Escape from Paraguay

Trip Start Jul 02, 2009
Trip End Jun 28, 2010

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Friday, July 31, 2009

I got back to Asunción on the the Friday evening and was scheduled to fly to Sao Paulo the next day.  I checked out the Coyote club later that night at was relieved not to be thrown out by the bouncers for being too old.  The next day I had serious business to attend to  I took my cheap (although almost new) sleeping bag to Plaza Uruguaya where some folk were camped as part of a protest and presented it to a woman saying, "Hace mucho frio en la noche".  Only afterwards did I realise how this might have been misconstrued.  However, I think it would have been appreciated because they'd had freezing temperatures only the weekend before.  Not long after I returned to my lodgings it started to rain.  Torrentially!

Asunción doesn't appear to have fully functional drains so the road was like a river in some places going to the airport.  Taxis in Asunción tend to be ancient and poorly maintained so I was worried that mine was going to stall and was carefully monitoring what was going on outside.  The taxi didn't stall but it was some time before I noticed that there was an inch of water on the floor in front of the back seat (where my feet were).  However, the fun really started when going through security at the airport.

It seemed that they had a problem with my having entered Paraguay at Pedro Juan Caballero which as I'd pointed out earlier is reputed to be a centre for trafficking of recreational pharmaceuticals.  I was very glad that I'd taken the time to get the paperwork sorted in Ponta Porã although my main motivation at the time had been to make sure that I would be able to get back into Brasil.  Then they checked all my stuff including credit cards, dive cards and even the UK gym card that I'd brought by mistake.  Finally I got to show them my photos and was very glad to have resisted the urge to snap the pride of the Paraguayan navy at its moorings behind the Presidential Palace. 

Then I was on my way and by Sunday evening I was in São Carlos which would be my home for the next six weeks. 

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