Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Culture Shock

15Jun12

James and I are recovering from culture shock. We can say we’re in recovery thanks to our handy Survival Kit for Overseas Living, which explains that the toughest weeks of culture shock usually come about three months into one’s adjustment to a new country. We’re now in month five, and are happily trending back up […]


“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 […]


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 […]


“Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.” Ps. 111:2-3 Buenos Aires is the vibrant capital of Argentina, a grand, spacious city. From the historic center just in from the docks on the Rio Plata, a dazzling […]


“You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Ps 16:11 Our assignment as consultants for mission development is a collaborative effort with the Christian Church / Disciples of Christ churches of Argentina and Paraguay. So, a few weeks into our time […]


Matthew 25:35 There’s nothing like 28 hours of travel to make you feel like you’ve arrived at the other side of the world.  We left our apartment in New York around 4 pm on Sunday afternoon and boarded a plane for Toronto. From Toronto, we flew to Santiago, Chile and then to Buenos Aires, Argentina, […]