A story about a South American balloon artist is in the news today. Joaquin Sanchez doesn't fiddle around with tying balloons into hats or comical objects for children.
He creates giant balloon figures. His latest creation is an enormous human heart. Today, Sanchez climbed inside his heart-shaped balloon and floated away on the surface of a lake.
He did it on Lake Titicaca -- the answer to our Geo Quiz today. Lake Titicaca is located where Bolivia and Peru come together. It's also the legendary birthplace of the Inca civilizations.
Sanchez says that's why he chose to float his balloon there.
"The lake project was born out of the lake expelling its children to create an empire together. It came out of all the history, the myths, the legends - everything that the lake has meant up until the present day in our lives"
So after some considerable huffing and puffing to inflate the human heart-flotation device, Sanchez set out to float across Lake Titicaca -- alone.
"I wanted it to be me, just me, Joaquin Sanchez, inside this floating capsule and whatever happens, happens. So we had to ask the Lake permission to enter. You know there is a history surrounding this. We were there with a traditional healer asking for permission and all of that energy made the art piece work."
Oh -- and one more thing. When Sanchez boarded his heart shaped balloon, he was wearing ... nothing at all. He floated for 8 hours. And then -- perhaps for dramatic effect -- Sanchez disclosed that he didn't know how to swim.
And "that's the news from Lake Titicaca".... the answer to our Geo Quiz today.