Archive for October, 2006

Bush bought land in Paraguay!!??

Yesterday while googling around I found this surprising news (not that new anymore). All these news are not official, maybe just press speculation.

President Bush (Yes, US president), apparently bought 100.000 Acres in the Paraguayan Chaco (northern Paraguay), near the borders with Bolivia and Brazil.

Well, I think the mystery about Jenna Bush’s trip to Paraguay for 10 days has been solved, Paraguayan media suggested she was sent to tie up the land her family purchased in the Chaco.

I just wonder: Is he planning to retire there?, What is this all about? Does he have a secret strategy, and if so? what for?, is there something hidden in the Chaco that nobody know? or is the chaco just in a great strategic location?…this is very weird.

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Presidente Hayes.

Thanks to: John A. Fatherley for this nice contribution to my blog. Gracias Juan!

It is very nice what you are doing to interest people in Paraguay. Paraguay is a very interesting country, but it has a ‘bad reputation’ because of certain things that have happened there is the past. One of the good things that not very many people know about is the legacy of U. S. President Rutherford B. Hayes (1878-81) who arbitrated a boundary dispute between Argentina and Paraguay after the terrible Triple Alliance War (1865-1870). He found in favor of Paraguay and is a national hero, of sorts, there.

November 12th is a holiday every year in the Department of Presidente Hayes, and there is a lot of celebration about this in Villa Hayes in the Chaco. I am going there in November 2007, and would like anyone interested in this celebration to go with me. November is ‘not too bad’ in Paraguay as far as the heat is concerned. I hope that anyone interested in this idea will contact you. Thank you again for your work in ‘bringing Paraguay out of the Latin American closet’.  John A.

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A taste of Paraguay…

Hi!!

I just want to share a receipe For Chipa Guazu, one of my favorite dishes, very easy to make, this is a partial translation of Tembiu Paraguay by Josefina Aquino

Enjoy!

 

Chipa Guazu

2 Medium Onions

1 cup of water

1/2 tablespoon salt

1/2 oil, in Paraguay they use pork fat

1 cup farmers cheese, in Paraguay they used queso paraguay but you can replace it with a white cheese, could be mozzarella.

3/4 Cup of Milk

1 1/2 ears of corn, grated, or you can replace it by corn in cans.

Fry the onions, with the salt, then add the water for about 10 let it boil. (set aside to cool)

Beat the far or oil, eggs one by one, and the crumbled cheese beating continaully, then add the onions and the water, grated corn and the milk and mix everything very well and put the mixture in a greassed and floured pan. Cook in 375 degree oven for 1 hour and 15 min.

Try it, im on my way of making one!!

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Paraguay Complete Hotel guide

View of Downtown Asuncion

There are many hotels in Paraguay, of all kinds and types, here I will list the most important ones of each Paraguayan Department. Just click the city below and you will the list with with the hotel name, address, Phone and Email will appear (Note that some hotels have no email addresses). (more…)

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Organize your trip to Paraguay.

Asuncion, aerial viewI’ve been getting lots of emails of people wanting to travel to Paraguay and I’m more than happy to help.

Very important tip: AIR FARE: Don’t get them online, they are too expensive. Ask your local Travel agency (you will find a list online or on local newspapers), just a regular old fashion Agency to get a quote of the prices, ask for specials

Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and alike are good for domestic fairs but not for international ones. (more…)

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Thanks!!! Gracias a todos!

muna's blog about Paraguay

 

 

 

 

I just want to thank all of you for the amazing emails I’m getting, this site is pretty new but im glad that im getting a lot of nice emails and some comments too.

I hope you all keep visiting this page because I’m planning big surprises in a soon future. :-)

Les quiero agradecer muchisimo por todo el apoyo que estoy recibiendo en este proyecto y sobre todo por todos los afectuosos emails y comentarios.

Estoy muy contenta porque esta idea nacio por la falta de informacion sobre nuestro precioso pais, sobre todo en ingles.

Espero que sigan visitando esta pagina aportando ideas, comentarios, articulos, fotos.

Yo desde lejos estare escribiendo sobre el Paraguay para estar un poco cerca de mi pais al que tanto quiero (uff que romantica estoy hoy)

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Piribebuy

Casa

I have to admit that Piribebuy is among the cities I really love. Not long ago was the first time I even went there, it is actually pretty close to Asuncion, just passing Caacupe.

My friend just had to develop the motor of his new car (not that new btw) but the motor was new and since he knew I was around town he invited me and some other friends to a day trip to Piribebuy. (more…)

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Asuncion and nearby cities Museums

Among Asuncion’s attractions are Museums and Cultural Centers, I will mention the most important.

Casa de la Independecia

Casa de la Independencia: It’s the house where the conspiration of  the Independence Revolution (15/05/1811) took place. The architecture is colonial and was build around 1772, nowadays it works as a Museum of documentary and historical nature, with colonial furniture, personal items, religious sacred art and portraits. It has been restored in 2004. (located in downtown Asuncion, 14 de Mayo y Presidente Franco). (more…)

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Religious and Popular Festivities – Fiesta de San Juan

It’s amazing how Paraguayans keep their traditions alive, from food to festivities, there are so much to discover in Paraguay.

The one traditional festivity I personally love and try not to miss is the SAN JUAN FESTIVAL, fiesta de SAN JUAN Bautista, is celebrate in all over the country on June 24th, with traditional food, Chipa (there are about 80 types of chipa) which is like a cheese bread, there is also Payagua mascada, chicharo trenzado, mbeyu, pastel mandio, among many others. Great and unique stuff.

During the festival  people perform some pagan rituals like pelota tata, (a fire ball that is kicked around thru the crowd) or at midnight they burn a Judas Doll that is filled with fireworks and while burning they explode, people do walk on hot coals and they don’t get burn? (I wouldn’t try it), the climbing up greased posts for money are a few among many other San Juan rituals

During that period a strange phenome usually happens called the San Juan’s summer and as soon as it’s over the cold weather starts again back again. (note that between june and mid of september is winter in South America)

There are some other rituals to make the day before San Juan to see with whom you will get married to, I used to enjoy that a lot when I was a teenager.

If you happened to be around in June you certainty won’t miss Las Fiestas de San Juan because they are so popular that they are even celebrate in schools, malls, clubs…literally everywhere!!

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Asuncion entertainment: art, night life, casino, malls..PartI

 

Shopping del Sol Asuncion Paraguay

Asuncion may not the most beautiful city in the world but as I always say, it certainly has a lot of personality, and that makes it for me so attractive.

Night life is a big part of Asuncion’s life, some years ago people could party endlessly until 2004 or so the municipal came up with an Edict, “edict” that forbids night places to open later than 1 am during weekdays and 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays, the reason was to avoid accidents and fights involving alcohol consumption.

Alcohol is not allowed for minors but in some places they get them anyway.

When the edict first came out it was very polemic, a lot of clubs and pubs closed and went to nearby cities where there was not edict, cities like San Lorenzo for example.

Now, people are more used to the edict and night places open earlier so they still can make some money.

People in Asuncion go out a lot, even during week days, it is very normal to see friend, even if nothing is planned ahead…the best plan is not planning, it’s a lifestyle and is part of the culture to have a drink in a bar, or a friends house.

There are some great places to shop around Asuncion, some are: Shopping del Sol, Mariscal Lopez Shopping, Mall Excelsior, Shopping VillaMorra, Paseo Carmelitas, Shopping Multiplaza, Paseo Via Allegra, Camino Quimbaya, Paseo de Gaulle, Paseo Senador Long, Paseo España, among a lot of new stores and cafes.

A great place to have a Coffee and eat some great “alfajores” is Cafe Havanna  which also is a hot spot where you can use your laptop at not extra charge. There are 3 Havanna Cafe around the city. 

Gambling is allowed in Asuncion, and there are many electronic casinos and 2 official Casinos, which are: Casino Costanera, locate within the Yacht and Golf Club Resort,  and Casino Asuncion located in España y Sacramento.

In the next post I will try to make a guide with the best and coolest and not so coolest places to party around Asuncion and near by cities…

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