Preparations

6 hours before the flight we prepared some nice doggy bags. We put in sliced carrots, apples, tomatoes, yes-cakes, a few salamis, and topped it off with some herb-infused brownies. They were based on a nice recipe: American-Double-Choc-Brownies.

Below you see us preparing for departure. It’s about 3:00 am in the morning and we are getting ready to leave. Our luggage is like 50% musical instruments, 25% presents and 25% stuff we actually need. We figured it would be smartest – and loudest – to take a guitar and an amplifier. Besides the obvious – being cool, having fun and looking interesting – our primary reason was a different one.

I mentioned the musical instruments and the presents. We decided to take the guitar and amplifier to Paraguay so that we can leave them there if we go on with our emigration plans.

We made a nice picture of my guitar case filled with most of the presents – the chocolate is for the family where we are going to live.

We departed in Hamburg on Thursday, 6:00 a.m. and landed in Asunciรณn on Friday 0:30. Luckily, our aquaintance from whom we rented an apartment for two weeks picked us up and brought us to our temporary home. Once there, we  saw the swimming pool and decided to have a late night swim, we were still wide awake after all. Before, Norman did some shit in the bathroom while I chilled on my bed.

By the time he was done (according to him not more than 5 minutes later) I was fast asleep. ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting started in Paraguay

Aquiring essentials to survive

I woke up out of my fatigue induced coma because some chicken on steroids were having a party at around 8:00 am. After breakfast we headed to the Bonima, the supermarket around the corner. Headed… well not exactly. The problem is I forget when I listen, but most of the time I don’t even listen. And only I had been told. We had no clue how to get there. We knew it wasn’t far but we managed to walk in all wrong directions before we found it. Truth by elimination does work ๐Ÿ™‚

We even found a bank next door to the Bonima so the Euro Problem was solved. After discovering that bags are not allowed into banks we left for the Bonima. There we bought basics like Yebra Mate, Coconut Shampoo and a bit of food. We headed back to the apartment.

Part 1 of our quest completed.

About 100 meters before we reached “home” we saw these bikers next to the road standing in the shade. Norman was carrying our Photocamera so they immediately smilied and started shouting “Photo, Photo”. Ofcourse we obliged and started communicating with google-translate. That was really funny! We translate english to spanish and show them the mobile, one of them takes the mobile and translates spanish to english ๐Ÿ˜€ Having exchanged numbers we were happy to have made our first local friends and went back home to take a dip in the pool. After that we tasted some nice herbs that we organized with a little help to our new “Photo Photo” friends ๐Ÿ˜€ Yes! Nice!

Part 2 of our quest completed