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CultureShock! Bolivia

Book Description

CultureShock! Bolivia provides readers with a thorough understanding of this South American country, a nation steeped in history, culture, and tradition. Containing pages of useful information, advice, tips and resources, this book will guide you through the social and psychic adjustment necessary when moving to Bolivia. Learn, first and foremost, how to deal with soroche (altitude sickness), then understand the importance to the Bolivians of Pachamama (Mother Earth) and how she influences festivals and joyous occasions. Discover how to interact with the many diverse cultures, from Kallawayas to Cholas and Cholos to Aymara and Quechua, to name a few. Adapt to the Bolivian concept of time, understand the Bolivian love affair with soccer, and adopt the light-hearted response needed with water balloons at fiestas. This guide will lead nature lovers through the paved trails used by Incas over 2,000 years ago. Whatever your needs or interest, CultureShock! Bolivia has the answer and you'll soon learn not to take a single breath for granted in this diverse and spectacular country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Bolivia
  9. Chapter 1 First Impressions
  10. Chapter 2 Overview of Land and History
    1. Setting
    2. Regions: the World in Microcosm
    3. Temperature Zones: Keeping it Simple
    4. Che Guevara
    5. Altitude and the Brazilian Football Team
    6. Finding Your Level
    7. Human Plants
    8. What Goes Down Must Come Up
    9. Travel Advisory
    10. Exotic Gas
    11. Wilderness Challengers
    12. Coca and Other Conflicts
    13. Foreign Relations and Bolivian Law
    14. Economic Realities
    15. Class Struggle a la Boliviana
    16. The Political Landscape
    17. The Chronology of Transformation
    18. Culture and Tourism
  11. Chapter 3 The Bolivian People
    1. Characters
    2. The Celebrity Industry
    3. Stereotypes and Rivalries
  12. Chapter 4 The Social Setting
    1. Evolution in First Gear
  13. Chapter 5 Settling In
    1. Immigration and Customs
    2. Health
    3. Currency and Money
    4. Consumer Goods
    5. Hotels
    6. Transportation
    7. Clothing
    8. The Postal System
    9. Telecommunications
    10. Housing
    11. Children
    12. Dogs in the ’Hood
    13. Crime Time
    14. Interiors
  14. Chapter 6 The Food of Bolivia
    1. Food
    2. Drinking and Socialising
  15. Chapter 7 Enjoying Bolivia
    1. Festivals
    2. Getting Involved
    3. La Paz: The Great Hole
    4. From Highland to Jungle: Alternative Cities
    5. High Valley Cities
    6. Lowland Cities
    7. Bolivia Plays Hard to Get
    8. Tours for People who Don’t Like Tours
  16. Chapter 8 Learning the Language
    1. Spanish Language
    2. Language and Titles
    3. The Business of Language
  17. Chapter 9 Working in Bolivia
    1. Business As Not Usual
    2. The Art of Waiting
    3. Who Do You Know?
    4. Cultivating Contacts
    5. Practical Business/Social Tips
    6. Titles
    7. Business Climate: Exports
    8. The Curse of Oil
    9. The Raw Reality of Raw Materials
    10. Business Climate: Internal Economy
  18. Chapter 10 Fast facts About Bolivia
    1. Famous People
    2. Acronyms
    3. Country Statistics: Superlative Fact Sheet
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Author
  25. Index