Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Iguazu Falls-Brazil/Argentina

Iguazu Falls
This places is absolutely magnificent. Definitely the handy work of God. No man made creation here just God at work. The sheer power and beauty of the Falls is an unforgettable experience to say the least. Photo taken from the Brazilian side.  More photos on up coming post.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Playing for Change

Do You Take Request?
Street performers playing for change at the outdoor flea market in downtown Brasilia. As you can see this little girl is giving up her weekly allowance to help these local musicians out.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Mercado Municipal

Front of Mercado
Inside of the Mercado
The Mercado Municipal, a fun place in Brasilia, to shop hang out and have a snack. It looks old but it's not because nothing in Brasilia is old.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Church & Bell Tower

No Mass Today
Bell Tower, Bell Missing
The Church and Bell Tower at the Jesuit Ruins outside of Encarnacion, Paraguay, built around the early 1700.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Riding Through The Park

Beep Beep Out Of The Way!!
So far in all of the countries I've visited in South America, motorcycles are a very popular and inexpensive way to get around town. This guy just decided to cut through the park to beat the traffic.  Photo taken in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Chipa

Bakery 
Get Your Chipa's While There Hot
These doughnut like looking baked goods are called Chipa's  they are native to Paraguay. They are very tasty and can be found all over the place from local bakeries to vendors on the street. So, the next time your in Paraguay, pick up a dozen or two with a cup of coffee you won't be disappointed. 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I'm Very Thankful Day

Thank God For The Cross
I know it's not Turkey!! But it'll do!!
Yes, I'm very thankful today and everyday for that fact, thankful for God's goodness, mercy and grace my family (wife) friends, freedom and the sacrifices are troops are making around the world.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Little Guy Enjoying the View

Watching the View
Clouds Rolling In 
Junior, watching the clouds roll in from 10,500 feet atop Mount Monserrate, Bogota, Colombia.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Bogota By Night

Young Lady Checking Out The View From Above
City Lights Of Bogota
The city of 7 million plus inhabitants Bogota, as night starts to fall reviling how spread out the city is.

Monday, November 21, 2011

World Cup

The New Soccer Stadium 
Painting On The Security Fence Around The Stadium
Yes, the world cup is coming to Brazil, and there building a new stadium here in Brasilia, I think it will hold about 100,000 people. I've already met several people who are wanting to learn to speak English to be able to greet all the foreigners who will be desenting upon this wonderful city. I think that 943 days is plenty of time to learn English. At least some words.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

City Life

Students walking through the park- Bogota, Colombia
Couple Strolling Along Downtown Bogota
Like a lot of big cities life just moves on with people for the most part minding their own business and going to there next destination weather that be home, school the coffee shop (No Starbucks here) a library of just hanging out in the park.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cerro de Monserrate

Church on Top of Monserrate
View of Bogota As The Clouds Move On
This church that sits atop Mount Monserrate is about 10,500 feet above sea level. It's a lot cooler up there than in the city (Bogota) and clouds and rain come passing through at various intervals blocking the view of the city. All you have to do is wait a few minutes and the view of the city will open up again giving you a spectacular view once again.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Mount Monserrate

View of Bogota From Mount Monserrate
View From Other Side Looking Away From City
The top of Mount Monserrate gives you quite a view of the city of Bogota, Colombia, the view even gets more spectacular as the sun goes down and the city lights begin to appear.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vendedora

Vendedora
This young lady works long and hard hours selling her scarfs (as shown here) on the streets of Bogota, Colombia, that are hand made in Ecuador, were she is from. I had a delightful time chatting with her one day and getting to know a little about her. And yeah, I bought a scarf from her.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Itaipu Dam Paraguay/Brazil

Flood Gates Generating Power
Itaipu Dam on the Parana River
Bottom of the River Bed About 300 Feet Down
This Dam on the border of Brazil, and Paraguay, just outside of Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, is quite a sight to see up close. It's the largest Dam in the world as far as generating Power second largest in size.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Paraguay Bicentenario-(Bicentennial)

Paraguay 200 years
Presidential Palace
The Celebration Continues


Paraguay, just celebrated there Bicentennial back in May of this year. I remember back in 1976 when we celebrated ours in the USA. I wonder how many more countries are left to celebrate theirs. The good new in Asuncion, was they restored a lot of old building for the occasion.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Contrast

Woman in Deep Thought
Young Lady Selling Bread
Sometimes I pass people and wonder what there lives are like especially in other countries. The lady in the photo on top looks very much deep in thought perhaps waiting on someone. While the lady on the bottom almost seem to have a smile on face as she tries to sell bread on the side of the road. Photos taken in and around Asuncion, Paraguay.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Jesusit Ruins-Paraguay

Main Cathedral
Living Quarters
These amazing ruins are located just outside of Encarnacion, Paraguay, they were built around 1609 and are the least visited of all UN World Heritage Sites. The day I was there I was practically the only the person there. With limited time I had to work fast to get these images. Maybe next  time I can manage a visit at sunset and then see the light show they have at night.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Country Side of Paraguay

The Rich farm land of Paraguay
The Occasional Shacks
Beautiful Country Home 
Traveling through Paraguay, was a real treat. The country side in some parts reminds me of the Midwest in the US. Like with any country you have the poor and people who are well off. When I took the photo of  the shack I was reminded that if this was in the US, it probably would have been a Mobile Home with Three Pick Up Trucks parked outside.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Got Milk or Tienes Leche

"Tienes Leche"
This woman was enjoying her carton of milk on a lazy afternoon in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, while waiting for the bus pick her up. At least thats what it says on the carton she's holding.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Woman Carrying Bread on Head

This is not a common site in Paraguay seeing a person carrying something on there head. This was actually the second person I saw, the first was young man the day before. I'm not sure what there carrying but my guess is bread. Asuncion, Paraguay.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Mate

Sipping Mate
Two friends, Raul and Pablo sharing a sip of mate as they take a mid morning brake from work. Asuncion, Paraguay.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Us Four And No More

Family of Four
After yesterdays post about finding four people on a motorcycle well, I found them. It's the Garcia family from Asuncion, Paraguay. There all hanging on tight as Dad maneuvers them through the busy streets of Asuncion.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Motorcycle Mama's

Woman on Red Hot Bike

Motorcycle Mama, One Of Many
In Paraguay, motorcycles have become very popular and are an inexpensive form of transportation. It's not unusual to see as many as three people on one bike. I'm still waiting to see if I can find four.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

JFK

Welcome to The John F. Kennedy Neighborhood
I guess this is the John F Kennedy section of town just outside of Encarnacion, Paraguay. I didn't know he was so popular in Paraguay. Well, better him than Teddy since there is big bridge in Encarnacion.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Fresh Chicken

Fresh Organic Chicken Going to Local Restaurant
Not only is this chicken fresh off the farm but its also organic. I had some later at a local restaurant in Encarnacion, Paraguay. When its fresh and organic its good!! Sorry Kentucky Fried, your just not cutting it anymore.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Today's Menu

Today's Menu features a variety of Paraguayan cusine I think I'll have a sandwis and see what it is. Photo taken somewhere in Paraguay on the way to Encarnacion, Paraguay.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sao Paulo From Above

Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo, is one big city from the Air it seems to go one forever. It's one of the major hubs in South America to get to the rest of the world.