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La Paz Street Scene   Leave a comment

La Paz, Bolivia (08/17/19) — Image by kenne

“A man does what he must—in spite of personal consequences,
in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures—
and that is the basis of all human morality.”

— John F. Kennedy

Photographs Haunt Us   Leave a comment

La Paz, Bolivia (08/17/19) — Image by kenne

“Narratives can make us understand.
Photographs do something else: they haunt us.”

― Susan Sontag

La Paz Taxi   Leave a comment

BoliviaLa Paz Taxi — Image by kenne
Life & Death in La Paz

Taxi from El Alto spirals towards the clogged streets
A thousand metres down from hell to high-rise
Thanksgiving in America a daily struggle in Bolivia
Street lamp effigies signal certain death to thieves
Two bodies on road surrounded by yellow tape
Hombres sleep-like stillness an uncovered curiosity
This morning neither knew it would be their last
Fifty police listen to chief behind mahogany lectern
Death brings them 15 minutes of news-time fame
Cars and peasants pass by with unheeding speed
Is death the end or just another part of life in La Paz?

— Ian Beckett 

Bolivian Cholita Women   Leave a comment

BoliviaCholita Women In La Paz, Bolivia (08/19/19) — Image by kenne

City of the full moon & speckled dove, of breathlessness,
thin air spiked with smog & the clay-colored fingers
of La Cordillera Real cutting a serrated skyline
behind grey buildings. City of black-haired women,
stout cholas sharpening their eyes under
the curled brim of a bowler hat
tipped to one side, their shoulders swimming in shawls,
hips wobbling the hem of a bell skirt. City
of open-air markets where chilies spill from burlap sacks
wrapped around the vendors like colors in a palette
running from rust to buttercup yellow.

— from “Boarding an Overnight Bus – La Paz, Bolivia” by Marty Saunders

Illimani As Seen from La Paz   2 comments

BoliviaIllimani As Seen from La Paz, Bolivia (08/18/19)– Image by kenne

The Legend of the Illimani and Mururata

The Legend of the Illimani and Mururata,

a story of mountains in which,

takes place in the middle of the Andes,

in a country divided by mountains,

Bolivia.

 

The Legend goes as follows,

long ago,

there were four lords watching over the Andes.

 

Huayna Potosi, Lord of stone

Illampu, Lord of light

Mururata, Lord of air

and lastly,

Illimani, lord of water.

 

They were ruled by the main god,

Viracocha,

who favored Illimani the most.

 

Mururata envied that Illimani was favored,

so much so,

that he started a brawl between him and Illimani,

that went on for years,

until Illimani had won.

 

As punishment to Mururata,

for causing too much trouble,

he was beheaded,

and his peak,

was left in the Andean plains.

 

If you look up,

La Paz, Bolivia,

you will come to find a beautiful mountain,

watching over the city,

that is Illimani.

 

— Marcelo_lelo12

Posted August 6, 2020 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photography, Poetry

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La Paz Market Street   Leave a comment

BoliviaLa Paz Market Street — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Bodies pass through the world exchanging gifts
inscribing one another like a mutual tattoo
forcing them to see each other in mirrors and
be known in the sights of beasts and birds

. . . bodies are the center of remorse.

— Juan Carlos Orihuela (La Paz)

Return Flight To La Paz — Photo Essay   Leave a comment

Last Day On The River-33-72.jpgWe had a little time before going through airport security at the Rurrenabaque Airport.

BoliviaWe chose the shade tree outside, rather than waiting inside the terminal.

BoliviaOn the shuttle to the runway, Tom is entertaining the young women.

BoliviaWalking to the plane for our 30 minute flight over the Andes to La Paz.

BoliviaThe Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world.
Images by kenne

(Click Here To See More Photos.)

 

Posted September 18, 2019 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photographic Essay

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Back In La Paz   1 comment

La Casona Hotel-5-72.jpgLa Casona Hotel

Downtown La Paz-72.jpgDowntown La Paz

La Casona Hotel-3-72.jpgDowntown La Paz

BoliviaDowntown La Paz — Images by kenne

Back In La Paz

An early morning
Streets still damp from a shower
In downtown La Paz.

Our stay will be short
Quick trip to Titicaca
Before flying home.

— kenne

 

El Alto, Bolivia   Leave a comment

El Alto-2-72.jpgOur last full day in Bolivia would be going to Lake Titicaca,
so early on August 24th, we met Michael Maldonado, our Lake Titicaca guide.
The most direct route takes us through El Alto, on the Altiplano highlands.
El Alto is today one of Bolivia’s fastest-growing urban centers,
with a population of over 1,000,000.  Driving through the city, construction is everywhere.

El Alto.jpgMichael Maldonado On His Phone.

BoliviaCommon to the architecture, the first floor is designed for commercial use.

BoliviaMost of the buildings in El Alto did not exist a decade ago,
so they are not only new but reflect a modern Bolivian style.

BoliviaImages by kenne (Click Here To See More Photos.)

 

 

Rurrenabaque, Gateway to Madidi National Park   2 comments

Rurrenrabaque-IMG_4555-72.jpgRurrenabaque is Located On the Beni River in Northern Bolivia.

Rurrenabaque-72.jpgDeboarding the plane from La Paz to Rurrenabaque where we spent the night. 

Rurrenrabaque-IMG_4556-72.jpgOriginally we were scheduled on a morning flight allowing time for us to drive 60 miles into Madidi National Park to an indigenous community where we would start our river journey on the Tuichi River. The later fight caused the drive into Madidi to be delayed to the next day.

Rurrenrabaque-IMG_4557-72After deboarding, we were shuttled to the nearby terminal.

Rurrenrabaque-IMG_4558-72.jpgConstruction equipment and a billboard were signs a new much larger terminal was under construction.

Rurrenrabaque-IMG_4559-72Rurrenabaque Airport Terminal

 

BoliviaRurrenabaque Airport Terminal

Rurrenrabaque-3-72.jpgNearby cafe and restrooms is where a taxi was waiting to transport us to Rurrenabaque.

Posted September 5, 2019 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photography

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Madidi Jungle Walking Trees   Leave a comment

Walking Tree-72.jpgWalking Trees, Madidi National Park — Image by kenne

Like so much in the Amazon
Everything seems to be on the
Move as you move through it.

— kenne

Posted September 4, 2019 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photography

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Valley Of The Moon, La Paz, Bolivia   2 comments

Moon Valley-10-72.jpgTy Markey checks out the landscape at the Valley of the Moon (Chick Here for more Images)

Moon Valley, located 6+ miles from downtown of La Paz is where you will find impressive formations, composed mainly of clay were created by the persistent erosion of mountains and by the area’s strong winds and rains.

— kenne

Cholitas Wrestling   3 comments

BoliviaMatt McGrath with the Cholitas Wrestlers (Flying Cholitas) of El Alto (August 18, 2019) — Images by kenne

Most Cholita wrestlers are Aymara, an indigenous nation residing in the high plains of Andes Mountains. As an indigenous nation, they faced ethnic oppression from the Spanish, forced to perform menial tasks for the aristocrats. In metropolitan La Paz, many Aymara people live in El Alto near the international airport (El Alto International Airport). An impoverished and neglected community the Chola Aymara women began to demonstrate for better schools, health centers, and better security in their neighborhoods. It is this fighting spirit that has formed the essence of the Cholita Wrestling dramatization.

Like American professional wrestling, it’s all about entertainment designed to get the audience involved in the event. I have to say, Ty and Matt enjoyed the chilly night in El Alto more than Tom and me.

— kenne

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Pieces of La Paz   3 comments

La Paz Street Scene-9-art-72.jpgPieces of La Paz, Bolivia — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Pieces of La Paz
Found walking the market streets
Forever with me.

— kenne

Posted September 2, 2019 by kenneturner in Art, Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photo-Artistry, Poetry

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Street Wires Of La Paz   3 comments

BoliviaLa Paz Street Corner — Image by kenne

Having once worked for the telephone company in the 1960s, poles and wires tend to stand out in my line of vision in this city of many colors and contradictions. Streets lined with wires streaming from nests atop poles are not uncommon in old South American cities, a reflection of the congested streets of people and vehicles.

I learned that most of these wires no longer are being used. It seems that when replacing a line, it’s not taken down — to much trouble.

— kenne

Posted August 31, 2019 by kenneturner in Bolivia, Information, La Paz, Photography

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