Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Greetings from uruguay, Argentina, paraguay, and now Brazil

We did three countries in one day yesterday and ended up in "nature hostel" a fifteen dollar beautiful oasis down a dirt road amongst the corn just a few miles from the falls of Iguazu one of the natural wonders of the world. Other than being woken up in the middle of the night by some rodent trying to gnaw through our wood cieling this place is great.

Paraguay was much nicer than anyone said it was, although we still ended up bribing a border official which kept it inline with being the most corrupt country this side of Africa. But the people were friendly and we even got an escort by a guy on a 92 Goldwing! We also visited some jesuit ruins from the 17th century, before the spanish king ordered all the jesuits out of south america. It is one of the least visited world heritage sights and sure enough, there were only 2 other people there with us. I don't think they are scared off by the one dollar admission charge.

It feels good to be heading north, sort of like going south to daytona for bike week. It is slowly but surely getting warmer, although apparently the last 10 days here in mesopotamia have been the coldest in the last ten years.

Finally, we are both excited to be in brazil although the portuguese is already a slight hassle. Within 5 minutes of getting into the country their was a huge box store called "BIG". With about 20 signs that say "big" across the hem of the store. Now that's how a country should greet me!

Sorry about lack of pictures but we have to find two things; a place to plug in our computer and camera and a fast connection. Not always easy on the road!
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