Yum - churros!
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After a continental breakfast (included) I spend the morning relaxing, sorting out emails and trying to catch up on blogs. I digress for a moment here to say that writing my blog and including photos takes a considerable amount of time, which means that I just don’t get time to write “casual” emails, so apologies to those who haven’t had responses recently. It may be easier when I get to Sucre, but then again, I thought that when I got here it would be easier. Anyway, back to Potosi; while they clean my room I sit in the courtyard and continue working on my puter. At 12:30 I ask the receptionist for directions to the best bus company so I can book a ticket to Sucre on Sunday; I follow her markings on a map. When I get there, of course it’s closed for lunch.
Most of the streets here are very narrow and are one way, with one street going one direction and the next going in the other direction. I haven’t worked out the road rules here or who has right of way, but I think that it goes something like this: Pedestrians have no rights, if two cars get to a corner at the same time, whoever honked their horn first has right of way. I noticed the horn honking in Santiago, but it’s not a patch on these guys. They honk their horns at every intersection unless they’re going very slowly and/or stuck in traffic.
Marco said that two days in Potosi was too long, but he’s wrong. It’s fun just to wander and get lost and find different places. The streets are much busier today, as yesterday was Corpus Christi holiday.
And now for the afternoon’s excitement. I decide to buy a stamp for a postcard to the only person I know who doesn’t have internet access.
So I enter the post office and ask for a stamp for Australia. Europe? No, Australia.
I went to the Casa National de Moneda (old Mint/now Museum) at 2:30 but there wasn't any tour in English as there weren't enough people, so I was told to come back at 10:30 the next morning. I spend the rest of the afternoon wandering around Potosi, getting lost, finding out where I am, you know, the usual drill. However I do return successfully to the bus company and bought my ticket for Sunday. I’ve learned now to ask which side of the bus has the best scenery. I decide to try Cherry’s café for tea. I buy one of the worst burgers I’ve ever had and a bottle of warm lemonade. 12BOB, AUD1.72.
Return to the hotel and try to download a video (unsuccessfully) to this website, fiddle around with the blog and photos and there’s 4 hours gone!