Trip Start May 13, 2007
Trip End Aug 02, 2007

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Monday, May 28, 2007

Sorry for not getting this up earlier.  Here is a recap of my first ten days in South America:

I arrived in Buenos Aires on May 14, then spent the night at my host's place.  The next day we hopped on a plane to Asuncion, Paraguay.  We stayed a night in the capital because they had lost some of our luggage (luckily we were able to get it the next day), then we set out for the border of Paraguay/Brazil.  Here we spent time in two small border towns Bella Vista (Bela Vista for Brazilians) and Pedro Juan Caballero (Ponta Pora for Brazilians). 

Here I was inundated with Portuguese, which I know very little.  (I did manage to pick up on important words like obrigada (thank you) and sobre mesa (desert)).  Nevertheless, a lot of my time on the Brazilian side was spend pointing and grunting.

As far as work goes, I litereally spent daylight hours digging up anthills.  We would pop open a mound to see if it was infested with a certain parasite.  We ended up finding only about 10 after the 10 days.

The food was excellent.  I am in love with a good Brazilian breakfast (Argentine breakfasts are scant to say the least).  I have also picked up on drinking mate--the Argentine tea-like national beverage.

I didn't do a lot of sight seeing in Paraguay, but I did see a pretty neat national forest.  I also got a glimpse of some road-side toucans and rheas.

After ten days, I got on a plane and was shipped back to Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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dad15 on

From Dad
Hey princess

Glad to see you got this set up. I will check on it every day.

Love you


db10139 on

Watch those boys!
Hey Nichole, I'm a friend/co-worker of your dad and he has been keeping me updated with your journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed your e-mails and I'm so glad that you started a web site so that I may see the pictures. You're a brave young lady and I can see why your dad is so proud of you. Larry told me that you would be staying there through August. With you being there for that length of time and being so pretty, please watch out for any of those guys over there including Andy and Luis (ha ha.) Please take care of yourself and have a great time. I'll keep you in my prayers for a safe journey and trip back home. God bless!

Your friend and admirer,
Debbie Merchant

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