The trip was long. By "long," I don't mean "I have to go all the way across town?!" I mean long. I left my house in SW Missouri at around 11:30 on Saturday morning (and all the thanks in the world to the dear friend who made it her business to get me to the airport), left Tulsa, Oklahoma around 4:30, stopped in Atlanta, Georgia, which I left around 10:30, and landed in São Paulo...sometime the next morning. From there, it was a short flight (relatively) to Asunción, and an even shorter drive to my hotel. I got to my room around 3:00 on Sunday afternoon.
|The view from my balcony is beautiful.|
My hotel is lovely. Asunción is lovely. And most of all, the people are lovely. So far, everyone has been more than willing to work with my sad lack of Spanish (resolved: I am going to learn Spanish at least to the level at which I speak French), and I've even shared a few jokes and smiles with the hotel staff. They are good people, and I feel comfortable and safe here. Carlos, my driver from the airport, pointed out several cool places, most notably a 40-block park (Paraguayans seem to love parks; I've seen several already, all beautiful and full of people.) and the President's mansion (which looks almost exactly like you'd think the President of Paraguay's mansion would look).
This afternoon, I will be driven to the Universidad Católica to meet my colleagues and my students. After today, I plan to walk (both Google Maps and Carlos assure me that it's about a five to ten minute walk), but for the moment I'm content to be a passenger, at least until I figure out what's where. My class meets today for the first time, and I'm the usual mix of excited and nervous.
Anyway, that's what's happening around here. If the whole trip is as happy-making as the last 24 hours have been, I may never leave!