PUNO NOT SO POO
Trip Start Dec 03, 2008
73Trip End Oct 14, 2009
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The buses here are fairly nice. On this ride we took a tourist bus so we got to visit with other travelers and such. They played some movies for us (which I wish they hadn´t as they were blasting them through the speakers). First was August Rush - which is okay. Then they decided that a bunch of 20-something year olds would enjoy watching ¨Two Rivers¨ I believe it´s from the 1940´s. Oh boy. On this bus ride we also enjoyed a sandwich...a shredded chicken and french fry sandwich - with just a little chicken. It was weird but we still ate it - not too bad.
Now, I'm not sure why Puno gets such a bad rap but we enjoyed it. We only stayed for one night as there really isn't much to do there. We walked around the Plaza (every city in Peru has one), visited a church, had some cervasas and a great meal at a place called Kero's
The next day we got up early and went out to the floating islands on Lake Titikaka and met the Uros people. These people are great. We had a little explanation of how they create the islands and they told us about their lifestyle. Basically, they use these reeds for everything - to make the islands, their homes, their dinners and their crafts. They also eat some birds and eggs along with frogs (booo).
The islands themselves were so neat. It felt like we were walking on a field of thick foam . They gave us some reeds to eat, however, I read that a lot of tourists get sick from them, so we just pretended to eat them. I know, I know, we should have, but I don't want to be sick
Next we took a reed boat to another island and the daughter from the family we visited sang songs for us during our trip. See the video. She was sooo cute. Brian and I agree that Peruvian children have to be some of the cutest on earth. Also, since we've been here, we have seen nothing but happy kids playing. They just seem so laid back and peaceful. None of them cry - they are just all so happy.
Lake Titikaka was wonderful and something I'll never forget. Partly, because Brian and I burnt our hands to a crisp and our heads. We can hardly comb our hair. Ouch.