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Stephen Nagy: Blogs about Bolivia

I am a retired culinary manager with a couple of books to write. A few years ago I worked with some Bolivians and found them to be quite impressive on several levels and started looking into Bolivia's history and cities. I found Sucre to be the perfect setting for a writer as it is very tranquil.

In my many years in food service I have, of course, worked with people from all over the world not to mention the thousands upon thousands of face to face customers from Miami Florida to Seattle Washington. The last twenty years of my career I focused on balancing single parenthood and managing food service venues. I was fortunate to be the guest of Brazil for the purpose of doing mock interviews with university students wishing to partake in a cultural exchange and became interested in South American life styles.

After much research I decided to live in Sucre for at least two years if not permanently to write my books and to travel throughout the surrounding areas especially given the cost of living here. Sucre has a special feel to it due to mostly the people within, so beyond my two books yet to be written, I feel compelled to write of my impressions of this city and Bolivia from a very grounded viewpoint. And very hopefully will be able to write in Spanish as well. Growing up in Miami from the fifties on handed me a cultural infusion that I found more and more interesting as I grew to know so many and now to expand upon that knowledge. Coming to a new country alone has certainly given me the challenge I looked for and I hope to make others aware of the values I find in other cultures.



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LIFE AS AN EXPAT IN SUCRE, BOLIVIA


Carnival in Sucre, Bolivia 
It is time for Carnival in Sucre and I was expecting a weekend or so but it starts about three weeks before Lent and it is throughout all of Bolivia. …

VARROOMM !!!! Not rated yet
Now one thing I wasn't expecting was a rally car race through the city. Each year in May the cars gather at 25 de Mayo Plaza in the center of town and …

Workin' at the carwash...yeah! Not rated yet
Residents in Sucre have a pretty cool convenience when it comes to washing the car. Now, in the States one could run across some high school kids having …

Balconies Not rated yet
In Sucre, it seems there is not a building without a few balconies. Besides adding to the beauty of a building on the outside, it enhances the home from …

Bolivia's Dia de Niños - Kids Day Not rated yet
When I first walked around Sucre, I could not help but notice the children and how well they are attended to. Kids are everywhere, from babies to college …

Stones and Elbow Grease Not rated yet
Many years ago I did road construction for a sub contractor of Florida Power and Light in Miami. Here in Sucre sidewalks are being replaced and reconstructed. …

Give and be Given Not rated yet
Sucre is not a "give and take" world as much as most feel in life in general. I did two little things last week without having to think and certainly …

A la Roca... Not rated yet
One of the first things I noticed in Sucre is the amount of reconstruction that is going on and how it is done very carefully without much street blockage …

Micro Mercados in Sucre Not rated yet
On my street alone there are five or six of these little stores, reminiscent of the corner store when I was little. They have all of what a modern C-store …

The Garbage Truck Not rated yet
When I was young in Miami this same type of garbage truck would drive through the neighborhoods and commercial areas as well with guys on the back that …

The Doors of Sucre Not rated yet
During my first few days in Sucre I found myself standing in front of some of these ginormous doors, like the ones in the picture. Thick rich heavy ornate …

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