Paraguay and into Bol-bol-bolivia

Trip Start Feb 20, 2006
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Trip End May 13, 2006


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Saturday, March 25, 2006

The Argentinians told us not to go into Paraguay as too dangerous... the Paraguains told us not to go into Bolivia cause IT was too dangerous. Erm, is anyone, speaking to ANYONE on this continent.

So after ol Iguza, we bussed it into Paraguay and the capital Asuncion which we were advised to get out of as quick as poss due to dodgy elements. It┤s weird to be completely freaked out by every person. Total grans look like serial killers and little kiddies ice-creams contain knives... but as is so often with life, it wasn┤t nearly as bad as the mind makes out. In fact we managed to sit down for dinner at what must be the only gay restaurant in Paraguay. 2 mins into our chow, the dicso ball came out,ʤ need a manĘ was pumped to max volume and the boogying began. They were the absolute most friendly people and the schnitzel (those germans.. they get EVERYWHERE) was delicious.

Bus up to Concepcion which is a jumping off point into the Rio Paraguay and so we did onto a cargo boat full of pigs, chickens, cats, locals and udder goodness. We left 7 hours late and 2 nights on the floor with feet skirmishes galore and looks of perplexity at the mad gringos. I mean, who would get on this boat if they didn┤t HAVE to. After the first day the locals warmed a bit and we had some once in a lifetime beers on one of the remotest rivers in the world looking into a jungle sunset. Even the mossies weren┤t too bad. In fact I had a pet one named Walter that I still miss. Sniff. Sniff.

At Isla Margharita we hopped off, and jumped onto another bus into Bolivia and then onto another bus for supposedly 16 hours. Well, not quite. How to describe this bus. Imagine sitting on the bench of an old monastry, whilst simultaneously being bashed on the behind with a mouldy cricket bat for 21 hours. There was no road. There was no tar. Just bashing, pounding and smashing. Did I mention for 21 hours. God in heaven. S&M is looking more appealing by the minute. Please... NEVER EVER moan about another long journey. There are people out there who have asses the hardness of diamonds.

Asty is a little run down, so we┤re taking it easy for 2 days in Santa Cruz, and then are heading off to the salt pans in the south west tomorrow.

Please let the bus have some sort of cushioning... anything... marshmallows strapped to the seat... anyyyyyyyythig...
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