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Trip Start Jun 29, 2008
Trip End Aug 05, 2008

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hey everybody, sorry for leaving you guys out on a lot of the trip. Anyway, I beleive we left off at Puno. Well, Puno was pretty fun. The actual city was not that interesting, we mainly entertained ourselves by eating and wondering. The major attraction and our personal favorite aspect of Puno is the fact that its right beside. Megan and myself took a tour boat to the floating islands (Pictures should be up in a day or two), which were pretty awesome. The people there pretty much live on, in, and off of reeds. The islands are constructed with the reeds in such a way that they are literally floating.  We got to try some of them and I think they had kind of a coconutty taste to them. While we were on the tour we met Gorvind and Daniel. Gorvind is an Indian 23yr. kid who lived in NY for five years before selling all his personal belongings and setting off traveling the world. Daniel is a 35yr. bird watcher from Switzerland who had already been around most of the world. After the tour, we met up with them again and the four of us had dinner together at a great restaurant with live Peruvian music. 

From Puno, we set off for Copacabana. After a three hr. bus ride we finally arrived. Crossing the border into Bolivia was a little difficult for the two of us and the one other American. We were charged a $130 fee, originally beleived to be 100. We were forced to fill out forms long enough for the entire line to pass us and have already filed onto the bus. It was a releif to finally get to a rest stop. The hotel was wonderful and the view was just as beautiful. We visited Isla Del Sol in Lake Titicaca and  after returning to the mainland we had fun searching shops for souvinirs.

After a fun little rest in Copacabana for two days we headed out to La Paz. After a drowzy half sleep I awoke  to look out of the window. There was La Paz, a huge congested city squeezed into a large canyon. Driving down had some pretty amazing views, once again, pics soon. After a little difficulty with a confused taxi driver we came to our hostel. It was a very nice place with a pool table and dvd player rentals. La Paz itself was incredible. Walking down the street we passed food stands of everykind, magicians, bootlegged dvds, (including every movie now playing in theatres) way too many shoe shiners and salesmen of every kind. After a few days of wandering and eating Megan and I came to the Museum of Instruments, or something of that nature. There we saw instruments from all over the world and were even able to play some. With my new found love of foriegn music I bought a drum and will continue to annoy Megan and anyone else in hearing range when I have a chance to bash away. We were also able to see Batman and eat BK for a little U.S. festivities night. There were also constant protests and with them came the police with their riot gear. There was no apparent danger, since the protests seemed mainly for the rights for crippled, and they did not appear too dangerous. Anyway, that is pretty much our trip so far, we woke up at 5ish this moring and flew to Tarija, which is a small town in Bolivia and an 8 hour bus ride from the border. We are trying to make our way across and into Argentina by tomorrow night. Hope all is well, we miss all of you!
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