Day 47, Bolivia: Bye bye Peru & Welcome to Bolivia

Trip Start May 31, 2010
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Trip End Aug 26, 2010


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Friday, July 16, 2010

I am already leaving Peru today. My best memories will be:
- The discovery of Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas; defintely one of the most magic moment of my trip
- Talking to a brilliant Spanish scientist on human brains in a restaurant in San Blas, Cusco
- The impressing Andes mountains in the Inca Sacred Valley and Altiplano mountains from Cusco to Puno
- Meeting with the people of the Titicaca Lake´s islands and being amazed on how people have been able to keep alive their culture and traditions 
Let me share some of them with you...When a man likes a women in Taquile island, he throws at her little stones while she is walking and if the woman likes the man too, she smiles at him. To communicate during the relationship, no cell phone or internet, but the man uses a miror to tell the woman when he wants to meet her. So cute! But when they get married, no fiesta...The couple have to bend their knees for an entire day and sleep with their god mothers and god fathers for one week. The rationale behind it is to avoid any divorce by making the couple remember that it is not an easy thing to get married and that it is better to find a solution whenever they have problems rather than split. So wise!

Welcome now to Bolivia! I am still near the Lake Titicaca in Copacabana (Yes...the same name of the beach in Brasil! but the town is known for its famous Basilica, home of the Virgin of Copacabana).
Did you know that:
- There are around 100 different kind of potatoes which are growing in Bolivia. The potato has been known here since 6,000 BC whereas the potato got introduced in Europe only in the 16th century
- Bolivia is named after the famous Simon Bolivar who is regarded in Latin America as a hero, visionary, revolutionary, and liberator. During his short life, he led Bolivia, Columbia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela to independence
- Bolivia elected the first indigenous president (Evo Morales) for the first time in Latin America history in January 2006
- The Che Guevara died in Bolivia in 1967

And for those who are familiar with Bollywood songs, I heard Kuch kuch hota hai song and other popular bollywood songs when I was having dinner one night in a restaurant in Copacobana. Apparently, Bollywood movies are even popular in this corner of the world!
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