Archive for April, 2012

Anglophiles in Asunción were aflutter last week with Paul McCartney’s first-ever visit to Paraguay. Last Tuesday he performed to 30,000 ecstatic fans, wowing them not only with his music, but also with his efforts to speak Guaraní. After the event, one enthusiastic concertgoer commented on McCartney’s website: For some time now, if they had told […]


We’re happy to report that, even though it’s not spring here, the species Rabbitus resurrectus has a wider geographical range than we had expected: several sightings of the shy long-eared creature—and his peculiar chocolate droppings—were made over the Easter season in Argentina and Paraguay.


Easter in the northern hemisphere is synonymous with the arrival of spring. We draw upon images of budding daffodils and hopping bunnies to celebrate Christ’s emergence from the tomb because the new life around us reminds us of our new lives in Jesus. In Argentina and Paraguay however, Easter inaugurates autumn. No crocuses, tulips, or […]


Easter Mangoes

15Apr12

“In the Morning When I Rise, Give Me Jesus” -African American Spiritual Was it more than a coincidence? We were sitting in the yard outside Lambaré’s Disciples of Christ church, enjoying the congregation’s annual Good Friday campfire and taking in the words of a visiting pastor. He was exhorting us to choose Jesus and not the […]


A Good Friday

14Apr12

Our blessings and good wishes to everyone who just celebrated Easter, and to those who are wrapping up Passover. Here in the southern hemisphere, we split our Holy Week time between Paraguay and Argentina. On Good Friday, we attended the service of the Last Seven Words in Lambaré, Paraguay. “Seven words” refers to the seven […]


Sometimes James and I feel like we are the victims of a vast language conspiracy. Just when we start to think we’re getting the hang of Spanish, a new grammar or vocabulary challenge reveals itself, and we realize we’ve been saying something incorrectly for weeks. Here are some of our latest blunders: 1. La Jubilación […]


Veterans’ Day

03Apr12

“Is tomorrow a holiday in the United States too?” An eleven-year-old friend, the grandson of one of the pastors in the Resistencia area, wanted to know if folks in the US get April 2nd off from school and work like they do here in Argentina. No, I told him, April 2nd is a uniquely Argentine […]