Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Carnival!

Well, it´s February again, so what does that mean in Paraguay?
Carnival!
Booze, foam, and yes, scantly clad women in a parade that lasts all night.

I decided to update my blog, but I can´t seem to load my photos, so this one will have to do.

I just got back from Encarnacion, Paraguay, where Anthony and I went to Carnival. It was pretty crazy, but I guess we went on a bum night, cause apparently other volunteers who went down after us told me some stories that i cannot repeat on this blog. No no, nothing bad! Let´s just say, a lot of foam....

After Encarn (which is about a 6.5 hr bus ride from Asuncion), we went up to Santiago where we attended a music festival, which was more like a rodeo. Another bus took us to where we went swimming in the river in Ayolas. This was about a 2.5hr bus ride Northwest of Encarcacion. I then headed up to spend the night in Anthony´s site which is in Carapegua (which is close to Paraguari on the map).

I´ve just gotten back to Coronel Oviedo, which is my main city. It´s really hot and i´m lugging around a giant backpack with lots of dirty, dirty clothes. I´ve decided that this year, I will be visiting lots of fellow volunteers to see the rest of Paraguay (not just my little portion!). A way that volunteers can do this is by working with their buddies! For example, I want to visit my friend Anne who lives near Ciudad del Este. In order to do this, we will be making soap at her site with her women´s comite! It´s productive for the communities, as well as for the volunteers who want to spend a few short (i mean 5-6) hrs on a bus to see the rest of the country! I love my job!
I have lots of fun activities planned within my own community, for example worm composting, fogón improvement, and community gardening! I plan on taking lots of photos, so keep an eye out for some updates!

3 comments:

Blackpetunia said...

Yay!
Compost and gardens.
So, maybe you could consider coming to my site in St. Louis and working with my community as productive and they'll get you a ticket to visit here too?

C-BAZ and ARTAX said...

Cool blog LOCO
What an adventure


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Paul said...

Sounds like a great way to see the country, Cass! I'm jealous. I can't find a job up here. Maybe if something doesn't pan out soon, I'll go live with a friend in Argentina. Then I'll be close-ish to you.