Our resident land surveyor and all-around bon vivant is in Bolivia and sent these photos and commentary:
Peeps and places around Cochabamba Bolivia while we consider further investments in an exploding market.
[Ed note: I had to look up Cochabamba on a map and I’ve posted a Google map screen shot at the bottom for anyone else who wonders where exactly Earth Image is, or even where Bolivia is!]
From Wikipedia: Cochabamba
Cochabamba is one of the main hubs for cocaine dealers in South America. In June 2012 the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo gained access to intelligence reports that showed that cocaine cartels were the economic force behind condominiums and real estate as well as industries such as meat processing.
- Cochabamba is also mentioned in the documentary The Corporation, about their fight against privatisation of water by a foreign-owned company. The people protested against this and won. The privatisation had gone to such an extent that even rain water was not allowed to be collected. Read Cochabamba protests of 2000.
- Cochabamba has been confirmed to be the seat of a future South American Parliament when it is formed by UNASUR. UNASUR has yet to determine what the composition of the Parliament will be, but existing treaties all agree it will meet in Cochabamba.
- Cochabamba was the first place rugby union in Bolivia was formally established.
- Cochabamba was featured as a location in the story in the 1983 film, Scarface. Powerful drug lord Alejandro Sosa resided there, governed large coca plantations and owned cocaine labs where upon further refining, would be shipped to Tony Montana in Florida.
- Cochabamba is the setting of the 2010 movie También la lluvia (Even the rain), which takes place during the water war of 2000. It depicts a team making a movie about the colonization of Latin America, when the protests against privatization arise. The star is Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, and the film has received good criticism.
- Cochabamba is also the site of several major spam operators, as confirmed by the watchdog group Spamhaus.
High rise construction Bolivia style, one bag of cement at a time.
Terracotta brick with plaster veneer. Conduits are snaked through voids in the brick, or just smashed into place and plastered over.
A kind of coke that really refreshes!
EI sent along a YT video of Cochabamba but for some reason this morning WordPress isn’t allowing me to drop it inside the thread to play – says it’s not a supported format. I’ve saved it from his email and will try again later to see if it works.
For the geography challenged among us:
Safe travels Earth Image. I want to know:
1. How do you GET to Cochabamba? Fly to La Paz and take a three mule team coach to Cochabamba?
2. How hot is it???
3. Do you have to be concerned about the quality of the drinking water?
4. Are you in any earthquake region?
5. Is there a regional dialect of Spanish spoken unique to Bolivia, and even more unique to Cochabamba?
Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Keep us in the loop.
PS: The Jeff Dunham concert last night was so incredibly fabulous I’m STILL laughing. I got to Mohegan Sun early enough to play a few slot machines and won $85.00, enough to buy one hot dog and a Pepsi!
Happy Saturday one and all.
ADDITIONAL EI photo, in just now.