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South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn » Villarrica March 25th 2011

Hi All, At 7.15 a.m. Mr. Woods, Mary and I set off for Cosme ,the second settlement of the Australian pioneers in Paraguay. This village is about 220Km. S.E. of Asuncion. We were traveling parallel to the railway line that the settlers used when setting up at New Australia. They got off at Villarrica then had to face a 3 days journey by ox-cart to their new life. The railway was closed about 15 years ago but the old stations and the odd old steam engine can still be found. Villarrica (pronounced Via-rica) is a large unattractive town but it is well known for its artists and musicians. Mr Wood's cousin is a very well known and famous cartoonist, although little known in Australia. After here the next port of call was Caazapa (Car ah zapa) ... read more

South America » Paraguay March 24th 2011

Rano pri snidani jsme sledovali dalsi demonstraci - tentokrate asi taxikari. Busy mestke dopravy nastesti jezdili normalne. Chystali jsme se do narodniho parku Ybucui, jizne od Asuncionu. Jelo nam to v 11 a sofer na slibil, ze nam urcite zastavi co nejblize parku a odtud to bude jen 5km pesky. Ale jak uz to chodi, nejak na nas zapomnel a my se ocitli az ve vesnici Ybucui. Odtud to bylo asi 30 km, nastesti nas bus jel hned zpatky a vyhodil nas na tom samem miste kde jsme meli uz asi hodinu byt. Zkousel to na nas pan ridic, aby jsme mu zase zaplatili za tech 30 km, ale jen jsme mu rekli, ze je to jeho chyba, asi mu doslo, ze od nas uz zadne penize neuvidi, tak toho nechal. Tech 5 km se nam ... read more
Asuncion
nas autobus/ our bus
nas autobus/ our bus

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn » Villarrica March 23rd 2011

Dear Friends, I have spent one week in Paraguay, very fruitful for my future, and I think I can do with 1 post only. Well, the 1st 2 things you think of about Paraguay are: - Corruption and criminals paradise (not only the nazis) - Larissa Riquelme, the paraguyan model who got super famous at the last World Cup. Remember the phone ? So, From Rio de Janeiro I flew to Benuos Aires on the 16th, then to Asuncion in the evening. Basically I decided to go to Paraguay because we (Tonio and me) met some german guys in Bahia who talked about the business they conduct here. Funny story, the guys went for dinner @ Toni Pizza. When they realized Tonio speaks german, and the pizzas are very good, they came back twice the following ... read more
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South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn March 23rd 2011

Rano sme sa vybrali na prehliadku mesta a zacali s Palacio de Gobierno /presidentsky palac/ strazeny nikde nechybajucimi vojakmi s brokovnicami. Po chvili sa sem prihnala nejaka demonstracia, na zaciatku to vyzeralo celkom dramaticky - este viac policajtov a vojakov, nejake to sacanie a krik. Neskor sme sa odtial pobrali prec a dav sa pohol tiez, samozrejme presne tym smerom ako mi. Niekolko nasledujucich blokov sme sa ocitli kracajuci pred demonstrujucim davom. Nas spolocny pochod sa skoncil na blizkom namesti, kde sa vatsinou len tak posedavalo, debatovalo, nechybalo pecene masko a rodinky s detmi. Hned za krasnym centrom mesta, hned oproti justicnemu palacu, za malym murikom sa dal vidiet slam. Bolo smutne vidiet vsetky tie baraky a spinu a 100 metrov od toho drahe zaparkovane auta. Napriek tomuto Asuncion na nas posobil ako pekne, ciste mesto ... read more
Asuncion - Palacio de Gobierno
Asuncion - limetkovnik/ limetree
Asuncion - demonstracia/ demonstration

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn March 22nd 2011

Rano pri plateni za nasu izbu som poziadala o zlavu kvoli svabom vyliezajucim z kupelne a prekvapivo sme ju dostali, neuveritelnych 8000 guaranii - asi 1.5 dolaru. Cesta autobusom bola zdlhava, zastavovalo sa uplne vsade, uplne kazdemu kto zamaval. Niekedy sa zastavilo aby sme niekoho nabrali a asi tak 100 metrov /doslova/ sa zastavovalo znova. Tiez sa stale zastavovalo roznym predajcom predavajucim hlavne jedlo ale tiez vselico ine. Skusili sme chipu a obidvom nam velmi chutila. Nakoniec sme do Asuncionu dorazili so skvelym, ani nie 2 hodinovych oneskorenim. Prva vec ako obycajne bolo najst nejake ubytovanie. Ja som ostala s vecami a Stanik sa vybral nieco najst. Pri tom ho zastavili policajti, musel sa legitimovat a ukazat vsetko co mal pri sebe - prvy krat co tu sme. Vsade po celom Paraguayi vysia plagaty Lilian, predsednicky ... read more
chipa
Lillian a Horacio

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South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este March 21st 2011

Dnes sme sa rozhodli navstivit asi najznamejsiu stavbu v Paraguaji - priehradu Itaipu leziacu na rieke Parana a vyhlasenu za jeden z modernych divov sveta. Tato elektraren pokryva 80 percet spotreby Paraguaju a asi 30 percet spotreby Brazilie, ktorej patri polovicka Itaipu. V najrychlejsej fazy stavby sa pouzivalo 30 ton betonu kazdych 15 minut, 24 hodin pocas 4 rokov. Pouzite zelezo a ocel by stacili na stavbu 380 Eiffelovych vezi. Navstivit toto dielo sa samozrejme nedalo samostatne a tak sme sa museli prihlasit na recepcii elektrarne, kde nam najprov pustili propagacny film. Napriek uzasnym cislam a statistikam vela ludi povazuje tuto stavbu za ekologicku katastrofu. Vela zvierat stratilo domov alebo zahynulo a boli pri nej tiez zatopene vodopady este vatsie ako Iguazu. Mi sme sa samozrejme dozvedeli len to pozitivne. Prehliadka sa cela konala z autobusu ... read more
Itaipu
Itaipu
Itaipu

South America » Paraguay » Ciudad del Este March 20th 2011

Rano nezacalo najlepsie, nas telefon/budik sa z nejakeho dovodu prenastavil o hodinu napred a tak sme len tak nahodou zistili ze do odchodu autobusu ostava namiesto planovanych skoro 2 hodin len 40 minut. Nastastie sme mali skoro vsetko pobalene, stanica bola o ulicu dalej a tak sme to stihli. Na Argentinsku stranu hranic sme prisli asi za 10 minut dostali nase posledne razitko od nich, potom chvilu cez Braziliu /maju to tak dohodnute/ a uz sme prisli na Paraguajsku stranu v meste Ciudad del Este. Tu nam nasi vodici oznamili, ze na nas nepockaju - razitko sme potrebovali len mi, ti co prichadzali len na jeden den nie. Celkom nas to nahnevalo, den predtym sme sa na to niekolko krat pytali a boli uisteny ze autobus na nas pocka plus sme si zaplatili listok az na ... read more
paraguajske peniaze/ paraguays money
3hviezdickovy hotel/ 3 stars hotel
mily autobus/ lovely bus

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn March 16th 2011

Just got back from the museum of Paraguayan Football in the bowels of the national stadium. Quite interesting and also the final resting place of Arsenio Erico - but you can read more about him in my article at the end of the month. Thrown in a few photos in case they interest you! Onto things I've learnt. Old habits die hard (Part1)...almost 8 months of not throwing toilet paper in the toilet and I inexplicably dropped some in there the other day. Instinct. Old habits die hard (Part2)...for the person(s) who put up a "Stroessner" sticker on the lampost near my house. It isn't the former dictator they are supporting (he's dead), or his son (he's dead too), but the grandson of the man who killed and tortured 20,000 Paraguayans. Find it a bit odd, ... read more
Stroessner sticker
Museum of Paraguayan Football
Arsenio Erico

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn » Bañado Sur March 13th 2011

Hi everyone. Well, thanks to Argentine airlines, our plans have been hijacked again, so we have an extra day in Paraguay instead of the day we had planned in Buenos Aires. So this means we now have time to continue our blog. We are sorry that we don't update you more regularly, but shortage of time is a factor, as well as access to computers in some places. Now, back to La Paz for the most ëxciting"(NOT!!!) part of our adventure. We had a day to spend in La Paz. We had the option of going on a bus trip up on the highest road in the world (supposedly). However, it was cloudy, rainy and foggy on that day, and we thought better of it, because the road would probably be dangerous in the wet and ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Encarnacion March 9th 2011

At the Northeastern tip of Argentina we had Brazil to the north and Paraguay to our east. Freedom of opportunity took us on a whim to Paraguay for the weekend. We exalted at the possibilities of travel, it's not everyday you get to choose between crossing a number of different borders. Unless, of course, you live in Switzerland. Going to Paraguay for the weekend did involve, however, a twelve hour overnight bus journey from Buenos Aires. Cheap long distance buses were a thing of the past as we battled with our wallets to pay the £90 it took to get us both on board. The deal was made considerably sweeter when we were served beef stew followed by pudding on the journey. Brilliant! This was still the cheapest ticket we could buy. The meal was a ... read more
The Sambodromo
Beautiful brickwork at Jesuit Missions
The themed floats




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