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ISSUE:  064
DATE:  March 26, 2002
TITLE:  Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - La Paz Bolivia - Type II Diarrhea
TIP:  Type II Diarrhea:
LOCATION:  La Paz, Bolivia

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Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - La Paz Bolivia - Type II Diarrhea
Issue 64- Hobotraveler.com - March 26, 2002
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A Hobo trip around the world. Year 4

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LA PAZ , BOLIVIA

3500 Meters.
Cold at night and hot in the day.

In La Paz you need a jacket at night to
be comfortable, and can lay up on the sundeck of
my Alajamiento (Hostel) to sunbathe during the day.

Bolivia is quickly becoming one of the most popular
backpacker destinations in South America. Sadly it is
because they are slower to develop both economically
and in the tourist trade. Ecuador was very popular when
the Sucre their national currency took a nose dive a
couple of years ago on the world markets, and made
it an extremely cheap place to travel. They have changed
to the USA dollar and that has stabilized the country
and made the prices resume the post economic problem
era.

Peru is always a good choice, but they have become very
commercialized and started to gouge the tourist on regular
basis with some preconceived idea that the service they offer
are very special, although their tourist sites are special.

Argentina has lost its special status of times past, and is doing an
economic correction. After years of trying to be a European nation, and
not from South America and has failed to transfer from an agricultural
society to industrial nation. It is lagging behind in the
world of the developed countries. While its neighbor Brazil is
becoming the economic and industrial capital of South America.
This corrections of the value of money on the world market
has made Argentina become a great place to visit, and realistic
values of their wages and cost of products they sell on the world
market. They will now compete with all their neighbors and not
Europe, and they will find they are better equipped.
But with their mixed identity crisis they still are not a country
of choice to visit by the backpacker.

So Bolivia?

Great place to visit. 2.50 US dollars for my room.
The same chocolate bar I bought in Peru for 1/2 the cost.
Food is cheap. Rooms are cheap.
Bolivia is similar to Ecuador with its indigenous cultures.
There is the Andes mountains, and there is a feeder river of the
Amazon in the east, lot of government conflicts, and arguments.
Coca leaves, poverty, rich against poor, police that rob the tourist,
the proper amount of corruption.

An older gentleman in suit and tie stops me in the street.
“Hablas Castellano?”
Yes, I speak Spanish I say. Answering all his questions
as best I could in Spanish.
“De donde era?”
From the United States.
He begins to sing...
God Bless America the song.
Not just the first verse.
The whole thing.
Politely and cordially I listened. Exchanged
a few more words, and said goodbye.
Walking away I am not sure what to feel. In a place
like this...
Do the love me or hate me?

This is the perfect place for a backpacker....a.k.a. hobo

Bolivia is full of backpacker and there is plenty to talk about.
They are going to the local hamburger stand, and drinking
a Coca Cola and complaining about the globalization
of world economies.

Good fun!

PHOTOS OF LA PAZ BOLIVIA
http://www.hoboguide.com/064lapaz02.htm
http://www.hoboguide.com/064lapaz03.htm
http://www.hoboguide.com/064lapaz04.htm


La Vida Buena
Beso y Abrazos

Andy the hobo

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COCA LEAVES
TRADITION AND CULTURE

Tradition
1. The passing down of a culture from generation to
generation, especially orally.
2. a. A custom handed down. b. A set of such customs
viewed as a coherent precedent influencing the present

Culture
1. The behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all
other products of human work and thought, especially as
expressed in a particular community or period.
2. Intellectual and artistic activity and the works produced.
3. Development of the intellect through training or education.

I love to learn about the culture and traditions of people..
It fascinates me how people behave or misbehave, and all the
very good reason for their traditions and sometimes the excuses.

I am in La Paz, Bolivia and went to visit the Coca Museum.
A small and interesting place that chronologizes the plant
Coca. The Coca plant has become one of the world most
well known plants because of the widespread and popular use
of cocaine or crack. These are recreational drugs that people
use in various parts of the world for entertainment. Much like
the use of Heroin, Alcohol, Marijuana, Cigarettes, and Coffee.

COCA MUSEUM LINK
http://www.coca-museum.magicplace.com/

I love a good cup of coffee, and the pleasant stimulation the
caffeine gives me to start my day. Many people enjoy a beer
after a days work, and a cigarette. There is a tradition among
travelers to go up on the roof and smoke a marijuana joint, and discuss
the adventures of travel at their favorite hostel or hotel.
For the more adventurous they play around with smoking opium
and snorting cocaine. With the truly exotic level of recreations drugs
goes on to higher levels. Much like the English film people depicted
in the movie “Train Spotting”.

The Coca leaf has two status. To chew the leaves is like drinking
a cup of coffee. But if you process and derive the chemicals out
of the leaves then it becomes a full partner drug. A step below Heroin.

THE TWO CULTURES OF COCA

1. Chewing of coca leaves.
2. Using the chemicals derived of the leaves as a recreational drug..

The Lonely Planet Guidebook has published an irresponsible
and dangerous article about the coca and cocaine in Bolivia.
Causing many travelers to combine the traditions of chewing
coca leaves. With the drug culture use of processing in chemical
labs the coca leaves to process the drug cocaine. There are two
separate traditions. This combining of the two types of cultures is
a juicy rationalization that both traditions are good.

MONEY

A farmer in Bolivia does not care how or who uses the leave.
They have one desire. To earn money in the quickest and
easiest way possible.

A Crack or Cocaine smuggler, pusher has only one desire.
To earn money in the quickest and easiest way possible.

THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION

The profiteers of Europe came to South America
and raped and pillaged the lands. For the King, the Queen,
or the church. These were not nice people. They at best
were Pirates.

“Rape, Pillage, and Plunder”

This traditions of corruption is prevalent in most Central
and South American countries. A long history of corruption
and greed. passed down from generation to generation till
the present day. The problem with this tradition is not that
people despise the person that is corrupt. They are jealous
that the person above them is collecting all that easy money
and not them.

Well what can you say?
All traditions are not good.
I supposed some men would like to go back to the
time when women took care of us hand and foot.
But times change, and for the better.

There are two traditions of the Coca leaves in
Bolivia.

One OK.. Chewing the leaves.(More or less)
On Not OK.... Making cocaine

The culture of corruption will be killed by
the power of the press and the camera when the
children of the boss sees them on TV taking
a bribe.

MY PHOTOS OF COCA MUSEUM
http://www.hoboguide.com/064cocamuseum.htm

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~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIPS

TYPE II DIARRHEA

Blame the water.
Blame the cleaning of food.
Blame something.
Diarrhea,
“Montezuma’s Revenge.”
Find yourself going to the toilet 10 times a day.

Amebas, New Bacteria, Fruit Peels, or any bad sanitation
could be the problem, but before you blame this.
The problem may just be you are eating stupid.
People go to strange lands, and find there is a cheap supply
of exotic foods they like, or just party too much.
Especially people who live in cold climates, and go on that
vacations to tropical paradise.
Blaming the country for your bad eating habits, is not the answer.

THERE IS A VERY COMMON CAUSE OF DIARRHEA
or going to the toilet just too many times in a day.

I am not a doctor, but it is very easy to see that about
50 percent of the traveler did not drink bad water.
People are eating too much, or the wrong types of food.

WHEN YOU ARE ON VACATION
Before you go to the doctor, and worry yourself sick.

Ask yourself?
What did I eat yesterday?
Did you do one of the following?

FOODS THAT HAVE A FAST TRACK THROUGH THE BODY

Eat a whole coconut.
Eat only fruit all day.
Eat only nuts all day.
Only drink beer and not eat.
Only eat vegetables all day.
Eat only mangos.
Eat a pineapple whole.
Eat a diet of tomatoes and onions, peppers.
Eat only rice or spaghetti.
Eat only beans.
Drank only juices and not water.

IF YOU HAD ONLY ONE FOOD TYPE
Ever think about eating a balance diet?
Are you one of these people?
Does your daughter or son qualify?

HIGH RISK CANDIDATES
Is your son or daughter one of these people?
Does this remind you of yourself?
Think about it before they go on your dream vacation.

If you have never purchased food at a store in your life?
If you are vegetarian?
If for some reason you talking incessantly about the value of pasta
or rice.
If you have never cooked a meal for yourself in your life.
Suddenly had a food revelation, or a spiritual group has created
a parabolic shift in you way of life.
Always changing to the latest fad, or trend.

I HAVE MET PEOPLE WHO

Ate 5-10 mangos in a day.
Guatemala

Was afraid to drink the water, so they drank only fruit juices.
In the end was sick, because of the small volcano in their stomach.
Brazil

Vegetarians who thought bananas was the only food group.
Costa Rica

Thought bratwurst was a health food.
Germany

Chocolate sandwiches.
Belgium

Spent 4 weeks in a cult like group,
and changed their whole diet.
Colombia

Rice or Spaghetti only
Everywhere in the world

Did your diet changed from cooked to raw vegetables.?
Traveler can be like children
Kids will sit down and eat the whole bag of candy.
Gluttony at is best.

SIMPLE RULES OR GUIDELINES

1. More than 2 of anything is bad.
2. If you do not eat it at home, it could cause
problems when you travel.
3. There is more than one food group. Enjoy
them all.

Maybe it will help you to...
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE...
Be a Hobo, and leave your mark.

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As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

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