As the days get shorter, leaves turn yellow and frost threatens, it's time for me to get out before it gets too cold and the snow starts to fly. I am on my way to Panama City for a week and then on to Cartagena, Colombia where I will join Madventure for my third overland. We leave Cartagena October 8 to drive down the west coast of South America to the southern tip at Ushuaia, Argentina and then up the east coast to Rio de Janeiro in time for the carnival February 9, 2018.
It was not easy leaving today. I had the privilege of looking after Nico a couple days a week this summer and I fell in love with him. He is so fun and cute and happy and cuddly and curious and smart and..... Just plain awesome!
He's 18 months old and will be a completely different boy when I get home in 6 months. I'm going to miss him! Thank goodness for FaceTime!
We're into the final week of this adventure. Four months have truly flown by but life in the big orange bubble is not reality and so must end! We had an early start, leaving at 6 am but we spent an hour driving around the city looking for 3 passengers. Eventually we found them and were on our way. I don't know if it was the 5 am wake up call or what but I slept most of the day, inspite of the beautiful scenery-
This is one of the few fields of summer fallow I've seen. They get 3 crops/ year so crops are at all stages from just coming up to harvested. I've only seen one small tractor cultivating a field. I think most work is done custom and it's also possible to rent equipment. Farms are owned by huge companies and the workers live in dingy houses on the farms. Soy is a huge crop because they use it to make gasoline -
The size of the storage bins is incredible-
We camped behind a highway restaurant. They are quite popular in Brazil: food is served buffet style …
Asuncion is an old wreck of a place. Sidewalks are destroyed, some buildings are crumbling, there's graffiti on the walls but the people are friendly and helpful I had a list of things to see and in a couple of hours, I was back at the hostel, enjoying the air conditionning! Paraguay was ruled from August 1954 to February 1989 by dictator Alfredo Stroessner. Prisoners were detained in what is now El Museo de Los Memorias. Up to 100 prisoners were crammed in the cells. Music was played really loud to try and drive them crazy and the bathtub was used to almost drown the prisoners-
The only opening to the solitary confinement cell where water and food could be passed-
Scissors were used to pull out finger and toe nails-
An electric prod was also used, especially on the genitals-
This ball was used to give lashes-
Over the years, almost 20,000 people were detained and close to 19,000 were tortured. My next stop was at the Museo de Cabildo to see clothing worn by Shamans. There are he…