Two weeks ago today, we arrived in Asuncion, Paraguay via a TAM Mercosur airliner inbound from Sao Paulo, Brazil.  So when news of today’s airline disaster in Sao Paulo reached my ears, I was taken aback.  Authorities still don’t know how many people were killed or injured when the Airbus 320 inbound from Porto Alegre, Brazil carrying 140-170 people skidded off the runway at Conganhas domestic airport and crashed into a gas station, incinerating the plane.  The runway was wet, and the news is reporting that the runway was in need of repair and situated in an urban area of the city giving airplanes little room to manuever.  Although we flew out of Sao Paulo to Asuncion, Paraguay through Guarulh International Airport, we also arrived and departed under adverse weather conditions.  Our inbound flight was delayed by an hour due to fog, and we waited two hours on the tarmac to depart in our TAM Airbus 320.  These tragedies always remind me that it could have been us and makes me thankful that we lived another day to appreciate life and all it has to offer.
Blog notes:  Our home Internet connection went down on Saturday and came back last night.  We hear that that is quite common here, especially after the ferocious lightning storms that frequently bombard Asuncion.  Connections sometimes remain unavailable for several days.  Oh well, ese es la vida. 
Thanks, Windows Live Spaces!  I think this is the fifth time that MSN/Windows Live has featured this blog on its "What’s Your Story?" page.  As always, I’m honored that World Adventurers gets so much positive coverage on Windows Live.  I just wish I could find a way to update this spaces more frequently.  It isn’t as easy to do in South America as it was in Korea and the United States.  Note to the Windows Live Spaces editors–we’ve left Korea and am now in Paraguay.  We’ll be here for two years.  I plan to focus increasingly on South America, particularly Paraguay.  Thanks, again!

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at or contact him by e-mail at or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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  1. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    July 20, 2007    

    I love Paraguay. You’re so lucky. And you’ve got an awesome blog. You deserve to be on "What’s your Story".

  2. Directory's Gravatar Directory
    July 13, 2008    

    Thanks for sharing this with us! 
    This Blog Rock’s!                                                                                                                                       :-

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