Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the […]


“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’” Genesis 1:26 In the […]


Last week we visited Ciudad del Este (“City of the East”), which sits on Paraguay’s eastern border, close to Brazil, Argentina, and the famous Iguazu Falls. Ciudad del Este is widely recognized as Paraguay’s economic center, for both its legitimate and its not-so-legitimate business endeavors. Travel writer John Gimlette describes Ciudad del Este as “the […]


“Poor Niagara!” said Eleanor Roosevelt (reportedly) upon seeing Iguazu Falls, a series of waterfalls stretching for a mile and a half between Brazil and Argentina. We recently visited the Brazilian side of the falls and enjoyed lingering along the trail, captivated by the magnitude and splendor of so many cascading rivulets amidst so much green […]


War Stories

14Mar12

“I am for peace, but when they speak, they are for war.” Psalm 120:7 Paraguay’s national history and identity have been shaped by two wars. In the War of the Triple Alliance (1864-70) Paraguay confronted Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina, and lost. Two generations later, President Eusebio Ayala launched the Chaco War (1932-5) which successfully checked […]


This week we trekked across Paraguay from Asuncion, on the country’s southwestern edge, to Ciudad del Este, on the southeastern border. The route, which takes about six hours by bus – we broke the journey up with two overnight stops along the way – is a beautiful slice of Paraguay’s countryside. But first we had […]


Che Guevara

11Mar12

We’ve been traveling through Paraguay for the past week, so we’re a little behind on our blog posts. To fill in the time, here’s a snapshot of people taking snapshots of themselves with one of Latin America’s most famous revolutionaries, Che Guevara. Ernesto “Che” Guevara was born and raised in Argentina, so Argentines are especially […]