I screwed Gangsterville.
Trip Start Oct 06, 2004
324Trip End Ongoing
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Paraguay is poor, in fact one of the poorest in Latin America. But you still see tons of souped-up Merzedes Benz, BMW and SUV's. Maybe not a big surprise when Paraguay's "Claim to Fame" is corruption and contraband (Gangsterville). They have very few foreign tourists and not many natural attractions (at least not any world class ones). But it is still a beautiful country with a good few national parks and some well preserved Jesuit missions worth a visit. But the most memorable for me are the people, plus it feels a bit different here. I don't know what it is, but I like it.
I only plan to spend a day or two in Asuncion, but end up staying a week. The city itself got a few nice sights, buildings and plazas. Some posh residential and shopping areas, with fancy clubs, bars, restaurants and cinema complexes. I spend the days walking around, meeting lots of friendly people. I get invited to BBQ and birthday parties. People show me around town, and take me to the illegal clubs who stay open after normal closing time. They try to learn me the local lingo, Guarani, and are curious about what Norway is like. Where is it? They take me to San Bernardino and Lake Ypacarai a couple of hours outside the city, and have me taste Tereré (they drink it everywhere around Paraguay). They talk to me on the bus, show me where to get off, if I would like an apple? In general some of the friendliest people I have met so far on this trip, I met in Asuncion, a capital city. I didn't expect it at all, but it truly made my visit. So go check out Paraguay, now!
I could have easily spent more time in Paraguay and Asuncion, but I have to make my way south before the winter sets in for real in Patagonia. I plan to catch a flight to Ushuaia from Posadas, a city in Argentina just across the border from Paraguay.