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Oruro to Potosi - 316 km, £ 1.30
Potosi is famous for its tin mines and I had initially planned to do the classic tourist visit - paying a humongous wad of cash to some tour operators and then giving the miners a token stick of dynamite or tiny bottle of 95% alcohol. The miners have a life expectancy of 30 years or so; this is no doubt partly a consequence of letting people who are totally shit-faced fuck around with explosives, but moreso due to the horrific conditions of the mines which include... asbestos!
Due to a good friend working in the field of asbestos then I know a lot more about it than anyone really should and it scares the beejeesus out of me.
Plus I had a schedule that was tighter than a mouse's ear.
And a fucking sexy nose, or have I mentioned that already?
I had a few hours before my next bus, so I ate some food, generally mooned around the city centre and bought a watch for two pounds so I would again have a time telling device. I also managed to swap the book I'd finished for a new one - everything was rosy in the world again.