Town on the Lake

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Floating islands
On the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca lay many man-made floating islands where the Uros have resided for centuries. Although I don't usually like going on tours, this was extremely interesting and an experience I'll never forget! It's amazing how these people spend their whole life constantly rebuilding the land on which they stand. Everything is done so primitively and traditionally, but if you look closely, there are solar panels on every island to provide the people with electricity and cable.

After a long day on the boat and seeing different islands, we returned to our hostel, Inka's rest. The owner, Alfredo, is a Uruguayan married to a Peruvian. Staying there was like staying with old friends. We met some Italians from the hostel and decided that we would all cook dinner together.
Making gnocchis with new friends!!
Of course, no Italian meal could EVER lack Olive oil, so we set out to find some. 30 minutes and 20 stores later, we found some...at a local pharmacy. Of course! That night, we enjoyed gnocchis while sipping on Chilean wine (provided by the hostel owners), and chatted while a fierce thunderstorm rolled overhead. It's good to be traveling!!

The next morning, before catching the extremely dirty and rocky bus back to Cuzco, we toured the street market. There, we drank some Peruvian "orange julius", where at about 17 cents for two cups of blended fruits and alfalfa, is an amazing deal. However, passing US health codes would be a whole other matter. I don't know what other peole think, but I think it's worth the risk to eat whatever is out there!!

On the bus, we bought 10 loaves of bread from a bus vendor for 50 cents and we were ready to go.
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Floating islands
Floating islands
Making gnocchis with new friends!!
Making gnocchis with new friends!!
Delicious juice!!!
Delicious juice!!!
Finally!! Olive oil!!
Finally!! Olive oil!!
Puno
photo by: lrecht