09 Apr 2014 | Provincial Paraguay

The last one

Extremely provincial after coming from Brazil, the capital of Paraguay feels quaint. There's no properly recognizable downtown or CBD, the city's vibe is mellow and the busses of the public transport system appear leftovers from the middle of the last century.
Clearly much less an economic powerhouse compared to Brazil, there also doesn't seem to be a significant poverty gap.
Cafes play obscure 1980s pop; inor hits by Lionel Richie, the awfully painful Nothing's gonna change my love for you, and more. Stuff that never should have made it to digital.
Then again, considering that both here and in Brazil, old fashioned record stores still seem to do brisk business, maybe they never did.

I went through all sights in the inner city of Asuncion in one morning.

But, it's also that quaintness that is the city's appeal. In the evenings, having dinner in the very heart of the city, it feels like the residents of a small village come together to meet up and relax.

The Lilliputian public transport busses are decorated on the inside like the jeepneys of the Philippines.

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After obtaining an M. Sc in maths, Babak Fakhamzadeh started with an office job at a major blue chip company but soon realised he'd do better on his own. Babak is a traveling web guru with a penchant for doing good and a love for visual and experimental art. Together with Eduardo Cachucho, he won the World Summit Award in the m-Tourism and Culture category in 2012 for Dérive app. With Ismail Farouk, he won the Highway Africa new media award in 2007 for Soweto Uprisings . com. Check out Babak's CV.


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