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Daily Life in La Paz

The best place to get a feel for daily life in La Paz is to walk her chaotic, often serpentine streets and see it all for yourself. As the sun rises, the streets are relatively quiet save for the growing hum of the cars, vans and buses that transport people around. By nine o’clock, the streets begin to come alive as the street vendors open up the doors of their little green stalls, bringing a burst of riotous color to the scene. Children in uniforms walk to school while men and women move swiftly to get to work. Others pass their time lounging on the stoops of a building or on a bench in the park.

I found the best way to get a taste of daily life in La Paz was to capture as many different aspects of it as possible on film. I have already posted my street photography photos on street art, women, markets and vendors. Now it is time to take a look at how people express themselves in their daily lives.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Singing on the streets to earn a dime.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Eating breakfast outdoors before opening her stall for the day.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Relaxing in front of God’s house.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Begging for money outside a church.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Selling cold juice drinks along the street.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Taking a break from work to get a shoe shine.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Gossipping with friends on a park bench.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Walking the colorful streets of La Paz

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Catching the bus in the crazy traffic of central La Paz.

Waiting in the queue to catch a ride in a mini bus.

Waiting in the queue to catch a ride in a mini bus.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Trying to cross the narrow streets without getting run over by a bus.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Admiring one of La Paz’ colorful, over-crowded buses.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Passing time chatting with friends.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Simply taking a break.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Having lunch at one of the many small cafes.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Enjoying the burst of unexpected color at any moment.

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

 

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

Street photography La Paz Bolivia

As you can see, there are so many ways to express yourself in life. Through music, art, friendship, love, work, color and passion. For me, I express myself through my photography and writing. I share what I see through my third eye. What do you enjoy expressing about yourself?

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself. To view more entries click here.

66 comments

  1. Amy

    As people express themselves through music, art, friendship, love, work, color and passion, we can understand their culture a little better. Beautiful post, Nicole. Thank you for touring us there.

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  5. Thanks for sharing your vibrant and colorful photos, Nicole, full of life. A different life from mine so good to travel along with you as I probably won’t make it there in person.

    • Yes indred true Debra. Life is hard work for
      most people in La Paz. Their government is pretty much a dictatorship and they are the poorest country in South America. It was interesting thiugh when I spoke about this with my Bolivian guide. He is about 52 and has worked hard abd is successful. He was very angry with my comment from the alonely Planet saying Bolivia is kne of the poorert countries in the western continent because although it may be true people like the farmers did have enough to eat. Bolivia was nothing like India and Africa in my eyes. I guess the message I hope to get across in my photos is the beauty of a place despite harships. One thing I have learned by traveling to poorer countries is how people can be at peace with so much less. It is such a huge lesson for us here in the US where so many people always want more. The latest TV or car yet they never are happy.

    • So glad Emily that you have enjoyed the pictures! I traveled so much in my 20s and 30s but didn’t have a digital camera then! I wish so bad I did and hope to someday go back and take all those photos I never got! Just think how many I’d have by now!!

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  7. Been following your blog and I really enjoy it. Thanks for all the beautiful photos. Have never been to South America but someday I will visit it.

  8. Excellent post. You could do one just on the variety of hats people are wearing! I love Isabel’s little store and the colorful buses! Those were common in Guatemala but I have never seen one in Mexico.

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