I gotÂ back !I made it back, thank God !!Though I was only out for a day from Bolivia, I m so glad I was able to get back with no hassle.. I had to go to Peru yesterday to get a new visa. HoweverÂ before leaving the country I went thru some ordeal with visa issues. First in Rurre, the last time I had my visa there I was told I could only return after a month or I could extend but pay a lot..So, I came hereÂ to La PazÂ Tuesday after a long 24 hr bus ride thru the “most dangerous road”. I got to the Immigration and the guy told me I only allowed 3 months in a year herÂ for my visa. Which means I could only come back next year… ButÂ then, an angel like appeared a lady with a US passport she told me something i could do. I have to make the story short, when I asked for an appeal, a guy in the immigration came out who speak great English. We had some chit chat, then he told me, its okay you could leave the country and come back in few days, with no problem.. I was happy to hear that, at the same time bewildered with the inconsistency in the rules and the policy.
IÂ got my ticket then for Peru which wasÂ a day journey thru the mountain roads. I dont know anything and anybody in Peru except for a Travel Guide Book and a piece of paper from the travel agent for a hotel to stay.
Before leaving Ixiamas last Monday morning I was a bit nervous to travel for one I have to do the 24 hour ride thru the death road, then travel to Peru. Its threading anÂ unknown place, without knowing anyone nor any connection. I just went yesterday with the faith and prayer that the Lord will allow me to come back with no problem.
Anyway, the trip turnout to be a great blessing. As the busÂ drove northwest thru the rugged and dry hills and mountains, the scenery and landscaped reminded me a lot of Tibet.Â Â FamiliarityÂ gave me some comfort.Â And as the elevation went higher theÂ air got thinner as we reachedÂ 3800 meters around Lake Titicaca.Â Oops,,, i remembered the coffeeÂ that morning did not help with the altitude. Lake Titicaca is a huge lake and gorgeous with crystal clear blue water. It extends to the Peru side. It again reminded me of the highest salt water lake in Tibet called Namco. Both lake are in seated in plateau surrounded by hills and mountains. I was praising God for the beauty of His creation.
when I got to Peru side, after 10 hours travelling, a strange guy came to me and asked if I went to do an island trip. Since I didnt know, I tried all excuses to refuse. But it seems to be a good offer. I paid a little amount for a 2 hour tour to an isalnd in the middle of the Lake Titicaca. I was nervous and praying when I went with the guy. I thought I was stupid to go with a strangerÂ Â Â . I prayed and trusted God for protection.Â Â Â When we got to the boat there was a tour group and the trip turned to be a real blessing. It became the highlight of my trip.
Its one of the most exciting and great trip-tour I had done I guess. A community of indigenours people called Aymaran made an island from roots and grass with no land nor soil in the middle of the Lake. They have live there for 600 years.Â A lot are poor. They live thru fishing and selling crafts to the foreigners. I was nervous walking at first, as I thought the grass will sink, the houses were made of grass and plants from the lake. They have their own school (elementary only), a small hospital, and a church. It was so cool.
I know this is very long now. I wish to write more.I will try to post some of my unposted writings or blog in the next days.
I thank God for those who prayed for me. Ms.Becky pls shoot me an email. I lost your email add.
Dios te bendiga,