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Paraguay celebrates 200 years

May 24, 2011

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Last Monday was the 200th anniversary of Paraguay winning its independence from Spain (and it was also Paraguayan Mother’s Day).  The anticipation for this event has been HUGE for months, and celebrations will be continuing all year long. For example, there are commercial spots like this one – which emphasizes the Guarani heritage of Paraguay: […]

An unexpected Easter vacation

May 5, 2011

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A friend of a friend, who owns an estancia in the Chaco, offered to take me out to Integrationville (where the cuasi was waiting in disrepair) and fix up the cuasi.  I spent the first day on the estancia with his family, who all live in the city but went out to the family farm […]

What’s a Chaco?

September 28, 2010

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I keep referring to this “Chaco” place but I have yet to properly introduce you to it.  The “Gran Chaco” is an ecoregion located in the heart of South America that extends into Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil.  It’s a semi-arid alluvial plain, meaning it’s hot, dry, and flat.  Less than 400mm of rain falls […]