Hola! ¿qué tal?
I thought to switch it up and write a different kind of blog post. Here are some things that have surprised me during my stay or that are just different than what I’m used to in Belgium.
Did you know that…
1 …instead of throwing your toiletpaper in the toilet, people throw it in a bin next to the toilet? The sewage system just can’t take it.
Fun fact: On my first day in Paraguay I forgot and the hotel toilet almost overflew 😅… My bad!
2 …when it rains, the streets get flooded? Crossing the street isn’t an option then. Don’t expect teachers and students to show up for class either. Made that mistake once, literally nobody showed up.
3 ….almost everybody owns a pair of Crocs here? These will definitely be in your Paraguay starter pack.
4 …you won’t (or barely) see any tourists in Paraguay? Not even in the capital Asunción .
5 …it’s completely normal for teachers to show up late or just not at all? Shout out to my former English teacher. *no shade*
6 …pharmacies are everywhere?
7 …there are “car sitters”? These are people who you pay to help you park and watch your car while you’re gone.
8 …having a WhatsApp group with your teacher or whatsapping your teacher in private is completely normal?
9 …you can get on and off the bus wherever you want? Just push the button and the bus driver will stop almost immediately… sometimes not in the safest way possible, but ok…
10 …there is not only a button you can push if you want to get off? There is also a horizontal cord hanging throughout the bus which you can pull. Not everybody can reach the cord though…
11 …every time you take the bus, you have to pay the bus driver who will give you your ticket? There is no such thing as a combi ticket, let alone a ticket validation machine.
12 …it’s normal for bus drivers to buy food along the way, since you can buy food on the street almost everywhere? Making phone calls/texting or counting money while driving isn’t unusual either.
13 …you pay more for a bus with air conditioning? Buses are really cheap here. For a bus without air conditioning you pay Gs. 2.300. For a bus with air conditioning you pay Gs. 3.600, which is not even one euro. (1 EUR = 6,891.88 PYG, Gs. 2.300 = €0,32, Gs. 3.600 = €0,52)
14 …whenever you pass a church a lot of people make the sign of the cross? At first I actually thought they were doing that because the bus driver was driving crazy fast again. After a few times I noticed the churches. Could’ve fooled me .
Traffic is crazy here. Everybody drives super fast and makes strange manoeuvres. Even when it’s a short distance they pull up and stop at the very last moment. And if you don’t pull up the very second the light turns green, they WILL let you know.
If you want to cross the road, you better run like your life depends on it… because it does! Most drivers won’t slow down or stop whatsoever. People here often don’t wear a seat belt either. I would highly recommend wearing one though. (Don’t worry mom, I’m wearing mine …mostly)
15 …there are two security turnstiles in the buses? One in the front and one in the back of the bus. So practical, right? I’m guessing that whoever came up with this idea had some serious trust issues, lol.
Estamos listos para visitar Paraguay?