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 ๐Ÿ˜€ (in a kitchen with working hot and cold water as well as enough storage- and work space to cook comfortably ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

 

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s it for the moment.

All our expectations have been surpassed by far.

#emigtation #preparations

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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™‚

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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).

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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