Where do I begin?
We traveled to CdE on Saturday morning and as always we felt compelled to stop along the way at certain important landmarks. All of which involve food. I will allow you to draw your own conclusions about that!
So, I felt like a Hobbit! We had our First Breakfast in Luque where we bought croissants filled with dulce de leche. An hour later we stopped for our Second Breakfast at a small restaurant which was began by a Canadian couple. We have to stop, because, well, they sell Pecan pies, Apple pies, and chocolate brownies! It would be a traitorous act to North America to not stop!
Another hour down the road, we have our Elevensies, and we once again slow down, this time for the chiperia girls to rush over to the car with their baskets of chipa bread on their heads. It would be traitorous to Paraguay to not stop and buy the hot, fresh chipa!
And then we continue until we stop for Luncheon at Lactolanda. Lactolanda is one of two places in the country which sells soft serve ice cream! It is owned and operated by Mennonites. I especially like to stop there as I know they have clean restrooms, something one can not take for granted on road trips. It would be traitorous to.... ummmm... my German grandfather if we did not stop and purchase ice cream from the Mennonites!
Thank goodness, an hour later we arrived in CdE and could stop eating!
Until later that evening, when we ate at a Brazilian churasqueria. The place was owned and operated by a Brazilian family and all the waiters spoke Portuguese. All the other customers were Chinese, except for us. We may have been the only ones speaking Spanish in a restaurant in a major city of Paraguay! But no matter, we were all interested in the food and the television where Paraguay was playing soccer against Venezuela, in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela near where we once lived. Paraguay won!
Just when I thought we were done with all the food, there was a knock on the hotel door. I opened it to find a couple of Paraguayans speaking to each other in Guarani, but they were offering me chocolate...I understood that well enough!