Hi all, I cant believe that it is nearly a month since I updated my blog. I have so much to tell I dont know where to start! I have included links to photos as this website is killing me as usua. Nest time I promise, a better blog! There have been big cultural changes since leaving Argentina. There is a very high proportion of indiginous people in Peru and Bolivia. The traditional dress of the women is quite distinctive (and common), just like you would see in a photo. Young and old wear long plaits down their backs. They wear full knee-length frilly skirts and brightly coloured woven shawls. Babies are carried in woven slings. Best of all though are the little top-hats that are perched on top of their heads. They look really odd – I laughed the first time I saw them! In the rain, you would often see them put their hats in plastic bags and then place the had and bag on their heads. Quite comical looking! The men are just dressed ordinarily, how dull!http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429930613/in/set-72157600015017186/ One of the highlights of my time in South America so far has been a 4 day trip on Bolivia. Most of the trip is centred around a trip to the Salar, the worlds largest Salt plains. It was really out of this world. There is nothing that I say that would accurately describe it. At the moment the plains are covered in a few inches of water. There are clouds around where the horizon and as a result, the horizon completely disappears. It feels like you are floating. It is a completely bizarre sensation, especially when we were driving, very disorientating. Not only were the Salt Plains great, the rest of the trip was too. We traveled in areas that the mineral content is just sitting on the surface of the mountains. The colours were just amazing. The highest point of the trip was a visit to geisers, at 5000m, which is much higher than Mont Blanc in Europe. It was fine as long as I walked slowly. The others felt a bit unwell but I was fine!!Salar: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429579315/in/set-72157600015003694/http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429584099/in/set-72157600015003694/http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429558271/in/set-72157600015003694/After that a few of us went to La Paz, where I mostly just chilled out. I think the most I did was go to the cinema, what a novelty! I have to say I really loved the city; there is sooo much going on all the time. So many people everywhere, a lot of noise, pollution and so on. It had the feel of an Asian city, complete with serious pollution. As expected, it is considerably poorer than Argentina and Chile. Everyone appears to be scratching out a living in the informal economy. There are people, often children, in Mini buses (public transport), constantly shouting, listing the places that they are travelling to, shoe shine boys always touting for business, even asking if I need my (canvas) shoes shined. Apparently there is a real stigma attached to their job, to the extent that they wear balaclavas! They look pretty sinister to be honest.http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429916364/in/set-72157600015092255/ The others went on a day trip to Death Road, worlds most dangerous road. It is carved into a mountain side with sheer drops as they descend on bikes for about 5 hours. In fact the last person died just a few days before they went, with the same company as the person who died went with. I thought it wouldnt be that good an idea for meNext on my tight travel schedule (!) was a trip to Copacabana on the shores of Lake Titikaka, on the Bolivian side. Another of the highlights of South America. It was absolutely stunning but Im not sure how well it comes out in the photos. We stayed in a very odd hostel. We got so cold at night but couldnt find anyone. In the end we went on a blanket raid and borrowed some from an empty guest room. How naughty! The next morning we were treated to a beautiful sunrise, and we didnt even have to get out of bed!Blanket Raid: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429960117/in/set-72157600015017186/Sunrise: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429960129/in/set-72157600015017186/http://www.flickr.com/photos/37015497@N00/429960106/in/set-72157600015017186/And here I am in Cusco. It is really beautiful – amazing setting, surrounded by green hills, beautiful architecture and colonial buildings and so far, lovely weather. We are staying in a great hostel that is owned by a few Irish guys. It is in a gorgeous colonial building, set around 2 courtyards. We are quite high up so there is a fabulous view of the city. The city has quite a reputation as being a traveller hangout and I can see why. I bumped into a guy I knew from Buenos Aires and he is here 3 weeks at this stage. I dont think I will be here that long but itll be nice to have a rest. I just booked and paid for the Inca trail . The government restricts the number of permits issued as it is a national park so I have to wait until 16th April. I plan on going away and coming back. Also the rainy season will be well and truly over so I should be guaranteed clear blue skies (but very cold nights, about -3C, not great for camping).I have done a couple of days of volunteer work this week – basically I worked as a teachers assistant in a school for very poor kids. Through another girl at the hostel I am staying in, I met 2 Irish volunteers, John and Colm, both teachers, who have taken a year out to do this. The kids at the school are really lovely and very well behaved except for a bit of childish boisterousness. On the first morning I got greeted with a running hug from one little boy, then this morning I got three of them flinging themselves into my arms. Of course my heart just melted! Im not sure how much good I am doing but it is something I suppose. Once I got over my feelings of being a spare tool in the classroom, I helped them with their colouring and writing. We then did some jigaws, which was a bit of fun. My Spanish is pretty limited but I was fine for the most part. Tomorrow is football day so no doubt Ill be knackered from running around at altitude!
Posted from Peru:
Hi Lynda,Have a nice day from Joliette (Quebec) Canada
02 Nov 2008
I just googled my friend Tulio Picinini who I have lost contact with, and your travelblog came up, so I hoped you will send me his e-mail adress.
31 Mar 2008
Hi Lynda,Your web is wonderful and amazing for me, I explain you why. My name is Lynda Corcoran and I’m leaving now in Joliette (in Quebec Province, Canada) and working in Musée d’art de Joliette as Registrar, what’s a surprise for me to see your website! Hope you enjoy it like me. My middle name is Nelly. Bye
20 Jan 2008
Hi Lynda Corcoran
WOW girlie what a trip,I was having a fiddle on the internet and googled my name which is the same as yours gee whiz I would of traded me for you for a while!I live in USA though I am a Brit.USA is where I ended up Was fun reading your blog and looking at your pics.lynda Corcoran (hey whats your middle name?)
01 Oct 2007
I start my trip to south america in january. probably I can ask you some things about my trip?
Please write me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org regards
08 Aug 2007
Hi Lynda, it’s your S.A. buddy here. Can’t resist commenting that our friendship started by ‘hill walking and then drinking pints and talking sh..e’. I am really enjoying taking this trip with you. I would really love to have been with you to join in the air bourne pic it is really ‘free spirit’ stuff. All your pics and indeed your written thoughts are so good. Lynda the travel correspondent. Well it is 2 weeks to the Edinburgh Marathon and the hard stuff is done. I am really looking forward to my first trip to ‘Billy Connolly’ country and will look forward to your joining me in the Phoenix Park for race series, on your return. All the best till then. Hugs Eimear.
11 May 2007
Hi there Lynda,what a magnificent trip you have had – the photos are spectacular and that one of you mid-air is particularly joyous! I am very jealous of you here in cloudy London, but you have made me very excited about our trip to Vietnam in August – I am remembering all the nice furniture you picked up there and I think you raved about the food!! Hope the rest of the trip stays as eye-opening and awesome as it seems to have been up to now…Dee
06 May 2007
hi there lynda, love all your news, info and photos. I start my trip next week, cant wait the pacific here I come. Will send details soon. Was in Dublin the other week and felt strange not to see you there. Will send contact details soon Much love phil XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
24 Apr 2007
Mr C. á Paree
Hi Linda, Wow, the photos are amazing! the salt plains look stunning, I can understand the disorientation just even from photos, but hey, you should get yourself a bowler hat, you know its such a good look!. Love and big hugs to you and stay happy and safe!
19 Apr 2007
thanks and good to hear you laughed but like it’s not enough.
Have you been to Africa before?If not then you had better. Your message is fascinating but you might yet be more fascinated if you visited Africa for example Uganda you won’t believe especially when doing mountain hiking on the Rwenzoris and Elgon.
But anyway keep up the updates because some of us love that. Bye and hope to hear from you once again.
11 Apr 2007
Hi Lynda: I have read all your facinating adventures, and seen all the fabulous photos as you move around South America. You shoulden’t be laughing at the hats the native women wear! Youm should see some of the hats they wear here at times!, many of them supplied, no doubt, by Dunnes Stores(better prices). So, the Salar salt plains made you disorentated! You coudl always claim that is what made you steal the blankets, if you are ever charged! I’m glad you diden’t try the Death Road on a bycycle.(Not that your were afraid, but you might have got disorientated on the way down!) And what’s that you say about work. Do come home soon: we miss you! – and Bertie needs your vote!
08 Apr 2007
Hello, fello wanderer. Those pics are very impressive I recognise the style from you previous travel pics. Hope all’s well. I take it you are getting my brief mails. You are putting my travelogs to shame. I prefer to talk in pics (well that’s the lazy way anyway). Love Lins
20 Feb 2007
Lynda we miss you please come to Paris for pain du chocolat and fine wine leave the hitching boots at home. love the photoies so happy for you to be so happy and seeing such wonderful sights. phil
16 Feb 2007
Hi Lynda, those photos are amazing!!! You must been having a great time down south!!! I miss you so much… sorry for not been regular with the e-mail thing, but I\’m quite busy since I got back from Argentina. And as you know Carnival is about to begin so I must have every thing done to enjoy it!!! You\’ll hear from me after Carnival… see you Túlio Picinini.
15 Feb 2007
Hi Lynda,Looks like you’re having a ball though that trekkin and harsh winds sound like hard work by my standards! The photos are cool (literally)..Hard to believe youre away a month already!!Take care!!Teri
05 Feb 2007
Hi Lynda, here is Valentina from your home…I am so glad to see your fotos that show you with such a big smile!The places that you are visiting are wonderful and I am sure that you will miss them when you’ll be back home..but..don’t forget that we miss you as well!!!!I am still working and doing a lot of overtime, but it’s a nice environment, so I have to say that I am having a great fun too. At home everything is alright, everything is the same as you left…Have a nice time..te abrazo muy fuerte!!Valentina
04 Feb 2007
Lynda, photos are brill, I’m very envious I’ve always wanted to go to Patagonia, after reading that Bruce Chatwin book. But uhh! it all sounds very physically taxing there. When do you blog on the bit about the cocktails and sunbathing? I think we should be told! we are all still reading so keep it going. Lots of love and hugs, stay safe and happy – Ciaran
03 Feb 2007
Hi Lynda, you sure seem to be having an exciting time, and are enjoying yourself very much. Thanks for all the news. Not much to report from me here in Wilton.Thinking of you, and keeping you in my prayers; with all those winds and heights, you need to be careful.
02 Feb 2007
Lynda, great, great pictures, Hope you are well and enjoying it all, it looks amazing! Is it Patagonia? Keep it going! Loadsa love and Big Hugs to you as always! Ciaran
30 Jan 2007
Bonjour you jet setter, get to see that we will be able to follow your adventures through the info highway, we want pics toooooo…. love phil
17 Jan 2007
Lynda, Mr Ciaran in the “Big Croissant” here, the big adventure sounds
brill!, I envy you with all that sun and sunrise clubbing, Thank God you
are doing the blog, I’ll follow it avidly!!!!!
Los Grandos Mucho Huggos to you (sorry theres no Spanish translator on
this comment box)
17 Jan 2007
Hey love, so glad to hear from you and you seem to have a great time.
Oz is going well, enjoying the beaches and really warm weather now,
I started working with agency so it’s cool to meet other people and we
got a really nice place.
Envoy yr trip and be safe.
17 Jan 2007
Glad you are having a ball! Will be in touch soon.
16 Jan 2007
hi lynda, great to hear about your travels. you describe BA very
well. make me want to visit there asap! i speak spanish already, so no
homework for me! having a ball here in Western Australia. holidaying
in the sun, exploring natural wonders of wind-sculpted deserts and
rich coral reefs with an international jet-set of ‘backpackers’!
un beso, deirdre molloy.
16 Jan 2007
18 Oct 2011 – start of travelblog
posted Friday March 2007