Paraguay the unknown country of South America. Well, what is there to say. It’s just the way it is. Very laidback, with very friendly people.
Sunday september 26, we left Bolivia. We left early that morning from Villamontes because the border was still about 100km away. The road to the border was partially paved, but the nice paved part was blocked because there was roadwork. Except for sunday ofcourse. We were pigheaded and decided to take the paved road.
Every few kilometer there was a roadblock, which we could avoid with our bikes.
Some were easy,
some were less easy….apparently
Distracted by his new tractor sound, Roel thought for a minute that he was driving a John Deere…
It was a nice goodbye to Bolivia with all its dirtroads.
One more time….stuck
Finally we reached the border and entered Paraguay.
We had to drive another few hours to reach the first town (where also customs and immigration was). And as if the day wasn’t already long enough, we had 4 flat tyres in total that day on the shittiest road.
We arrived Marechal in darkness. It was a long hot day.
Next morning, we did the paperwork and drove to Filadelfia. So far Paraguay is as flat as Holland with long straight roads…….booooooooring. The western part of Paraguay consists of a lot of German mennonites settlements, with very Paraguayan names like Blumengart, Fernheim und Laubenheim. The biggest of these settlements is Filadelfia, a big Texas-like village where we ate schnitzel mit spätzl. Da könnten wir auch unsere Deutsche sprache ein bisschen üben.
Wednesday, 29th we left little Germany and drove to Concepcion. Again, long distant roads and flat flat flat. Pretty laidback Concepcion, but then again, what is there to do. Maybe that’s the reason that no one knows anything about Paraguay, there is just not much to do. Probably a place where you should go, when the doctor tells you to relax immediately. We couldn’t even use our mobiles…..so: tip for the blackberry-addicted stressed smoking managers. Concepcion would also be trainheaven for Roels dad.
After Concepcion, we headed towards the capital Asuncion. Same story. The place is even so laidback that poor and rich live right next to each other. Homeless people were living in front of our hotel on the square.
Same thing next to the fancy government buildings.
October 1 we celebrated Roels B-day.
Sunday october third, we drove to Coronel Oviedo where we did some maintenance on the bikes, while it was raining. Proper planning.
Today we reached Ciudad del Este, at the border with Brasil. We will do a short stay in Brasil on our way to Uruguay. Really looking forward to see some real Brazilian beaches…
Ok amigos, keep you posted. Thanx for all the comments again.