Monday 21 December 2009
Highlights: City tour of Sucre
After a nice night in a comfortable bed and a good breakfast Andrew went down the street to get our clothes washed as we were down to almost nothing clean.
Today we did a city tour of Sucre and it is a wonderful city, very clean and beautiful. Starting in the main square we saw the old Royal Palace, now currently a library. We viewed the University of Sucre which is the largest in South America. Currently 80,000 students attend out of a population of 400,000.
We visited a clothes museum in which we witnessed two locals create a garment. It takes about 3 month per piece and about 10 years of learning to be considered any good.
We also visited Sucre Theatre, a small Eiffel Tower, and a viewing spot to see the city and after the tour both Andrew and I walked around the local markets. Kelly suggested we see a documentary titled “The Miner’s Devil” about a 14 year old boy who had at that stage worked in a Potosi mine for 4 years. I knew about the terrible conditions in advance but I know some in our group were upset / concerned about what they saw.
Karen, Andrew and I booked a hiking tour for tomorrow which should test out our ability to hike at a high altitude.