There are Hippies Everywhere!

Trip Start May 15, 2006
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Trip End Jul 06, 2006


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Monday, June 5, 2006

Ahhh, well, yesterday was a very tranquil day for us here. We (Sevime, Susana, Mike, and myself) slept in till around 930 when we decided we better get breakfast before checkout. After that Sevime left for the isla del sol, and I went to use the internet for a couple hours. After good ole internet time Susana, Mike , and I all rented kyaks and headed out into Lake Titicaca for a little time on the water. It was really a blast, but Mike was definately the strongest Kyaker. Susana and I shared a Kyak and just tried to keep up with Mike. Somewhere out in the middle of the lake I thought it would be a good idea to try and switch kyaks, so when we got close enough to Mikes Kyak I got out of my seat and hoped into his extra seat. We paddled around for a bit like that, but I was ready to head back in do to the whole lunch thing, and Mike wanted to paddle out to some island off in the horizon, so I again changed kyaks, and Susana and I began our 45 minute trek back to Copacabana. Im so glad I didnt go out any further because by the time I got back I had a blister on my hand and my arms were hurting like crazy. To be honest, I was getting a little worried about Mike, because I thought he might get tired and get stuck out there. After lunch, Mike finally came back, not actually having acheived his goal, but rather with a killer sunburn. Thats about all that happened yesterday, until we went out to a bar last night and listened to some Jazz music. We ended up`meeting an Israeli (Omer) on leave for a year from the army traveling around South America. I called it a night around 11, because I was exhausted and also I was a little worried our hotel was going to lock us out. For some reason most of the places here close their doors at 10. Im not sure I understand why, but oh well, just means I get to go to bed earlier. Oh, so apparently, the Bolivian government closed all the bars down here for about a week about two weeks ago. The reason being that there was more marijuana here than bottled water. Apparently it was on the menus at some places, which I think is funny, but not surprising seeing how much of a hippie town this really is. Every good country need a good hippie town I think.

Today was a tiring day. We didnt do anything until about 1, but at 1 Mike and I headed out on a hike. We hiked and we hiked, until about 2 hours later we finally got to this hill that overlooks Lake Titicaca. Then we hiked on a little footpath through a bunch of farmland to the other sideof the hill. After resting for a bit Mike and I then attempted to climb this rather large hill. The whole time im loving it, but thinking to myself that this is just not a good idea. I mean seriously, I could get covered in ticks, or fall and breka my leg, or there could be snakes. But I followed Mike none the less, because if you dont live a little when you have the chance then you are wasting little pieces of your life. I braved all the flying insects buzzing around my face, and especially this big bumble bee that seemed to be following me wherever I went. Granted there were a few flailing motions that almost caused me to swan dive off a large rock when my little buzzing friends got to close, but in the end I survived. We made it about two-thirds of the way up this hill before it started to get pretty vertical and we decided that it was just going to be to hard to get down once we got up, so in the spirit of saving face, Mike tells everyone that I was afraid, and I tell everyone that it just wasnt a bright idea. On the long walk home, we came to a compromise that it was okay that we hadnt made it to the top, because it was about the hiking experience. I can live with that. One thing I did realize about myself is that even though I do a lot of "adventurous" things , Im still very much a city boy. I also realized that medical school has taken all of the little boy out of me, because I approach everything from an angle instead of just doing it. Its always gotta be about broken bones, snakes, or some random disease. I dont do much in my life without thinking way to much about it. I really need to work on that, because im not sure thats the way we were meant to live. Anyway, philosophy lesson finished, I had an absolute blast today, and hiking up that hill was not something I would have done on my own and Im so happy that Mike has been able to join me on this trip. Tomorrow is our last day travelling together, so hopefully we'll find something really fun to do. Im definately coming back to Bolivia. This country is absolutely incredible, and there is just so much to see and do. Alright Im done. Peace Out!
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amandacwalker
amandacwalker on

More Pictures!
Luke,
Send more pictures please! I like looking at all of the pictures. Kayaking sounded like fun! Wish I could take a few months off of the real world and travel to exotic places. O well, enjoy a bottle of wine for us - just stay away form the marajuana!
Amanda

glamgurlz
glamgurlz on

Kayaks are fun!
For some reason i really like this journal enrty...haha...sounds like you guys had a lot of fun!!

susyq
susyq on

Cayaking on Lake Titicaka
Just to fill all of Surgeongeneral´s friends in on a little detail that he forgot to mention....
I´m Susana by the way and i´m shit at Cayaking... lol
I was the reason Luke kept tryingn to keep up with Mike, because i can´t paddle straight!!!
It was fun though, as was the nap and lunch we had afterwards.

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