Livin' the dream

Trip Start Sep 24, 2006
Trip End Feb 01, 2010

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

I guess I didn't realize that I hadn't written in 4 months... sorry about that. 

Life is great.  I love living in Asuncion and love my apartment.  I have a great roommate and we are getting along really well.  It's nice to be living with someone instead of alone.  I know there were a few people who wanted to see picture of my fabulous apartment.  I did even better and took a video of it to share with you (It should be uploaded with this entry)  I don't have the best camera skills, but you get a tour of my apartment.  And it had been cleaned the day before, so it's looking pretty good in the video.  We actually have a woman clean our apt every other week.  I know it seems like we're living large if we can afford a cleaning lady, but I assure you, we are not.  In fact, I use most of my money 2 weeks after I get paid and then I have to skrimp the next 2 weeks until pay day.  I get paid about 38% more living in Asuncion than I did in the campo... but my rent has gone up 500% as has my electric and water bills (ok, so I didn't have to pay for water in the campo because it was from a well... but still, it's metered in the city and it's REALLY expensive).   To say the least, I'm having a hard time budgeting my money.  (allthough I did come up with a budget... I just don't pay any attention to it :)  )  Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the video and you will probably be thinking "This is considered a fabulous apartment?!?"  Let me tell you, compared to what I was living in before, my apartment in the city is FAAABULOUS!

What have I been up to?  Livin' the dream.  I travel around paraguay a lot with my boss, and I love it.  Keeping in mind that only 50% of PY's land area holds 98% of it's population (the other part... called "The Chaco" is damn near uninhabitable by people who are adapted to living off of food and water) We visited all the volunteers from the newest agriculture group and did site presentations for each of them and now we are moving on to visiting the volunteers who have been in their communities for a year.  I would say we spend 35% of our time in the office and 65% in the campo, which is why I love what I'm doing. 

I recently helped organize a mid-service training for a group of 19 PCVs followed by an "encounter" (thats literally translated from spanish) for all 34 PCVs in our sector.  Sort of a meet and greet that involved a photo-scavenger hunt around asuncion and a BBQ. 

I don't have much to talk about or any great pictures from Paraguay to share right now.  Mom is coming down in just 6 weeks and we are planning our trip to Brazil.  I was going to take portugese classes but I decided to use the money to instead work on my spanish, which is becoming worse by the second as I work and live with people who speak english.  (Allthough only 8 of 24 people working in the office are native english speakers, the rest of the group are fluent as well, so they even speak in english to each other sometimes...) 

Hope everyone is well and slowly thawing out from the crazy winter you have had!  It's still hot here.
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