Paraguayan Bits #2 – Drivin’ ‘n Cryin’

A 4wd vehicle is pretty mandatory if you’re planning on straying far from Asuncion.

Picking up my rental 4×4 in the airport…

  1. Paraguayan roads are famously awful, there’s multiple Youtube docs about this.
  2. I haven’t driven a manual transmission in years.
  3. It’s 4am, I haven’t slept. I am so tired I am unsteady.
  4. I’ve been sick for a week and am far from 100%.
  5. It’s a torrential downpour outside.
  6. It’s pitch black outside.
  7. I’ve spent pretty much zero time ever driving a diesel 4×4.
  8. Asuncion has basically no traffic lights and few street lights.
  9. I don’t see all that well.
  10. Since the transplants I really don’t see all that well at night.

The car rental agent is extremely nice but has left me standing alone, pondering my life choices, in a parking lot, at 4:30am, in a drenching downpour, keys in my hand, after relaying a gigantic list of instructions to me entirely in the local mix of Spanish and Guarani.

I have no idea what I am doing.

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