... and yes, reading Jack Kerouac
10.07.2007 15 °C
Today has been a lot less perfect than yesterday. I seem to have gotten a cold, and when I went to go visit Juanita, the Incan ice mummy, the Lonely Planet guide sent me to the wrong museum, in a sketchy area of town. Sure I saw some semi-interesting artifacts (how many jars does one need to see?), but no Juanita. And it was too late in the day to visit the correct museum. I have also been uncharacteristically indecisive about where to head next. To go trekking again, go to Bolivia, or step into Chili because it´s oh so close? And the Dutch couple I met in the coffee shop informed me that the protests for the next couple of days are to be especially bad, blocking any land routes to Bolivia. I am really not up for another 5 am, 2 mile hike past burnt out cars, barbed wire, broken glass and angry protesters.
But tomorrow I shall rise early, pack, go for a swim at the club, visit Juanita, then head to the airport. Yes, the airport. For $17.85 I am flying to Juliaca (near the Bolivian border) and missing the protesters. Suckers!!! Except the gracious girls at the travel agency told me that the taxi cabs are all protesting tomorrow. Hundreds of teachers yesterday, taxis tomorrow, this is getting old! At first interesting, these protests are now seriously complicating my life. Apparently inflation has been high lately but no ones salaries are going up.
From Juliaca, I will go straight to Puno and spend the night, likely at the hostal Los Uros (this is all for Mom´s benefit, keep track of me! lol...) since the British boys stayed there and it was nice. I shall then proceed to visit the floating islands the following day, either a day trip or overnight. Afterwards, I will take a bus, cross into Bolivia and go to Copacobana. It´s on the south shore of Lake Titicaca and is where you go to travel to the Isla de la Sol, a beautiful island on the lake, the mythical birthplace of the Incas. There´s amazing scenery and ruins to be seen. Again, a day trip or perhaps spend a night in one of the small villages. From there, La Paz. Theres a lot of Incan sites to see around there, some mountains to climb (provided they have adeaquate equipment!) and of course, the highest elevated capital city in the world to explore.
Today, as forementioned, has been nothing but troublesome. All I really wanted for dinner was palta rellena, stuffed avocado, and some sort of main course. But every place was charging 14 Soles for the appetizer! Insane. I knew there had to be reasonable places. After over an hour of searching (I really wanted that stuffed avocado), I found it. Right on the Plaza de Armas, the least likely place- because so central is usually the most expensive- I found a set dinner menu for 10 Soles. Ten Soles ($3) for an appetizer (and palta rellena was on the list!), a main, and a drink of juice or tea. That´s more like it. And the avocado was worth the wait.
Well, I´m off. I need to get to bed early, take more antibiotics, and see if I can ward off this sickness. Wish me luck tomorrow in getting to the airport... damn taxis!