Surprise! Our Ezine has Been Totally Revamped! Meet our new Ezine Editor too!

Happy April Everyone! We’ve got some very special news! As of this month, BoliviaBella officially has a new Bella News E-zine Editor. Alison Donald is from the U.K. and currently lives in Santa Cruz. She’s graciously volunteered to dedicate her time to making our free monthly newsletter better than ever for you. She’ll be writing interesting travel articles and a monthly editorial. In addition, we’ve made some changes to our format. Beginning this month, you’ll be seeing some regular features including: a monthly interview, recipes, restaurant reviews, and special featured pages! I’m very excited about this because I know you’ll be getting different and interesting points of view from someone who can see Bolivia from a fresh perspective and you’ll have many different features to look forward to each month.

As this is her first month as editor, rather than the editorial you’ll be seeing in upcoming issues, I’d like to invite you to meet Alison!

April Featured Article: Samaipata!

I was returning to Samaipata under a different guise – that of a local taking a short break, rather than as a backpacker doing a dot-to-dot through Bolivia. I went to escape the heat and noise of Santa Cruz and in search of a space to stretch my legs and a beef-free diet. Read more…

Readers: what are some of your favorite tourist attractions in Bolivia? Share your Bolivia travel story here.

April Interview: Natalie Blackburn, Volunteer at Inti Wara Yassi Animal Refuge!

Last year I volunteered at Inti Wara Yassi (IWY) Parque Machia. Their purpose is to rehabilitate or permanently care for mistreated or abused animals and educate the Bolivian public about environmentalism. I wanted to help abused animals and give them some light and love in their lives. I also wanted to meet interesting and inspiring people. Read more…

Readers: have you ever volunteered your time in Bolivia? Share your most touching volunteer moments here.

April Restaurant Review: Fridolin on Monseñor Rivero

I selected a table outside to people-watch on Monseñor Rivero whilst I waited for my companion. I didn’t have to wait long to be presented with a menu, the standard “good morning, how are you?” (Usted, polite form) and... wait for it... a smile. A real one. Read more…

Readers: Who serves the best or worst food in Bolivia? Add your own Bolivian restaurant review here.

April Bolivian Recipe: Tio Miguel’s Guiso de Carne!

This should come out somewhere between a soup and a stew and of course there are multiple variations of this recipe. I've seen recipes with oregano or laurel. This is one I've learned from my boyfriend, who learned it from his uncle. The quantities and proportions are not greatly important however the pans are! Unless cooking for a lot of people you will probably need Read more…

Readers: Did you know you can add your favorite Bolivian recipes to our website no matter where you live? Share your favorite recipes in English here - Comparta sus favoritas recetas bolivianas en español aquí.

April Bolivia Travel Safety Tip!

Tourists are easy targets for pickpockets in Bolivia and criminals are becoming bolder and more cunning, using some very creative ways to separate you from your money. Here are some of the ways you could lose your money in Bolivia: Read more…

Readers: if you’ve traveled Bolivia we’d like to hear how you stayed safe while traveling, or any other suggestions and recommendations you have about traveling Bolivia. Share your helpful Bolivia travel tips here.

April Upcoming Events, Holidays and Festivities!

April 12 Dia del Niño – Children’s Day

April 22 Dia de la Tierra or Earth Day

April 22-26 Easter or Pascua, also known as Holy Week, or Semana Santa.

More April Festivals and April 12 Special Occasions.

Click here to see announcements of Events in Bolivia you won’t want to miss in English or our list of Eventos en Bolivia en español. You can also add your own event announcements – free – on either of these pages.

April Special Kids Feature: Get to know Bolivia’s 36 Native Cultures!

In Bolivia cultures are very diverse and although most foreigners tend to think of Bolivia as a predominantly Andean, Aymara or Quechua country, there are actually 36 indigenous cultures in our country, each with their own customs, and most with their own languages. Read more…

Readers: Bolivia for Kids is a special sections that enables kids, teens and teachers to find information on Bolivia easily, for school reports and classroom projects. It is the largest collection of information on Bolivia available specifically for students and teachers. Share Bolivia for Kids with your local school.

April Bolivia Trivia: Who was Bolivia’s first woman president?

You may be surprised to learn that Bolivia had a woman president over 30 years ago! Read about her here…

Readers: Do you know something about Bolivia that you think other may find unusual, interesting, or just plain surprising? Share your own Bolivia Trivia here.

April Travel Deals: Cheap flights this month only!


April Forum Feature: Living in Bolivia

April is tax month in some countries, such as the U.S. Are you aware that you have to file a tax return in the U.S. (if you’re a U.S. citizen, resident, or green card holder) even if you currently are living and working in Bolivia? There have been a lot of changes in the U.S. tax system this year. Are you confused about expat taxes? Get informed here…

Readers: Our Living in Bolivia forum is where expatriates in Bolivia (or those of you in the stages of planning a move to Bolivia) can post questions, comments or expat stories or help answer the questions other expats or potential expatriates are posting. I’ll be linking you each month to one specific thread in our forum; however, as this is the first time we’re featuring this, I’d like to invite you to first familiarize yourself with our Living in Bolivia Forum.

April Expat Meet: Sign up to get invited!

Through our BoliviaBella Expat Services division, we offer many services that are helpful to incoming expats in Santa Cruz. One of these is a monthly Expat Meet which we organize in Santa Cruz so you can meet other foreigners (from many countries) or make new friends. This is an especially great opportunity if you’ve just moved to Bolivia and don’t yet know many people. It’s family friendly, fun and we visit a different place each month. If you’d like to be included on our secure mailing list, click here and sign up to receive invitations.

Readers: In March our Expat Meet was a bit more informal than usual. As BoliviaBella helped organize Earth Hour in Santa Cruz we invited everyone to the main plaza to help us celebrate our Earth and spread an environment-friendly message. See our Earth Hour 2011 photos here.

April "Ask Bella"

One of our new Bella News E-zine features is our "Ask Bella" section. We get a lot of email and questions in our forums – more than we can handle sometimes - and we can’t answer them all personally. So we’re now giving you the opportunity to ask your questions on this special page. We’ll feature the response to one Reader question in each of our monthly newsletters. Have you got a nagging question about Bolivia that you just can’t find the answer to? Click here to Ask Bella!

April "Ask Chef Noly": Wacataya Wednesdays!

Chef Noly visits BoliviaBella and posts Bolivian recipes and interesting articles about Bolivian culture each month on Wacataya Wednesdays! It all began when a frustrated reader wrote in about his awful Bolivian cooking experience! Looking back, of course, it’s actually quite hilarious! Click here to see how Wacataya Wednesdays got started. Do you have questions about Bolivian food? Ask Chef Noly!

Others have found these pages helpful:

Bolivia Facts   Interesting Facts about Bolivia   Facts about Bolivia   Fun Facts About Bolivia

Bolivia Trivia   Bolivian Food   Bolivian Recipes   Bolivian Traditions

History of Bolivia   Bolivia Government   Bolivia Geography   Bolivian National Emblems

Bolivia Politics   Population of Bolivia   Famous People from Bolivia

Major Cities of Bolivia   Economy in Bolivia   Bolivian Sports   Bolivian Games   Climate in Bolivia

Bolivian Festivals and Holidays   Bolivian Myths and Legends   Education in Bolivia

Bolivia Current Events   Wildife in Bolivia   Bolivian Art and Artists

Bolivian Music   Bolivian Sports   Bolivian Clothing   Bolivia Religion   Pictures of Bolivia

Stay informed throughout the month

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