Another contrast is that in Bolivian "cuisine" there are usually 2-3 starches served with the meat. In a land where there are abundant amounts of colourful fresh fruit and vegetables that are cheap, you will probably be served a monotone dish of meat, rice, potatoes, or yucca as your meal with very little green on the plate.
Also, in a land with a plenitude of cheap labor available, you will rarely get good (or fast) customer service.
There is also the irony of family. Here Family is HUGE. People will drop everything for their families. Family celebrations and get togethers trump any other social obligation. But the disintegrated family unit is indemic. There are many blended families; children born to one mother may live with 2nd or 3rd "husband". Or women that actively bring up other people's kids along with their own because of alcoholism or abuse. Many times the grandparents are stuck raising their grandkids because the parents are either working all the time or are in prison or are delinquents.
Also there is the tacit disapproval of Americans (by the Government) shown by the entrance tax of $130 US upon arrival as a visitor. Not only that, but McDonalds was shown the exit door about 5 years ago. Read why here This, when all across the country you see references to American pop culture- in the signs, TV, Bolivian rip-off reality shows, and Simpsons (in Spanish and one of the most popular shows in the country). Add to that the many thousands of people that try to move to the States each year as students or to start a new life.
I've also noticed a lot of racism here. When we had an intern live with us for a year who was very dark-skinned, I heard from her first-hand how badly she was treated by her co-workers in a children's home, by service people in public venues, by passersby on the street, etc. (Her parents originally were from Eritrea and had emigrated to Germany where she was raised). How could a country with over 37 official languages and even more unofficial languages be so unaccepting?
I'm constantly shaking my head at new revelations of how polarized this country and culture is. Having said that though, it is what makes Bolivia unique. It's simultaneously frustrating and helplessly lovable.