Silver Mine and more riots
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Went our separate ways this morning - Melissa on a walk around town and Noel to the famous Potosi silver mine under the Cerro Rico (Rich Hill). Not a lot was open as Melissa wandered about, but had a lovely morning tea with Yvonne and Holly from our group at a local cafe - a delicious banana milkshare to boost the dairy intake. We intended to come back for lunch (they sold pizzas, sandwiches, empanadas, etc) but got there at 1pm to be told they were closing for lunch (!).
Noel headed off on the mine tour at 9am with most of the rest of the group, the tour lasting about 3 1/2 hours. He bought dynamite, coca leaves and food for the miners as gifts, then went underground.
We joined up again for lunch, and just after arriving back at the hotel heard another riot start outside. They seem to follow us around, the only difference in Potosi being that they blow up dynamite instead of fire crackers! The shouting, drum banging and explosions went on for quite a while, and those of the group who were out and about got locked into their restaurants for safety.
Had dinner as a group tonight as it was our leader´s birthday. The food at El Fogon was very nice, but the service very slow. Had a quick drink at a nearby bar and then home to bed because Melissa not feeling so well (due to altitude).