And I didn’t open the door to take the photo because the temperature looks like this:
So I decided to warm things up today by doing a throwback to a trip I took with my Oma to the other side of the equator, where winter is still very far off.
In early 2010, I learned that my Oma was interested in going to Paraguay to visit her family members who were still there, but being 75, she did not want to go alone. I gladly volunteered 6 weeks of my spring to head down there with her! I was interested to learn about my Mennonite roots that came from down there (this post isn’t a history lesson. I am not good at those. It’s just a pictorial account of our time there).
We mostly stayed in Asuncion where one of her brothers and his family lives. They have a couple girls about my age (he was a half brother), so we got to hang out and they showed me around town and stuff.
Some of our time was spent in other little towns around the country, where my Oma’s brothers live.
We also went to the Chaco, which was the land that was originally given to the Mennonites when they immigrated to Paraguay,
We did act like regular tourists for part of our trip too. We visited Iguazu Falls! It is probably one of the most beautiful places I have seen in person. When I first heard that we were going to do a two day tour, I was a little skeptical. What on earth would we do at a waterfall for 2 days?! But when I got there, I understood. One day you spend on the Argentina side walking along paths and bridges that are through the jungle and on top of the water and the other day you are on the Brazil side looking across the river at the falls. It was amazing!
My Oma has another brother who lives in Brazil, so we spent some time there as well.
And we will conclude with just some miscellaneous photos.
I had a wonderful time, and am so thankful for this opportunity I had to travel with my Oma to a place that is so familiar to her.