|We arrived in Potosi fairly late. Potosi was once the most important town in the world due to the silver mine. At one point it had a population bigger than London. Now, it is fairly poor but is a world heritage site due to all the old colonial buildings that still exist. People still work in the mines and a few of the group went down. I bailed out on this as the thought of crawling through a person sized tunnel did not appeal! The miners work ridiculously long hours for very little, they drink 96% alcohol and chew coca leaves all day so they are permenantly out of it! I think you have to be....! Anyway, the guys that did the trip really enjoyed it. I went to the mint museum. Until the 1950s all Bolivias coins were minted in Potosi so the museum is all about that. Fairly interesting afternoon ! There was a massive thunderstorm in the afternoon and the electricity got cut off so spent some time in a cafe drinking coffee. Oh how tough life is these days!! That evening me, Luce, Paula, Bill and Anita found a great chinese restaurant and we had an amazing dinner! The best chinese I have had for years . Who'd of thought you'd find it in the middle of Bolivia!! After that, had an early night at the veritably freezing hotel Jerusalem. The previous night we had a group meal which eneded in Karaoke at some dodgy club and me and Ian ended up hanging out with some locals in the street sounds dodgy I know !!! Getting to try to speak spanish at last i guess!