Monday, July 21st, 2003 – Day 153

Monday, July 21st, 2003 – Day 153

Everyday is like a Sunday” – in La Paz anyway. Its another National Holiday and EVERYTHING is closed from banks, shops to NET cafes. There is nobody on the streets except MORE school pupils marching. These lot are military kids with shaved heads. I never saw so many skinheads in my life. Watched the going ons for a while (what else could I do) and went for breakfast in the market. Nice.

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La Paz – Bolivia – Skinhead Parade (21-07-2003)

I walked to the Plaza Murillo. On one side of the plaza, you’ll find the neoclassical cathedral, which took 152 years to build (1835-1987). The towers are the newest part–they were constructed for the arrival of the Pope.

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La Paz – Bolivia – Cathedral (21-07-2003)

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La Paz – Bolivia – Parade at Murillo Square (21-07-2003)

I then walked to Calle Jalle which houses four museums including the Museo Instrumentos Musicales de Bolivia. Some nice colonial mansions here on a beautiful street, but nothing that special. You can see many of these type of streets in Cusco etc. The museums are also pretty small and uninteresting. Spent a while here (its a 20 minute uphill walk to get there) before heading back down to look for a NET cafe with XP and a CD-rewriter. This has been my scourge over the past few days. Nobody has anything but Windows 98 or ME. I cant find a place to download my pictures onto disk.

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La Paz – Bolivia – Calle Jalle Street (21-07-2003)

I collected my three custom made fleeces at 8.00pm. The cost was 125 b (14.80 EURO). These are great value. You pick whatever colour you want (they are double sided, zipped for dual use), the design – everything. They have them ready in 3/4 days. For 5 Euro a fleece you can not go wrong. I was very happy with them. You can find three of these shops on Calle Sagarnaga. I looked all over the city and could not find them anyplace else. They also make pants, tops, shirts, leather jackets etc for the same great prices. Its a Israeli tradition and they usually order a dozen or more each and send them home beacuse of the good value.

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La Paz – Bolivia – Police watch (21-07-2003)

One Reply to “Monday, July 21st, 2003 – Day 153”

  1. Ahhh yeah, they are not skinheads…haha. That would be funny though. Anyways, males in Bolivia who are 18-19 years old (and usually are in their last year of High School), are required to do some “military service” for at least one or two months. So when they enter the military, they have to shave their heads.
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    In the Yungas (maybe you have been there), many ex members of the Nazi party live in the area. I remember that I visted the Yungas and saw the Nazi flag in a house. It was pretty strange.

    Bolivia is kind of a mess politically and economically, I have to stay, but it’s still an amazing country. So much to explore! A great place to visit is the Madidi National Park.

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