FIESTA DEL GRAN PODER, LA PAZ, BOLIVIA

La Fiesta de Jesús del Gran Poder is an annual religious celebration in the streets of La Paz, Bolivia.  I joined in the celebrations on May 29 2010, which coincided with the last day of my third decade.  The festival brings an explosion of colour, dance and music to the city and the party goes... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICA CLASSICS

Amidst thousands and thousands of photos that I have taken between Patagonia in the South and Chihuahua in the north, from the Pacific coast to the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sea, there are certain shots that stand out to me - my favourites.  There can be no doubting that the region is extremely photogenic.  There... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: L-Z

Here's the second instalment of my brief Latin American food guide - this time L-Z.  It has been a bit more challenging to come up with a food for every letter here and I allowed myself some liberty.  I've enjoyed compiling the guide, I hope you enjoy reading.  Lechón: It's hard to beat roast pork,... Continue Reading →

ODE TO THE LATIN AMERICAN STREET DOG

Sans shame, you copulate under shop awnings, in parks, down alleys then trot off for post-coital taco scraps on Mexico City corners Slumbering in sunny plazas you dream while fleas run amok across your fur and screw into your rabid flesh I saw you snarl White of your eyes and unknown intentions in the streets... Continue Reading →

BOLIVIAN SIMIAN SCENE

Wandering the streets of the small town of Rurrenabaque in Bolivia I spotted this scene.  I grabbed my camera to capture the juxtaposition; woman and monkey, back to back.  As the shutter clicked she sensed my presence and swiveled her head over her left shoulder.  I got the second shot and a few nice minutes... Continue Reading →

THE HUMBLE COCA LEAF

‘La hoja de coca no es droga’ – The coca leaf is not a drug.    Emblazoned on t-shirts in Bolivian markets.   As the poppy is to heroin, the grape to wine, or hops and barley to beer so is the correlation between the coca leaf and cocaine. This article will focus on this... Continue Reading →

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