Land is not enough!

When Norman and I left for this vacation, we were playing with the idea of moving here permanently by the end of October. Then we wanted to learn the language, search for a piece of land and start building a house. Like this it would have taken until around 2020 until we could actually live there.

Now things have changed. The landlord of this residence took a liking to us and offered us a piece of his land 3 days ago. The good thing about this area is that it’s not somewhere far out in the countryside. Due to this we already have access to electricity and water! Additionaly there are supermarkets close by and there is a possibility of getting internet here! To us this sounded too good to be true, so we took it πŸ™‚

So there we were, strolling on “our home to be” at midnight and dreaming. We came up with the idea of trying to design our own house, so we searched for an appropriate tool. For a couple of days our star architect, Norman, has been working on it. The first designs were pretty lame (although I was always way too impressed to notice at the time) and it wasn’t that easy. We hadn’t yet figured out the exact measurements. It’s somewhere between 600 and 700 square meters, I think closer too 600 than 700. It doesn’t really matter to us because in any case we made a hell of a bargain where practically everything feels right!

I only have a short video which I can share, taking videos is not really one of our priorities at the moment πŸ˜‰

 

 

So that’s the land. Basically everything right of the nets to the far wall. I think we will have alot of fun with this πŸ˜€

Already having land at this point speeds up our plans by over half a year! If we manage to “convince” the people here to start on the house we just might be lucky in October for it to almost be ready! Then there is still the garden and the pool to work on πŸ™‚

That’s it for the moment.

All our expectations have been surpassed by far.

#emigtation #preparations

Not a birthday party

Yesterday was awesome. We didn’t celebrate my birthday because of our neighbours. We really wanted them to attend, but out of personal reasons they refuse to attend birthday parties. So instead we had a “party” πŸ˜‰

Our landlord, Thomas, bought meat and drinks, his family made potatoe- and green salad, Norman and I prepared fruit salad and a melon. Location was Thomas’ Veranda, Guests where the residents and Thomas’ entire family here, which ws about 15 people of all ages.

In my whole life I do not recall seeing such a grill. Okay, the grill was normal, but the loads of meat on it was breathtaking. At least for a meat lover πŸ˜€ I hate one plate, then I was stuffed πŸ˜›

The thing that I like to recall most about the evening where the children. They were gorgeous! The sparkles in their eyes, the impartiality in their movements, the joy they brought to just through their laughter.

When the evening neared its end we performed a few songs and

received acknowlegement, but the crowd really started to get into it once we played their requests, County Roads and Knocking on Heavens Door. That was so cool! I grew up loving Guns n Roses and suddenly this Paraguayan dude asks us to play something from one of my favorite bands!

 

After the guest left, we had some time alone with the landlord and a handshake was made. In Paraguay a handshake concludes a contract.

 

This is now ours.

After five days in Paraguay.

Pictures of the party

#party

Yesterday was one of the days we actually “worked”

Yesterday was a long day that went fast. I know it sounds kind of weird, but that’s exactly how it felt. Late at night it’s cooler here, a nice time to spend outside, taking pictures or standing on an old tennis court on the property, just gazing at the stars, dreaming. Due to these dazzling stars we only slept about 2 1/2 hours last night since we had to get up at 6:30.

After breakfast and the obligatory dip in the pool we got ready for the day. Our landlord gave us a ride to Villarrica, where we met up with the person helping us to get the permanent residence permit (Cedula).

We spent the next couple hours visiting a notary to get some documents certified and a bank to open up an account while driving miles and taking pictures in between. By the time we were on the way home my eyes were constantly closing and my eyesight was playing tricks on me due to lack of nourishment. At least everything else had worked out without any complications and we took some nice pictures on the road to and from Villarrica.

The rest of the day was just chilling by the pool and recovering πŸ˜‰

While I’m sitting here by the pool typing this blog, the sound of nature around me fascinates me. Crickets chirping, dogs barking and chicken cockadoodledooing at midnight. Occasionly a car in the distance, overall very soothing and peaceful.

A good way to end a busy day.

P.S. We’ll upload the pictures soon πŸ˜‰

#preparations

The little differences

Today was more work than fun, if you call sitting in a bus and searching for a place to change money on a Saturday work. It’s the little differences of being in a foreign country that really make you think twice, like using GPS to tell the bus driver when to stop, not being able to understand the answer after finally managing to formulate a question or being unaware of the local customs.

If I would wave to a bus driver in Germany he’d probably ignore me, wave back or look at me as if I’d commited a crime. Here the bus stops and lets you enter. That’s freaking awesome!

Being a German I tend to offer people my hand when I greet them. Here a handshake is like the signing of a contract. Luckily the locals are used to ignorant foreigners πŸ˜€

In Germany I throw my toiletpaper in the toilet after using it. Here, there is a bin next to the toilet intended for the used paper. (this takes getting used to πŸ˜‰ ) Apparently the pipes underneath are so small that paper clogs them.

We have two seperate showers next to each other. One has only hot water. The other one only cold water. While showering, the best is to jump from one shower to the other really really fast, like Speedy Gonzales, so that the water on your skin gets the correct temperature before your nerves register the water. We are working on that one, but I assume the shower is not working as intended.

What really amazes us is the friendliness of the people! Although many have less than little they are very polite and just as friendly. Like the sun here in Paraguay, their smiles warm our hearts. Every day.

And the food. I’ve got the feeling that where I come from it’s the exact opposite of here. In Germany, food induced with taste enrichments and artificial vitamins sells like crazy and is cheaper than fruits/vegetables. In Paraguay it’s the exact opposite.

Where there’s food there’s drink. The only thing we drink here is Mate, or TererΓ©, which is cold Mate . It is possible to change the flavor by adding additional herbs and it’s even supposed to be healthy. The water is filled into a special thermos, the Yerba tea is filled into a special cup called guampa. As you can see in the picture, it has a bombilla in it, an awsome invention for tea drinkers. It’s a mixture between a spoon, a straw and a sieve. This way to drink tea causes less pollution and you can use the same tea multiple times. The leaves are in the cup and not the thermos, remember? The bombila filters out the tea leaves.

I find it strange that people living in the great rich countries of the world think they are so sophisticated when it comes to such basic things as health (pills pills pills), food (fast food ftw) or drink (Coca Cola is it). The locals here have much less and act so much smarter. Common sense is a type of intelligence and the scary thing is it can be unlearnt (TV , false knowledge passed on through generations). Scary when you think of it.

#emigrate #differences #mate #bombilla #toilet

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 AsunciΓ³n 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. πŸ™‚

#preparations

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 πŸ™‚

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 Photo camera so they immediately smiled and started shouting “Photo, Photo”. Of course 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 πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€ Yes! Nice!

Part 2 of our quest completed

#party #spanish

Paraguay…Parawhere?

I’m sitting up all night working on the website, playing around with social media buttons, galleries and what not, so I figured I do something useful for a change. :-/

Check out the map below, the red dot furthest to the to right, that’s where we come from. Far far away on the left, well, quiet everybody, this is……

PARAGUAY!!!

 

The dots in between are transit airports (an excuse to test the plugin functionality).

#preparations