Hi guys, it feels wierd to be sitting and writing a blog about our travels after the tragic event in Oslo. I think that the positive attitude from the Norwegian people is really touching. We do not intend to be disrespectful, but are rather hoping that our stories can bring some relief from the sitiuation at home.
There has been quite some time since we have put down a real addition to the blog, so this hopefully sums up some of the days that are missing.
After inca trail, we headed on to Puno. This is an interresting city in the regard that almost all the buildings remain unfinished due to some belief that if you do not finish the building, there are some major taxes you can be avoided. Ruben (our guide) told us that this is not the case, but still the trend continiues. From afar the city lies in a brown-ish landscape with an earth-colored city atop it. After a 7 hours bur ride, we had minbus ride. Then we were finally at the hotel.
Althogh Puno was a nice enough city the activities (except Titicaca) was somewhat overshadowed by our chance encounter with our dear aunt Nadia!!! She was in town and we shared a few meals, beers and experiences before we headed along our different paths. HOPE YOU ARE HAVING A GREAT TIME NADIA! *shamanistic five*
Lake titicaca: For those who do not know it, Lake Titicaca is a collection of floating islands made by an indiginous people living there (4000m). They collect boyant reeds that they tie together to make tiny societies that float in the lake. The morning began with everyone getting their own rickshaw to the docks. This, of course, turned into some kind of subconcious contest where I suspect the subconciousness of Richie or Eirik tipped the driver to go a little bit faster.. Afterwards we got on a boat that would take us to the floating islands. On the islands we got to know the history and customs of the people living there. They also took us for a ride in a quite unique looking reed-boat with two puma heads in the front. One of the challanges of living in a such isolated environment is how do you solve conflicts of greater magnitude? To answer this question the guide found a long-bladed saw and said that the saw is the final solution of the islanders cannot agree.
From there we sailed on for 3-4 hours to an island in the middle of the lake where there lived appox 1200 people. It was a beautiful island and after a breathtaking climb to the top (the lake lies at 4000!!) we really got an impression of how amazingly VAST the lake really is!!! There was a hint of some land in some dirrections, but mostly the horizon was filled with clear, blue water. Here we ate some delicious trout before heading back.
Next stop La Paz! Stay tuned