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November 2012

Cusco

Day 4

semi-overcast 77 °F

Today we went to the market in Poroy, a little village about twenty minutes outside of Cusco. We looked at all of the handicrafts and food that they sell. (We bought a few items too!) My dad liked the big wall hanging made out of alpaca wool.

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Cusco

Day 2

sunny 76 °F

Today, we went to visit two more old Incan cities. We learned a lot about the Incas and how they lived their lives. They were fabulous architects and built buildings out of MASSIVE stones! (Dad says that aliens built them!) They had no real furniture except for long stones put on the ground to be benches. Their beds were made out of grass, straw and animal skin, and they had nitches carved into the walls to hold items like pottery and other things that were important to them. They lived in the city until the Spaniards came and took over.
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Cusco

Day 1

sunny 72 °F

Today we went to visit the Children of the Rainbow center. The Children of the Rainbow center is a place where kids live if their parents either died, can't take care of them or for other family reasons. The Children of the Rainbow also has a school for parents that don't have enough money to send their kids to the private schools and don't want to put them in the public school because they are so bad. The kids go to school from seven o'clock until two o'clock. The kids in the school are ages five to nine. They also have an upper school for older kids. The kids were very friendly and nice. They all have classrooms (which I admit are nicer than mine!!!) depending on their age and have all of the classes that a normal school has. In the afternoon we went to visit Ollantaytambo which is an old Inca city.
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Lake Titicaca (number one)

Day 1

sunny 75 °F

Today in the morning, we took a boat out to the Uros Islands. The Uros Islands are houses built on piles of floating reeds. It was very interesting to learn the peoples way of life on the Uros Islands as it is very different from ours. First of all they all wear the traditional Spanish outfits which are long colorful skirts and felt jackets for the women, and cloth clothing and rope necklaces for the men. The women also have traditional hats that they wear depending on if they are single or married. If they are single (including the girls) they wear a colorful knitted hat, kind of like a winter hat, that is meant to resemble the national flower. If they are married, they wear a small leather hat with small tassels that look kind of like a top hat, but for women. The men also wear different knitted caps depending on if they are married or not too. If they are not married, they wear a small knitted cap that is half colorful and half white. If they are married, they wear a cap that is completely colored. The men on the islands have to know how to to knit in order to get married. If they do knit, they have to take a test to prove that they are worthy to marry the woman. They have to make their own colored cap and it has to be made very carefully without any mistakes. It has to be able to stand up on its own without drooping, and the thread has to be so tight that it can hold water and have the water drip slowly and not fast. When they are married and wear the fully colored hat, they wear it different directions depending on their mood. If they are happy, they wear it to the left, if they are okay they wear it in the middle and if they are unhappy they wear it to the right. The people on the islands speak a native language also, called Aymara. In the afternoon we went to visit the weaving community of Copamaya. I learned how to weave on a loom and watched the natives spin sheep wool. It was a very fun and interesting day!
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Lake Titicaca (number two)

Day 2

sunny 75 °F

Today in the morning, we took a boat out to Taquile Island. Taquile is the most well know island in Lake Titicaca and is very different from Uros. The people on the island speak the native language of Quetchua instead of Aymara. Since the people come from a different area, their clothes are different too. They dress in mainly black and the women wear black scarves on their heads instead of hats. Their way of telling if you are married or not is different too. If they are single, they wear large bright pom-poms on the ends of their scarves. If they are married, they wear smaller and duller pom-poms instead. One of the families also treated us to a snack of homemade quinoa soup, andean cheese and herb bread. It was very good! In the afternoon we went on a canoe through the reeds on the lake. We saw lots of birds, and was was very fun!!!
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