Last Stop in Peru
Trip Start Jun 29, 2011
8Trip End Jul 24, 2011
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Sorry for the double post but the earlier one was actually intended for yesterday- oops! But now we are on yet another bus, this time on the way back from the Sillustani ruins. (Really neat, but the lagoon views were cooler... See our awesome pictures.) Despite having just arrived in Puno yesterday, we've actually been keeping busy here and will be heading into Bolivia tomorrow.
Yesterday we touched down in the hotel for a few minutes after our 7-hour bus ride (which didn't seem that long at all) and got dinner. Kinsey and I shared a mushroom appetizer and pasta dish. Next we headed to a little bar and played an epic game of pool. And I mean epic strictly in terms of length- not greatness. It took Kinsey and me over an hour to lose to our Scottish opponents Jennifer and Shona, even after our other (read: better at pool) friends joined in. Today we saw Lake Titicaca and visited the floating islands. They have whole villages on islands that the people construct out of buoyant soil and reeds. We learned how they build them, and then Kinsey and I met the president of the village we visited! So we officially know a president of a place. :P We rock.
As I mentioned, tomorrow we head into Bolivia. Americans are required to have a visa, and I got mine ahead of time (Kinsey will get hers at the border) but I am a bit nervous since my visa has my social security number on it instead of my passport number...? I'm not exactly sure how that happened/how they even have my social security number and I really hope it doesn't cause me border troubles. BUT I think I should be okay because I'm pretty sure they just want my $135, which they already got. Booyah. So you'll find out if I get in whenever our next post is (or if you get a call asking you to come get me from the airport, whichever...) That brings me to the main purpose of this post: To warn you that we aren't exactly sure when the next time we will have internet is going to be. All of us are kind of unsure of the plan once we're in Bolivia, but from what I understand I think it is something like this: First we cross the border in Copacabana (hopefully). Then we are checking into a hotel on Isla del Sol, then going on an hour-long hike to another hotel because no taxis (or I guess any vehicles?) can go where we are going. We are staying there for 3 days and have to pack a separate pack instead of our big bags so that we don't have to carry them the whole way to hotel numero dos. Again I probably have this all wrong so who knows, but my point is that if there aren't even roads, then I have an odd suspicion there may not be internet.
So to all those paranoid readers out there- you know who you are- if you don't hear from us for a few days, it's unlikely that we've been kidnapped, sold, killed, drugged, poisoned, harpooned, or anything like that. ;) We will write as soon as we can!
Rachel & Kinsey