by the way, iīm on the shores of lake titicaca
so. finally made it to peru. and that is a story in and of itself. bought the ticket in arica. the fellow said to be there at 7. what he didnīt say was that i had to be in tacna peru by seven, with the hour time difference in the not so fortunate direction. oh yeah, and i have to take an hour and a half taxi to tacna through customs. needless to say i missed the bus. but did have an interesting taxi ride with a fellow that was smuggling rice, of all things, into peru and smelled suspiciously like old baked chicken. really, i canīt make this up. so needless to say, i missed the bus (something i will never ever do again!) but, there was a very nice young fellow at the counter who threw me into a taxi and went with me to catch the bus at the police check a half an hour up the road. also set me up with lodging and transport from the bus station at six a.m. when i arrived. and for any of you planning to travel the peruvian altiplano by night bus THEY DONīT HAVE HEAT. so, check into a nice, if cold, hotel with my own room for a very decent price. clean and the people are fantastically nice. roamed the city, was accosted by begging children, rather disturbing, and saw the floating islands, which were super cool. met with antonio, the travel MAN who has completely hooked up my trip to cuzco, machu pichu and a flight to lima since i am running out of time. also booked my trip to isla taquile today. a full day trip, but worth it. really pretty little place with pre-inca terracing. an anthropologists wet dream. complete with crafts, sheep and llama. anyway, headed out tomorrow for cuzco with another ruin tour along the way...