Just about to check out of a really nice hotel in Copacabana on Lake Titicaca. Although it is over-priced and they wanna charge me $3 for wifi, so I'll write this now and upload when I can get it for free.
This was just a chill- out stop en route to the bustle of La Paz, Bolivia's unofficial capital and the highest in the world.
Speaking of height, the altitude is being blamed for Kim's sleepiness. Maddy left us as she wanted to get on to Argentina which has just left me and Kim, but I may as well been on my own - everytime she sits down she falls asleep!
After Kimbo woke from a 2hr boat trip we landed on Isla del Sol (Island of the Sun) in Lake Titicaca. We trekked around 3-4hrs taking in the view and the sights of where the first Incas supposedly originated so I guess with the trail etc we have covered that culture (and just about done with bleedin Pan Pipes!)
We here it's snowing again in Norn Iron, but here we were baked, they don't call it the Island of the Sun for nuttin.
One thing about the island was I did have 'An Idiot Abroad' (forgive the Sky plug!) moment when we got there. Couldn't understand why people would live without running water, in that heat with little fertile land. Then I found out. Not only is the scenery stunning, but they have their hand in for everything! They charge you just to walk around the island, and not just once- it's c9km long but they charge for the north, central and south regions! When we got to the south pay gate yhere was a local woman, embarrassingly answering her mobile!
Granted it's not too expensive but me and Kim are broke here, there is no cash machines as Copacabana is so small and we could just cover living and travelling.
Which brings me to the photo attached to today's blog. We had to search for one of the few restaurants that took card and when we got one, we decided to treat ourselves to a bottle of Bolivian wine which the waiter wrapped in a napkin. Anyone who has ever had the massive luxury of eating at 114 (aka the Mathews') at Christmas will recognise the pattern. I couldn't help take evidence that Mum, your festive spirit and decoration truly is world-renowned! And I'm already looking forward to next year as last years' seems ages ago already.
Must mention by the way, John Lewis you need to get yer'sel down here, the bread is phenomenal! and there's loads of it!
So after Kim had vetted what I'm writin I've been told it's very 'moany' so I'd just like to qualify we are both havin an amazing time here. The scenery is spectacular, the atmosphere superb and the people are great (apart from the old lady who pulled a Paula Ratcliffe in the street).
It's hard to fathom we have done so much already and still have only dipped our toe so-far. Missing everyone and everything at home, but still feeling very lucky, really enjoying it and still so much to look forward to!