Strike a Pose – Oruro

Oruro seems to have a reputation for two things – folkloria and strikes. We have seen both here in our two rather long days with little to do except wait for the train to Uyuni.

When we turned up on Sunday, a Carnival was in full flow, undampened by the rain and impending thunderstorm. These parades seem to happen rather often in South America on Sundays, but as this one was made up of schoolkids and collegeboys, it was probably the liveliest and most colourful we´ve witnessed yet. Bands, costumes (some like giant Ewoks), masks, handheld fireworks, shuffling dances through the rain, quite a bit of singing and even home-made flame throwers.

Monday was sunnier, but not for some of the workers of Oruro, who staged yet another march down the same streets, but with less folkloria tradition, and more a tradition of workers’ protest. More bangers, and more loudhailers.

Luckily, the Saltenia sellers were not on strike. We have become quite fond of these fresh little pasties, with a sweet pastry and a very tasty filling of chicken or ‘meat’. Served with a fresh chilli on the side and costing about 45p, they are certainly a culinary highlight in Bolivia.

But of course, the marching was not over. By the time it was dark it was naturally time to bring out the tow´’s youngest children for a bit of a parade. We had no idea what it was all about. Apart from the Saltenias and posing on the streets, we’re finding it hard to gauge what makes Orurans tick at all.

2 Comments to “Strike a Pose – Oruro”

  • Now those pasties remind me of the Spanish empanadas I make except yours are mas grande.

  • Thats what I call food,looks better than grubs! Enjoyed the colourful photos. Happy Birthday Helen for Thursday