Hitch-Hike Across Paraguay

Take a look at the short article about Michael Turner’s 600 miles trip across Paraguay.  He is a Brit and there is an interesting history between England and Paraguay.  If I recall, the first railroad in South America was constructed in Paraguay with British engineers.  Michael is an adventurer not an engineer.  Maybe he would like to hitch-hike across Kansas.  Michael – I have an extra bedroom for you when you make your trek across Kansas.




10 Exotic Places to Visit in Paraguay

Check out these lovely places to visit in Paraguay. They may not fit your image of Paraguay.



A short course in Guarani

In Natalia Goldberg’s newest Discovering Paraguay blog post she provides a short course in Paraguay’s first language.  The half a dozen (actually 7) words are easy to learn and helpful to non-natives to use to show respect for the local culture and to have some fun.  Note her cautions about going astray.  Now if we could only get some ‘haku’ up here in the frozen north I would be happy.


Paraguayan Food Truck in Pittsburgh

No it is not a typo.  This Paraguayan food truck is in the other Pittsburgh.  The one with the ‘h.’  Who knew that lomito sandwiches from Paraguay would sell in Pittsburgh.  I wonder what it would take to get them to come to Pittsburg.  With all of those Paraguayan students it could really take off.  Bring on the milanese.  My personal favorite.


February is Avocado Month

Every February I harken back to the year we lived in Paraguay and to our ex-pat friend John Wiley’s avocados. John had a couple of avocado trees in his yard and had little use for the fruit (actually a large berry).  John would bring over a grocery store bag full of huge avocados.  As near as I could tell, like John, few Paraguayans ate avocados.  I guess that they had too many other fruit trees to bother with these big things. We had many dinners of what passed for guacamole. It was tough finding hot sauce.  The photo is thanks to Romy Goldberg of Discovery Paraguay.  She notes that this is a medium large avocado.  There really are larger ones.  I don’t remember the stone being that large but different trees produce different fruit.


Environmentalist wins Award for Work in Paraguay

Karina Atkinson started Para La Tierra as an environmental organization in Paraguay.  Now she has won the 2012 Young Laureates of the Rolex Award for Enterprise.  Para La Tierra would be an awesome place for a Kansan to engage in a service learning study abroad volunteer assignment and apply for the Kansas Paraguay Study Abroad Scholarship.  Here is the link to the organizations website.


First train in South America

Check out this piece on the steam train in Paraguay.  When I was in Peace Corps training in Aregua in 1991 I woke up to this working train arriving in town and taking on water.  Then in 2007 I took it from Asuncion to Aregua operating now as a tourist attraction.


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