Saturday, January 15, 2011

The beginning of our 10 day travels..

Our adventure began Friday morning at 4:20 AM! Doesn't everyone look thrilled?

An hour later we're in Arequipa! I was trying to jump in the air..

The main plaza in Arequipa called Plaza de Armas, which is the same name of the plaza that was located across the street from me in Espana.
Awkward individual photo, what's up?
We took a tour of a monastery, it was surprisingly incredibly interesting. This is a picture on the roof top of one of the buildings.
The streets in the monastery were named after Spanish cities. Hola, Sevilla.
A cute Peruvian woman selling fruits on the side of the street
The next day we took a 5 hours bus ride from Arequipa to Puno. We made a pit stop in the middle of the mountains so the Peruvians could try and sell us things and to drink cocoa tea.
We finally arrive in Puno and immediately make a trip to the Uros Islands, THEY'RE FLOATING.
So I guess people legitly live on the man-made floating islands. I don't know if I really believe it, but they had solar panels and TVs in their straw huts. There are several different islands and each island has a couple of families living on it and is given its own name. Also, there is a main government island that has a restaurant, bar, and hotel.
You could take this "boat" for 5 sole to another island. I passed on the opp.
The people on one of the islands invited us in their house and made us dress up and dance and sing. It was funny. You can tell if a woman is married or single by looking at her pompoms and her hat. The colorful pompoms mean that the woman is single and the single colored pompoms mean that she is married. Also, when the hat is tilted to the right the woman is single and when the hat is on the middle of the head it means she is married.
The group all dressed up!

We went to the main island and Jes and I decided, why not drink a beer on a floating island and climb up the watch tower. It was glorious

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