The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Wedding Couple In Town Square


Aborgado (Lawyer) Offices, Church, And Cerro Rico Mountain

A Reminder Of Home

Empty Street In Potosi

Cerro Rico Mountain (Mine) Overlooking Potosi

Iglesia de San Lorenzo Church

Decorative Door Fixture

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2006. POTOSI, BOLIVIA. I will be spending the New Year in Potosi, the highest city in the world (at about 4,180 meters or 13,700 feet). Potosi was founded in 1546, the year after silver was discovered in the region. By 1611, Potosi was the leading silver producer in the world. As a result, it grew into Latin America's largest and wealthiest city. By 1825, however, the silver was virtually exhausted and the city went into decline. This UNESCO World Heritage city now mines tin, copper, and lead. The mines are cooperative ventures, with individual miners making their own claim and selling their ore to a smelter though the cooperative. Tomorrow I will take a tour into one of the mines. It's supposed to be an altogether unique, depressing, shocking, and unforgetable experience.

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To family, friends, and fellow travellers throughout the world,

Feliz Ano Nuevo! (Spanish)

Hauoli Makahiki Hou! (Hawaiian)

Happy New Year! (Australian)

Wishing you all the best in 2007! (By the way, Lonely Planet has named China as the top destination for 2007. Check out my posts from mid-June through mid-August for some reasons why.)

P.S. In light of my recent travels and the new year, please note that I have updated the title above to more accurately reflect my travels ;-)

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