Dear friends and family at home,
Time is passing by quite fast. As most of you already know, our time in South America is coming to an end. Bolivia was that special treat, experiencing the southamerican vibe before returning to civilized Chile.
From Samaipata we travelled a wonderfully scenic route to Sucre. Going to the movies to see Iron Man 3 in Spanish just a few days after it came out in the US theaters, eating local dishes in the Mercado central, meeting fellow travelers and enjoying the nice environment of tourist restaurants as Sucre is probably THE tourist city in Bolivia. Sucre was also the place where we were stuck for over a week while the nationwide demonstrations where going on.
Asking Bolivians what the strike was all about, we received almost as many answers as we asked different people: 1. Taxes: The Government wants us to pay taxes on everything we sell, that means we have to write a factura (receipt) for every little thing. We donâ€™t want that. 2. Teachersâ€™ pension: According to teachers they earned so little that they fought for 100% pension of their working income. In the local papers we read numbers that canâ€™t be right â€¦ It would be as if we were going to demonstrate for pension of 15 000 US$/month or so. 3. Minersâ€™ rights: Having seen a mine and its working class we do understand 100% that they fight for better working conditions, better wages, etc. (read on…)