Essay about What are Paraguayan Tales

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It was that day. That day on August 15th, 1997 where I was exposed to the world. My first glimpse was in none other than the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion. It was because of that day that whenever someone would ask me where I was from, I would enthusiastically answer “Paraguay,” knowing I would catch them off guard. For one, most people don’t even know what Paraguay is. Loving to educate, I was the first to explain it to many people that I've met. And if they happened to know that Paraguay was a small country in South America, I would receive a skeptical look. That sort of look you get when you eat “Chipa Guazu” you weren't supposed to touch. Then someone asks you if you ate it and you reply with “No, the dog ate it,” when clearly corn grain crumbs are stuck all over your face. It might be because I don’t look Paraguayan, I don’t speak Spanish, and I only lived there for a year. But I still hold a special place in my heart for the little country. For every time I visit, I am received by my welcoming family. Although we share the complications of poor communicating thanks to the language barrier, I still enjoy their company. That is why to them I dedicate this book, because Paraguay would be nothing to me without them.

The following chapters are not just “Paraguayan tales.” They are tales of family, tales of friends, tales of happiness, tales of beginning, tales of folklore, and most importantly, tales of life.
One of my most recent trips to Paraguay was around 2009. This…