A Travellerspoint blog

December 2018

Happy New Year and a long road trip to Filadelfia

When in Paraguay for New Years Eve, party like a Paraguayan

90 °F
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With our guide, Pedro, we attended a lively party at the San Bernardino Los Alpes Hotel. There was live music, a balloon making clown for the kids, and a delicious buffet dinner. 20181231_211029_resized.jpgEven before dinner was served, Joyce was the first belle of the ball when this fellow came to our table and asked her to dance.20181231_231029_resized.jpg20181231_231016_resized.jpg
We were dancing together at midnight and finally left the party to return to our hotel around 12:30. After breakfast, we started the long drive Northwesr to the Chaco. 20190101_104230_resized.jpg We are staying two nights here at the Hotel Florida in Filadelfia. There is a significant Mennonite colony here that began arriving about 90 years ago. The have become very prosperous in ranching and farming. Despite its isolation and sparse population, the central Chaco enjoys one of the highest per capita incomes in Paraguay. In the early 1930s, Paraguay and Bolivia fought a bitter war here. Tomorrow we will actually get to visit some of the important sites as well as some of the flora and fauna.

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Day 5 Asuncion to San Bernardino

Our first night in Paraguay was pleasant and restful at Hotel Los Alpes. after breakfast, we made a short drive around the city, stopping for photos at the Presidential Palace 20181231_093023_resized.jpg20181231_101639_resized.jpg and did some shopping at a local supermarket. We next visited the town of Luque which is home to numerous jewelery shops, beforemoving on to Aregua, where we visited a pottery factory and had a nice lunch at Don Pablos. 20181231_115659_resized.jpg
We saw the unique sandstone rock formations and climbed to the top of Cerro Koi. DSCN4867.JPGDSCN4870.JPG20181231_140350_resized.jpg We had good views across Lago Ypacarai and our hotel for tonight in San Bernardino. DSCN4875.JPG

Tomorrow we head north to Filadelfia in the Chaco region of Paraguay.

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Day 4

EZE airport Buenos Aires

sunny 85 °F
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Not a lot to report here. We had long layover but we did not include any tourist time in this city because we spent a few days here 5 years ago. Some very hot weather awaits us in our next destination: Paraguay. we will get there early this evening and then the real adventure begins in earnest, tomorrow. After a so-so night at a nearby accommodation, we are back at the airport, relaxing in a VIP lounge and the beer girl makes her first appearance on this trip. 20181230_100529_resized_1.jpg

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Day 1 on our way

81 °F
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After a brown Christmas, winter threatened to disrupt our departure yesterday. Fortunately, it came mostly as rain in the twin cities and it only added about 15 minutes for deicing to the duration of our (otherwise on-time) first flight. When I booked our flights back in June, it was about $200 cheaper to make our first leg into Fort Lauderdale, but since we have an early morning flight out of Miami on Saturday, it was best to spend both nights of our "travel contingency" Florida stop in one place. We took the TriRail train from FLL to the end of the line station at MIA. ($3.75 pp). 20181227_134647_resized.jpg

From the Miami airport station, we had just a 3 block walk to the new Staybridge Suites Hotel. Being cheapskates, we favor places with kitchenettes so we can make our own dinner. So after check-in, we walked 1.5 miles to the nearest neighborhood market, but found that it did not offer much more than snacks. From there, it was 2 miles to "Fresco" (formerly Winn-Dixie) Supermarket where we found a good supply of fresh foods and adult beverages to supply our needs for two nights. We splurged on a local bus to come back to our hotel. ($2.25 pp)

The next post will likely be on Sunday, during a very long layover in Buenos Aires before our connecting flight to Asuncion, Paraguay where we will begin a two week, mostly clockwise, land trip throughout that country. We are already becoming re-acquainted with spanish; it is the default language everywhere in Miami.

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An upgrade

Trying to make this work better

My test post using my tablet was, IMHO, quite unsatisfactory. The photo below tells the story. the screen is still too small as is the keyboard. So today, I made an investment in a "2 in 1" Chromebook. It seems pretty easy to set up and the learning curve is gentle. I think it will enhance my ability to provide useful information and it will certainly reduce any sense of frustration that may accompany my efforts.20181219_143942_resized.jpg

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