Tuesday, September 16, 2008

5 Things I Love about Paraguay

Brenda has asked each of us who blog from Paraguay to list 5 things we love about this country.
So this is my list...

1) The people
The Paraguayan people are very friendly, I mean, almost extraordinarily so! If you ask a Paraguayan for directions, they don't just tell you, they offer to go with you!! This friendliness seems to be across the board. My husband commented about this to a lawyer, she replied,
"We don't have anything else here of much value, but at least we are courteous!" And they are.

2)Everyone knows everyone!
Here in Asuncion, it still feels like a small town. People seem to know each other. Upon greeting, they converse in such a way as to find out what they have in common to establish a friendship.

3)They are passionate about futbol! (soccer)
I mean...passionate! It's very fun. The entire country gets into it by wearing the team jerseys and colors all day on game days. I have even seen several grown men walk around downtown wearing the flag as a cape!

4)The History!
The city of Asuncion has a long interesting history and beautiful buildings.

5)Chavez isn't here!
Yep, that is very nice. We don't hear him everyday on TV and radio, we don't have to see his face plastered on every wall and billboard. We can breath free!

6) And the best reason of all... my two grand daughters are here!

17 comments:

Brenda said...

Good job!! And congratulations on all of your paper work getting done. I ran into Jackie at the mall :)

RanDoMiZeR said...

Coolness, Paraguay sounds Super-awsum-ness! Good post!!!

Pastor Erik DiVietro said...

I don't know how to tell you this...but that's six reasons...

Jungle Mom said...

erik, LOL! I am very tired after spending all day at immigration. Well, actually all week, no, make that all month!

redneck preacher said...

So very glad you are home.

I have thought of another reason for your rejoicing.

You do not have to see all the Obama bumper stickers.

HTOITA

WomanHonorThyself said...

youre so positive!..love that quality!

MightyMom said...

well, Grandkids trump rules!! so THERE. teeheeehee.

Glad you're liking your new adventure.

Jungle Mom said...

randomizer, Hello!

Nicholas Z Cardot said...

I have never even left the good old U.S.A. You sound like you are having way too much fun. Sorry to hear about the time you have to spend in customs so I guess you're not have TOO much fun. But you still manage to maintain such a positive attitude. I love that.

Mountain Mama said...

Paraguay must be a nice place to live. My town used to be much smaller and friendlier too. Now it has grown totally out of itself and not a place I enjoy being at all. Of course one has to expect that in 70 years there will be changes. Some call it progress. I think they are nuts!

Pam said...

I think I would LOVE it in Paraguay! I may get distracted on a supposedly quick trip to the store, speaking with everyone, but I would LOVE it there is the folks are that friendly. Most people here look at me funny or answer shortly if I speak to them in a public setting. I love coureous, friendly people! Yay for Paraguayans!

Starla said...

Those are some great reasons!!!

The Localmalcontent said...

The Lord's rewards, for works well done. Welcome home, JMom and JDad.

Sun Productions said...

I love this post! I'm off to add my list to my blog!

Webutante said...

I think we could like any country if our grandchildre were there! The immigration thing will pass.

Gringo said...

Chavez isn't here!
Yep, that is very nice. We don't hear him everyday on TV and radio, we don't have to see his face plastered on every wall and billboard. We can breath free!


A generation or two back, Big Al was around for all of 35 years, and his face was as ubiquitous in Paraguay as Thugo's is now. Even got a city named after him, which has since been renamed.

American friends who were long time residents in Asuncion got a German Shepherd puppy as a Christmas present from their children. The dog's full name was "El Gran Macho Colorado." Everyone was given very explicit instructions to never call the dog by his full name, for obvious reasons, especially in the presence of Paraguayans.

Jungle Mom said...

Girngo,
bWWWAA!!!
That's great!! I know of a certain American who raised turkeys in these parts. Each one was named for dictators and he too great pride in occasionally, "Ringing their necks!"