Saturday, August 16, 2008

Jungle Mom and Hugo Chavez ...Together again!

Asunción is a city of great history.

At one time, for nearly 200 years, it was the most important city of the continent but was replaced by Buenas Aires in 1776, the same year we in the USA declared our independence. Yesterday was the celebration of the 471 st anniversary of the founding of this city. It was also the day for inaugurating the newly elected president of the country.

The new president Fernando Lugo, an ex-catholic priest, has ran as a populist and is the first turn over from the long ruling party which has dominated Paraguayan government for 60 years. This is a celebrated moment by the Paraguayan people. Lugo promises to remain simple and approachable in his life style and manner. Let's hope he can! Certainly, our prayers go forth for wisdom as he assumes control of the government and will be bombarded with the many aspects of ruling a nation steeped in corruption.

In light of the inauguration and the anniversary, the city of Asunción was crowded and festive.
Many heads of states were in town for the ceremonies, including Hugo Chavez. He stayed at the Sheraton, of course. The security was heightened everywhere. Imagine my consternation! One week here, and guess who comes to town ?!

In an interview Lugo said:

"La gente dice 'no te fíes tanto de Chávez, cuidado con Chávez, cuidado con Evo'. Yo no le tengo miedo a Chávez, no le tengo miedo a Evo, no le tengo miedo a nadie", dijo Lugo en su primera rueda de prensa tras su juramento.

"Paraguay hará su propio proceso. Muchos temen y tienen dudas: bueno, vamos a ser todos venezolanitos o ecuatorianitos o bolivianitos. No, vamos a ser paraguayos en verdad y vamos a tener relaciones respetuosas con todos", aseguró el ex obispo.


" People are telling me,'Don't pay attention to Chavez, careful with Chavez, be cautious of Evo'. I do not fear Chavez, I am not afraid of Evo, I am not afraid of anyone", said Lugo in his first press conference after his swearing in ceremony.

Paraguay will go through it's own process. Many fear and have doubts; (Thinking) we are all going to become little Venezuelans, or Ecuadoreans, or Bolivians. No, we are going to be Paraguayans in truth and we will have respectful relations with all.", assured the ex-bishop.

We chose to stay at home as everything was closed and very crowded in town. Since we still have not purchased a car, that was an easy choice, but we did watch much of the events on TV. Chavez was his normal jovial self. The one he presents to those around the world. Not the one we of Venezuela are accustomed to seeing and listening to, on Venezuelan TV while he holds the country hostage for his many hours of ranting on 'cadena'. 'Cadena' is the term used , it means 'chains' and that is how one feels as the government takes over all airways, radio and TV for up to 12 hours at a time.

During the military procession, the Paraguayan air force flew over our house. I only saw a few fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. The helicopters flew so low, and right over the house, I had to go outside to see! I had a few moments of trepidation, remembering some of our less than friendly encounters with military 'dropping' in on us via helicopter in the jungles of Venezuela!

But I AM NOT IN THE JUNGLE! It was just part of the show. Whew!

We spent the day with the two grand daughters while their parents took care of some ministry and visits. We ate out on our new patio which was very nice. It was a delight to have them here!


redneck preacher said...

The USA will miss you but front line troops belong at the front. Your training in boot camp and your first duty station has prepared you for the battle against the forces of the enemy.

OVBC prayed for your Dad at our Thursday night service.


Gringo said...

Jungle Mom, did you know about HHH’s latest cabinet shuffle? Courtesy of El Chigüire Bipolar. (With all apologies to the late Hubert Horatio Humphrey for applying his acronym to the likes of Hugo.)

Hope you are adapting to VOS little-by little. As you know, I maintain that VOS grammar sounds better than TU, especially when coupled with a cantante accent, and that VOS has fewer irregularities than TU. However, I would not make any such claims about Guaraní. What little exposure I had to Guaraní led me to the conclusion that it was not easy to learn, at least in comparison to Spanish. Hope you do better than I did with Guaraní.

Jungle Mom said...

gringo, LOL! Thanks for the link!
Still working on the VOS which should be easier than TU but I just ave to get used to thinking about what I am saying before I say it!

Findalis said...

Chavez is trying to turn all of Latin America into his version of the old Soviet Union. It won't work. They didn't fully support him at home and other nations are weary of him.

The Localmalcontent said...

Love reading about the new experiences you are having in Asuncion, JMom! And it is clear that you are home again!
But watch out for Chavez- leopards and spots and all. Chavez probably already thinks that Paraguay is his, and he is there to find some strings to pull.

Amanda said...

So ironic. I know your daughter must be loving having you close by. What a blessing for your family!

Harry said...

So is Chavez keeping his eye on you or what?

Tom & Kandice Keegan said...

Glad to hear your dad is doing well.
And it was so nice of Hugo to come all the way to Paraguay so you wouldn't forget about him ;)

Subvet said...

From what I've recently read, Lugo has a history of supporting "liberation theology" which often goes hand in hand with the Marxists. Good luck and keep your eyes open.

Panday said...


So, do you like living closer to the city better than in the jungle?

Thursday's Child said...

That little fart just can't leave you alone, can he? At least you can thumb your nose at him from Paraguay and, so far, he can't do anything about it. ;)

Gringo said...

Jungle Mom, perhaps a mnemonic device for VOS would be to think of the rhythm.
dum DUM for VOS versus DUM dum for TU.

You've been there only a week. Practice makes perfect, as well you know from previous experience in learning languages.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like there's never a dull moment when Hugo's around...

Jungle Mom said...

I am getting used to the city life. It is an easier life fro sure. I am trying ti focus on the positive. It is really about the people. I miss my life with my Ye'kwana friends. I will make friendships here too. Just haven't been here long enough yet.

Thursday's Child said...

Yes, you will and then you won't want to leave them either. ;)

Nicholas Z. Cardot said...

We're praying for you guys. I hope this is a good thing for you guys down there.

Antony Aycock said...

Not sure how I ran into your blog JMom, but welcome to the neighborhood and God Bless.