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Familiar tunes by a polluted lake

Roughing it up in Paraguay


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We had been wondering about the policemen who kept stepping in and out the bus on the way from Filadelfia to Asuncion. When we got out at the bus station we found out why they had been riding the bus: When all the other passengers had stepped out from the bus the guards led out a rasputin looking handcuffed madman. His looked around with his mad eyes while the guards dragged him into the bus station. We were glad we hadn't noticed the prisoner before then, he looked quite scary.

We decided not to visit Asuncion, the capital, because we have heard there is a dengue fever and yellow fever outbreak. The country has declared a state of emergency. The people are getting vaccinations. Hope they get it under control...

Instead we are visiting San Bernardino, a small yuppie town with a paraguayan twist (= yuppie town in Paraguayan standards). San Bernardino lies by the lake Lago Ypacarai some 40km from Asuncion. We're staying in a colonial mansion that is owned and was restored by a paraguayan cheap gay guy and an average joe from the states. It's quite nostalgic.

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Backyard of the hotel

San Bernardino is a party place and packed with tourists from Asuncion in the summer, but apparently the season ended a week ago and now it is soooo quiet. The streets are empty. We decided to make a day trip to Areguá, a cool little town some kilometers away on the other side of the lake. The speciality of the town is garden gnomes. They are everywhere. How cool is that? We took a walk down to the lake and found two huge speakers in the middle of the grass blasting pop songs from the 80's. And there were almost nobody around. We thought maybe they were setting up for some big party, but no, that was apparently normal "sunnuntai meininki" (sunday program) for them. Very interesting. These people know how to relax and enjoy a sunday afternoon. Forget about stupid decibel rools. The few people around were relaxing on the beach and swimming in the polluted lake. No worries. We joined in and had a few beers.

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Speakers blasting 80s music

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The lake

While waiting for the bus back to San Bernardino we had our first encounter with a one liter beer bottle. The bottles just keep getting bigger and bigger... I wonder how big they are in Argentina...

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Yessss!

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Check out the bus in the background

As it happened, Mickus' mother turned 60 yesterday. We celebrated it with pizza, a bottle of red wine and a big cigarr. The owner of the restaurant offered free liquor for dessert :). Happy birthday Barbro!

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Posted by AnnaMickus 10:34 Archived in Paraguay

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