Homer's Travels: Peru - Uros Boat

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Peru - Uros Boat

Sometimes, its the simple things that are important. When we visited the floating Islands of the Uros, as we were getting ready to leave, we were given a small reed boat necklace as a parting gift. It is a very simple gift - nothing fancy or expensive. It is not even unique since all twenty of us received one. But for some reason, that small boat meant more to me then all the other treasures we bought in Peru. Maybe it was the altitude - Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake in the world at 12,507 feet. Maybe I was tired of the non-stop traveling we had experienced over the last 10 days. Maybe I'm just weird. That little boat, which now hangs from my desk lamp, represents the awesome memories I collected of our 2006 vacation and will always have a special meaning for me.

People have asked me why I had such a great vacation, what made it so memorable? I don't have an adequate answer. I've thought about it and I just can't put my finger on it. My memories have that dreamy, happy glow to them. Even the bad spots, and there are always bad spots, are remembered fondly. I returned from that trip with a new outlook on life - I want to travel more and experience more. For some weird reason, I feel new.

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