The best thing about a police state is

Trip Start Aug 01, 2003
Trip End Sep 20, 2004

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Monday, October 11, 2004

September 2004

Cuzco is touristy but still the least hideous of Peruvian cities. The strangulation muggings didn't appear and we were left to enjoy the full beauty of this police state.
The original Incan design of the city was built around the shape of a Puma with Sacsayhuman at its head. We visited this fotress of impressive stone at dusk and could not hold back the giggles as out guided insisted on prouncing it in a very Jamaican style... 'Sexy woman'. It still makes me laugh even now.

Left with our tucan tour group toward Puno and Lake Titicaca. The lake was initially gorgeous in the sunshine, like the Mediterranean. We visited a Greek island in the centre and had lunch. As we finished the pancakes the weather turned and the lake turned from innocent to slightly nasty. The boat on which we were travelling would just about stay afloat in a bath. As it begen to pitch and yaw we handed out the life jackets and began to pray. The captain had conveniently brought out his rosary beads a few minutes earlier and was able to lead the novena.

Anyway we survived, played football against the islanders and spent a night with one of the local families. We were warned as the lady we were staying with was a single mother and could not control her children (she was actually really nice and was great company).

Left Peru on the long flight back to the UK, got trapped in the middle of a row of four seats and had a massive Huey into the remarkably strong rectangular paper bag. That's it I'm never leaving these hygenic, emerald shores ever again. Good night.
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