Crash after crash after crash.

Trip Start May 01, 2010
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Trip End Oct 15, 2010


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Where I stayed
Hotel Negras

Flag of Paraguay  , Amambay,
Monday, June 7, 2010

Our taxi which we rather unwillingly had to take, dropped us off outside the Hotel Miami in Ascunsion where we stayed previously. The land lady was very pleased to see us and gave us a much bigger room with a fantastic view of the Plaza Uruguaya. We opted to spend the day relaxing and catching up on some much needed sleep after our camping experience. The tent needed drying out and we needed a good clean as well!
We headed back to the Brittania Bar for the fantastic burgers and chips that they make. After a pina colada and a glass of wine, we returned to the room as Rocky VI was playing in English on the TV! Sad, yes I know!

Next morning we woke to glorious sunshine streaming in through our huge window, so I did the washing and hung it outside to dry- which for the first time, happened within a few hours! We had a few walks, mainly to find food and spent the rest of the day reading and relaxing thinking that we would have a heavy few days coming up!
Just as the light faded and we settled in for evening TV, we heard another huge crash. Looking out of our huge window, we could see two cars had collided (which happens all the time) and the drivers looked ready to kill eachother. Luckily no one was hurt and the police turned up quickly to diffuse everything! The road was cleared and we drifted off to sleep only to wake up the next morning to find yet another collision below our window...again, I don't think anyone was hurt but it has definitely put us off any form of driving around here. I flinch just getting on the buses now!

We had an early start after breakfast as we wanted to take the 7 hour bus to Pedro Juan Caballero which is on the border with Brazil. Within an hour on the road, the bus stopped and I opened my sliding window to find yet another car battered and bruised lying on its' roof with several other cars crumpled around it. Don't worry though, we are fine!!!

We had been forwarned that it was an awkward  crossing (not difficult) just inconvenient. The bus drove us through the stunning Paraguayan landscape, past tranquil rivers, mini mountains with the fiery sun setting over the vast savannah.

We arrived at the border at 8pm so decided not to push our luck and try to cross (even though Brazil is only the other side of the road!). Pedro Juan Caballero is one of the worst drug trafficking towns in Paraguay, we knew it was best not to be outside at night so made a quick dash past all the locals dressed with all sizes and shapes of guns to the nearest cheapest hotel as we only had 15 worth of money left with no access to a bank! But we were not too worried as the man who owned the pizza shop in Ascunsion (where we had the most amazing pizza ever- complete with a huge tub of icecream afterwards for less than 5) told us that it was the safest place in Paraguay because everyone is armed! Apparently you could leave your car open on the side of the road and return one hour later to find it still there! Right!
Anyway, up early tomorrow to attempt this infamous border crossing!
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