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Issue of October 2014

Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness: if you’ve ever been unfortunate to experience it, you’ll certainly know about it. For those who are lucky enough to escape it, altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is the termgiven to symptoms such as (but not limited to) headaches, loss of appetite, sickness, and dizziness. Often described as similar to a bad hangover but without the drinking, altitude sickness is highly unpleasant, and in extreme cases can even be fatal. But why does it happen?
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Issue of August 2014

Putting Things into Perspective: The Popular Photos of the Bolivian Salt Flats
The Salar de Uyuni is one of Bolivia’s most popular tourist destinations, and understandably so. It boasts incredible landscapes, charming salt hotels, and breathtaking scenery… and most importantly for some, the opportunity to create those oh so impressive perspective photos.
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Issue of July 2014

Centro Certificatore Dante Alighieri Cochabamba
In Cochabamba, new steps in education from a variety of different organizations are helping Bolivians learn new languages, culture, and skills for them to flourish in the job market, especially in times of economic recession.
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Issue of June 2014

Law 057: A Law for an Animal, a Law for All
Heloise Texier examines the new law proposed to help prevent animal cruelty and considers how it will benefit more than just the animals of Bolivia…
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Issue of May 2014

When Bolivia sends a message in a bottle
Every March 23rd Bolivia celebrates “El día del mar” – “The day of the sea”. This event commemorates the loss of access to the sea during the War of the Pacific between 1879 and 1884. For more than 100 years, the Bolivian people have tried to develop their country – without an advantage of a coastline. Today, President Evo Morales wants to get back the region that was lost to Chile to help the country improve its economic status. On April 24th, 2013, the President made a request to the International Court of Justice in The Hague to negotiate an access to the sea. This, of course, raises some questions.
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Issue of April 2014

Carnival - More than Parades, Parties, and (loads of) People
One of the most surprising things that I learned while preparing this article is that not everyone approves of Carnival. Two girls from the juice store around the corner, both in their twenties, explained to me their aversion towards Carnival. One of them said, “Carnival is simply a Pagan festival in honor of the devil, it affects people from all social clases. Of course I do not celebrate any of his (the devil’s) parties, it is his strategy for bringing down every child of God. I consider Carnival as a national holiday, not as a party. No part of it pleases me since I know Jesus.”
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Issue of March 2014

Abandoned Coca Factories and Worried Englishmen
Article 384 of the Bolivian Constitution rejects the notion that coca is a narcotic; instead, it proudly establishes and recognizes the leaf as an integral cornerstone of Bolivia culture and historical heritage. Chewing the leaf, a practice commonly known as akulliku, is generally done to suppress hunger, to combat the effects of altitude sickness, and is also a vital ingredient in various medical remedies and infusions such as “mate de coca.”
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Issue of February 2014

Bolivia’s Tropical Fruits: a New Gastronomical Experience for Foreigners
The variety of (tropical) fruits in Bolivia is overwhelming. My host mom made so many delicious fresh fruit juices and homemade marmalades that I started to pay attention and became enthusiastic about all these weird unknown fruits. Of course, Bolivian fruit includes many of the common fruits found elsewhere but for foreigners there are lots of unusual, exotic fruits that they have never seen before.
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Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness: if you’ve ever been unfortunate to experience it, you’ll certainly know about it. For those who are lucky enough to escape it, altitude sickness, also known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), is the termgiven to symptoms such as (but not limited to) headaches, loss of appetite, sickness, and dizziness.
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