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... night! 'What is this sheet?' sounded much more like 'What is this ****?'. After waking up due to Sol snoring and then blowing her nose, it felt like 5am. It was infact midnight. We just couldn't stop laughing at all of the commotion. Sol telling herself that 'she does not have a cold and cold must go'! and jumping about in her sleeping bag liner. We had the giggles for a good half an hour with not much reason at all. We blamed the altitude! It sent us crazy for a ...
... games with the group.
The city of Potosi was next on the list and the final thing to do before leaving Bolivia for good. We had also skipped this city on the way through the first time and there is only really once reason to go there - the famous silver mines. Founded in 1545 by the Spanish to mine the wealth of silver in Cerro Rico it is estimated that over eight million people (most of them Indigenous or African slaves) have died in the mines to date with much of that number ...
... waded through puddles of water, scaled ladders used by miners to get to different levels of the mine and crawled (on hands and knees) through tunnels, barely large enough for a fully grown Western man. We saw miners drag trolleys (large metal troughs on wheels) along tracks filled with stone and debris. These troughs weighed 2 tonnes and they pull them for over two kilometres through the mine to the debris pit outside - and then go back into the ...
... up the road to the central market and had a wander round. It was huge and sold just about everything imaginable. We snaked our way through the narrowest of walkways between the stalls and eventually emerged outside. The market didn't stop there though, stalls were set up on every inch of the roadside on the streets around the main market.
Near the market is San Bernando Square and church. It was really busy but there seemed to be a medical student thing going ...
... where they like as long as someone else’s diggings aren’t
affected. When they extract the minerals they then pay for the transport and
then pay for the extraction of the minerals from the rock. The guide stated
that miners make at least enough from the mining to give them some food. The
miners have to buy their own equipment and clothing including buying their
dynamite and of course their coca leaves supplies. The tour operators are a
family of 3 brothers ...