Yesterday I went to Lake Titicaca. Nope, still can´t say it without sniggering. What made it worse was that everytime the guide took a photo of me he said ´say Titi´. I can only assume it doesn´t mean the same in Spanish. Thanks god I wasn´t around any other English speakers. We took a long coach ride to get there in the morning, really great scenery with several other tourists, none of whom were english speakers. My guide was good, giving me loads of info about the landscape, the lifestyle, heights of mountains and populations and all that kind of stuff that´s interesting at the time but which I immediately forgot. We travelled to Copacabana which is a little town on the side of the lake. A really pretty little place and the lake itself is beautiful. Sat outisde in the sun and had lunch, looked round the church then set about climbing this big hill to get a good view over the lake. It had the stations of the cross marked all the way up it and people were burning offerings to wish for fortunes and good luck and so on. It was a tough clñimb in the hot sun though and reminded me of the Inca trail. Got loads of great photos from the top though so worth it. Headed back to La Paz after that.
Got back just in time for my welcome meeting at the start of my GAP tour. Worst case scenario for me came true which is that everyone on my tour pretty much knows each other already as they´ve just finished another tour together. Not much incentive then for them to get to know the new girl! I found last night pretty tough going. There´s a Canadian bunch from Quebec. A Latino bunch from I´m not sure where. Some Americans and some Brits. The ones I later spoke to were the Brits and actually turned out to be really nice. We went for dinner and then some beers and I got chatting to a couple who´ve just been travelling round India. They´re teachers which is something I´m toying with as a career option. Sounds like they´re all a fairly adrenalin-fuelled bunch though which bothers me a bit though most are younger than me so maybe I´ll just be the sad git that doesn´t join in with much! We´ll see. Sadly it looks like I´ve got a room to myself. I should be pleased but sharing is at least a good way to make friends so its a bit of a shame.
Today is just a chilling day. I´m mooching about in the sun picking up souvenirs. Apparently Bolivia´s the cheapest country in S America and Chile´s the most expensive so I´m getting some shopping done now, even though I have no idea how I´m going to fit it all in my bags! Tomorrow we leave La Paz and head out to Sucre and then onto Potosi.