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We stop for lunch at a small restaurant. Our boat and bags depart. We will walk after lunch. It is sunny; the lake and sky incredible blues. The snow-capped Andes glisten. We are the only diners. The resident Aymara family has prepared a traditional meal.
Before we finish, a Titicaca reed boat appears, in full sail. From another direction, a speed boat also approaches the dock below the restaurant. They meet and the tourist passengers transfer from the reed boat to the motor launch and leave. The reed boat, sails now furled, heads back, using an unseen, non-traditional motor.
I lived in British Columbia, Canada´s western province, for most of my life. I was a teacher, and a college employee (various roles - instruction, recruitment, promotion, counselling, research), before re-inventing myself as an innkeeper. I designed and had built my B&B inn in Revelstoke, which I operated for nine years. At age 60, my wife and I retired to Uruguay, where we have lived for more than a decade.