The White City, the streets of Sucre II

One of the pleasures of living in a town like Sucre is to be able to stroll around, camera in hand, and snap random daily happenings, interesting architecture, street art and odd street life.

The city is starting to spring back to life after the university holidays, and currently the streets are filled with students who have been sitting their entrance exams for university places. Unfortunately, there are nearly three times as many prospective students than there are places.

This coming together of young people also coincides with the run-up to carneval. Thanks to the water bomb throwing antics that accompany carneval the streets are a dangerous place for a gringo – any foreigner is seen as a prime target for a soaking, whether from water balloons or from high-powered water guns, sales of which have gone through the roof. Drive-by water bombings are a regular occurrence, the car speeding off before the victim(s) can react or gather their wits. As I walked around yesterday I was lucky to escape without a drenching.

Stall selling water guns for Carneval, Sucre, Bolivia

Stall selling water guns for Carneval, Sucre, Bolivia

Food, Sucre, Bolivia

Food, Sucre, Bolivia

Bootleg DVDs for sale, Sucre, Bolivia

Bootleg DVDs for sale, Sucre, Bolivia

Street signs, Sucre, Bolivia

Street signs, Sucre, Bolivia

Book seller on the street, Sucre, Bolivia

Book seller on the street, Sucre, Bolivia

Doorway, Sucre, Bolivia

Doorway, Sucre, Bolivia

Mannequin with heart, Sucre, Bolivia

Mannequin with heart, Sucre, Bolivia

Political street art, Sucre, Bolivia

Political street art, Sucre, Bolivia

Cars for hire, Parque Bolivar, Sucre, Bolivia

Cars for hire, Parque Bolivar, Sucre, Bolivia

Cuba Libre advert, Sucre, Bolivia

Cuba Libre advert, Sucre, Bolivia

Motorbike art, heaven and hell, Sucre, Bolivia

Motorbike art, heaven and hell, Sucre, Bolivia

Window with plants, Sucre, Bolivia

Window with plants, Sucre, Bolivia

Fantasy artwork on a garage door, Sucre, Bolivia

Fantasy artwork on a garage door, Sucre, Bolivia

Street light, Sucre, Bolivia

Street light, Sucre, Bolivia

Doorway, Sucre Bolivia

Doorway, Sucre Bolivia

Young girl sits on lion, Plaza 25 de Mayo, Sucre, Bolivia

Young girl sits on lion, Plaza 25 de Mayo, Sucre, Bolivia

Political street art mimicking the famous painting of Potosi's Cerro Rico, Sucre, Bolivia

Political street art mimicking the famous painting of Potosi’s Cerro Rico, Sucre, Bolivia

Detail of a church door, Sucre, Bolivia

Detail of a church door, Sucre, Bolivia

Pig and trash, outskirts of Sucre, Bolivia

Pig and trash, outskirts of Sucre, Bolivia

Pacena advert, Sucre, Bolivia

Pacena advert, Sucre, Bolivia

8 thoughts on “The White City, the streets of Sucre II

    • I love street art, it tells a lot about a country. The first of the two reads “work is not slavery, it is dignity and hope, for life”, and the image is of a poor campesino woman who lives and works in the countryside where life is extremely hard and the poverty very real. The second one is a representation of a painting of the Cerro Rico, the mountain famous for the amount of silver the Spanish mined out of it in the most barbaric of conditions – over eight million people died in the mines under a form of slavery imposed by the Spanish on the indigenous peoples of the Andes.

  1. The bad thing about living in Santa Cruz is not being able to stroll around with your camera in hand, unless you want someone else to have it. 🙂 And another bad thing – here they go crazy with not only throwing water, but paint bombs too. Not fun.

    • Very funny, but probably more than just a grain of truth! Sucre is very ‘polite’ compared to many cities. So far its just water here – its not much fun being hit by a water bomb from a speeding car, but still a lot better than paint.

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