We had an interesting week this week because of some protests headed by university students who want a bigger campus. It´s apparently quite common here that if a group of people wants something from the government, they block the freeway to Santa Cruz until they get what they want. Sometimes, if that doesn´t work, they block every single road in the whole town. This week the students from the government-run university in Yacuiba decided to do this to solicit more funding from the government to expand their university. With the help of a few local taxi companies, they were able to block basically every road in Yacuiba, including the entrances to the bus terminal, the airport, and crucial trade routes to Argentina and Santa Cruz. Motorcycle, bicicle and pedestrian trafic continued, but due to the taxis parked in the middle of the intersections, the car traffic couldn´t do anything. It was this way Tuesday, Wednesday, and half of Thursday until they were able to come to an agreement with the government. While this probably sounds like an unstable, dangerous situation, it´s apparently fairly common here and those that could continue working by walking or going in motorcycle or bike continued working normally while the others enjoyed a small vacation from work. We kept on walking as normal.
To those who could not see the 183rd General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, it was awesome and I invite you to watch it at www.lds.org