Asuncion, Paraguay - South America's forgotten country - and now we know why! August 4th 2012 Most people who visit South America miss out Paraguay, and when Angela and I saw the centre of Asuncion, we quickly realised why. Broken down buildings, cracked pavements, groups of teenagers swilling cans of lager in a central square, Paraguay’s capital was a dirty, down-at-heel place that seemed to know the tourists were not going to come and had therefore given up any semblance of making the ... read more
South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn » Bella Vista In the disastrous War of the Triple Alliance (1865-70), Paraguay lost two-thirds of all adult males and much of its territory. It stagnated economically for the next half century. In the Chaco War of 1932-35, large, economically important areas were ... ... read more
My aim was to visit at least 100 countries, and with Brazil, I finally did it. I'm now loitering at 104. Or is it 105, I lose count...
Unlike a lot of fellow travellers, I tend to only dip my feet into a country, quite often only staying a day or two before heading off somewhere else.
Country numbers 54 and 55 were my first trips alone - something I never thought I'd do.
In 2013 I published an e-book entitled The Red Quest, detailing my mission to visit each and every country of the former Soviet Union. Along the way I sa... full info