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A Right to a Coast! (?)

I knew there was a reason to feel a bit suspicious towards Chile (quite independently from own personal experiences): That country is greedy! Nearly 5000 kilometers of coast line weren’t enough, it just had to take away Bolivia’s meagre 500 kilometers as well, thus making it into a landlocked country, with all the negative effects on trade, export and tourists in search of a beach holiday. 912 more words

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Ein Recht auf Küste! (?)

Ich wusste doch, dass es einen Grund für mich gibt, Chile ein wenig misstrauisch gegenüberzustehen (ganz unabhängig von persönlichen Erlebnissen): Das Land ist einfach gierig! Fast 5000 Kilometer Küste waren nicht genug, es musste dem armen Bolivien auch noch seine mickrigen 400 Kilometer wegnehmen und es dadurch zu einem vom Meer abgeschlossenen Land machen, mit allen negativen Folgen für Handel, Export und Touristen auf der Suche nach Strandurlaub. 912 more words

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Potosi (Bolivia) - 'The Devil's Miner'

This will not be one of the most light-hearted stops on your trip but it is an astonishing eye-opener into some of the conditions in which some people work in this part of the world. 289 more words

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受詛咒的銀山 | The mountain that eats men

一個滿山銀礦的地方是個福地吧? 還要是史上銀礦藏量最高的地方, 生於這裡就算不錦衣玉食也至少生活無憂吧? 但自從西班牙殖民者來到玻利維亞發現Potosi 這個滿山銀礦的地方時, 這個福地卻只為這裡的原住民帶來無窮無盡的剝削和勞役。三百年來, 因採礦而亡的原住民及大量輸入的非洲黑奴據估計由二百萬至八百萬不等! 直到今天, 雖然殖民世紀已過了二百年, 但人們並沒有因這個Cerro Rico “富貴山”過上過好日子。礦工們的工作環境仍然非常惡劣, 除了安全保護設施不足, 又因長期吸入礦洞中的有毒氣體, 導致很多礦工活不到四十歲便死於肺病。還有低廉的薪酬和童工問題, 在礦洞內工作6小時, 一般只能賺取到大約7至21美元的微薄工資, 有時還會遇上拖糧欠薪等問題; 而現在還有大約800名兒童礦工在這裡工作, 部分礦工由11,2歲開始便要過其黑暗的礦場歲月。

原本是想參加這裡的礦洞團, 無知的我以為這裡的礦場早已關閉, 所謂的礦工只是做個樣子給遊客拍照。到後才得知礦工們是貨真價實在辛勞工作, 這裡的礦場遊並不是遊樂場。礦工們除了要冒生命危險, 犧牲健康, 刻苦工作外, 還要三不五時應酬我們這班來自富庶地區的遊客, 給我們拍照出賣色相。雖說旅行社會把部分旅遊收益回饋礦工們, 但最終會回饋多少甚或有沒有回饋亦難以核實。思前想後, 我最終都放棄了這個礦場遊. 153 more words

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Potosi, Bolivia: 20-23 February 2015

Potosi

20 February 2015

The Salar tour jeep leaves us in Uyuni. Everyone wanders in different directions – some people stay in Uyuni, others grab buses for La Paz. 2,193 more words

Travel

Carnaval Act II: Oruro-Tarija-La Paz

After Oruro, the roadtrip.

Oruro to Potosí (Saturday)

Making it from Oruro to Tarija in the one evening was wishful thinking. We get halfway, pulling into Potosi, a little before midnight. 649 more words

Culture

When the Madness was personal.

It is March, which means the end of winter and arrival of spring, baseball training camps in full swing, and millions of Americans are bewitched by the sound of a round ball swishing through a net. 3,807 more words