In the thick of things!
This morning we had the opportunity to sleep in but we were unable to. I'm not sure if it's cause we have gotten used to getting little sleep but we both woke up around 5am.
Mylene went down for breakfast and I lingered. At 8 o'clock we met Oswaldo our guide for the day and headed outside to grab a minibus. We walked out and to our surprise we had bicycle rickshaws waiting for us outside. We were all excited about this surprise. The ride was fun and scary all at once. We felt like we were going to get hit by many cars and Mylene had a bad case of the giggles.
Once we got to the port we purchased a few things gifts for the children and some water. We headed off to out boat and headed to Uros floating island where we were thought how they build these islands. We visited their homes and took a boat ride to another part of the island where we had our passports stamped. This visit is really geared to tourists but nonetheless we really enjoyed it.
We left the floating islands and took a long boat ride to the next island Tequile where we had a little hike up to have our lunch. The hiking here has to be done slowly as we have little oxygen at this altitude. We had a break and shopped some really beautiful hand knits. Unfortunately my head was too big none of them fit quite right.
We then proceeded a little higher where we had lunch with a view. Our menu options omelets or trout. Mylene and I both had the trout and it was absolutely delicious. After eating we took a hike down the other side of the island and to our boat. It was an absolutely gorgeous hike and Mylene and I took this opportunity to learn more about oswaldo our tour guide.
This would be our last very rocky boat ride of the day to luquina Chico where we are spending the night. Upon our arrival we were greated by locals and headed up to the school. Where we had a soccer match against the locals. WE WON! I didn't do much as I was a cheerleader. I trip over soccer balls it's really not my sport so I sat out.
We then were dressed up in their traditional garb and taught how to dance. It was a lot of fun our whole group really got into it and danced along. Once the party was over we headed uphill to our host family home. We (Mylene,Lisa and I) are staying with Brigitta she has 3 kids. Up to now we have met Omar (9) Evelyn (12) Diego (the father). We are staying in a beautiful room and were fed a wonderful meal in their dinning room. Their is no power today due to the heavy winds so we had a candle light dinner and really enjoyed being here. The family does speak Spanish wish really helps as I'm able to communicate with them. It is pouring rain out here now so they gave us ponchos to get back to our room and we are all ready for bed. I'm writing this from my bed under beautiful heavy woven blankets as I listen to the rain hit the tin roof and the thunder roar. It's only 820pm but we are tucked in and ready to drift into sleep as today was a long day with lots of activities. Tomorrow we are staying here until noon. I'm excited to get to know our family more and really enjoy being disconnected from the world.
I kept thinking how lucky we are to experience such beautiful things. The people we have met here have travelled extensively and we were trading stories from our different destinations and questioning each other about our dream destinations. I know I already have 2 more trips planned in the next little while but I can't wait to plan another one like this and as of right now G adventure is definitely a company I want to travel more with. I can't imagine the high we will get next week when we see Machu Pichu!