Salt to Sugar!!
Trip Start Dec 14, 2005
24Trip End Feb 08, 2006
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We are now in Sucre which was the former capital of Bolivia, & some say still is.
What a contrast to the desert & salt plains that we have just been thru to get here, from 4x4 to tar roads......with plenty of rock slides on them!!
Sucre is a much sweeter place to be.
Almost the complete opposit of the rest of Bolivia & where there is a little more money.
A very colonial Spanish feel to the place with white walls & arches all over the place.
The new Bolivian President, Morales, has just been installed into the leadership of the country & will be here this afternoon to meet the people, talk about some political changes since we have been here!
Morales is the first native leader of any South American country, so very significant!!
We also have visited the silver mines in Potosi which was an eye opener.
When you think you are having a bad day you should think of these guys.
Working in unlit, dark, cold conditions of 100 Bolivianos (8 Bols to the US dollar) for a bag of rocks that weight more than a big sack of rice.
Very hard work & most dont get past 40 yrs old.
We were able to buy some stuff for them & the stuff I mean is TNT.
Yes I was able to buy explosives legally here & pass onto the miners.
Amazing to see but glad I dont have to live in the town where the average life expectancy is the 3rd lowest in South America.
It was also at 4070 metres so claims to be the highest city in the world, alot of that in Bolivia!!
Altitude sickness no longer a problem as we have adjusted to it now so no more headaches, just a little short of breath every now & then.
All is going well & we are heading to La Paz tomorrow which is the highest capital in the world.
Hope all are good.
Bye for now.
Keith & Sharon