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... copper, zinc amongst others. The only nice thing about the job seems to be that all the visiting tourists give you presents, such as coca leaves and dynamite. It has been estimated that the mines will run dry in about 7 years. But 'luckily' there's another mineral rich mountain 25km from Potosi which could be mined after. Provided the government drains the surrounding area ...
... which gave us panoramic views of the whole city. Lorraine, Kathleen, Vanessa and I then went to a little cafe in the plaza for coffee before heading back to the hotel to meet the others for dinner. The next day we visited the silver mine. Our tour guide took us to the miners market where we bought juice, coca leaves and dynamite for the miners. We then got kitted out with overalls, hats and torches and headed into the mine. We met ...
... jobs and get the lowest share of the money. After proving yourself, you become equal with the others and get an equal share. You could then go on to start your own cooperative. There is no such thing as a monthly wage for the miners. On average, they make 5,000 Bolivianos (£500) per month. However some weeks they could make 20,000 Bolivianos per week, or go three months with no income. When they start and finish work is up to them, with most starting around 8 or 9 ...
... to watch a bunch of men working their ***** off, in terrible conditions (only livable if you chew coco leaves all day) like they were animals at the zoo. Instead for us it was a crazy local bus back to the "station" that very nearly crashed at least 3 times in the 40 minutes we were on it and onto Uyuni.
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... to get the ball rolling so I decided to buy two laxatives hoping they would do the trick. When buying them I thought the pharmacist had said to take 2 tablets at the one time so I threw them into me and went off for a stroll with Gilly. We walked around the Potosi market for two hours and although most of the street vendors were selling the usual paraphanellia (DVD's, tea towels, shoes) I managed to buy one of those ...