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Plasticized souls and liquified brains
2019...Coup d'État...or not...
During the end of October and the all month of November, the polarized country, divided
between Evo Morales supporters and the rest of the population, with opposition supporters
heading the movement, get to the streets. Then, it gets as a strange movie: everybody against everybody. Police go to mutiny and finally, the Army calm down everything to ensure a transition government while Morales flies away from the country.
Welcome to Saltydise...
Some stairs made of salt blocks, in the middle of nowhere and leading nowhere ... everyone poses for the photo. Then, they get down to make room for the next group. With cities like Tokyo, counting as 6,224.66 people living per square kilometer, Japanese tourists who come to see the Uyuni salt flat in Bolivia have something to feel off the planet with. Luxury hotels, specially cared food, once facing the indiscernible horizon, they are left in zero gravity. Then, your guide will bring you back to earth to entertain yourself to take photos in forced perspective, this strange local fashion phenomenon, a tourist "must see" and "must done".
Like sandcastles thrown into the air, the promises and dust kicked up again, then disappeared. They had been rampaging through the highlands, biting the clouds and spitting smoke, flames, and coal. These horses of pure fine steel stopped finally overthrown by an invisible wall: that one of progress broken promises...
This town has been an important transportation hub for trains in South America since the end of the 19th century. Plans to expand and build an even bigger network of trains out of there in the 19th century were halted by the collapse of the mining industry in the 1940s. Many of those trains were imported from Britain and abandoned outside Uyuni. A big part of metal pieces have been robbed because there’s no fence or guards surrounding the place, while salt winds of near salt flat have corroded all the remains.
Being integrated into the troops, embedded, is a very recent form of recovery by war correspondents. It can go back to 499-449 BC, during the wars between Greece and Persia, with Herodotus, historian present on "the ground", becoming one of the fathers of journalism, and in this case journalism in conflict situations armed.
In the 21st century, in 2003, 775 reporters and photographers were brought in by the US Army as integrants, during the invasion of Iraq...and so on...
May 2016 - La Paz, Bolivia - From oblivion to ashes: Forgotten dead bodies reduction in La Paz cementery
2004-2005 When Cholitas Wrestling just emerges in Bolivia: Firstly invented to help old classical wrestling shows, with no money, no press, no strangers. Cholitas wrestling begins his ascension with some two or three women putting everything in the spectacles, for their little public, mostly low class people and their childrens...Then, everything changed...get lost...
Bolivian Gas rush
A lady sitting on her empty bottle, one of the many that blocks the avenue near the railway station, wonders if, as the politicians say, gas is a blessing ... Well, in this daily yellow waltz, this reality in which there are no millionaire sums but scarce food to cook, are the colorful metal tins that carry the dance ...
Woden Pirate Leg
Manufacture and repair center of prosthetics by the disabled.
They know perfectly the advantages and disadvantages of each material used and the need to adapt each imported or locally manufactured product to the conditions of La Paz. In Bolivia, many times, due to the materials used and the little importance that aesthetics have, since the member is generally hidden, it can be thought that the wooden leg of the old pirate movies was not entirely forgot ... But well, for many, "as long as I can walk", the essential is already done ...