When we landed in Paraguay, we were greeted at the airport by Tim, David, and Francisco. David is Tim's boss at Alto Refugio. Francisco is Tim's host dad. They took us to the hotel, and we quickly changed into summer clothes before going to Tim's host home for the evening.
That day was a birthday in Tim's family. Laura was celebrating turning 23. When we got there at around 4 or 5 in the afternoon, Laura was already working in the kitchen, preparing for the feast that was to come. There was a wonderful asado, and many guests...mostly family.
People arrived through the late afternoon and evening. Mercedez, Tim's mom, and Janette, his sister, came and also got to work in the kitchen. Someone started charcoal in the grill outside. Meat began roasting over the charcoal while other dishes were cooing in the kitchen.
|This pic would have been better when the plates were full...but you can still see the sausages and mandioca on the back plate, and the sopa paraguaya on the front plate.|
It was great to begin to get to know Tim's family and see how they enjoy Tim.
|Laura and her cake|
|Andrew with his host family|
One of the fun parts of our trip was bringing gifts from home to the team. We had two large suitcases full of candy and other things to share with the people we spent time with in Paraguay. On this evening we got to distribute the treats for the team.
|These are some of the goodies sent for Riley|
|I really like this one of Chuck enjoying the people and the evening.|
|This was our meal, well, part of it. Pizza kept appearing from the house until we were way too full. It was wonderful.|