar, 2013 | Connor Larson

Connor Larson explores how art is helping El Alto’s youths find personal growth. A volunteer, an MC, and the Minister of Cultures Pablo Groux help her understand how their cultural expressions can als...

Charmed

15 Feb, 2013 | Hayden Aldredge

In his quest to find love in La Paz, Hayden Aldredge discovers how love charms, amulets, and the occasional spell are just a part of the normal search for passion in Bolivia. Photo by Alejandro L...

Tainted Love - Private Investigators in La Paz

15 Feb, 2013 | Frans Robyns

From the outside it seems like a perfectly happy marriage. The husband makes a good living; he can provide for his family everything they could possibly want. They have two happy and healthy children...

Faces of El Alto Market

30 Jan, 2013 | Niall Flynn; Joel Balsam

If the end of the world arrives on December 21, as the Mayans predicted, two things will survive: cockroaches and the Feria de El Alto. Every Sunday and Thursday, thousands flock to one of South Ameri...

Grand Designs - Apocalyptic Architecture

30 Jan, 2013 | Joel Balsam

At the End of Days ‘It’s been a historical dilemma for Andean cities’, said Bolivian architect Mijael Bumuller. ‘An increase in demographics causes thousands to move to, and build on, the side of...

Enchulame La Maquina

10 Jan, 2013 | Theo Haynes

Pimp my Ride, Bolivia Neon lights more evocative of the Christmas season than high-performance motoring; oversized exhausts with noises so strange they suggest engine malfunction rather than power;...

Ho Ho Ho and a Pirate DVD

10 Jan, 2013 | Harriet Marsden

"Harriet Marsden takes us on a tour of some of the places and players in the pirate industry in Bolivia:- From a pavement in downtown La Paz alongside Eusebio, a street vendor ofpirate DVDs.- Through...

Señoras y Señores

10 Jan, 2013 | Niall Flynn

Derived from the Quechua word for owl, pajpaku is the term used in Bolivia to denote the innovative salespeople who operate in bustling city squares, inter-city buses and crowded market places. They r...