We have visited a stunning abandoned mine few weeks ago. That mine was the only thing that represented the town. The bauxite mining defined the town's identity for decades, now just stands there in the land of nowhere.
It was both exciting and sad to walk among these abandoned walls. As always, we have encountered the wellknown sentence: there is nothing in these buildings, just the empty walls. As always, there were of course 'something' in these buildings; lamps, broken chairs, wooden tables, things that matters to no one anymore.
The mine closed almost five years ago, when the leader of the company understood, that bauxite mining had no longer any future, it wasn't profitable to manufacture metal anymore.
As the mine closed in 2013, there are relatively new photos from the workers getting dressed to go underground. It was shocking to see the personal objects left behind; jackets, headlights and boots lying around.