Hold your llamas!

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
Trip End Jun 30, 2009

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Monday, April 13, 2009

After a fantastic month in Peru we've now arrived in Bolivia and spent Easter in a small town called Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Highlights for this leg of the trip include:

- Actually enjoying long overnight bus journeys because they include a comfortable reclining seat, a movie or two, a meal and... a game of bingo. We kid you not and it's serious stuff as there's a free bus ticket up for grabs.

- Eating as many carbs at any given time as virtually every meal includes meat, potatoes and rice with a side of bread.

- Listening to every possible rendition of Celine Dion's 'My Heart Will Go On' and anything by Simon and Garfunkel on the panpipes.

- Catching up with Em's mum and dad in some of the best restaurants in Cusco. You can probably guess who was paying...

- Taking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu with whom we can only describe as Borat's younger brother as our guide.

- Cursing the Incas for building everything on hills but kindly providing endless steps to get to them. Then wondering how they got the 30 ton slabs of rock up the hill in the first place.

- Making it up Dead Woman's Pass and Emily would like to publicly thank Coldplay and the woman who pestered so much that she bought a walking stick just to get rid of her but now acknowledges that she doesn't think could have done it without either.

- Being amazed at the strength of our porters as they overtook us, normally at a jog and carrying packs nearly double their body size while only wearing flip flops. The service they provided was exceptional - from being woken up with a cup of tea and three course lunches and dinners to a bowl of warm water to soothe aching feet at the end of each day.

- Eating guinea pig that resembles road kill more than the Peruvian delicacy that it's hyped to be, and then not tasting much better either.

We are also very pleased to report that we've managed to avoid purchasing any llama pattern knitted items and hope the willpower will remain strong throughout Bolivia. We're now in La Paz and next stop is the jungle...
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