Trip Start Feb 16, 2006
75Trip End Dec 21, 2006
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Hi everyone, and it is a cool 29 C here in Concepcion, which is cool for here, in the summer it gets up to 45, with very high humidity, so a real furnace. The streets are made of red dust and outside the pace is slow. Here in the air con Internet cafe things are a bit more manageable.
So far Paraguay gets the thumbs up, it is very cheap, and very poor. I walked in from Brazil (just passed though so did not need a stamp), over the friendship bridge, and when you got the Paraguayan half there was not longer a security mesh to stop you falling, there was litter everywhere and the observation point smelt like a toilet. Cuidad del Este was a bit like that, and I have heard it is very dangerous, especially at night
I made my way to Encarnacion, and hoped on a bus to Asuncion, the capital. The bus stopped everywhere and more and more people were loaded on, in the end it was like a crowed London tube, with one guy not even able to stand up straight, given he was underneath where the television screen used to be, which was now used to store luggage
Opps time up here, so yeah, got the banana boat from Asuncion to here and am thinking of going to Cerro CorÓ national park tomorrow, then either back here for more river boating, or on to Brazil
Bye for now.
a now very tanned, Antonio
Some Paraguay observations
All prices are to be haggled, even things like long distance bus fares and even city bus fares
Guns are the order of the day, and armed guards with machine guns watch over you in supermarkets and chemists and make sure you leave you bag at the door, and do some of these guys look MEAN. Walking over here there were four soldiers outside a bank, armed with M16 and some sort of short barreled pump action shotgun
The sun is strong, everyone wheres long selves and does not feel the need to remove there jumper and leather jacket when standing on the bus for 4 hours with 30 other people
People seem to speak more GuaranÝ than Spanish
The bank notes look like they have been photocopied at home, most are so old that they are stuck with about a ton of sellotape, and given there are a guzillion to the pound, dollar, euro, and most people have only ever seen 1000 and 5000 notes, you get about ten million of these in your change, sure fills up the pockets!!!