Asuncion

Trip Start Apr 18, 2011
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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

We have left Brazil, an amazing country with some really cool people, both natives and travellers! We are now in Paraguay in search of an elusive chest x-ray for our New Zealand working visa. We are staying in a 3 star hotel (Paraguay is way cheaper than Brazil) called Hotel Palmas Del Sol, it is extremely nice and makes for a welcome change from hostels, albeit we have liked most of the ones we stayed at.

We are in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay. It is considerably smaller than Sao Paulo, and has a more laid back attitude as well. We actually walked over the border, which is effectively the Iguašu River into Ciudad del Este, which is known as the Supermarket of South America. Apparently lots of Brazilians and Argentinians go here to get there goods, as it is cheaper than their own countries. Unfortunately we did not have time to look around as we had our rucksacks on, but a couple of Norwegian girls that were also staying at Klein Hostel on the Brazilian side walked over with us for a days shopping.

We have spent our first couple of days here exploring the city, hitting some Lonely Planet recommended eateries, and trying to get in touch with el Doctor! Not easy when none of his receptionists speak any English! We have done a bit of sightseeing, although the sites are relatively few and far between, and we will also be attempting to get Eilidh a new camera for improved picture taking for the rest of the trip. We may also try and do a Spanish course whilst we are here, but maybe in Encarnaciˇn instead of Asuncion.
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