Christmas night. Brian is four and was lighting off fireworks all by himself.
I used the my neighbors oxen and cart to move a bed, table, kitchen supplies, chairs, a small dresser and fridge into my new house.
Omar presenting his incredibly burnt brownie birthday cake. My host dad, Juan Ramon and neighbor boy, Victor helped us eat the remains.
We cooked the cake for all of four minutes in a large outdoor brick oven.
My host mom, Lili, and her kitchen stove
Dried and ground corn for Chipa Guasu, que rico!
A handmade appliance for grinding corn and other materials.
I found ‘the grinder’ to be incredibly well made
Think about making one! Not that MOM (as she signs her name in letters to me) would ever eat ground corn in anything…
The contraption responsible for burning Omar’s birthday cake
They pile the inside with wood, burn it for like an hour, and then scrape the ashes out, fill the inside with pans of bread or food they want to cook and blocking off the ends, let it cook for about ten to fifteen minutes.
My host family has 42 chickens that sleep in this well constructed chicken tree each night
My host family used a wood fire for cooking and although I’m suspicious that it’s led to my host mom having lung problems, she won’t give up her ways
The strips of meat-like material hanging over the sink is actually cow stomach and is soaked with raw whole milk for several minutes. This process curdles the milk and makes cheese
Although there are only 35 families in my site, and it’s incredibly safe, everyone takes extra precautions to lock, chain and bar their windows and doors for security.
The first round of vegetables I planted in these beer cans failed miserably due to both the heat and the chickens pecking the tops off the seedlings
Metal cans are probably not the way to go about growing baby plants
It was over 100 degrees this day and no one left the shade
Since there is no trash-pick-up, some people take to heaping their trash behind their houses, others hang it from trees
Wine and soda bottle mountains are common in people’s yards since both substances are readily consumed heavily and they have nothing to do with the empty bottles
Although you can’t tell from this picture, this chicken is eating a baby bird that it found on the ground and pecked to death.
The other chickens chased it and tried to eat the baby bird too, but this big fella was the winner
While trying to eat the baby bird, the chicken repeatedly beat it on the ground with her beak and swallowed the bits of flesh until only the wings were left
He was suspicious that I was taking a picture of him and posed perfectly for me
My host dad who I am very close with gains all his news and information about the world from his radio (in the window) and as much as I argue with him, swears the radio is ALWAYS right when it says that it will rain.
The hot plate I inherited from Matt
An ancient hotplate that is my only means of cooking food currently. It was caked with grime and insects before I got after it with my old shirt as a rag
Alyssa and I at the monument for the close to our house. A place that I had many new experiences at and will remember fondly always…
My seven year old host brother who was terribly sweet and terribly loud too
He played a mean game of soccer for a seven year old
My host grandmother who lived across the street. Behind her my host aunt who lived close by too
The family dog who was always getting in fights over his ladies
Alyssa lived next door to me for the first couple month in training
My host mom while in training who fed me entirely too much
This girl was seventeen and had a two year old daughter but was living with her boyfriend alone and running a farm for her landlord. She was very successful for her age
The country of Paraguay leads in the most deaths due to motorcycle accidents
An hour later the worst storm I’ve witnessed while in Paraguay hit
His daughter is cutting his hair. When I asked her to cut mine, she willingly agreed and finished only five minutes after starting. As far as I can tell she did a good job…
Getting dressed and geared up for a wild hive capture
This Paraguayan man helped us complete the wild hive capture. We chopped down a dead coco tree and he completed the whole thing without ever putting gloves on