Lake Titicaca

Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Flag of Peru  , Puno,
Saturday, January 21, 2012

We packed our overnight backpacks and headed off (on THE SLOWEST boat ride ever ) to the middle of Lake Titicaca to the island of Taquile, a beautiful little island where the men do all the knitting and the women do all the spinning (their clothes are absolutely amazing!). We walked around the island and had lunch at one of mamas houses (the local cuisine of fresh water trout definitely a favourite amongst the group).

Then it was off to Laquina Peninsula to our families! We were greeted on the pier with some of the local music of flutes and drums and were greeted by a line of 10 Mama's and Papa’s with huge smiles and handshakes as if we had just got married! It was then off to the local school for a game of football against what we thought was going to be a bunch of kids...but turned out to be the other tour (this definitely was in our kids would have been used to the altitude and kicked our ass with their skills!). We dominated the whole game (Han scored the first goal!) but thanks to Fernando in Penalty shoot out...we lost by one goal...gutted! But there was no time for tears as we were introduced to our Mama’s and Papa’s that we would be staying the night with. Most of our tour did a lovely handshake to greet them...we did not. We launched into a massive hug! Poor Mama ...might have scared her! Maria our sister came running up to us with our fluoro ensemble and proceeded to dress us in the 20 layers that they traditionally wear every day.  Our hips did not lie... Shakira would have been well jell!!!! After the tiring soccer match we really weren’t up for the dancing that was to come. The mamas and papas went first and IT WENT FOR AGES! It was incredible but the thought of having to follow in their footsteps scared the beejeebis out of us... but... we did it and loved every breathless minute of it!

After the dance we gave our lollies out to the kids from the local school then proceeded to our homes for the night, we were one of the lucky ones as our house was right next to the school (thank god cause it was in the dark and we had a shit load of groceries to carry). We were in shock at how good our room was, 3 comfortable beds (one of which Han broke, whoops) and an ensuite. Our room was the size of their house L. Considering it was dark and we were in a room with only candle light we decided to help mama Sofina out with dinner. The Kitchen hut thingy was big enough for a small table a bench and a small stove and loz could bearly stand up straight in it, but it was cozy and warm and mama had food prep down pat despite her lack of bench space and utensils. Even though han and i could barely speak a word of Spanish the animal game came out to play... Hannah convinced Lauren that the only way to find out if they have any animals was to make noises..... This worked really well... donkey, sheep, pig... Hannah had these all down pat and they responded well... si... Then it was laurens turn... Mooooooooooo... and again huge smiles and laughs...SI! We were extremely excited about tomorrow now that we knew they pretty much owned a farm! And then Lauren came up with the idea to explain what we did. Hannah made a complete fool out of herself..but holding up a pretend microphone and putting one hand on my ear...i said '’ Oh dear their look of excitement i think they believe I am Kylie Minogue! Doh.. i should be so lucky! Lauren then saved Hannah by running back (almost tripping over in the tiny kitchen) with her iphone. Everything went great with her explaining her truck driving gig (photos worked a treat!)...but the nursing career didn’t go down as expected. Lauren once again had a great idea to look up the Spanish word for nursing on her phone...but got a bit excited and showed the phone to the family before properly reading what it came up as. If they read the first example...all would have been good, as that was nursing. Unfortunately from the look of their faces...their awkward...kind of concerned smiles – when Lauren got her phone back off them...she realised they must have read the second meaning which was ‘breastfeeding nurse’!!! Hannah was in hysterics...this was gold! So if anyone reading this ever needs a breastfeeding nurse – loz is apparently your girl!

And if you ever need a Kylie Minogue herds woman, Hannah is your girl! As the next day we got to meet the chickens, donkey and yes the sheep! Royal our little brother revealed the heard herd of sheep with no warning.... and next min we were off and running!!!!!  Sprinting past two of our travel mates who couldn’t believe their eyes we managed to corner the sheep so we could place ropes around their front leg. They were then off to greener pastures... us sprinting behind them and trying to keep them off others crops. Maria and Royal showed us how to position them so they had enough food for the day.

They showed us their crops and rest of the animals on their farm before it was time goodbye. After another gathering on the pier we met up with the rest of the tour and reflected on how amazing and hospitable this community was!!! Even though it was only one night it definitely was an experience we will never forget and we will always be grateful.

Another REALLY slow boat ride across Lake Titicaca and we arrived at the famous floating islands where we spent some time meeting some of the locals that live on the islands.

We crossed Lake Titicaca as women and came back as herds women...

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Heather on

Lauren these photos are amazing I cant choose which ones to print

Heather on

was this experience so amazing that you girls are speechless

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