La Whipala es la bandera de la nación Andina y de los Aymara .
Está formada por 49 espacios con los siete colores del arco iris , cada color tiene su significado , así como el hecho de que la bandera sea cuadrada , en vez de rectangular como son las banderas europeas y además tiene una simbología matemática relacionada con el calendario Andino
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The Whipala is the Andean nation and the Aymara's flag
It is formed with 49 spaces with the the seven rain bow colours , each colour has an special meaning , as the fact that the flag is square , instead of rectangular as the Europeans are and besides it has a mathematical symbology related with the Andean Calendar
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Don't be afraid if you see people running around with a black mask on. They are not about to rob a bank, they are shoe polishers.
Shoe polishers are seen in La Paz as a very low class, too avoid social stigma the shoe polishers wear masks so they won't be recognised.
As I told you about boats in my previous tip, the same is about houses.
They live in houses with a very singular design, the techinques and construction materials are the same from a thousand years ago, and they are very appropriated for this environment end the extreme temperature changes.
Fresh in summer under the burning sun of a thin atmosphere, and warm in winter because the low temp at more than 4.000 meters a.s.l..
Shapes, shadows and colors catch your mind, strange and beautiful.
The locals sails the Titikaka Lake with the same boats design and construction than a thousand years ago, and without any doubt that it works efficiently.
They haven't troubles about the materials sources or provider, because the nature is their only main source of "commodities". It style of life has another great advantage, the recycling processes, because all their parts are biodegradable.
As you can see in the pic beside, even the design is beautiful, when you see at them sailing on this boats you feel something very similar to the envy. they are free.
At this place people offer delicious ice cream to eat.
Most people come here mainly on weekends. certainly the ice creams are delicious. i don´t remember how to say in English...the name is "Canela".
En este lugar ofrecen deliciosos helados de Canela. La mayoria de la gente vienen los fines de semana...
I am very shy person to ask them a permission for picture taking, BUT, i belong to a militar family, so i know very well that the militar are normal and young people, and they are open to talk wiyh everybody, with a respect required, of course.
So, first talk to them, about the country and rules, and later ask a permission for picture
the group of soldiers and the guards use to change very martially before the sunset.
The military service in this young people countrys is mandatory, so you will see soldiers everywhere, speacially fridays
As many countries do. this is a way to show the other person how you love, how you feel...In this case is to show them how you sorry for that moment. As you can see in the pic the people who are on line (in black) are receiving the condolences for their death. Of course that is a terrible moment that no one would like to be....
Como en muchos paises lo hacen es una forma de expresar a una persona cuanto lo quieres, lo que sientes. Es este caso es para demostrar cuanto lo sientes. Como pueden ver en la foto las personas estan reciviendo las condolencias por su muerto. Por supuesto que es un terrible momento que a nadie le gustaria estar...
These cholitas and donkeys were along the highway in El Alto that goes to Tiwanaku. They sell fresh milk from the donkeys. I was told if you drink a small cup of warm donkey milk, you can cure many things. I did not try it. In fact, this is not a place in El Alto where you would want to stop unless you were a local.
When I first saw these drinks I shuddered to think what this thing in the glass was. After eating baby beef hearts on a stick in Peru, I actually thought this was some type of organ in it's broth! I was relieved to find that it was in fact a dried peach and the drink was quite tasty and cheap. Okay, I may have got diarrhea from it but that is not a verified fact and at least I tried it. ;=)
This interesting market features various objects of worship or having mystical powers. The most interesting was the llama foetus. These grotesque figures are sold to people wanting to "insure" that their newly built homes will have good luck. They bury them in the foundation and imagine them to be pricey for locals.
As noted on Bolivia page, be cautious about taking pictures, ask first. Even if you don't know the language. Just a gesture, a por favor and a smile, try it.
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You can find everywhere street shoeblacks. I took this picture at Plaza Murillo.
Puedes ver por todas partes lustrabotas callejeros. Saqué esta foto en Plaza Murillo.
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