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Thoughts Over Lunch on Lake Titicaca

Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia Cold. It’s really cold here. Not arctic cold, or February in Cleveland cold, but a high-altitude chill that permeates everything. These buildings and their lack of any type of heat doesn’t help either. I refuse to get out of bed before 11:00 am in order to give the sun time to [...]

Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Cold. It’s really cold here. Not arctic cold, or February in Cleveland cold, but a high-altitude chill that permeates everything. These buildings and their lack of any type of heat doesn’t help either. I refuse to get out of bed before 11:00 am in order to give the sun time to heat up the Earth. That extra X meters between La Paz and here really seems to make a difference.

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I was more disappointed when the claim of hot showers in my hotel proved to be false. Hypothermia from a shower. Would I be the first? I opted not to find out. Maybe they will be hot tomorrow…

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Will this guy hurry up! Service in Latin America can be amazingly slow. Just give me some coffee to wake and heat me up.

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Oy, there is no shortage of Alpaca crap here to buy. Hats, shirts, pants, socks, leg warmers, slippers, scarfs, gloves, blankets and bags. If I look hard enough I bet I might find some alpaca underwear as well.

Need some Alpaca crap? One store out of thousands that I've seen selling the stuff.

There is an interesting Moorish style church in town but do I really want another photo of a church. My head screams out in a resounding ‘NO’.

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This was interesting though. A priest came out of the church and threw Holy Water all over this car. A priest blessing a car was a new one for me.

A priest was blessing and throwing holy water on this car. That was a new one for me.

This can only mean one thing. Another random Latin American festival. Women all over town are sitting on street corners drinking beer. This is usually a sacred ritual left up only to the men in any given town. I can now be 100% certain that there is some celebration going on.

Women drinking on the street corner. A practice usually reserved for men only. Must be a festival going on.

Agh, they turned on traditional Bolivian music. This stuff is terrible! This fish I’m eating is good though. Fresh caught and tasty and also comes with soup and desert for less than $3.00. Now that I think about it, this lunch costs the same amount as my hotel room – 20 Bolivianos ($2.85).

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Funny how your perception of what’s expensive versus cheap changes. This meal is actually slightly expensive. In La Paz I could get the equivalent meal with a salad and bread thrown in for 12 Bolivianos ($1.85).

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I can see the lake as I eat my lunch. It’s really blue. Why does it always seem like the higher I am the bluer a body of water looks? Meh, I guess I don’t really care why. It looks really beautiful right now and that’s all that really matters for the moment.

Photos of Lake Titicaca

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Sam Langley left a comfortable and profitable job with an insurance company in the USA to travel the world. He has been going for years, and has not stopped yet. Keep up with his travels on his blog at Cubicle Ditcher. has written 147 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.