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Paraguay

Paraguay

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  • Day11

    This afternoon we explored Itiapu Dam which is the biggest producer of electricity in the world. It also happens to be shared between Brazil and Paraguay so it was an interesting surprise to find ourselves in yet another country on the otherside. The Dam was quite impressive and we were quite lucky to see it with the overflow gates open as they we last open in November.
    Once we returned to our hostel in Argentina we visited the "3 Frontiers" where the 3 countries meet, where we were treated to a light and water show.Read more

  • Day223

    Schon kurz nach der Ankunft in der eher schlichten Unterkunft erklärte mir der Besitzer, dass heute eine Party steigt. Jetzt bin ich nicht sooooo der Partygänger. Mein Zimmer lag aber direkt neben der Küche, weswegen ich mich nur schwerlich dem entziehen konnte. Der lokale Rum, oder wie er hier auch heißt Cañi, kostet im Supermarkt unter einem Euro. Damit ist die Literflasche gemeint. Dementsprechend lustig ist es dann auch geworden und meine Zimmergenossin und ich waren die Ersten, die morgens um 10 wieder unter den lebenden waren.
    Nach einem Rundgang durch den Ort, der nicht viel zu bieten hatte, wachten dann die anderen auch so langsam auf. Das Ganze wurde, weil es so schön war, auch gleich wiederholt …
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  • Day224

    Reisen verändert einen. Der Satz, „Ich bin froh einen französischen Staatsbürger kennenzulernen“ hätte ich von mir nie erwartet zuhören. Die Zimmergenossin, welche Französin ist, ist aber sehr angenehm und erschreckend offen für jemand aus Frankreich.
    Wir waren beide mit dem gleichen Ziel nach Encarnacíon gekommen, nämlich nach Trinidad zu fahren. Zusammen mit dem Partyhostelbesitzer haben wir das dann auch getan. Trinidad hat Ruinen einer Jesuitensiedlung zu bieten.
    Die Jesuiten kamen um ~1600 in das zuvor nahezu unberührte Gebiet der Guarani. Sie gründeten eine Reihe von Siedlungen mit dem Ziel die indigene Bevölkerung zu missionieren und zu schützen. Portugiesen und Spanier nutzten die Bevölkerung aus und versklavten sie. Die Jesuiten bildeten mit ihren Dörfern einen Schutz für bis zu 100.000 Indios. Sie wurden ~1760 zur Aufgabe der Dörfer durch die Spanier und Portugiesen gezwungen. Die Indios wurden vertrieben oder versklavt und die Dörfer verfielen.
    Die Ruinen sind ein beeindruckendes Zeichen der Humanität und zeigen auch eine andere, positivere Seite dieser Zeit. Sollte sich jemand stärker dafür interessieren kann ich den Film "Mission" empfehlen.
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  • Day59

    Da wir schon in der Nähe sind, haben wir heute das Itaipu Wasserkraftwerk besichtigt. Der Staudamm wurde 1975-1982 gebaut und die letzt Turbine 2007 in Betrieb genommen. Itaipu ist nach dem Drei-Schluchten Staudamm in China das zweitgrösste Wasserkraftwerk der Welt und gehört sowohl Paraguay wie auch Brasilien. Gemessen an der erzeugten Leistung mit fast konstant 14'000MW (14GW) ist es sogar das weltweit grösste (133x die Kapazität von Verzasca). Es erzeugt 75% der Energie von ganz Paraguay und 20% von Brasilien. Jeder der 20 Generatoren kann 2.5Millionen Menschen versorgen und die Turbine wird jeweils durch eine Zuleitung von 10m Durchmesser gespiesen - da ist sogar Alessandra beeindruckt :-D
    Was auch immer wieder gerne erwähnt wurde ist, dass Itaipu zu den 7 architektonischen Weltwundern gehört.
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  • Day94

    Today will have to be a lazy day, Mark and I both have hangovers from hel and the rain it just keeps on coming. It reached 47 degrees yesterday, .....is that normal? Apparently in Paraguay yes. It is so hot here that the thought of eating just really doesn't tick my box but this morning I need to. We eat lots of fresh fruit and bread, not quite the full English breakfast, but it does the job.
    Eric is a Mexican guy who helped start the hostel and his English is perfect , he has been a massive help here, and Juan from Colombia who's English is also good has helped with my learning of the basic fundamentals of Spanish. Mark is waiting in anticipation for the big fight tonight, and in the hostel is a pool table so I challenge Juan to a game and beat him.... still got it
    In Adrian part of the house he has a huge projector with surround sound and we spend the evening watching a couple of movies and chilling with a pizza, but no beer.
    We will leave in the morning for a 20 hour bus journey to Rosario so we head to bed at midnight to get a decent nights sleep.
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  • Day91

    After a 2h flight from Montevideo to Asunción, an 8h overnight busdrive from Asunción to Neuland and a 45min cardrive, we finally arrived at the "Estancia Loninga".

    Neuland: This colonie was founded by Mennonites in 1947 and is the last of three Mennonite colonies in this region. A german speaking group came to this place after flewing from the 2nd worldwar from Russia to Germany and later on to Paraguay. So it is that in this colonies the language is not only spanish but also german. The main economic sectors here are meat and milk production as well as agriculture.

    "Estancia Loninga" is a farm that belongs to Chrigis father and his cousin Hansueli. Hansueli lives here with his wife Barbara and they run together the farm. The 500ha area around their farm inhabits more than 400 cows as well as a few pigs and horses. We were lucky because we also saw Nandus who live free here.

    It was very interesting for us to get into the life of a farmer in Paraguay and could participate in some activities of their usual work. Thank you Hansueli & Barbara for having us with you and for introducing us into the live of a farmer. We really enjoyed it to be far away from the civilisation and have had a great week!
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  • Day91

    So we arrive in Asuncion at 7 in the morning and I'm more than grateful we are in one piece with all our luggage. We get a taxi to the hostel amd we're shown our dorm. The hostel is set in a working factory which is great for people who are travelling because they can stay here and work at the same time. A Russian girl called Evgeniia works here and shows us to our room. The room even though a dorm just has me and Mark in it and is set in the prettiest garden. We have a quick chat then head out to explore the city. There are so many beautiful colonial buildings here and we walk towards the river. There is a warship here that I think is still in operation, however I'm informed later in the day that it's actually a museum. There is masses of poverty here , with whole families living under tarpaulin, washing there clothes in the river and literally just behind the are all the big presidential buildings.
    After an hour or so we head back to the hostel , the heat here is crazy ,easily in the 40s and walking around in it feels like I,ve just done a marathon. When we arrive back Evgeniia is packing, the Russian Embassy have told her she must leave today and go to Buenos Aires (I hope someone else here speaks English) we quickly say our goodbyes and there is only one thing for it in this heat.....Siesta.
    We sleep for 5 hours and awake to find Adrian the owner of the hostel outside , we are invited to join him for a couple of beers and we're more than relieved to find he speaks good English. There are a couple of Columbians a French guy and a guy called Eric fom Chile. We all sit and share a few beers , I discuss with Mark there is no way we can sleep without air con tonight, I honestly don't think I'll get out alive if I stayed in this room so we pack our stuff and move to the room with air con. Its like being in a luxury hotel . After a few hours I leave the boys to chat manly things and retire to my bed, today has drained me physically and mentally.
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  • Day94

    We awake in the morning and head to the market, Mark is on a mission to buy some vest tops. The temperature is once again in the 40s and at this rate I don't think I'm going to make it there . The market (mercardo quattro) lines whole blocks of streets, up and down with little alleyways shooting off in all directions. As we are walking we meet the 2 girls who were on our bus from hell and as we stand in the street talking we are all literally dripping. Evntually we find what Mark is after, although im not happy having walked round in circles for the past 2 hour to buy 2 poxy vest tops. On the 40 minute route back we call into a shop where the security guatd practically wrestles my bag off me... am i really going to be had over for thebfirst time in South America by a man in uniform? The answer is no, it is the shops policy to take your bag and put it in a secured bag so you cant shoplift... i really must practice my Spanish more.
    We leave the shop (a jumpsiit heavier) and continue back to the hostel.
    Once agin we have met some really cool people here, the owner Adrian has invited us to share a bbq tonight, so we have agreed to buy the beers. In paraguay you cannot buy a beer without taking an empty bottle(well if you do it will cost you a fortune) so laden with 50 empty bottles we make the 2 block trek to get the empties replaced with full ones. This is one of the nights I will be drinking beer because I've earn it.
    The bbq starts at around 9 o clock and Mark wakes me as I've had to take a siesta to recover. Adrian has about 12 people at the bbq and serves beautiful med rare steak served solely with boiled yam. You take a piece of steak and a piece of steak dip them in the mound of salt that is on the board and eat, absolutely delicious . When the food and beer is gone a couple of the guys dissapeared and the rest of us opt to head to a bar called la cachamba. Its supposed to be the first rail line in Paraguay and is set out as a railway station with a carriage and seating areas and an old steam train. They have an extensive cocktail menu , and whilst the guys drink more beer I indulge in a coffee tequila.
    There is a rin in the air and we make a hasty exit to find an indoor bar but as we walk the streets the heavens open . We take cover but the rain is relentless so we call a cab and head back to the hostel , the boys stopping to grab a few more beers, but once again my bed calls me... it is 3 in the morning and I'm exhausted and pretty drunk and even though it's rained and cooled a little, I thank God for the mercy we are in an air conditioned room.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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