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Laguna Llacasapa

After last week’s translation of “Embarrassing Ailments,” I figured I might as well post “Laguna Llacasapa,” a little ditty (previously posted on a now-defunct group blog) that my best friend Jon and I came up with over a few pitchers of beer last summer in Philadelphia. There’s a story behind it, which is this:

Google Earth had just come out, and so we installed it and had some fun zooming around to various locations and checking out the satellite photos. We navigated to Lake Titicaca, as one does, and then spent some time checking out the various islands, inlets, and circumferential towns. I was particularly delighted by the euphonious name of Laguna Llacasapa, and after giggling for a bit, zooming out, noting that the region in which Lake Titicaca (and Laguna Llacasapa) fall is called the Puno altiplano, and giggling some more, I decided that it all called for a song:

Laguna Llacasapa

(On the shores of Titicaca,
in the Puno altiplano of Peru)

I’ve been to Machu Picchu
Where the natives used to eat you1
Though nowadays they treat you like a king.
But of all the esoterica
To be found in South America,
Lake Titicaca’s still my favorite thing.
I didn’t like Caracas
So I hopped on my alpacas,
And headed for a little place I knew:
Laguna Llacasapa,
On the shores of Titicaca,
In the Puno altiplano of Peru.

A pilgrimage to Mecca
Or a visit to Tribeca
To Llacasapa’s beaches can’t compare,
For there’s not a holy city
That can e’er outshine the Titi-
-Caca region’s special magic, anywhere.
Not for me, the ivory towers
Of the major global powers.
I far prefer these equatorial climes.
New York has hot baristas,
But Peru has Sandinistas
(Who are really Nicaraguan, but it rhymes.)

My vocabulary’s tragic;
To describe the Puno’s magic
I can never find the proper adjec-tive.
But it’s here that I’ll retire,
Come whatever may transpire,
For there’s nowhere else on Earth I’d rather live.
Titicaca’s limpid water
Stretches toward Bolivia’s border
Underneath an azure sky; it’s quite a view.
Here at Laguna Llacasapa
On the shores of Titicaca
In the Puno altiplano of Peru.


1 (Possibly untrue.)

4 Comments

  1. jennifer wrote:

    to the intellectual immature…

    Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  2. Immature? Nonsense! There is nothing funny about Lake Titicaca.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  3. Fliss wrote:

    I am new to this whole blogging thing…how you ask I dont know. Anyhow I was searching the interweb for some info on Chengdu as I will be living here for 10 months… I cant find a decent map anywhere…anyway I stubbled across your site and thought it was a great read…Brendan I look forward to reading more. A Scot in Sichuan

    Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at 11:30 pm | Permalink
  4. Hey, Fliss. Nice to meet you.

    I’ve only ever spent a little bit of time in Chengdu, but I liked it quite a lot. Can’t be much help on the maps, I’m afraid — I was using a Chinese guidebook which I’ve since lost.

    Thursday, September 7, 2006 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

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