It’s time for the second entry of The Paraguay Chronicles! DeMaree, another student from Azusa Pacific University, tells us about her first impressions of Asuncion, Paraguay.
Written by DeMaree Scobey
During my first car ride in Asuncion, Paraguay, I noticed that the roads were very bumpy. There were no speed bumps but large bumps on the road every five seconds (sorry buttocks!). There are SO many cobblestone streets, which is very different from the roads back home. The country is very old-school, which I love.
First we went to Aregua to visit a school, and I noticed that the kids play soccer and other games with each other all day long. It is very refreshing to see that instead of kids staring at technology constantly.
We drive through the streets often and I have found that the country is very artistic because there is a lot of street art. It is less graffiti, and more art. There was a gorgeous mural of some kind in the first hostel we stayed at and it had many graffiti influences. There are also a lot of pottery and art shops along the sides of most roads. On every street there are plenty of trees and plants. The cities are very green. Asuncion is a very colorful city and everything is appealing, even when it’s not meant to be. For instance, the broken down building next to the hostel we stayed at in Asuncion was beautiful.
Even though Paraguay has many issues with waste management, my first impression of the people was of complete happiness. You see parents playing with their kids while surrounded by dirt and trash, but they are still completely happy. I feel as though they are more thankful for what they have here in this country.
To be honest, I have loved every second here in Paraguay. I honestly don’t even want to return to the United States.
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