BOLIVIA: La Paz Time

For the easygoing citizens of La Paz (pop. 350,000), time has never been of the essence. Like Latinos everywhere, they are determinedly late for dinners and parties, but they also have their own private jibe at punctuality: in all of thin-aired La Paz there is no dependable timepiece. The city (almost due south of Bar Harbor, Me.) has only two public clocks: one, on the Banco Mercantil, seldom runs; the other, on the Congress Building, keeps time erratically because it has been shot up so often in Bolivia's revolutions. Radio programs often begin & end according to the announcer's...

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