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Hello! My name is Nugget and I am 12 weeks old. This weekend I met my new Mommy and Daddy. They brought me to a new home with lots of toys and treats and gave me an itchy collar. I miss my dog-parents Poe and Fae, but I am discovering all sorts of new things in this home. My favorite spot in my new house is on a big fluffy Flokati rug. On Saturday, I accidentally started peeing on it, but Mommy started yelling at me so I stopped. When I want to use the bathroom I sit on my butt near the door, and then my new parents take me on a walk. I made lots of new friends and discovered something called peanut butter. It is delicious. Mommy says I need to stop barking at other four-legged creatures, but I just get so excited! Yesterday at puppy pre-school, the trainer said that I need to make 100 human and dog friends before I turn 6 months old so that I become so-shuh-lized. I don’t know what “so-shuh-lized” means, but I heard Mommy telling Daddy that we should go play with other dogs, so it must be a good thing! Today my parents are at work, so Daddy set up something called a “web-cam” so that he can look at me on his phone while he is not at home. That’s all for now. I’m going to take a nap in my bed!
After a whirlwind 2 days through Puno and Lake Titicaca, we were down to the final leg of our two-week trip across Peru. I had never heard of Colca Canyon before beginning to research places to visit in Peru, but after reading about the graceful condors that can only be found in the canyon, I knew we had to check it out.
From Puno, we took the 4M Express bus to Arequipa, passing through packs of alpacas (cuteness overload), a lake situated even higher than Titicaca, a series of volcanoes including El Misti, and a high point of 4,910 meters- just over 16,000 feet. The bus ride took about 7 hours and dropped us off directly at our hostel, Colonial Inn. Arequipa was by far the most European of the cities we had visited, with gorgeous Spanish architecture across town. We didn’t have much time to explore though- the next morning it was off to Colca Canyon!
Hi friends! Over the weekend, this happened…
…and I said yes! Here’s how it went down.
After our exhausting Inca Trail hike, it was off to the legendary Lake Titicaca. The 3,200 sq. mile lake borders Peru and Bolivia, accessible on the Peruvian side via Puno, and is the largest lake in South America. ‘Titicaca’ roughly translates to “stone puma,” which the lake’s shape is supposed to resemble. I suppose this is true if you have a highly creative imagination and squint 🙂 At any rate, the day long tour of the Uros and Taquile Islands was a much needed break to recover from the fast pace of the Inca Trail. The tour began at 6:30 AM (it takes about 1.5 hours to get to the Uros Islands and another hour from there to Taquile) and ended around 5 PM.
Additional notes and tips after the break