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South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn April 12th 2011

We arrived in Resistencia after another night on a bus and thought the best course of action was to get straight on into Paraguay, so we waited for a couple of hours and hopped on another bus. With Lisa’s belly feeling better, we enjoyed the scenery passing by, an almost sub-tropical, lush green countryside dotted with palm trees and remote estancias with nothing but fields surrounding them plus lots of wildlife to spot – birds of prey, horses, cows, piggies, ostriches. A few hours later and an easy-peasy border crossing over a bridge and we were in Paraguay – South American country number 7 and pretty unknown territory for us! It wasn’t a cheap experience though crossing the border as it cost 300pesos, but being served by the jolliest immigration staff ever made it more bearable. ... read more
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South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn April 4th 2011

On returning to Paraguay after two months travelling it is good to see that some things never change. It is still as hot as ever, still as quirky, the people still manage to surprise me day in day out. Food is still as cheap and tasty (and just as likely to give me diabetes), Asunción still has it's run down charm that I love so much. After changing country every week (more or less) for 10 weeks, this was very comforting. Although three minutes after getting off the plane, the extremely professional immigration officer tried to hit on me, so the men don't change either - I wish they would. On the other hand some things change a lot... I returned to Paraguay during an outbreak of dengue... an illness spread by mosquitos which causes flu ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn » Villarrica April 2nd 2011

Op het moment van tikken zit ik lekker in Peru in de zon. Het verhaal gaat echter over 2 landen geleden, Paraguay. Paraguay is ongetwijfeld het minst bereisde land in Zuid Amerika en daarom vond ik het wel interessant om even langs te gaan. Vanuit Iguazu, Argentinië gaat er een bus door Brazilië naar Ciudad del Este, Paraguay. Eerst mijn exit stamp gekregen aan de grens van Argentinië. Tot mijn grote verbazing reed de bus bij de grens van Brazilië gewoon door! Gelukkig deed de bus hetzelfde toen we Brazilië weer uitgingen dus dat scheelde weer veel tijd en gedoe. Daarna opweg naar het belastingvrije walhalla van Paraguay over de vriendschapsbrug.Op de brug zie je honderden Brazilianen en Argentijnen beladen met elektronische goederen terugkomen na een ochtend van druk winkelen. Bij de grens van Paraguay hoefde ... read more
Itaipu dam
Itaipu dam
Itaipu dam

South America » Paraguay » Asunciòn » Villarrica March 27th 2011

Hi All, Now to continue from where I left off. Sorry about not saying "good-bye" with the last entry but in some places you have to pay to use the internet and the money ran out that you have to put into a control box to use some computers. Paraguay. I believe that I was at the stage where Patty, "Frisky's" brother came on the scene at the village of Cosme. He had been working in Australia for some 28 years in the building industry, in Qld. and N.S.W. He too was also another "Frisky" fathering many children to an number of women, I think he had 2 marriages. Paddy's English was good although heavily accented. He talked about this life in Australia and also the lives of the early settlers in Cosme. He could recall ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Concepcion March 27th 2011

Spali sme skoro do 12, rano prsalo ale velmi to nepomohlo teplo je aj tak. Dnes bola nedela, vsetko pozatvarane, nikde nikto a tak sme cely den len prelezali. Uz sa vobec necudujeme ludom zijucim v takychto teplych krajinach ze cele dni len sedia a nic nerobia. Stanik vcera zabil svaba, dneska ho objavili mravce a tak si ho po kuskoch pomaly odnasaju. Chodia len popri stene a tak nam nevadia a aspon sa tu nieco deje. Navecer mesto ozilo, ludia konecne povychadzali von. Vsetci tu jazdia na motorkach, dost casto velmi mlado vyzerajuce deti, skoro ziadne auta. We slept till 12, it was raining but it is very hot anyway. It was Sunday, everything closed, nobody to be seen and so we just spend whole day lying in bed. We dont anymore wonder while people ... read more

South America » Paraguay » Concepcion March 26th 2011

Vacsinou sa snazime byt na autobusovej stanici pre istotu aspon pol hodiku pred odchodom autobusu. Dnes nam to nejak nevyslo a z hotelu sme odisli asi hodinu pred odchodom nasho spoju. Cesta na miestnu stanicu nam vatsinou trvala okolo pol hodinku a tak sme sa ani velmi neponahlali. Ako naschval nas sofer sa rozhodol chytit kazdu cervenu ktora sa dala. S kazdou pribudajucou minutou sme si boli menej a menej isty ci to stihneme, spoliehali sme sa vsak, ze nas aubobus bude meskat ako obycajne. Nakoniec sme sa na stanicu dostali asi 10 minut po oficialnom odchode, nastastie tam stale bol a tak sme len nalozili veci a hned sa aj pohli. Este ani raz sa nam nestalo aby tu autobus odisiel na cas, 10minutove meskanie je velmi dobry cas, mozno za to mohlo meno tejto ... read more
na ceste/ on a way
na ceste/ on a way
na ceste/ on a way

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

Hi Everyone, As Mary has so far done all the blogs I thought that I should give it go, so here geos. I believe that Paraguay is our next adventure and what a surprise it turned out. PARAGUAY. Please bear with me as I explain the reasons why we went to Paraguay. Firstly it is not a well know counrty in Australia, but Australia has a connection with Paraguay that not many people know about- but now a short history about this country. Of all the countries in S.A. Paraguay is unique. On its flag it has two coats of arms-one on each side. There are two official languages spoken (Spanish and Guaranies) and it is very common to use both when they speak to each other. Since 1952 until 1989 it was ruled by a ... read more

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 25th 2011

V noci sme sa velmi nevyspali, ako sme ocakavali bolo velmi dusno, ale stan sme radsej neotvarali kvoli hmyzu. Najprv sme sa cestickou cez hustu vegetaciu vybrali k vodopadu Guarani, v podstate taky potocik padajuci z vysky asi 7 metrov. Neskor sme sa dalsou cestickou pomaly vybrali k vychodu. Okolo nas husta vegetacia a kopu poletujucich motylov. Zrazu ma z nicoho nic zacalo nieco hrozne pichat v stehne, nastastie sme mali pinzetu a Stanik mi s nou vybral hrozivo vyzerajuci trn/zihadlo, nevieme co to bolo ani ako sa to tam dostalo. Po tom zazitku jedine na co som myslela bolo ako sa co najrychlejsie dostat na koniec chodnicka. Coskoro sa pred nami vynorila luka a na nej ruiny byvalej bane na zelezo. Odtialto to bol len kusok k vychodu a po asi hodinke sme sa dostali ... read more
Parque Nacional Ybycui
Parque Nacional Ybycui
Parque Nacional Ybycui

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




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