Latrines, latrines and more latrines!

AltiplanoI just got back from the last field visit of my stay in Bolivia. We (myself, a bolivian consultant, and two other Canadians) went to the municipality of Uncia, which is 5-6 hours by car from La Paz, in the altiplano region of Bolivia. It is at an elevation of about 3,600m which is slightly higher than where I live in La Paz. We went to visit 5 communities and see their latrines. It was quite and interesting trip…

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2007-12-04 15:31

Civil Unrest … Again

For the second time this year, we are experiencing some civil unrest in Bolivia (don’t worry mom, again it’s not in La Paz!). In January, about a week or two after I first arrived, there were some major protests in Cochabamba, surrounding the autonomy of that Department, and a few people died in the week-long confrontation. Now, three weeks before I leave this country, we are again experiencing major demonstrations. This time they are taking place in Sucre. And unfortunately, there have so far been three deaths.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2007-11-28 22:09

Latinosan – Cali, Colombia

Hacienda el ParaisoI just returned from my 4th South American country – Colombia! I was there attending Latinosan 2007, the Latin American Sanitation Conference, in Cali. There were about 800 participants from 40 different countries from all over the world, all talking about sanitation and hygiene promotion. It was a really interesting conference and I also managed to see some of the sights and have some fun!

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Posted in colombia | travel Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2007-11-20 21:22

Evo Pueblo

There is a new movie out in theatres in Bolivia. It is called Evo Pueblo, and is the life story of the current President of the country, Evo Morales. I find it very interesting that there is a movie out and that he is still currently in power! Most movies about people come out after the person has at least left office, if not died. However, this is Bolivia and they do things differently here.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-11-04 10:29

A Trip to Canada and Back Again

Fall Colours in GatineauI’ve been back in La Paz for almost a week now since I returned from my trip home. I thought it was about time I wrote about the trip! I was at home from Oct 1st to Oct 13th, and it went by way too fast. It was really good to be home and catch up with friends and family, not to mention spending a lot of time with Dave.

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Posted in Dave | travel Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2007-10-20 20:12

A Visit from my Parents

My parents have been in La Paz for the last few days. They arrived in the city last Wednesday, after having traveled with a tour group from Lima through Cusco and Puno to La Paz. I’ve been able to show them around the city and spend quite a bit of time with them. It’s been nice to have them around!

Thursday they were with their tour group for a city tour, so I went to work and met them in the evening for dinner with them and their tour group. We then gathered their things (they had been staying at a hotel with the group) and came down to Zona Sur, to the house.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-09-30 18:44

Maybe it's Superman!

Last Saturday I went on a bit of a hike with some friends, just outside of the city in the Valle de las Animas. The valley is full of ridges that look like the badlands in Alberta. The scenery is incredible – deep crevices and jagged hillsides. We walked for about an hour along a dirt road, through a tiny village, until we got hungry. Then we followed a ridge until we got to a spot that was conducive to a picnic.

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Posted in bolivia Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2007-09-20 21:30

Salar de Uyuni Pictures

Salar de UyuniI have managed to acquire photos from my trip to Salar de Uyuni a few weeks ago. Take a look!

















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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2007-09-09 16:53

Chojasivi – The Newest Tourist Destination in Bolivia

Sailboats on the lake Chojasivi is a town on the shores of Lake Titicaca, about 2 hours from La Paz. A friend of mine is volunteering for the NGO which is working there to try to make the town a tourist destination. I spent this past weekend there as one of the first groups of tourists to visit the town. It was a really interesting experience, and I learned a few things: 1) it is possible to travel 75km for under $1, 2) it is difficult to take pictures while riding on a donkey and 3) I am not very good at traditional Bolivian dancing!

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2007-09-03 22:41

Salar de Uyuni

Ever since I have arrived in Bolivia, whenever speaking to Bolivians about what things I should see while I’m here, Salar de Uyuni inevitably comes up. I can now say I have been there! Salar de Uyuni is a large salt flat in southwestern Bolivia, about 10 hours south of La Paz. It has been formed by the evaporation of a salt water lake and it really is incredible to see. Unfortunately, my camera decided to malfunction on me at the start of this little trip, so I will have to get pictures from the others who were there. I will post some when I get a chance.

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Posted in bolivia | travel Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2007-08-30 18:21

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