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Today I have been relaxing at home on a public holiday that is celebrated throughout Latin America: Dia de la Raza. Originally called Columbus Day, in memory of the day when he first landed on American soil (12th October 1492, on the island of Guanahani, since 'renamed' to San Salvador, and situated in the Carribean, in what is now The Bahamas), it wasn't really rocket science to work out that people like Lorenzo don't necessarily look on Columbus as a popular hero.

Lorenzo rowed me around a corner of Lago Titicaca telling me about El Presidente Evo Morales - first indigenous president of Bolivia. He was eloquent on the way his own status in his country has changed since the first election of Evo. The tie is a potent symbol in Bolivia representing a strong cultural divide between Indigenos and Hispanicos (Evo Morales is careful about when and where he puts a tie around his neck) and Lorenzo told me a long story about the first time in his life he had been addressed as "seor" by a tie-wearer, which only occured in the last five years.

So, Lorenzo, Feliz Dia de la Raza. Respect.

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