Popped into Paraguay

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Parana,
Saturday, July 24, 2010

Another very quick update, I`ll try and add more when I can, it`s expensive here! So around 14:00 when we were settled into our pousada we wondered what to do... Out came Ooh why don`t we pop into Paraguay?. Its only 7km away from here and a 3 real bus journey away but it could be another world apart; Ciudade del estate is really crazy, stalls and vendors everywhere, rubbish, poverty, much crazier driving than here. Apparently its hugely popular with Brazilians for cheap electronics, as we soon discovered browsing. Anna bought an canon SLR camera for half the price of those in Britain which came with a lens, battery, memory card. We also went supermarket shopping and found things to be very cheap. All round the streets were children selling counterfeit pringles, homemade toys/cakes and counterfeit clothes, sunglasses, pirate DVDs and CDs. Turns out again I have been deceived by the rate of the Brazilian real and have underspent, 400 reals sounds a lot but is 150 pounds, a little better than that scary figure.

Tomorrow we`re going to see the Brazilian side of the falls still, staying here for 2 nights before continuing to Puerto Iguacu in Argentina. This is a bit of a strange town, it feels a little American but with a twist. Paraguay seems to have a completely different culture which is obvious as soon as you pass through immigration. We may go back there tomorrow evening after viewing the falls. If you`re after any cheap electronics, think fast! The economy there is pretty poor...
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