So, a bit on what has been happening in Paraguay the last few months! Easter was spent with my host family in Monte Alto. ‘Semana Santa’ began with mass on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos). My host sister, Yeni, gave me a ‘pindo’ or palm frond to be blessed at mass. Tuesday, a family invited me over to make ‘chipa’. As I was kneading the ‘masa’, they made sure to point out a woman MUST know how to prepare chipa if she’s going to get married….the jokes never cease!
If you’re looking to brush up on your Spanish and want to read a neat article on how ‘chipa’ is made, check out this article….the pictures are pretty neato if you just want to see the process.
The pictures above were taken with my Monte Alto host family!
I got the opportunity to teach English with some high school students at a private Catholic school last month. What was supposed to be a one day gig, turned into two days teaching and one night spent at a nunnery with ‘Hermana Soledad’ and ‘Hermana Felicia’.
At 6am I took the 7k bike ride into town from the country-side. Mid-afternoon, it started raining and would not stop. I had no means of getting back into my site, since the dirt road was a complete disaster. A nun at the school invited me to stay the night, or as long as I needed! They fed me, provided PJs, and a room. Probably, the best rest I’ve had since arriving in Paraguay!
The nuns also held a birthday party for the mayor that night. And the sisters went all out with the preparations; one them even whipped out two different kinds of her home-made liquor: Anis and Mandarin…..I tried both! Anyway, it was a lovely two days and I can finally check ‘Kicking it with the Nuns’ off my ‘bucket list.
In March, Peace Corps Paraguay held a 3-day ‘Climate Change’ workshop for volunteers and their counterparts. I’ve included a link to the article if you’re interested in reading what we did! Climate Change Workshop