Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lake Titikaka Day 2

Today we went to visit the reed island on Lake Titikaka, there are 36 Islands that people live on. To my surprise there were even sheep, cows and pigs living there to. We got off our boat at one of the islands where we had a demonstration on how they build there islands. The people who live on the island eat a part of some of the reeds daily, peeling it like a banana. Sitting beside us was a baby eating some of the reed, which reassured me to try some, it didn't really taste of anything but I liked it. One of the families took us into there home and let us try there traditional clothes on, which was funny, I got given bright orange to wear.

We got taken to another island in a boat made out of reeds, as we got rowed away two women sang to us, one song we didn't no which was in spanish, then for a laugh they sang 'row, row, row your boat....' Everyone we met on the islands were so friendly and very proud of where they lived.

We left the reed island village and took a boat our further into the lake to another island (this one not a reed island) All the people who live like english people would have done about 150 years ago, as we walked up through the island people were working in the fields by hand, women were walking around spinning wool, it felt like we had gone back in time. The walk up to the village on this island was steep, and hard to walk as again the altitude affects your breathing and your lungs struggle without enough oxygen, but the beautiful scenery helped. When we got to the top we had some lunch, fresh trout from the lake and soup, we finished off with Coca tea to help with the altitude. All the men on the island wear hats, men with white at the ends of the hat show that they are single and men with just red hats means they are married. Most of the women will wear a black scarf over there heads.We had a quick look round the centre of the village and then left as the thunder storms were setting in. Below is a young boy who was sitting in a field whilst some others were working in the field.

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