A few days in the highest city in the World!
Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
349Trip End May 14, 2009
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Anyhow, as we had an hour or two to kill before our bus to Potosi, we stayed in the hostel TV room and watched Fulham v Man Utd and most of the England thrashing Scotland games.
We then got a taxi to the bus terminal and jumped on our fairground bus to Potosi. We left around 1pm and this bus driver took us on the ride of death. He seemed to enjoy going at full speed.... down narrow, one vehicle wide roads.... around tight, blind corners.....on the edge of a cliff! Talk about warming the inside of my underpants - mind you, the smell was overpowered by the numerous varieties of farmyard animals that were also on the bus! An interesting journey to say the least!
We finally bounced our way into Potosi for about 4pm. We had already decided to book our bus for Tupiza whilst we were at the station. We knew there wasn't going to be too much to do here, so two nights was enough. We were going to do the silver mine tour, but with Lorna not feeling to good and my potential claustrophobia concerns, we had decided to give it a miss. Also, you wouldn't really want me f@rting down there either!!
After booking the bus for Monday morning, we grabbed a taxi to our hostel - Hostel La Casona. This was another old colonial building that was being renovated like the one in Sucre, although this one still had a long way to go!! It wasn't the greatest, but we managed to bag a deal on a double room, with shared bathroom....but it had a TV!!
I know we have watched a lot of TV recently (most since we were in Oz), but with Lorna not being well, it has really helped her take her mind off it when we have stopped in.
The hostel itself was only 100 yards from the main square, so we talk a walk into the town in the early evening. We went to a restaurant called La Torre de Pizza - The Tower of Pizza....can you see what they've done there?...Not bad by Bolivian standards I suppose!
As for the food, it was fantastic. Lorna struggled through a fettuccini bolognaise, but only because she couldn't eat it all...she said it was lovely. I had a calzone pizza and it was fabulous. Even though I was full up, I just had to keep eating every little bit.....I think I have turned into Lorna!!!
I also ordered a bottle of the local beer - Potosina - it came in a one litre bottle for just £1.50! Nice.