Easter, ZacharyHailey, BlancheHIS-112-100Z5th December2017ParaguayParaguayis a magnificent country. Being in the heart of South America, Paraguay isnormally shrouded by its surrounding countries. Although hiding in the shadowsof Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil, however, those who come to learn of Paraguaycan find something truly historical. Having cultural links to the older Guaranipeople, Paraguay is a newer rendition and offers tourists the chance toexperience something new.
Paraguayis in the South American continent and arose from Spain when they separated in1811. Although they have the free and equal form of government known as a DemocraticRepublic, Paraguay’s government has a darker past under the “guidance” ofAlfredo Stroessner. After rigging the Government’s re-election laws andregulations, Stroessner built the road he needed for a proper dictatorship. Althoughkeeping Paraguay regulated, Stroessner created several unlawful operations andran Paraguay in a possibly destructive manner. Under his rule, internationalfugitives could hide from their crimes, and Paraguay would participate inOperation Condor. Operation Condor was an attempt by South American rulers to eliminatepossible threats. If Paraguay willingly joined the operation, its execution (ofcourse still aggressive) would be evenly agreed on.
However, the Paraguayanpeople disagreed with their undiscussed participation in this possibleterrorism. Not to mention the destruction from the previous two wars (Chacowar, triple alliance), Paraguay was still rebuilding their male population and economy.Since the Triple Alliance war, Paraguay had a weakened male population and majoreconomic issues due to territory loss. And the Chaco war 0f 1932 allowedParaguay to claim some of the Chaco lowland, but the war still costed Paraguaysignificantly. With all the factors in mind, Alfredo Stroessner would beremoved from office in 1989, allowing Paraguay’s return to democracy once more.Withdemocracy restored, Paraguay is on their way to healing brokenness found intheir backyard.
But, healing does not happen overnight. Paraguay is rigged withinequality and poverty at every corner. After the drop in Paraguayan economy,people began to question how they would fend for themselves, and moreimportantly, their families. While some citizens were able to pounce on the newopportunity by mass producing crops, others spent their time growing for theirfamilies. Since the income of a plantation or large farm is more significant thanthat of a family farm, inequality has become a major problem for Paraguay.Along with the mass production of crops, a market would be needed to sell theabundant resources an individual could create. With this, a large increase inmarketers arise.
Product requires sellers. These sellers find themselves to bestreet vendors or marketplace workers.Althoughtheir troubled past of war and dictatorship, Paraguay still loves to relate totheir ancestral roots. Paraguay has a mixture of Guarani, a native American groupknown to live in South America. With their own languages and cooking styles, theGuarani grew across the South American continent, including what is nowParaguay. This interesting and certainly authentic background is still seen inParaguay’s food and language today.
Although the national language isconsidered “Spanish”, Paraguay still includes root words and variations in textseen during the Guarani’s flourishing period. This means that instead of theaverage Spanish language, Paraguay may have words and writings that may beunfamiliar to a classroom guided curriculum. Along with this variation ofSpanish, Paraguay also uses their own language in more socially acceptableconditions. The native language Paraguayan Guarani is still used with locals asa means for neighbors and marketers to talk to one another. As for the foods,Paraguay takes pride in their historical cuisines soups, bread dishes.
Usesingredients unchanged since the Guarani’s, Paraguay can reflect these olderdishes with high accuracy. And with Paraguay’s farming, several sides andvegetables are available for every meal.WithParaguay’s mix of poverty and culture, it is understood why tourism of Paraguayisn’t on the top of everyone’s list. Although it may not be the most appealing,however, Paraguay has several activities, festivals, and landmarks that caneasily grab a tourist’s attention. Starting with tourism, Paraguay’s capitalholds fascinating tours and landmarks anyone can admire.
Asuncion, being thecapital, has some of the most iconic buildings and tours Paraguay has to offer.For instance, the Gran hotel del Paraguay is a luxurious spot not only for thenight, but you can also stay for the tennis, historical gardens, and tour. Thehotel allows you to stay within the safety of the capital while enjoying everyminute. As for the nighttime, Asuncion offers several night tours throughoutthe city. For a more religious experience, the Catedral de Nuestra Senora de laAsuncion is still in operation. The building and the area around is apart ofhistorical Asuncion.
The cathedral is busy, so visits are short if available atall, yet the church is open for the public especially for Sunday mass. Visitorsmay want to look up the dates for saint celebrations as well. Since Paraguay’spopulation mostly identifies with Roman Catholosism, celebrations for thevarious saints are