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Arriving to Puno… without a passport

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Puno, yes I have arrived to Puno. It’s a nice charming little town by Lake Titicacan in Peru, known for it’s floating islands and … no I can’t do this. I didn’t see much of Puno, and no, I don’t care about stupid Puno because some f***ng a**hole stole my passport, credit cards and camera on a bus on the way to Puno. So there.

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Yes, there is a market and stuff in Puno, but I didn’t see much of it. I took a luxury bus back to Lima the next day after I arrived. Not because I especially wanted to go to Lima again, but because I had to get back to Lima for a new passport, because some f***ng a**hole stole my old one. Oh yeah, I already mentioned that.

Maybe I should elaborate a bit on that.

I arrived to Puno at 5am from Arequipa, it was still dark out side the bus as we arrived to the bus station. I reached under my legs and picked up my back. It felt light, too light. I opened it and quickly found out that my camera was missing, along with my passport and credit cards.

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I can honestly say, that there were a few expletives uttered at that point. Most of the people had gotten off the bus earlier. So it was a matter of finding a police officer who helped me to inspect the bus and question the bus company.

After getting all we needed, we hopped into a white VW beetle that was acting as police car for the morning and sped to the police station. It’s been a while since I’ve been aboard one of those. And they certainly do make good police cards I think.

Of course no one at the police station spoke any English, so we filled the police report all in Spanish, my Spannish skills being slightly challenged at this point. But the police officers were very helpful, even if they didn’t seem too optimistic about ever finding my stolen property.

Actually Puno seemed like quite a nice town, but I just had no motivation for it. So yes, it’s about me, not about Puno. I didn’t really give it a fair chance, but we did get off to a bad start.

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And I am more annoyed with myself. I always travel with my passport and credit cards in my pocket, so why weren’t they there this time. I had left in a bit of a hurry, so I had just left them in the pack. Why this time? Why now?

So yes, took me a while to write a blog post, not because I’ve been busy, but because I’ve felt lazy and took a break from traveling and have been since lazying about in Lima. Not doing much, except surfing and clubbing until 6am. But back on the bus again (as I’m writing this), so more writing soon to follow, especially since I get a new passport soon.

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Unfortunately photos will be from my point and shoot camera for the time being, until I get my insurance sorted. And I did loose all my photos from my three day hike to Colca Canyon, “the worlds deepest canyon”.  So no photos of Condors for now.

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