I got wonderous, wonderful sun this past weekend.

On a trip to Lake Titicaca, I spent a wonderful night of sleep on a bus to get to Puno. Please note my saracasm… But we got there at 5 AM-ish. YAY! Bright and early. -___-

But after relaxing at the bus terminal, where I got eggs that were questionable, we were off on a boat. Except it was cloudy. And the boat was rocking. And I was already tired…

Zzzzzzzzzzz

I really hope I didn’t snore…Apparently I do that. Sorry everyone! Sorry Marie!

But after a restful nap, we got to the floating island Uros.

Uros
Uros
Rock paper sissors
Rock paper sissors

Apparently its only 15 years old, but they can only last for 50 years. And they use the roots of the reeds as a buoyancy device. Then they stack the reeds on the island, first a layer horizontal, then a layer vertical and then they all step on it to get everything compact. Cool right?

Fish is food, not friends
Fish is food, not friends
Mini models of how they use the reeds for EVERYTHING
Mini models of how they use the reeds for EVERYTHING

So they use the reeds for everything: to make houses, to make the island, to make boats, to eat… yeahh…they can actually eat their house. Watch out witch, Hansel and Gretel are coming for your yummy reed house. Except I wasn’t allowed to try the reed. Something about our stomachs not being accustomed to it and it could make us sick. Grrr

I think they cheated and used some tarp with the reeds...
I think they cheated and used some tarp with the reeds…
Me and the Danes getting ready to set out
Me and the Danes getting ready to set out

But I got to go on a reed boat and sail around for a half hour or so. The sun was shining, the reeds were soft and comfortable and I was working on a nice tan.

We got to chill on the island for a little so we’d be enticed to buy their trinkets. Then we left. And with a blue sky and bright sun, I refused to be trapped in the boat again.

I can see the Island!!!! Is it this island we're going to?
I can see the Island!!!!
Is it this island we’re going to?

On the boat I met people from all around the world. There was Melanie from France. David from Germany. Steven from the U.S. but out west. Natsuki from Japan.

My brother’s influence on me showed greatly as I tested out to see what stereotypes were true. AKA we got into a funny conversation about what sterotypes our respective countries had and if they were true. The French are arrogant, always talk about food and smoke everywhere. German can actually be spoken without yelling.

Steven said “Fuck you” many times in response to me making fun of the west. It was really funny. But he likes Star Wars and it felt good to make some jokes that other people understood. He was forgiven.

Oh and so far I HAVE FOUND NO DANISH STEREOTYPES!!!! Please if you know a Danish stereotype, tell me. It feels so weird that no one had any. Including Ditte, my Danish friend.

Hvordan ha du det? How are you? – in Danish

Totally learning loads of Spanish.

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Amantani
Amantani

Then we got to Amantani island. After being slightly scared there wasn’t enough room, we got assigned a host family. Ditte and I were with two other Danish people she had known before but hadn’t planned on visiting Lake Titicaca with.

By the way you pronounce it Lake Titijaja or Titichacha according to our guide.

After a nap and a lunch with cheese that felt like rubber on my teeth, we climbing up to Pachapapa. Ditte’s stomach hurt, so she rested some more.

David checking out a dead snake on the way up
David checking out a dead snake on the way up
Asian pose!!!!
Asian pose!!!!

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David, Melanie, Natsuki, Steven, Ji-Hye (a Korean girl, Natsuki’s friend) and I all hung at the top. A lot of admiring the view, making fun of Steven occurred.

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Oh and Steven may have been hitting on Natsuki.

AWWWWWW
AWWWWWW

But that night we went to a cultural party they held for us. We all dressed up in traditional clothes and danced. It was over my other clothes cause I was freezing! So when we started dancing, it was SO hot. I think I would have danced and enjoyed it more if I was sweating up a storm. And if the night sky wasn’t so gorgeous. I wanted to lay on my back and stare at the sky. But I was wearing these fancy traditional clothes, so I ducked out after dancing and stood looking at the stars for a while. It was the most beautiful night sky I have ever seen. I wish my camera could capture the night sky so I  could always look at it, but I committed it to memory. Guess you have to trust my word then.

Dressed up in traditional clothes
Dressed up in traditional clothes
Host mom gets us to dance...since it's so hot, I do not appreciate this...
Host mom gets us to dance…since it’s so hot, I do not appreciate this…
Bye Amanti
Bye Amanti
Bye host mom....you look really creepy in this picture...
Bye host mom….you look really creepy in this picture…

The next morning we left for Taquille island.

The day was again gorgeous and it was hot. I GOT TO WEAR SHORTS!!!!!

We hiked across the island.

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Ending up at the main square. I mostly walked with Ji-Hye. She’s so sweet! We were talking about some cool places in Japan to visit. Which of course I have to visit Fuji and hike up it. 2 day trip. And the hot springs. And she’s going to San Francisco for work in like a month. Good for you Ji-Hye!

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Found this cool sign that appeared to point to a place and tell how far away it was. I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s not pointing to the location, but does tell the distance.

And they had cool textile store. Everything is handmade and goes to the community. So I had to get myself a pair of fingerless gloves with cats on them. :3 Meow

There is always a soccer/football field...the towns may be poor or in the middle of a giant lake, but there is still a soccer/football field
There is always a soccer/football field…the towns may be poor or in the middle of a giant lake, but there is still a soccer/football field

 

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Look at that view. We got to have lunch overlooking it. Lunch actually was delicious. It was fresh trout and we had French fries (or Belgium fries, don’t really care where it came from.) I only wish I could have ate more.

Then our tour guide gave us a presentation on some traditional garb on the Island.

The married guys wear the bowler hat to work and wear solid red elf type hats
The married guys wear the bowler hat to work and wear solid red elf type hats
Single guys wear red and white elf type hats, while they're working the pom pom is in the back, while they're trying to pick up girls, the pom pom is on the side, cause that's "hotter"
Single guys wear red and white elf type hats, while they’re working the pom pom is in the back, while they’re trying to pick up girls, the pom pom is on the side, cause that’s “hotter”
Married women have small pom poms at the ends of their scarves and single woman have big pom poms
Married women have small pom poms at the ends of their scarves and single woman have big pom poms
Fresh trout...yummmm
Fresh trout…yummmm

And back on the boat.

We sat outside in the back, just relaxing. It was too hot to keep my long socks up, so  I pulled them down. And accidentally took a nap, under the hot sun.

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I got a little tan…

Unfortunately we came back to the port and had to say goodbye. Ditte and I were going to the bus terminal to get our bus tickets, everyone else was headed elsewhere.

BUT

We met up with David near a fountain after getting our tickets. Lucky bastard checked into a hostel and took a shower.

Dog chasing pigeons in the park
Dog chasing pigeons in the park

Exploring happened. Unfortunately for David he was escorting 2 girls through a city they haven’t seen yet and there were shops everywhere.

Luckily, we were tired, so we grabbed a restaurant that looked nice with wi-fi and settled there. And all of us immediately went for our smart phones. Must…have…internet….

At least we put it away while we ate food.

Are you sure this is healthy? It's fine... Is it safe to eat? Other people have eaten it. Other people have also jumped off bridges... ;___;
Are you sure this is healthy?
It’s fine…
Is it safe to eat?
Other people have eaten it.
Other people have also jumped off bridges… ;___;

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I just want to say, cui doesn’t taste that good. And then it’s shoulder meat seemed still bloody. So I didn’t even want to try for the head…

Several hours later of mooching off internet and we left again.

A couple more shops, some more walking around. And then we find this place that seems like it has good desserts.

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Mhmmm chocolate.

And of course I found out through all our discussions, remember this is a 2 person study, so not very accurate, German is more conservative than Denmark, especially with gay marriage and abortion. Neither are discriminated again though. Also, Germany during the holocaust, yeah people were just willfully ignorant where they took the Jews. But they educate everyone about it all the time. We are all still confused how people can claim the holocaust didn’t exist. And chocolate is a worldwide love.

‘Till next time.

P.S. I got back at 6 AM and had to leave for school at 8 AM. Monday is cranky day.

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