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Dear Reader, I haven’t added a new feature to World Adventurers for a long, long time (mainly because I haven’t written much at all!).  Tonight I introduce you to "Moments."  No, I’m not referring to some sappy Korean drama; I’m talking about sharing snippets of those unique moments that truly define a culture.  Think of an "American moment."  What’s an American moment…a moment in time that it uniquely American?  I really can’t think of any at this moment because I am down here in Paraguay.
 
So here is a Paraguayan moment for your to contemplate; a moment to ponder whether your own culture should adopt this habit or custom that is unique to Paraguay.  Tonight, as I drove home from work, I saw a couple riding on a motorcycle.  The man drove the bike; the women was seated behind him.  The man, displaying a courageous act of chivalry, gave his helmet to her and drove helmetless.  They stopped at a stoplight next to me, and what did my bewildered eyes behold?  I saw the woman pulling out her mate tea jug and pouring some mate tea into the mate cup and hand it to the man.  The man drank his mate tea quickly at the stoplight and then handed the cup back to the woman.  The woman lovingly put away the cup and the jug, and then they sped away when the light turned green.  An intimate Paraguayan moment of sharing mate on a motorcycle at a stoplight.  Only in Paraguay.
 

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 www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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