While students are learning at home, Bosco thought he would interview Miss B about some of the places she has been around the world! That way we can all pretend we are going on adventures! If you have any other questions for Miss B about the places she has visited, add a comment below!
Today Bosco asks Miss B about her visit to the floating islands of Lake Titicaca in Peru, a country in South America.
Read on for some virtual travel!
BOSCO: When did you go to Peru and how long were you there?
MISS B: I visited Peru for 2 weeks in 2017. I was in South America for a month. After my two weeks in Peru I spent a week in Bolivia and a week in Chile. In Peru spent a week in the capital city of Lima, then caught a plane to Cusco. From there I visited the Sacred Valley, the Inca Trail and Macchu Pichu.
After Cusco we took a bus to the town of Puno, located on the shores of Lake Titicaca. Lake Titicaca is the highest lake in the world!
BOSCO: How did you get to the floating islands?
MISS B: We did a boat tour from Puno. There are around 120 islands in Lake Titicaca that the Uros people live on. But the interesting thing about these islands is that they are manmade!
BOSCO: How do they make the islands? Can they move around?!
MISS B: The Uros people cut down a plant that grows in the water called a Totora reed. They bundle and weave the reeds together tightly and tie them together. The reed dries and floats on the water. To stop the island from floating away they anchor it to the bottom of the lake.
Every week they lay fresh reeds on top of the ground of the island because the reeds at the bottom are rotting in the water. One island is about 2 metres thick. If they look after the island it could last 30 years! They were first built as way to defend themselves from attacking tribes. The islands could be “rowed” into the middle of the lake for protection.
While we were on the island we had a demonstration of how the islands are built.
BOSCO: What else did you get to do on the island?
MISS B: After our demonstration of how the islands were made, we listened to the Uros people sing a traditional song. Then we got to dress up in traditional clothing! The family took us on a boat cruise in a reed boat made from the same reeds that the islands are made from.
BOSCO: What about the people? Who lives on the island?
MISS B: The island we visited had one family. The grandfather was the person who was in charge. His wife was there and their daughter in law. His son was off working in the lake, fishing. They also had their 4-year-old granddaughter living there.
They showed us inside their homes, what they eat (fish and totora roots), and the things that they make. I bought some cushion covers and some necklaces.
BOSCO: Thanks Miss B for taking us all the way to Peru! No Monkeys though.
Anyway, if you have any other questions for Miss B about her trip to Lake Titicaca, leave a comment below!
Stay tuned for our next “Bosco’sWorld Trip” with Miss B!