August 9, 2011
(Note this was received late on August 8th)
After breakfast today, it was time to stretch the legs with a tour of La Paz. Flying in to this elevation can make some a little hesitant to get after it. Not here, this team is on top of it. We had a great walk today, not a cloud in the sky, all the time looking up at Illimani, towering above the city. After a great lunch in the Witches Market we got some lessons on what symbols give you wealth and health and longevity, so we are getting up to speed on Bolivian culture.
This afternoon we wrapped up last minute details, finished packing, and got all ready to head out in the morning to the beach and Lake Titicaca. I have a little surprise for the team on the way – I hope we can meet again the last remaining builder of the Ra II, who is a little over 80 now and he likes visitors.
How is the team doing? I think we were asked nicely to stop laughing so hard last night! We are looking forward to a couple of ferry and boat rides tomorrow with an evening overlook of the town of Copacabana. SORRY everyone, this is NOT the Copacabana which Barry Manilow is talking about, but what the hell, sing it anyhow!