Archives mensuelles : December 2009

Smile of the 94th day : Tarata’s family

“We are with Doña María Luisa, Abel and Teofilo with whom we learned our first Quechua words, we do not know who took it hardest to pronounce the other’s language, but it was fun for everyone!”

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Smile of the 93rd day : Francesca

“Francesca prepared us a good “street” meal, stuffed potatoes with salad (washed with water), not recommended for tourists in general!”

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Smile of the 92nd day : “Mrs Weaving”

“The woman told us the meaning of each design on Bolivian tissues. Wavy lines or pointed, each design has a story! “

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Smile of the 91st day : Jean-Marie

 Jean-Marie handles the export of quinoa to Europe and all related to its cultivators”

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Smile of the 90th day : “the miners”

“Potosi is the largest mine in Bolivia. Thousands of miners, including 800 children, are still working six days a week, from 7 am, in the dark, with a heat of 35 Celsius degrees, dust, noise, and with little oxygen…To support those  poor working conditions, they chew coca leaves in overdose. At the entrance of each [...]

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Smile of the 89th day : Father Eloi

“Father Eloi is Chilean but lives in Bolivia at Potosi. In exchange for a meal each afternoon, the children of his community must go to school. A good compromise for their parents! “

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Smile of the 88th day : Maxima

Like many Bolivians, Maxima is shy and is afraid her spirit will get out of her when she her eyes are photographed. She enjoyed explaining to us the culture of her country and wanted to know what it was like in France. It was a great cultural exchange! “

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Smile of the 87th day : Mélanie, Sarah, Quentin and Cyril

When we had to cross Bolivia, we decided to do some sightseeing together. Sarah, Melanie and Quentin are seasonal travelers and like to do tourism. For its part, Cyril has come for a few months to Tarata as a volunteer in a music school. We exchanged books, travel stories and discovered Shamanism for Lilie!

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Smile of the 86th day : Odysseey 2009

“On the Salar de Uyuni we met a French couple who call themselves “Odysseey 2009 “, which have been on the road travelling through South America for a few months, courage!”

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Smile of the 85th day : Gabriela

Gabriela is a lawyer for social services of Uyuni, but she’s in charge most of all about documentation problems.  With other members of the Catholic community in Uyuni, we watched video clips of the most famous bands of the 80s … an evening full of laughs! “

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