Hello from Arica, Chile,
Finally we have reached warmth! Jess and I swam in the Pacific today after 2 weeks of travelling.
We visited the floating islands of Lake Titcaca near Puno Peru two days ago. Yes you read that correctly, floating. The natives have combined a meter thick of these reeds (like cattails) into islands for 100´s to live on. Not to find the negative in it but it was sad to see how the tourism industry has influenced them. They gave a quick story of how they have been doing the floating life (which they forgot to mention has only been since the 60´s) then drag you over to their table cloth of bracelts and toy boats to buy. Great to be on the water though. Ha funny story. Our tour boat´s prop came cought on a fishing line. Our half day tour nearly became a full day tour as we drifted to shore. Bonus! Except i really had to pee.
We crossed the Peru-Chilean boarder in a gold ford toarus this AM. Yep the Toursha is living strong in Arica. I had the greatest memory of home this morning. Penut butter and toast!!!!! Well techinically it was Skippy not Karft but ill take it, lol. Seriously it was heaven tasting something familure. Also I saw the first McDonalds today. No i didnt buy anything. Im saving up untill tomorrow´s lunch.
Groceries today for today and tomorrows dinner came to ....wait for it.....8,250. The Mula in Chile is soooo different. 1 Chilean peso is = 525 US $. But the six pack of beer was the equilavent of 4 bucks. Deal!
Still alive and Kicking,