Mi Vida Paraguaya
I was fortunate to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Emily, my socia, my friend, who passed away in a car accident the Sunday after this past Thanksgiving after eating turkey with us for 3 days. My group of then 21, now 20, is very close, like some sort of bizarre family I would have never known I could have had had I not been thrown into this strange, culturally-shocking peace corps experience. She had started a project in an elementary school to paint a world map on their wall. About 15 of us were able to go out there this past Friday and finish her map, with expectation that her parents are coming here in May to know Paraguay, her boyfriend, and us a bit to help them with some closure of their amazing, talented, giving, beautiful 26-year old daughter being ripped from their lives while serving people she did not even know in a country on the other side of the equator. I really have no words for any of it, hence none before. 

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to pay tribute to Emily, my socia, my friend, who passed away in a car accident the Sunday after this past Thanksgiving after eating turkey with us for 3 days. My group of then 21, now 20, is very close, like some sort of bizarre family I would have never known I could have had had I not been thrown into this strange, culturally-shocking peace corps experience. She had started a project in an elementary school to paint a world map on their wall. About 15 of us were able to go out there this past Friday and finish her map, with expectation that her parents are coming here in May to know Paraguay, her boyfriend, and us a bit to help them with some closure of their amazing, talented, giving, beautiful 26-year old daughter being ripped from their lives while serving people she did not even know in a country on the other side of the equator. I really have no words for any of it, hence none before. 

After my yoga week I met up with my socia de Cuerpo de Paz in Florianapolis, an island off the coast of Santa Catarina, Brazil. It was carnaval during our stay, which meant lots of people and lots of caipirinha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caipirinha). 

Brazil!

I got back from a 3 week trip in Brazil last week. Amazing! I first went to a yoga center for a week of ohm and eco tourism, and then I met up with my friend from peace corps paraguay in Florianapolis, an island off the coast of southern Brazil. Then we went to Sao Paolo for a week. Now that I know I can get to Brazil in 24 hours on a bus, have a valid visa for 10 years, and made lots of friends there, you might never see me again states-side….I just need to learn portuguese. Obrigado…

I am working here, planting lots of trees, planning classes for the new school year. More on that later. It was raining for the first time in who knows how long (lots of drought here this year) and I had some time to post. I just discovered that my internet provider upped the service speed, and I was able to reconfigure my modem today!!! That might be the highlight of my year so far. So you might hear more from me now that it doesn’t take 5 minutes to upload a low resolution picture…

I am happy to be in Paso Yobai once again. The local drunk lady was just singing outside my house, seranading the street. She has a really good voice! Those ruidos are part of my sense of home now, ahhh…

Blusie is somehow pregnant again, though I gave her birth control pills. Hmmm. It’s a miracle I suppose! Yay more kittens…

Sao Paolo people! We met some awesome people in bizarre ways, couch surfing, bumming space to sleep, I don’t really know. 2 of these people are brazilian, one nicaraguan ex-patriate living in Argentina, 2 americans por supuesto, and an english ex-patriate living in Italy…

I am not in order here…we went to Sao Paolo the third week of our trip. It is one of the biggest cities in the world, like 20 million people or something along those lines! Awesome place. We did a lot of site seeing. This is a huge cathedral in the centro, a central park-esque lugar in the middle of the city, and a crazy street market we stumbled upon. 

Yoga/eco vacation on Montanha Encantada in Garopaba, Santa Catarina, Brazil. Did not think I would be doing this when I joined Peace Corps! This was one of the best weeks of my life…amazing people, beautiful places, incredible food…and yoga…

This was the first week of three weeks in Brazil in February…

Bronchitis

I just cannot sleep because I have bronchitis! I am in Asunción taking 4 remedios right now, but I just cannot stop coughing. So it is 4 in the morning and I am waiting for daylight to do something more useful with myself. Like eat breakfast. This hotel has frosted flakes and decent coffee. Frosted flakes were a very intelligent invention. 

I do actual work. This does not look like much, but I went through a lot to make this fence happen. It’s protecting 100 seedlings that 8th graders planted at the colegio for a reforestation awareness project. 

I do actual work. This does not look like much, but I went through a lot to make this fence happen. It’s protecting 100 seedlings that 8th graders planted at the colegio for a reforestation awareness project. 

Maria is not just the best dog groomer in Villarrica, but she sings a mean Celine Dion at the Karaeoke Bar!!! Pobre chow chow…

Merry Christmas! How plastic pine trees made it here, I have no idea. Firs obviously do not exist in the subtropics. Hmm. Globalization, or just too much Simpsons?

Merry Christmas! How plastic pine trees made it here, I have no idea. Firs obviously do not exist in the subtropics. Hmm. Globalization, or just too much Simpsons?