Whenever I return to Bolivia, the first thing that I do is see what´s new. Construction is booming. It appears that on every block in the city center, a new apartment building is on its way up. For starters, fewer individuals want to live in a house, even though it offers more space, a garden and more privacy. The security of an apartment building is too much to pass up, since crime continues to rise in Cochabamba.
Apart from these new dwellings, the biggest news is opening of the new Cine Center movie complex. With ten screens, it may leave the newest theater, Cine Norte, located a good distance away from the city center, soon of out of business. However, they are trying new things such as host the Latin American Film Festival, which runs for ten days. The bad thing is that they fail to release the schedule so that we know what plays when.
It´s incredibly windy these days and I incorrectly assumed that the cold of winter had passed. Walking at night is very pleasant and one of the things that I love about Cochabamba is that you are bound to run into someone you know along the city sidewalks. “When did you arrive?” is a question that I will get many times over the next three weeks. For some, due to the frequency of my returns, may incorrectly assume that I had never left.