- Cuidad del Este and Asuncion
Saturday we crossed the Parana River from Iguassu Falls,
Brazil to Cuidad del Este, Paraguay. We had a rough time
getting through Brazilian immigration (our papers were "not
in order") but they let us out of the country anyway.
then caught a bus from Cuidad del Este to Asuncion the capitol
of Paraguay - a journey of some 5 hours.
was endlessly amazed by the enormous ant hills in Paraguay - some
taller than the cows and horses.
is a land of haves and have nots. The per capita income here is
$200 per year. 71 percent of the wealth in Paraguay is owned by
just 16 families and Paraguay is reported to be the 9th most corrupt
country in the world.
the poverty in the images shown above are within 200 yards of
a new, modern "Legislative Palace" shown below.
befriends one of the many street children in Asuncion. There were
some as young as 5 and 6 years old carrying tiny shoe shine kits
asking if you wanted a shine.
is one of the oldest cities in South America - founded in 1537
- and between the poor and the modern there were unbelievable
was a beautiful old hotel (on the outside) that was only $11 a
night, but we had already checked into another hotel the night
before - the Sabe Center
Kathy and I attended our first Catholic service together. Since
it was all in Spanish, it was a lot like attending the old Latin
if you are land-locked, you're still not a real country unless
you have a navy....
is amused that Bill can sleep through nearly anything - even the
rough bus trip back to Iguassu.
of the many vendors on the bridge across the Parana River back
border checkpoint back into Brazil.
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