It’s official! AFAR has safely made it to Asunción, Paraguay and our 2007 tour has begun. The flight here was great. It took about 9 hours to get here and I slept about 95% of the time. So it was really easy for me. We flew in to Sao Paulo and caught a connecting flight into Asunción. From what I’ve been hearing, connection flights in Sao Paulo can typically have layovers of five hours or more, so we were blessed to only wait about thirty minutes or so for our flight.
Living in America, you take for granted that everything is in English while the Spanish translation sits quietly beneath. For the first time in my life, everything’s the exact opposite (if there is any English at all). In other words, my Spanish proficiency is about to sky-rocket!!! Right now, I want to send a special thanks to all of the teachers and professors that tried to convince me that French would be more important to learn that Spanish. You guys had very keen insight! I just wish I hadn’t listened.
We had our first experience ordering food yesterday. That was funny! Jahah and I were in the food court of a mall jumping up and down, pointing at pictures, trying out our chicken impressions (although our french fry impressions didn’t convey too well our intentions…(you just had to be there, lol)). Some kind of way, we ended up with a grilled chicken sandwich with ham, cheese, bacon and egg. So progress was made, not necessarily what we had envisioned, but we at least got some food!
Here are some pics:
This is the view from my hotel room here at Villa Mora Suites:
We stay on the main road here in Asunción. It’ really cool because you can stand outside and see the people and get a feel for how life is here. The people are very nice here and most times they just walk up and start conversations. A lot of people enjoy the opportunity to use the English that they have been learning with Americans.
The Current conversion rate:
So it’s roughly around $5000 Guaranies to $1 American. This means that about $30 should take care of us for the next 3 days.
In preparation of our arrival, all of the cars had to get AFAR tags:
Just kidding! I saw this while riding down the street!
Lastly a shot of AFAR and some new fans from the Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano (CCPA):
Our first workshop and show is Thursday. We’re excited to be here and can’t wait to start working!