Here we are again

I know it’s been like over a year, but it wasn’t only lazyness that prevented us from posting.

Seriously, our Internet got installed in February but our minds were filled with more pressing things than to update the blog.

Now we have settled in enough to get back to the internet business without having leaking water pipes to fix, toilets to repair or kitchens to install.

I started to really get this “at home” feeling when I ate my first Spaghetti Bolognese with tons of oregano and garlic not so long ago πŸ˜€ (in a kitchen with working hot and cold water as well as enough storage- and work space to cook comfortably πŸ˜‰ )

There is a huge gallery update where you can see the development in the past half-year.

As of now we plan to currently keep the blog up to date.

That’s it for the moment. Keep peace and have fun.

Oh, did I mention the huge gallery update?

Link to the gallery

 

#preparations

 

Hey there, it’s been a while!

To start with an obvious excuse:
The last few months have been quite busy.
We’re back in Germany and have been preparing for our leave in September.

Our charms seem to have worked on the locals, they’ve actually begun the process of building our house.

Not much yet, but here are some pictures (if you click on the picture, it’s a link to google photos)

We’ll update the gallery when we get new pictures.

On this note, thanks a million times, Thomas, for getting through for us!

 

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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

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™‚

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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

Two weeks before departure

My best friend and I are going to visit Paraguay from the 8 till the 23 of March. We’re both from Hamburg, Germany and although it’s only a short vacation it could change our lives forever. If we like it there we’ve decided to move there entirely by the end of the year! πŸ˜€ Well, let’s see if that works out…

Anyway, for the vacation (and everything to follow) we bought a nice camera. None of as have had any experience with photography so far, so we are using the time left to practice. Here are some of the shots we made in the past days:

Click on image to open album.

#preparations