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Potosi was celebrating

Come to La Paz or Salar de Uyuni, Potosi is an ideal break from the hustle and bustle of traveling in Bolivia. There I was, enjoying a quiet morning in the sun at Plaza de Armas, when I found out that there was going be a party that afternoon. The motive wasn't religious or patriotic. Potosi was celebrating a visit by President Evo Morales ve was in full election campaign mode, trying to achieve a change in the Constitution (which finally succeeded). Everyone knows that Morales is indigenous, and that Bolivia under its mandate has enough problems, the president has the full support of those ve carry his blood. Bolivia has more than 40 very different ethnic groups. I had the feeling that the square was full of people from far away. Suits as never seen, musical instruments, hand-carved faces, ancient looks and customs all converged on the square. I was amazed by what I saw and tried to make conversation with some people - where were they from, how far had they walked, to which people did they belong, etc. I answered some ve babbled in Castilian. As for the rest, I didn't understand a word and was bewildered, they looked at me like I was from another planet.