Asunción Day 2

Yesterday when we visited the old train station we talked to some very friendly people who were part of an architecture conference going on right now in Asunción. They told us there would be a tour today of La Chacarita a poor neighborhood nearby that the architects have plans to improve.

At the train station we toured the small railroad museum. I liked the slogan above the keys on this typewriter.

When we talked to the conference people this morning we learned that the tour would start at 2:30. They recommended a good place with traditional food for lunch called Bolsi.

On the walk to lunch we stopped and bought some traditional Paraguay lacework coasters. Duke loves to negotiate the price so he had a good time.

Bolsi was very busy but after a short wait we got seats at the counter. We enjoyed a great meal.

The tour of La Chacarita was fascinating. It is a very poor area originally populated by people from the interior. We were shown places where the architects have made plans to improve the area, clean up garbage and make the neighborhood more livable.

We also saw some beautiful murals and mosaics.

Almost all the people on the tour were students about a third our age. The weather today was hot and humid. Marie, who speaks English and who we met yesterday stayed with us the whole tour. She helped us understand the Spanish and to understand what we were seeing. She made the whole experience so much more interesting.

All the people we have met in Paraguay have been extremely friendly and helpful. It’s a wonderful country.

By the end of the tour We were very hot, sweaty and tired so it was heaven to go back to the hotel, shower, and put our feet up.

For dinner we went to a wonderful restaurant not far from our hotel, Mburicao. We each had great steak and an amazing desert.