Local traditions and culture in Asuncion (Departamento)

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    Taerae

    by chris_i79 Written Sep 8, 2004

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    A popular drink for all Paraguyans is taerae. Normally drank from a hollowed out cow horn called a guampa. Taerae is a cold (ice ice cold) version of the Argentine matte drink. You can often see Paraguyans carrying around coolers of ice water to make there drink. Generally speaking, an offer to drink taerae is a gesture of friendship. The same straw is used between all members (also known as a bombilla). On a hot summer day it is very refreshing!

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    Along the road

    by andal13 Written Apr 25, 2004

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    I arrived in Asuncion from Ciudad del Este, a border city; along the road I saw some peculiar stuff: chiperias (stalls where local doughnuts called chipas are sold), open air butcheries (yes, you are reading it well: I saw pork and meat hung from a rope by the road!), stalls where honey, jam or even fruit salad were sold, anthills as high as a man, and a lot of small chapels... These chapels (20 inches high or so) not hiare built by relatives of people who died in car accidents in that road...

    Llegué a Asunción proveniente de Ciudad del Este, una ciudad fronteriza; a lo largo de la ruta vi algunas cosas bastante particulares: chiperias (puestos de venta de chipas, unas rosquitas), carnicerías al aire libre (sí, están leyendo bien: vi carne de cerdo y de res colgada de una cuerda a la orilla de la carretera!), puestos de venta de miel, mermeladas y hasta ensalada de fruta, hormigueros tan altos como un hombre, y un montón de capillitas... Estas capillitas (de 50 cm de altura, más o menos) son erigidas por los familiares de personas fallecidas en accidentes automovilísticos en esa ruta...

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    The rich and the poor

    by andal13 Written Apr 25, 2004

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    There is a deep breach between the rich and the poor people (this situation is quite common in Latin America, unfortunately); the picture shows some working children who look after the expensive cars parked in front of the Cathedral, waiting for some coins.

    Hay una profunda brecha entre ricos y pobres (esta situación es bastante común en América Latina, lamentablemente); la foto muestra a unos niños cuidando autos caros estacionados frente a la Catedral, esperando algunas monedas a cambio.

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    Guaraníes

    by andal13 Updated Apr 24, 2004

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    Paraguayan people are mostly descendants from Guaranies (native people) and Spaniards, but still there is an important number of natives; they can be seen sometimes selling their handicrafts; I took this picture in Caacupé, 62 Km far from Asuncion.

    Los paraguayos son en su mayoría descendientes de guaraníes y españoles, pero aún hay un importante número de pobladores nativos; pueden ser vistos algunas veces vendiendo sus artesanías; saqué esta foto en Caacupé, a 62 Km de Asunción.

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    Black Friday

    by andal13 Written Apr 24, 2004

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    Most people in Parguay are Catholic; I was in Asuncion during the Black Friday and I had the opportunity to see some processions at the streets, and I visited the Cathedral that morning, where I found a deep religious atmosphere.

    La mayoría de la población en Paraguay es católica; estuve en Asunción durante el Viernes Santo, y tuve la oportunidad de ver en las calles varias procesiones, y visité la Catedral esa mañana, en donde encontré un ambiente profundamente religioso.

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    Chipas

    by andal13 Written Apr 24, 2004

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    Everywhere you will find little stalls where peddlers sell local food; the chiperías are quite common: there they sell chipas, some kind of doughnuts (honestly, I did not taste any chipa, so I do not know if I like them!)

    En todas partes verán pequeños puestos callejeros de venta de comida local; las chiperías son bastante comunes: en ellas se venden las chipas, una especie de rosquitas (honestamente, no probé ninguna, por lo que no sé si me gustan!)

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    Peddlers

    by andal13 Written Apr 24, 2004

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    At Asuncion and other Paraguayan towns, the peddlers harass you everywhere, trying to sell their stuff; they are not rude (on the contrary, they are really kind), but after seeing the same necklace a thousand times, you probably begin to feel a little bored...

    En Asunción y otras localidades paraguayas, los vendedores ambulantes te persiguen por todas partes, tratando de vender sus productos; no son impertinentes (por el contrario, son muy amables) pero luego de ver el mismo collar mil veces, probablemente comiences a aburrirte un poquito...

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    Time enough

    by andal13 Updated Apr 23, 2004

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    At Asuncion people still have time enough to have a relaxed chat with friends (or strangers!) even at the street. This healthy custom is not frequent at big cities nowadays... Fortunately in Montevideo (my city) we can do this as well!

    En Asunción la gente aún tiene tiempo suficiente para mantener una charla distendida con amigos (o desconocidos!) incluso en la calle. Esta saludable costumbre no es frecuente en las grandes ciudades hoy en día... Afortunadamente en Montevideo (mi ciudad) podemos hacerlo también!

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    Exchangers

    by andal13 Written Apr 23, 2004

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    Along Palma Street (the main street at downtown) you will find some gentlemen with small handbags; as you walk, they say "Cambio!" (Exchange): they are the exchangers, and have all kind of banknotes (American dollars, Paraguayan guaranies, Argentinian pesos, Brazilian reais...) They are honest and have good prices, so you can change your money with them.
    I found these two "cambistas" playing checkers at the street, and they were using bottle caps instead of counters!

    A lo largo de la calle Palma (la calle principal del centro) encontrarán varios caballeros con pequeñas carteras; a medida que ustedes caminen, ellos dirán "¡Cambio!": son los cambistas, y tiene todo tipo de billetes (dólares, gauraníes, pesos argentinos, reales brasileños...) Son honrados y tienen buenas cotizaciones, así que pueden cambiar su dinero con ellos sin problemas.
    Encontré estos dos cambistas jugando a las damas en la calle, y estaban usando tapitas de botelIa en lugar de fichas!

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    Friends, Men kiss the woman on both cheeks

    by JohnByron Written Apr 6, 2004

    Socially drinking the Guarani Te (Tea) with one cup and chatting. They have dinner with friends anytime, infact there is no real set time, they had a get together for me and i asked what time should i be there the reply was anytime..i said so when will it start and the reply between 8 and 10pm ...Try and make an effort to speak spanish and they will try english they were great in fact not one of them spoke english except for Liz who was showing me around. if your accepted to a group you kiss the females on both cheeks and you shake the males hands. Try the Tea once then the next time you can politley refuse. However after some drinking i am hooked i brought back 1000 grams.

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