24 November Wednesday 2010 The Dog of the day. The guests at the hostel were from all over the world, and it made for great conversations on the roof top veranda. Lots of travel tips were exchanged there. Sara a Kiwi transplant to Ireland, went with Charlie and myself on the tour of the El Eden gold and silver mine that sets on top of the city. It made for a fun afternoon as we walked the neighborhoods of Zacatecas. The mine was started well before the invention of dynamite, and much of it was chiseled by hand. It is amazing how much hard rock ore can be chiseled out, and carried in baskets on the backs of indigenous slave labor. The mine goes to depths of 300 meters below the surface, children were also used as miners as they could fit into smaller areas. On average they would get 4 grams of gold and 6 to 10 grams of silver per ton from the ore pulled from the mine. Now don’t forget to build a big church and gild much of it’s interior, to keep that path to heaven open. Our guide spoke English for the tour as we 3 were the only ones on this tour. The cost for the tour was 80 pesos for adults and 40 pesos for ninos. Charlie and I each paid 40, which seemed to be fine with the ticket agent. Mina supplied ATGATT Our tourguide spoke English but not Kiwi. When Sara asked a question Dean or I had to translate. If a father was killed and owed money to the "company store" his children had to work off the debt. This mine was huge. We only saw a part of it. Early day elevator operators The elevator in action Ore processing mill Cerro de la Bufa, the mountain that overlooks Zacatecas. After the tour we did some more walking about in town. As in Guanajuato here is a lot of stuff to see there so we will probably have to go back. Tomorrow we go east until we find more mountains then head north.