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Trip Start Aug 02, 2009
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Trip End Feb 18, 2010


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Friday, August 28, 2009

Our two day adventure exploring Lake Titicaca started with a boat journey to the floating Islands of Uros... made completely from reeds (not Reads!). We were given a talk about how they created the islands by binding reeds togethers and then covering them with more reeds... their houses are made from reeds, as are their boats and... well, you get the picture!

The islands were lovely and we were shown inside one of their homes... which looked comfortable but incredibly basic. The lady was extremely proud of her solar panel which powered one light bulb!

After a three hour boat journey across the lake (It's hard to believe it's a lake and not the sea) we arrived at our home stay island and were introduced to our ´mummy´ Hilda. Also staying with us were the two other girls from our Gap group, which was helpful as Monica speaks Spanish. After a steep walk (which nearly killed us) we arrived at the house... Hilda didn´t even get out of breath climbing the hill and knitted a hat as she walked!!! The house was made from the traditional mud brick and had a basic toilet in the garden behind the sheep pen! We helped to prepare lunch in the kitchen come sitting room, Hilda cooked on an open fire.... Chips!!!

After lunch there was a game of football between the tourists and the locals (Tourists won... Jon was happy) and then another walk up a very steep hill to the top of the Island. At the top of the island we could see 360 degrees around the island and lake. We made it up just in time to watch the sun set.

After even more food we were dressed in the traditional island clothes and taken to a party! I can´t describe the clothes... just check out the pictures. Our mum and dad didn´t let us sit down for a moment and had incredible energy. We danced for a couple of hours to panpipes and guitars before retiring to bed.  
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rogerandpauline
rogerandpauline on

message from mum and dad
well done to you both,sounds like you had an amazing time. Love the clothes! Is Jon allowed to keep the hat?

yelleandjon
yelleandjon on

Can he keep the hat?
Unfortunately not... however he has bought a similar blue one to keep his head warm. Although it is really sunny in the day, it gets very cold at night.

rosettarizzo
rosettarizzo on

Loving the outfits!
Have to say, you wear them well! x

yelleandjon
yelleandjon on

Re: Loving the outfits!
Jon´s quite suited him, but I don´t think I´ll be trying out that look when I return home. I couldn´t keep the silly head thing balanced. Jon thought we looked like the three witches from Macbeth!

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