Trip Start Jan 20, 2004
88Trip End Feb 01, 2005
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The Bus Ride
I did manage to get here, even if it was after seriously thinking I was going to die in a bus crash. The gusty storm that came along managed to rattle a few passenger`s nerves, including mine, when the bus swerved at high speed and rocked sideways.
During the Big Sway, the old guy next to me got up to get a coffee and brought one back for me. We had a chat about my travels and about the Paraguayan things I`d experienced. When a seller came on board, he bought me some cheesey chiapas, which are like eating a cheesy crust pizza crust.
The Big Storm
I was glad that I had stopped by the supermarket (even if it was only for chocolate and Coke) as when I awoke, almost ready to go to the Jesuit ruins, it poured with rain and I stayed tucked up in bed flicking through cable tv, watching video clips and a Tom Selleck movie.
I did leave my room for a couple of hours to find bus times to Trinidad and Ciudad del Este and managed to take a picture of this ghostlike statue of Jesus with weird flamey looking bits of metal sticking through them, have a swing in the park and eat something besides chocolate.
Unfortunately the crappy weather continued the next day, so rather than sit tight in Encarnaci˛n I gave the ruins a miss and jumped on a bus to Ciudad del Este. I think I`ll probably come back around to Posadas, the town on the Argentinian side and visit the Jesuit ruins there instead.
Things I Learned
* It only ever pours torrential rain in Paraguay
* I shouldn`t feel it my duty to polish off a box of chocolate bon bons in 24 hours
* I can read the Spanish subtitles on the TV and understand them!!!