Sep 02, 2007
Sep 01, 2008
ok, so yesterday Alex and me got to Potosi, it was a 6-hour bus ride from Uyuni through the mountains, the views were amazing! however a crazy driver, an old bus and an unpaved and very narrow road made me really scared, happily iīm still alive!!!! we got to Potosi around 4pm, checked-in at a very nice hostel called Koala Den, finally i took a really hot shower!!! then off for dinner and a small walk around the city, it was a Monday night but it was so lively, all the streets were full of people till 9-10pm, i guess thatīs the Latin thing to stay out instead of sitting at home, finally we ended up for a drink with a Dutch guy who we just met in a very hip bar called 4060 (Potosi lies on 4060m and is the worldīs highest city!), today morning i was signed up for a trip to one of the cooperative mines, Potosi by the end of the 18th century was the largest and the wealthiest city in Latin America with its street paved with silver!!!!! however now, like the rest of the country, itīs very poor, the miners work crazy hours for 3000 bolivianos a month (350-400$), which is still a lot as the average salary, for a driver for example, is 500-600 bolivianos a month (70 USD), during the trip we went 60 meters underground to see the miners working, we brought some presents for them from the market, like soft drinks or coca leaves, we also bought a dynamite (2USD) to blow it up.... in the afternoon Alex and me took a 2hour shared taxi to Sucre....