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Feb 17, 2014 - Asuncion, Paraguay

Monday 17th February 2014 Asuncion, Paraguay Asuncion is set on a large bay on the Paraguay River and is a fairly hot and steamy place. It appears to be a bit ramshackle with many old buildings mixed with a few new apartments and some nicer areas. There is also a shanty town near the waterfront. Our hotel is a few blocks from the city centre down towards the river, although not in sight of the river. After breakfast this morning a guide came to take the group on a walking tour. We all piled into a large minibus and firstly after telling us...

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Feb 16, 2014 - Buenos Aires, Argentina to Asuncion, Paraguay

Saturday 15th February 2014 and Sunday 16th February 2014 Buenos Aires, Argentina to Asuncion, Paraguay Today, because the truck had broken down and couldn’t be fixed, we had an extra day in Buenos Aires, so after breakfast, we went to the Pink Palace in Plaza de Mayo – Casa Rosada (originally the fortress but now the presidential palace) to do a tour inside. It is only open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, so our forced delay meant we were able to see it inside. The tour lasted for about 2 hours and the guide spoke about the history...

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Oct 17, 2012 - Week 3 - Ciudad Del Este, Asuncion, Laguna Blanc (Paraguay)

Our night in Ciudad Del Este was interrupted at 3am when Rhys discovered a Shar-Pei in the courtyard and decided it would be a great idea to entice him in the room, after shoving him back out again (the dog, not Rhys) he spent the next hour trying to break down the door, we left quickly the next day before they saw the damage and boarded a bus for Asuncion, the capital. Two facts about Ciudad del Este for you, one it's one of the biggest mafia run towns in the world and two, Paraguay used to have three main cities, Conception, Asuncion and...

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Oct 12, 2012 - Two weeks in Paraguay

After two weeks of being in Asuncion I have had a chance to relive all of the things that I experienced through the eyes of Andrea. The one thing she seems to point out the most is the fact that there is a beautiful house right next to a empty lot or a very poor shack and I remember feeling the same way when I was going through training in Peace Corps. I remember going from my training community to a workshop in the city and seeing the disparity from one house to the next in the same neighborhood. The first picture I posted is of an amazing...

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Oct 7, 2012 - My second home

Hey all so sorry to leave everybody hanging but like I was telling Andrea yesterday that making a travel journal about Paraguay for me is a bit like making a travel journal about Denver, it really is my home away from home. So on that note I am going to try and be better as this journal is for all of you back home who have never been to Paraguay to hear about us and the adventures that we are having being part of another culture. We both seem to have shaken our flu that we got shortly after getting here and have been doing well and Asuncion...

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Sep 28, 2012 - Back in Paraguay

Seems that after so many busses and hours without sleep we both got sick but we made it to Asuncion without any problems. The border crossing into Paraguay was interesting as it was in the middle of nowhere and we had to take an old broken down bus into the city which took us about an hour. After we got in we made it to my friends hotel in downtown where we have been nursing colds but managed to make it over to the Peace Corps office to see my old boss before he retired after 32 years of service. Today is his last day at the office but we...

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Aug 24, 2012 - Paraguay - Asuncion

Malgre que la plupart des argentins nous aient deconseille d'y aller, on a quand meme decide de passer quelques temps au Paraguay. Tout le monde nous disait n'allez pas au Paraguay, il n'y a rien a voir. Nous avons commence par Asuncion, la capitale du pays. On a tente le couchsurfing et on a ecrit a plusieurs paraguayens sans succes. Puis, un musicien allemand, Alex qui habite depuis 4 ans a Asuncion nous a invite chez lui. On a pas eu un super feeling avec lui, mais cela s'est quand meme bien passe. Le Paraguay a de grands problemes de...

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Nov 19, 2011 - Asuncion – The Mother of Cities; Paraguay – The Republic of Regret

Welcome - The flight to Asuncion crossed the Andes shortly after takeoff. Spectacular! Ice snow and volcanic rock stretched to the horizon in both directions. One day I plan to visit its terminus in Patagonia. And I think something involving a cruise around Cape Horn and through the Chilean fjords is in order. Next, a brief airport transfer in Montevideo, another destination for another time. On arrival Paraguay is clearly not as cosmopolitan as Chile or Argentina. The streets are quiet. Lots of uniformed men with a variety of dated and...

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South America - 2011

Oct 19, 2010 - Asuncion, Paraguay - Pics Need Captions

Heading here to meet Bon's sister, Mari, and fellow traveling companion (see previous trips), Jake who fly in in eve. where we meet them. After an uneventful bus to the border, then an easy clout of Brazil and a stroll across the bridge ( which, by the way is not dangerous as the LP implies), we happily leave a costly Brazil and enter apre reasonable Paraguay. A luxurious AC bus trip of 6 hours (9 to 3 pm) for 50,000guarani ($10 US) ea. We ck out the 4-5 hotels closeby and decide Mari & Jake might want better digs after their long...

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Feb 21, 2010 - COS Travel Invitation

Hello one and all, (all my friends and family): I hope the New Year, 2010, is treating you all well so far. It has brought me both adventures (see next blog for details) and challenges so far. 2010 will be a year of transitions for me as I finish up my service here in Paraguay and with the Peace Corps. Since today is Sunday, I have 11 full weeks left as a volunteer/coordinator and then this phase of my life will come to an end. As you can imagine this time is difficult for several reasons. One is that, just as graduation senior being to...

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Oct 28, 2009 - Asuncion to Buenos Aires - a 17 hours bus

Today marked our last day in Asuncion. Our bus was scheduled to leave at 13.30 from the main bus station. It is located slightly outside town and we needed to allow some time to get there. We had a lazy morning and didn’t get up until fairly late. After getting up, we packed our bags and were ready to leave our room by 9.30. We were meant to check out by 10 and the landlady had tried to make us leave earlier (she suggested 8am) - apparently they wanted to clean. But we decided to ignore her request and leave whenever we felt like it. Our...

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Oct 27, 2009 - Sightseeing in Asuncion

We have today done some sight seeing in Asuncion. It turned out to be a fairly quick exercise as there isn’t that much to see here. This probably explains why there are so few tourists here… We got up fairly late this morning - probably at around 8.45. After showering and having some chocolate milk for breakfast we headed out on the town. Sadly breakfast isn’t included in the hotel and we didn’t find a supermarket yesterday to buy bread or something to eat. In all honesty, we didn’t search too hard either… Our first task for today was...

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