Tierra del Fuego — A STRANGE NEW YEAR’S CUSTOM Puno, Peru 1 January 2019 Miles: 5,517 At 5:30 a.m. I heard the fire alarm go off in my hotel. Opening the door, I smelled smoke in the air. Hurriedly I got dressed, and walked down the stairs to the lobby. “Is there a fire,” I asked? “No,” the clerk said, laughing. “It’s a custom here to fill the air with smoke to welcome in the New Year.” I went outside, and sure enough the entire city seemed to be filled with smoke. What a strange custom, I thought, before climbing back into bed. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!