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Meet My Paraguayan Host Family!
June 5, 2011, 1:20 pm
Filed under: Paraguay, Pictures Post

My homestay family in Paraguay is great. The Peace Corps was right- Paraguayans are truly some of the most welcoming people in the world. I’ve been living with my homestay family for a week and a half now, and I’m enjoying getting more acquainted with them.  Check out some pictures of my homestay family and our house below!

This is my homestay mother Clara, making gnocchi. My homestay mother is the queen of the house- whatever she says, goes. She puts up a pretty tough exterior, but she is also very funny and loves to joke around. 

This is my mother making gnocchi (last Sunday). Paraguayans have a tradition that on the 29th of each month, they make and eat gnocchi. They place money under their plate before eating it, with the hope that the next month they eat gnocchi, there will be more money under their plate. I love gnocchi, and now that I know how to make it from scratch, this is totally a tradition I plan on continuing in the future!

My family has three dogs- this is my mother’s favorite, Nori. She is ‘la princesa de la casa,’ as my homestay mother likes to put it. 

This is the puppy of the house. She is two months old and very naughty (My host mom always says ‘ella es muy mala.’) The day that I came to the house they hadn’t named her yet, and when I told her my dog just died they named her Summer, after my dear departed dog. So it looks like I have another Summer in my life! She sleeps in my room at night, and I have to make sure to take all of my shoes and bags off the floor each night so she doesn’t chew them up. 

This is the old geezer of the house, Colcho. He’s nine years old and spends most of his time sleeping in the sun or feebly hounding for scraps of meat. He is wearing a shirt that my host mom made, because it’s the winter and he’s cold. 

This is my homestay mom making ‘jugo de pomelo,’ or grapefruit juice.

This is my homestay dad, Pablo. He’s a mechanic and he’s a pretty quiet guy- he’s all into drinking his maté (the hot version of tereré) and chilling at the dinner table. A man of few words, but we get along well.

My lunch of gnocchi. I know you’ll be jealous Dad!

These are my brothers- Pablo (or Pablito, since there are 2 in the house) is on the right. He’s 24 years old and studies chemistry at the University of Asunción. It’s the best in the country and the hardest to get into, so he is ‘muy inteligente.’ Therefore, he studies 24/7, and so we always need to be quiet at night so that he can get his studying done.

The brother on the right is Briahian (pronounced Brian). He is 17 years old and in his last year of high school. He is a pretty shy guy, but I get along pretty well with him. We both love rock music and the Simpsons, so we’re buddies. 

This is the outside of my house. On the far right is the ‘dispenseria,’ or small grocery store my host mom runs. The door to the left is the kitchen. The chairs out front are for chilling and drinking tereré.

This is more of the house. The door that Briahian is standing next to is my room!

This is the sink that I wash my clothes in (as evidenced by some of my clothes hanging on clotheslines in the background).

I’m still not exactly sure what this oven is for, but I’ve heard that it’s to make chipa, a famous Paraguayan bread. Also a convenient place to dry shoes in the sun. 

This is part of our beautiful and vast family garden. This is a tree full of delicious lemons, that Briahian picks every day for our dinner. 

This is more of our garden. There are all kinds of delicious ‘yuyos’ here (herbs for tereré). My host mom has an extremely beautiful garden.

This is the inside of our kitchen, and also the hang-out place. When I get home from school at around 5:30, I always hang out in here while my Mom cooks dinner. 

This is a little outside eating space right next to my room. On Sundays we put the kitchen table and chairs out here and have a big lunch.

This is my room! My bed and my sofa, plus the posters and pictures I brought from home. Also if you look closely, you’ll notice the hot water bottle on the edge of my bed. This has by far been my best purchase to bring to the Peace Corps, since there is no indoor heating. 

This is the other side of my room. I have an armoire for my clothes, another sofa, and a little table where I put my toiletries. The door leads to the bathroom that the whole family shares. 

This is my desk and the door that leads outside. My room is beautifully spacious and I really like it. 

My host family chilling, listening to music, and eating ‘carne asado’ (on every Sunday Paraguayans bust out their grills and cook all kinds of meat for a huge Sunday brunch). Since I’ve gone vegetarian, you’ll see that my lunch is the ‘vegetarian version’- grilled ‘carne de soja’ (soy meat) and salad. 

That’s a little slice of the life in J.A. Salvidar!

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Hey Brit:
This is fabulous! Do they need a gardener? We are so glad you are in such a wonderful envirenment with such wonderful people. Are you teaching school? what is your job going to be there?
Gramps and Rose

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