This morning I took a bus from Puno, Peru to Copacabana, Bolivia. During the 3-hour trip, I reflected on all things interesting, strange, and noteworthy from my first month in South America. Here I present a collection of random thoughts (and no, none of them have anything to do with llamas):
There are dogs everywhere. I mean everywhere. And for some reason none of them look alike.
Bathrooms on the Inca Trail are porcelain holes in the ground that emit an odor that you wouldn’t wish on anyone.
Everyone drives a taxi. Or, at least, they think they do because random unmarked cars will ask if you need a taxi. Hmmm… absolutely not.
The mannequins are seriously frightening. Can’t believe I didn’t get a pic.
90% of the time you have to pay to use the bathroom and toilet paper is not provided. If you do have TP, don’t you dare put it in the toilet!
Boys play soccer (futbol), girls play volleyball. What’s a baseball?
Taking a 22 hour bus from Lima to Cusco is a bad idea. Look up altitude sickness and then add a winding road. No bueno.
A beer sometimes costs more than a night in a hostel.
Forget political lawn signs. Why be conservative when you can paint the entire exterior of your house in honor of your top candidate? And don’t forget about that cement wall around your community. That’s fair game as well.
Inca Cola rules along with any beverage with pisco and copious amounts of sugar.
A dog in the street is invisible. A dog with a leash is adorable and all must stare and make kissy noises. Isn’t that right, Sinco?