Copacabana, Bolivia

As I was accustomed to by this point, I tried to get to a new country (Peru) but was blocked by an unexpected big group of people partying in Bolivia.

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First sign of trouble from the bus.

We were en route to the border town of Copacabana, a beautiful, quiet, tourist town on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca.

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To get there we had to cross a straight connecting the main part of the lake to a southern “attachment”. Our bus had to cross too, which was a funny sight.

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Except I wasn’t laughing because my suitcase was on that bus.

Once I got to the city and figured out my travel arrangements, I had an hour to try to figure out what was going on, and could only find out that it was the 3rd of May festival–despite the fact that it was 3 days beforehand. I guess it was the preparty.

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Yes it says America, but no that’s not the same America us Americans think of.

I went to have lunch in a trout cafe, where the fresh fish from the lake is served right on its banks. With view of the parade, of course.

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Some of the costumes were elaborate structures, whereas others conveyed information about an organization.

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I also instantly recognized the loud, whirring sound of four drone rotor blades above my head, filming the festival.

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By then it was already time to go on, so I grabbed my bag and struggled through the streets that already barely had enough room for the parade. It was an entertaining, if random, distraction in the middle of that day.

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