La Huelga

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We left La Paz with the intention of going to Puno, Peru, a small town on Lake Titicaca. We just wanted to go for the day and relax in a small town and check out the highest lake in the world. However, when we arrived, some guy told us that the next day, all the transportation in Peru would be shut down due to a stike (or huelga in Spanish), meaning that we would be stranded in Puno, the middle of nowhere with nothing to do for a few days. That was the last thing we wanted to do.

So, we went right to the bus station, found the next bus to Cusco, Peru, and took off. We figured that Cusco would be way cooler than Puno. The crazy thing though is that when we were driving to Cusco, the protest had already begun. They put huge rocks in the streets and flamming tired on the highway to stop all traffick. Our bus was swerving out of the way of boulders and fires, it was almost like something you would see in a movie. Also, everyone once in a while, the protestors would come up and throw rocks at us. It was crazy! Why do I always have crazy bus experiences???

While witnessing a Peruvian stike was a bit frightening, it was kind of cool to see. But, finally, we are in Cusco, and it is one of the prettiest cities ever.. Ill tell you more about it in a few days. Chau!

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