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Making Adobes in El Alto
  Making Adobes in El Alto, 1995
Just in front of his El Alto residence, Julio (Alvaro's next-door neighbor), makes adobe brick with his nephew. Consisting of mud and straw, these bricks are the principal building material for homes in the Andes. After the mold is removed, the bricks sit and harden in the strong Andean sun for 3 to 4 days. Because of their relative ease to make, low cost, remarkable strength and excellent insulation, adobes continue to be the standard construction material in the city. Julio makes adobes for both himself and to sell to others, as the homes of many residents in El Alto are always in some state of construction.
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