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Published: December 3rd 2016
We are only spending one day here in Potosi . It is the oldest city in Bolivia founded by the Spanish in order to develop the silver mines. Many of the group are at and in the mine today . Somehow being underground , even wearing pounds of safety equipment did not appeal to me at all . The very idea sets me into a claustrophobic panic. I wish them well .
The rest of us have a free day in the city . After all the charm of Sucre it took a while to see it´s soul . THERE ARE so many CHURCHES , ALL CLOSED AND LOCKED OF SOURSE . IT IS OBVIOUS THEY ARE TO REMAIN PLACES OF PRAYER NOT PLACES TO VISIT . I AM SADDENED BY THAT FOR I HAVE ALWAYS FOUND THE CHURCHES ON MY TRAVELS TO BE PLACES I COULD JUST STOP AND REST FOR A BIT . I would usually see local people there as well as some of the most amazing art , especially in the Spanish Churches in Mexico . These buildings are not well used . Most seem to be open for only 2 masses a week. Pilar says that although most people are Catholic they rarely marry in the church for it costs way to much ...sad.
This afternoon we are on our way , a 5 hour bus ride , to the Salt Flats which I am looking forward to . We will be staying in mountain Refuges and travelling about in 4x4s for three days . I do not think there will be any wifi or internet in that . area.
That´s all fo rnow . Hope all is well with you and yours.
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