Welcome to our travel blog. We are Tabitha and Nic. In 2011 we 'retired' in our early 40s and set off to travel the world. We spent our first year in South America and have been lucky enough to make two trips to Antarctica.

Our blog is a record of our travels, thoughts and experiences. It is not a guide book, but we do include some tips and information, so we hope that you may find it useful if you are planning to visit somewhere we have been. Or you may just find it interesting as a bit of armchair travel.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

En route to Encarnacion

Our other destination in Paraguay was Encarnacion. The bus journey there gave us an interesting view of the countryside.  The red earth of the area was very evident, and now, so was the sight of animals living side by side with the people, much as we had seen in Bolivia.  This is clearly a poorer country again, but still they make the effort to keep their towns nice.  Most places we passed had a little plaza area that was nicely paved out and planted up.
Towards the end of the journey, we passed through a small place called Coronel Bogado, which is renowned in Paraguay as having the best chipa, which is a cheesy bread that is prevalent throughout the country.  We figured we had to try it, so we bought some from one of the vendors.  They were quite nice, and yes, probably the best ones we tasted.

They have an efficient process for selling food and drink to bus passengers in South America.  You don't get off the bus, they come to you.  Whenever you stop in a town, the vendors will get in and walk through the bus with their goods.  If the stop is only very brief, they stay on to the next stop, get off there and get another bus back again.

We had a nice hotel booked in Encarnacion as it was my birthday over these few days, and that is our agreed treat for birthdays.  The room even had a hair dryer, so I broke out the hairspray and some make up for a change.

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