This week, we celebrate a milestone for two of our members: IgoUgo Award winners MichaelJM and SeenThat have each contributed 200 journals. Both signed on as members within months of each other back in 2004 and have written extensively about their home turf as well as their travels abroad.
With so many journals and reviews to shine the spotlight on, we chose a place where their recent journeys converged (on separate occasions) -- the Uros Islands of Lake Titicaca.
Photo by SeenThat
SeenThat’s “Islands Floating in the Skies” noted that some of the islands became a refuge to the inhabitants who were “displaced by the Inca and others. The most prominent group is called Uro; they are closely related to the Aymara and speak a similar language. Nowadays they live on floating islands made of totora reeds; they navigate among them on boats also made out of totora.”
Photo by MichaelJM
MichaelJM called his Peru trip “the holiday of a lifetime.” Visiting one of the smaller islands, they were warmly welcomed. “Initially they were on a solid reed island, but we were told that the reed bed does "break up" and it was the observation that even when it sailed off it continued to float that inspired the Uros to look at the idea of harnessing this natural phenomena and to use it for their own benefit.”
Congratulations again to our record-breaking travelers!
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Posted by Nik’sMom (Terre Grilli)