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Gasoline prices in Bolivia

Last Sunday the government of President Evo Morales suddenly announced that the fuel prices (gasoline and diesel) would increase with immediate effect. Until then, the fuel was subsidised because of the low wages in Bolivia. This meant that in many border areas fuel was being smuggled into neighboring countries (even on donkeys and llamas) because the prices there are much higher. The argument of the government was that in this way they subsidize the other countries for an amount of $150,000 per year (of the total subsidy of $380,000) – in itself a valid argument. And moreover they need the additional revenues. The prices of gas were not increased. Read more…

Birthday party in summer

On december 22 we had my birthday party with a barbequeue in restaurant ‘Los Jardines’ (The Gardens) in Cochabamba. This is the same restaurant where we had the MEMI Christmas dinner a week before. It was the first time that I had my birthday in the summer. I have made a photo page of the event.

First we had the plan to have a barbequeue in our own garden, but at this time of year there is a fair chance of rain, and we would have to setup a tent or roof, which we found too much of a hassle. Later in the evening it really started to rain. Most guests had already left, but some were still present.

Christmas dinner MEMI

Cena_MEMI MEMI, the institute in the university where I am working, every year has a Christmas dinner. This time it was in the restaurant ‘Los Jardines’ (The Gardens). It’s actually a garden a part of which is covered  so you can sit dry when it rains. But you’re still outside. I have a page with pictures. A week later I also had my birthday party at the same site.

Danzas in Cochabamba

Saturday, November 6, 2010 there was a big flokloric dance festival in Cochabamba with a great number of student dance groups from various universities. It lasted almost the whole day, but we watched it from about 12:00 to 17:00. I made a series of photos and some movies. The movies still have to be joined together and edited.

The Chaco War

Chaco WarYesterday we went to an exhibition in Cochabamba about the Chaco war. This war lasted from 1932-1935 and was the largest and bloodiest war of the twentieth century in South America. Read more…

Tango

Last Friday night we went to a tango night at the mARTadero. The mARTadero is an old slaughterhouse (matadero) which is no longer used as such but is used now for all kinds of ART forms. Regularly there are music performances, lectures, workshops on photography and web design, theater, etc. Read more…

Talent Night

Tonight we went to a  ‘talent night’ in our church (Palabra de Fe). This was the second time such a night was organized. The first one we have not seen, so we were very curious what would be done. Read more…

Water in Cochabamba and Bolivia

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This post is my contribution for Blog Action Day 2010 (October 15, 2010), a day in which many people around the world blog about the same subject. The subject this year is water. As I already wanted to write something about the water(supply) in Cochabamba this is an excellent opportunity to do it now. Read more…

Ebooks in South America

My wife and I are staying in Bolivia for a year, in the city of Cochabamba. In order not to have to drag along suitcases full of books we both have an ereader. But for the rest the theme of ‘ebooks’ is something that isn’t alive here in Bolivia. On the Mobileread forum I have seen someone from Bolivia and a couple of people from Argentina but that’s it about. But last Saturday I was surprised to read an article about ebooks in one of the local newspapers. Read more…

DRM frustration stories

DRM (Digital Rights Management or Digital Restrictions Management) is a system to restrict the use of digital media (DVD’s, music, ebooks etc.), usually using encryption technology. This is mainly used by publishers of these media to prevent unauthorized copying and printing of these media. Its purpose is to restrict usage of the media to those people that legally obtained them and to restrict the usage to those actions that the publisher allows and sometimes to a set time period, e.g. when it is borrowed from a library. That looks like an acceptable purpose; however, there are several circumstances when things go wrong and the stuff can no longer be used by the person that legally acquired it. In this post I will collect links to reported cases of these kind of problems. Originally published on Jan 9, 2010. Latest update: Aug. 21, 2010. Read more…