Photo Friday

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Better late than never, Photo Friday is here again. Wacky weather and a crazy schedule will NOT impede our march to the ultimate goal of touring Paraguay through the lens of a cellphone camera. As always keep your keasters firmly planted in the tram at all times. I don’t want another incident. Lefty, that’s what I call him now, is doing fine and will be released soon.

Sit back and relax and enjoy the show. Don’t forget if you missed any of the past tours or you just want to go back and reminisce, hit the links to the Photo Friday category. Continue reading “Photo Friday”

Photo Friday

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IT. IS. Photo Fridaaaaaaaaaaaaay! That’s right, boys and girls. For more than 40 Fridays I have been loading up the virtual van and toting you guys around Paraguay via my cellphone camera, and today is no different.

Single-file line please. Grab a bag lunch off the make-believe table as you pass it and ALL ABOARD!!!! Don’t forget to hit the links and check all of the past installments of Photo Friday.

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Domingo

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We met Domingo the first time we crawled through the hole in the barbed wire fence. We wanted to meet some of the people we saw shuffling down that dusty foot path behind our house day after day. We had only lived in Paraguay for a few months, so we grabbed a local friend who could speak Guarani and wiggled through.

What we found was incredible.

Some folks emerged from the forest with a bucket on their heads to carry water. Others were hard at work bundling and lashing sticks together to build cooking fires. Some had spent the early morning hours baking in clay ovens and now passed by, baskets brimming, with chipa to sell. There was a whole world hidden back behind those trees, and we wanted to know it.
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Photo Friday

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YAY!! It’s Friday, uh, I mean Photo Friday. First, let me apologize to all of you who expect Photo Friday in your reader or email to savor with your morning cup of coffee. We have visitors (my in-laws) and it has been a little complicated.

Our car is in the shop again (2+ months so far). We have not installed the air conditioners yet in the new apartment (last week it was rainy and cool) and one of the fans locked up so I had to tear it apart and fix it. All of that came between me and getting you the premier cellphone camera tour of Paraguay. I will try my best to get back to the early schedule next week so your java isn’t lonely.

Now to the good stuff. If you’re following along on the map grab your china markers and get comfy. Continue reading “Photo Friday”

Photo Friday

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All aboard! The Photo Friday express is about to leave the station. I have been hard at work gathering photos and constructing captions. I hope this week’s offerings will satisfy your need to see more of Paraguay from the perspective of my cellphone camera. As always, if you have missed any part of the tour, jump to the bottom of this post to see more Photo Friday posts or click the link in the menu bar. Continue reading “Photo Friday”

Photo Friday

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It’s back!!

Photo Friday has made its return after a several months respite. I have been feverishly fielding questions from all you addicts about the whereabouts of Photo Friday and the blog in general. Be at peace my brothers and sisters. I have a great line up in the cell-cam tour of Paraguay to settle those shaking hands. Just sit back, relax and feast your eyes on the following photo bonanza. 

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Here We Go Again

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So, uh, it’s been, uh, a while since we met like this. I mean as reader and blogger. Ya’ know, I never meant to be gone this long. I wanted to take a break from the writing. I wanted to re-wrinkle my gray matter; smart brains are more wrinkly and mine was getting a little, ahem, smooth. I needed a pause, a timeout.

I had hoped that one day I would be successful enough to take a sabbatical. That’s what CEOs and Fortune 500 types call it. It turns out what I got was a hiatus. A hiatus is the ugly step-cousin of the sabbatical. It is, however, further up the family tree of respectability than going on the lam, but hiatus is no sabbatical. As chance would have it, the end of my silence comes nine months after its inception.

Coincidence? I think not.

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Photo Friday

It’s Friday and you know what that means.

PHOTO FRIDAY!!!

Yeah baby. That’s when I take a few of my cell phone snapshots, churn out some witty banter for the captions and then share them with you as an impromptu tour of Paraguay Barba style. If you have missed some of stops on this tour click here. I really don’t want you to have an incomplete Photo Friday tour.

Now on to this week’s photos.

I forgot I had this gem.It slipped by undetected when I did the furlough edition. How many Taco Bells have you been to that "passionately" do anything? Has Taco Bell ever given you an "experience that help[ed] get a little more out of life"? I am totally missing that.
I forgot I had this gem. It slipped by undetected when I did the furlough edition. How many Taco Bells have you been to that “passionately” do anything? Has Taco Bell ever given you an “experience that help[ed] get a little more out of life”? I am totally missing that.
A local grocery store got these "fun size" Hershey candies. I have ranted about the fact that these are anything but "fun size" before. It's like eating shrimp without the anaphylactic shock. A lot of work getting the wrapper off for little payout. Compound that with the price here, $6.15. NOT FUN
A local grocery store got these “fun size” Hershey candies. I have ranted about the fact that these are anything but “fun size” before. It’s like eating shrimp without the anaphylactic shock. A lot of work getting the wrapper off for little payout. Compound that with the price here, $6.15. NOT FUN
This is yerba. The brand is Compañera, meaning companion. It's used like classmate or associate/friend. The cool thing is it doesn't matter your preference, this yerba has you covered. You like brunettes, got it. You like redheads, check. How about a blond, no problem. They even have an auburn hair represented. I hope you like the face because the choices stop at the hair.
This brand of yerba is called Compañera meaning companion, classmate or associate. It doesn’t matter your preference this yerba has you covered. You like brunettes, got it. You like red heads, check. How about a blond, no problem. They even have an auburn hair represented. I hope you like the face because the choices stop at the hair.
Are there Split soft drinks in the US now? Look at the bottom right of the label and you'll see that familiar Pepsico logo. Pepsi released a complete line of Split here. There is cola, like-Sprite, like-7-up and several fruit flavors. MMM I love second string beverages.
Are there Split soft drinks in the US now? Look at the bottom right of the label and you’ll see that familiar Pepsico logo. Pepsi released a complete line of Split here. There is cola, like-Sprite, like-7-up and several fruit flavors. MMM I love second string beverages.
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We went to give blood for a friend in need. In the waiting room at the hospital was this 42" flat panel TV. It was off but I'm told it picks up 1 5/8 channels with that $2 rabbit ear antenna taped to the wall with medical dressing. This made me so sad that my blood had too many bad vibes, and I was turned away. Maybe not...
We went to give blood for a friend in need. In the waiting room at the hospital was this 42″ flat panel TV. It was off but I’m told it picks up 1 5/8 channels with that $2 rabbit ear antenna taped to the wall with medical dressing. This made me so sad that my blood had too many bad vibes, and I was turned away. Maybe not…
This is us. Yes. We are a family of super heroes. Think The Incredibles but more toward the end of the movie. A friend, Jamie Lee, did this pop art portrait for us. If you're interested I will include a link at the bottom of this post. He is a Londoner and fellow missionary here in Paraguay.
This is us. Yes. We are a family of super heroes. Think The Incredibles but more toward the end of the movie. A friend, Jamie Lee, did this pop art portrait for us. If you’re interested I will include a link at the bottom of this post. He is a Londoner and fellow missionary here in Paraguay.

There you have it. This week’s tour of Paraguay from my cell cam. I hope you enjoyed the trip and didn’t get car sick in the tram. Have a great weekend. Here is Jamie Lee, aka Brit Art, on Facebook.

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