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Paraguay

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • It came out of nowhere, I knew there was a dam here but only when the booking office told me it was Itaipu, did it ring a bell that I saw some of it on Discovery Channel. Probably megastructures and as an engineer I really had to go... so I did.
    From my hotel in Sao Paulo I had to wake up at 6:00, have breakfast and with the shuttle at 7 to the airport. I decided to bring everything in the hope I could wash it all and maybe because of getting it wet I could be in need of more clothes 😉. The qeue was long and check in succeeded just 55 minutes before take off: they didn't rush it. Therefore didn't I rush and just 5 min before boarding I arrived and even qeued again. I was in the back of the plane and I was one of the few sheep that used the stairs at the rear 😆 so I sat as quick as some of the first😊. Flew at 9:20, arrived at Foz Iguazu 10:50 with nice weather but when I arrived at my hotel it was raining with thunder and lightning. Made some calls because finally I had good wifi and som time. The calls really brightened my sad day and gave me new energy, thanks for that😘. I went for lunch and to the booking office after that and than it came the last tour over there was at 1600 and it was 1510 when we booked it. Hurried with a taxi all the way to the border, tried an ATM half way but when I got past the 2 military guys who needed my phone all the atm's in there failed to give me money. So with a debt to the Taxi driver he would pick me up anyway, I started this amazing tour. It doesn't look that much until you're there. Especially when nowadays all dams are restricted for tourists since the risk of it being used for a Terrorist attack is grown, this one still did small groups. The dam itself is huge, 1km wide = long from the inside. You can see hall ways going on forever. The 18 pipes are 10m diameter and the water falls 80 meter down and the 18 generators together generate the 14000Megawatts resulting in 100 bilion kWh in a year. Everything is explained and also that this is all shared by Brasil and Paraguay with Itaipu as a separate company who sells to these 2 countries. Well look it up for all the details 😉.
    I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I met this Cool Chinese guy Chen Peng and since we were the only english speakers we had a private tour most of the time 😆. We exchanged wechat numbers and met after we freshend up to have diner. All you can eat haha why not 😉 and yeah I had finally 3 meals today. Looks like there is progress. The food was really good and they kept serving meat etc from their pins 😃. We had a good time and left around 21:30 hotels were really close so in bed very quick. A very good day after all 😊
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  • De meest toeristische wijk van Asunción. Felgekleurde gevels, pittoreske straatjes, in elk derde huis wordt iets verkocht. We komen er geen enkele toerist tegen. Ook het panoramisch uitkijkpunt is vandaag gratis maar leeg. De rest van de wereld moet Paraguay nog ontdekken. Er is dus nog tijd om de stoep aan te leggen. Dankzij onze Franse gastheren vinden we ook de mooiste plaats voor de ondergaande zon.Read more

  • De bus op richting werelderfgoed. De Jezuïeten bouwden hier een dozijn missieposten. We bezoeken er twee, op een tiental kilometer van elkaar. Merkwaardig genoeg genieten we vooral van de rust. Er komt namelijk geen kat naar kijken. We vermoeden zelfs dat de ruïnes voornamelijk gebruikt worden om straten te plaveien.

  • Zaterdagavond, alle hotels zitten vol met sportievelingen. De marathon is voorbij, iedereen is aan het feesten. 's Anderendaags alles dicht, niemand op straat, het lijkt een spookstad. Naast de toeristen zijn ook de Paraguayanen spoorloos. En naast het voetpad is ook de riolering niet af. Wolkbreuk en alles loopt onder. De Belgische frituur, inclusief vol-au-vent, abdijbier, schoonmoeder en papegaai maakt veel goed.Read more

  • De grens over naar het ondergewaardeerde Paraguay. Op het eerste zicht een stad een stad in egelstelling, die zich gelukkig snel ontbolstert. Afval, oud ijzer en armoede op straat, maar evenveel vriendelijke mensen. En je kan er op safari met de tropische, daverende, ratelende, radbrakende stadsbus.

  • De meeste Paraguayanen doen het rustig aan en sluiten de boel tijdens de siesta. Een hoog tempo houden ze er niet op na. Ze vullen de dag door hun schoenen te laten poetsen, te wachten op klanten, te wachten op de bus. Ze vullen hun maag vooral met vettig vlees, liefst besteld al wachtend in de auto. Met de avond valt er al eens een uitzondering uit de lucht. Bomenklimmen voor stroom, of brullen voor vrouwenrechten.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

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