Monday, July 25, 2011

Vacaciones = vacation in spanish:)

So, we went to Asunción last week.

I don't count trips to the capital as relaxing vacations for a few reasons:
  1. They don't speak my language in Asunción. I feel the most comfortable speaking in German or English. And Spanish is the principal language there. It's stressful for me because my husband speaks even less Spanish than I do, so I get to order in restaurants, ask for directions and book the hotel rooms. And I'm always the one with the map on the lap, telling the driver (Marv) where to go, shushing the kids in the back, checking for traffic lights (we don't have any where we live),  etc. My head gets tired...
  2. Going with 3 kids and my husband means there are 6 different opinions where to go and what to do. Plus we were going with another family with 3 girls in the same ages as ours, but with completley different tastes in activities.
  3. It was cold and wet. Enough said.
But it was fun anyway, just not relaxing.

Right before the bridge that takes us into Asunción, we got caught in a traffic jam, which nevers happens here. When we inched closer we saw what was blocking our lane.

A great big tank on wheels was attempting to cross the bridge. It probably came from Argentina.
They even had to lift this sign, so that the tank could drive underneath. I'm glad we weren't on the bridge the same time as that monster truck. :)
We went to a brand new shopping center just across the street from the Expo-site. It's called Shopping Mariano and the prices are high, just like in all of the malls in the city. :( But we did enjoy our first taste of McDonalds, and Amy posed beside the Hulk, so it was totally worth it!

On a walk from our hotel Cindy turned into a tree hugger! Thats fine with me:)

Brianna and Anna found a granny in the Sol-Mall.

This was one of my best moments during our stay there: A real-live Cappucino with a piece of lemon meringe pie from McCafe! Yum!

Ok, it's back to work for me now. We are having a yard sale/flea market this weekend. Brianna and I have priced a lot of our stuff already and I'm still debating if we should try to sell our old sofa set or not. We won't be able to get a new one for a few months because the "carpinterias" are overbooked now.

Thanks for visiting with me, have a great week!

And if you're one of my sisters from up north: I can't wait till August 19th!!!!


  1. me too.

  2. Yeah! Their arrival is really soon! So happy for you to all be together again!

  3. chacogirl, we are waiting for you to visit Canada so you can write and compare countrys. I hope you have a GREAT time with all sisters!

  4. Thanks for always sharing your wonderful adventures. Glad you had a nice time!

  5. I feel the same way when we go to Asuncion....get our tasks done and get out! The noises and smells are too invasive. Funny, we went to McCafe too and got real coffee.


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