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    South by South America Tour – Peru Part 2

    Sunday, October 13, 2019
    Puno, Peru

    Herding sheep in the city. Puno, Peru.
    Herding sheep in the city. Puno, Peru.

    Those pink highlights look good on you. Puno, Peru.
    Those pink highlights look good on you. Puno, Peru.

    A whoop-dee-do in Puno, Peru.
    A whoop-dee-do in Puno, Peru.

    I spent a cloudy afternoon on an urban hike through the city of Puno, chancing upon a funky skatepark uniquely situated on a wide median, of all places. My photo session there got canceled before it even got started by sprinkling rain. Close by, I noticed a set of stairs ascending up a hill on the north side of the city. As usual, I couldn’t resist huffing and puffing my way up. Near the top of the hill, I encountered a bunch of menacing dogs that would not quit barking at me. Although they tried to block off the street that led to the top, I just marched on by them, scaring them off by pretending to throw a rock. Reaching a vacant field near the top, I turned back around as the rainstorm picked up steam.

    A narrow view of Puno, Peru.
    A narrow view of Puno, Peru.

    A corrugated metal door and wall in Puno, Peru.
    A corrugated metal door and wall in Puno, Peru.

    A rainy day overview of Puno, Peru.
    A rainy day overview of Puno, Peru.

    Witnessing some super loud thunder and a gnarly lightning strike off in the distance, I descended the stairs—which ranged from rustic stone steps to modern poured concrete ones—as quickly as I could. By the time I reached the bottom, my pants were soaked. Luckily, I wore my rain jacket with a hood and pockets that kept all of my stuff dry. Next, I schlepped around the sidewalks and streets of central Puno, which were still, despite the heavy downpour, packed with vehicles and pedestrians proceeding to and fro everywhere the eye could see. By the time I walked a few more blocks, some parts of some streets were starting to get flooded. After I got a bite to eat at a restaurant, the precipitation had subsided, so I made my way back to the Olimpo Inn to call it a night.

    Words and photos ©2019 Arcane Candy.

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