Congratulations! You survived yet another (or maybe your first) Paraguayan summer! March 20th was officially the first day of fall. So there you have it. No more endless rounds of tereré, kilos of icecream, and seeking shelter under the shade or in air conditioning …. eh, not so fast! It may be fall, but summer is never really “over” in Paraguay. In Spanish the word “estación” means both season and station, hence the joke: Paraguay has two “estaciones,” summer and the train station. Even in the dead of winter there can be blazing hot days. We may all curse a 37 degree day (that´s 99 degrees Fahrenheit) now but come winter it will be welcome, especially by anyone who has laundry that needs to dry! Although the hot days aren´t gone for good you can still take solace in the fact that the worse is over. Summer is the harshest season in Paraguay. Emerging from long stretches of 40C heat into cooler days of fall can be just as cathartic as seeing the first signs of spring after a cold, snowy winter in parts further North.
As you can see, the first post of the new season comes with a new look for the website! I´ve done my best to make the transition as seamless as possible. All the links from www.guidetoparaguay.com should forward to www.discoveringparaguay.com but if you find a broken one, please let me know. As usual I welcome your comments and suggestions!