Category Archives: History

Easily Confused (57) Coup in Brazil

1889, that was a coup when the military toppled the Brazilian emperor Pedro II and forced him into exile. 1964, that was a coup which lead to 20 years of military dictatorship. 2016, that is, contrary to some angry rhetoric and calls of “coup” … Continue reading

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What is the SS Marching Band doing in Bolivia?

On average, you are awoken by marching bands in Bolivia twice per week and at least once per week you will be prevented from falling asleep at night by a marching band and fireworks. I generally like this, and it’s much better … Continue reading

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Lady Liberty in Bolivia

Not only New York has a Statue of Liberty. So does Potosí in Bolivia. This one is no replica of the famous sister, but an original creation in its own right. Yet sisters they are, for they have the same … Continue reading

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Why I don’t make friends on LinkedIn

People send me a friend request on LinkedIn; I give them a history lesson.

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Where can you still find Postcards?

To add an element of crowdfunding to this blog, I promised a postcard from South America to every contributor. Only when the first donations came in, I realized how hard it has become in 2016 to find postcards. Only 10 … Continue reading

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Easily Confused (56) Republican debates

How Republican debates used to be: How Republican debates look now: Even I, as someone who is very interested in politics, have stopped watching these debates. There is nothing new to be learned from them, there is nothing of substance. … Continue reading

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German history follows me all the way to Bolivia

A few days ago in Santa Cruz in eastern Bolivia: The Orient Express on which I had come from San José de Chiquitos even further in the east of the country was delayed by an hour, so I had to hurry to get to the airport to catch … Continue reading

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