Bolivia was recently listed as one of the top 11 most dangerous destinations for foreign tourists, joining Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. According to this Los Tiempos story, Bolivia is considered to be unsafe because of the continued conflict between the government and the opposition groups. This certainly is overreacting, since tourists are not targeted or… Continue reading Bolivia a Dangerous Tourist Destination?
I’ve been working on the first ever Voces Bolivianas summit to take place in Cochabamba on January 30 – February 1. Our website is up and we’re in the process of finalizing all of the details. The event is called “Web 2.0 for EVERYONE” and it was created by a really talented web designer here… Continue reading Voces Bolivianas Summit in Cochabamba
Carnaval is about five weeks away, but all throughout the city of Cochabamba, teens and university students are gearing up with the annual water balloon tradition. It also takes place in other cities in Bolivia. Groups of young people buy water balloons from enterprising vendors and use them for target practice. Young men only usually… Continue reading Water Balloons Really Irk Some
December 28 marks Bolivia and much of Latin America’s version of April Fools Day (Día de los Inocentes). Newspapers from around the country try to show how cute that they can be by planting fake stories on their print and online versions. An example of a good joke was the sports story in Los Tiempos… Continue reading April Fools Day in December
Looks like the Bolivian government is getting into the “truth” business by creating the first state-run newspaper. According to ABI (the state’s information department), Evo Morales said: “Por primera el Estado tendrá su propio periódico y que difundirá cada día la verdad mediante los medios de comunicación”, señaló el Jefe de Estado.. “For the first… Continue reading Truthiness in the Media
From Rising Voices Application Deadline: January 18, 2009 Rising Voices, the outreach arm of Global Voices, is now accepting project proposals for microgrant funding of up to $5,000 for new media outreach projects. Ideal applicants will present innovative and detailed proposals to teach citizen media techniques to communities that are poorly positioned to discover and… Continue reading Rising Voices Microgrant Funds – Deadline January 18, 2009
Snapped this picture (through a dirty windshield) of new offices of the new Bolivian state airline Boliviana de Aviación (BOA), which is set to take-off soon. Their central headquarters will be in Cochabamba, and will seemingly put LAB to rest permanently. From Wikipedia: The government says that it aims to “democratize air transport in Bolivia”… Continue reading Boliviana de Aviación in Cochabamba