Mountains and valleys

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The coming 2 blogs will have some bad experiences in it, mixed with good. There's no mountains without valleys. But I noticed valleys feel a lot deeper when traveling far from home, alone.

Arriving in Copacabana felt different. Little beachtown, cosy. I decided to check into a hostel and got a really nice single room, double bed, with view on lake Titicaca, with private bathroom and warm water, great! All this for not even 3,5 euro per night.

The next day I hopped on the boat to Isla Del Sol, an island where I've heard many many good things about. And how they were true! Glad I did the Peruvian islands first cause compared to this they would have been a disppointment. Isla Del Sol is beautiful and full of variety.

I met a french girl, Laetitia, on the boat, and we ended up hanging out on the island, and after that, she's great. That day we walked south to north on Isla Del Sol, off the beaten track. We kind of missed the regular tourist-hiking trail, which ended up in a great alternative local road (with much climbing evolved). It's cool cause there were shepherds everywhere, and they don't walk around with just sheep, they herd a whole farm. We see them pass with a bunch of sheep, followed by pigs, and some donkeys. Odd sight!
Also, the lake is HUGE and looks like a see, having real nice sandbeaches. Then you lay on the sand, and suddenly a bunch of pigs walk you by.
A little later we saw 30 sheep running fast to the "sea", and starting to drink from it. It's the oddest sight, love it!

The one thing that does suck very much about this island, is that the communities ask for money for your right to enter. Even though it isn't much, I don't think it is right and it's kind of annoying, cause then finally somene walks up to you with a smile (other locals seemed a LOT more unfriendly than peruvians), and then he says we should pay 15 bolivianos to be allowed to walk through his village.
We ended up chilling on the beach for sunset, and finding this amazing hippy hostel for only 15 BS (1,5 euro) per night, view of Lake Titicaca, and very cool rooms, a double bed per person and with cool selfmade dreamcatchers above every bed.
We ate some great freshly caught lake fish and went peacefully to bed.

The following morning we would hike back to the south, but an hour after waking up I got overwhelmed by a very strong feeling of nauseousness. I decided to take the boat back to Copacabana asap and go to bed in my hostel there. Laetitia stayed on the island for the day and hiked down by herself. I had a very hard time on the boat, and walked like a zombie to the hostel. It felt scary, I imagined what would happen if I fainted, a local would probably steal my bag whit my banccard and money (I really fear so). Luckily I made it. I stayed in bed the whole day watching movies on my netbook (thank god I had that). I really wished I had someone around to take care of me, to bring me something healthy to eat. So around 6pm I dragged myself out to go to a healthy restaurant and get some yoghurt with granola. Sadly enough it wasn't a good idea and I had to run out the place and, how embarrassing, throw up in the street. A local lady ran at me and helped me back up, holding my arm, asking if I need water or anything. How nice I thought, getting a warm feeling in my heart. I wasn't alone. There are nice people everywhere.
Then she tried to push me into her restaurant where I could eat chicken for only 15 bolivianos. What! I told her I don't need to eat, I am sick, I need to sleep. I really had to pull myself away from her, she even got help from a friend to push me into her restaurant. All we are is money to them :( Not to all of course, but often. Made me feel more lonely.
I made it to the hostel and went back to bed. What a miserable day.
The next day I met up with Laetitia, and we head to La Paz. I felt better, could eat again, carefully. No idea what happened the day before, why I was that sick suddenly.

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