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... that bad. Working conditions are still really bad and you only earn what you find, so some miners will do a double shift. Now the film documentary was shot in 2004 and followed a 14 year old boy who had to work in the mines in order to provide for his mother, brother and sister since their father died when he was 2. It was sad seeing how much they struggle and wish to have a better life away from the mines. I'm not sure how much has changed since then but from what I gather they get ...
... The driver is a nice chap who wants to practice his English and along the way he passes me a book, an encyclopaedia of about cock fighting around South America. Suddenly the trussed up chicken in the back makes sense. It is a breeding bird used for fighting! The drive takes us along the plains out of the city through a number of villages on a dead straight, wide metalled road for most of the way but interspersed with pieces of dirt track and sleeping policemen, just to keep ...
... highest of the entire trip, and we were both sleeping at over 4000 metres for the first time. We had most of the next day to explore the town before heading lower down to Sucre, Bolivia's constitutional capital.
We both found that Potosi's tragic history starkly contrasted with its beautiful colonial centre; strolling its pretty streets it was hard to believe that hundreds of thousands of slaves had come here to work and die in its mines. In the 16th century, Cerro ...