Asuncion (Departamento) Local Customs

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    Chat at Palma Street
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    Kids and cars
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Asuncion (Departamento) Local Customs

  • Taerae

    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...

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  • Along the road

    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,...

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  • The rich and the poor

    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...

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  • Guaraníes

    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...

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  • Black Friday

    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...

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  • Chipas

    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...

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  • Peddlers

    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...

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  • Time enough

    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!)...

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  • Exchangers

    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...

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  • Friends, Men kiss the woman on both...

    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...

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