What a change a few days makes.  Last weekend we were in a big, empty house in Asuncion living out of suitcases with only meager household items and furniture that came with our house.  Today, we have our car.  It made all the difference in the world.  I picked it up from customs at the Port of Asuncion and had my first driving adventure in Asuncion, a mid-sized city of about 750,000 inhabitants.  (Actually, Paraguayans drive fairly sanely, quite uncommon considering that Paraguay is a developing country, and drivers in developing countries often drive notoriously bad.)  Our vehicle arrived in record time–just two weeks after our arrival.  Tomorrow, our major household shipment from Korea arrives, and I’m taking the morning off to receive the moving vans.  This weekend, our air shipment is scheduled to arrive from Virginia, although I have a sneaking suspicion that our good fortune is bound to end sooner rather than later.
People at work were quite aghast at how quickly our belongings came.  Many waited months for their automobiles and personal effects to arrive.  We were fortunate because our vehicle and household shipment left the U.S. in early June after sitting in crates at the Port of Miami for four months.  Still, forces of nature could have increased the transit time.  During the southern summer season (November-February), the Paraguay River, the main waterway from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Asuncion, evaporates signifcantly, lowering the water level below what can sustain cargo barges.  People moving to Asuncion between these months often find their automobiles and personal goods stuck in transit, waiting in Buenos Aires until the water of the Rio Paraguay rises again.  In our case, Mother Nature was very kind to us.  For a time, I almost felt a bit trapped between work, home, and whichever destination in between we could reach by taxi.  Now, we have our car, and I feel much better.  Asuncion does not have a subway, so one must be reliant on cars, busses, or taxis to get around time.  Ah, it feels like America.
Blog Notes:  Paraguay is absolutely fascinating.  I will try to post some photos soon, so please stand by.

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 family. 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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  1. Saksinee's Gravatar Saksinee
    July 19, 2007    

    Lucky You !  Good start right?

  2. Ms.'s Gravatar Ms.
    July 19, 2007    

    Wow, seems like a big adventure to me!  Good luck on the relocation.
    Enjoy it! 

  3. Michael's Gravatar Michael
    July 20, 2007    

    I’ve been to Asuncion before. It’s kind of neat. I really like some of the old architecture in the city. It’s pretty cool. Congrats again for getting on the homepage.

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