Catez tagged me for this meme, and I am happy to oblige:
1. What do you like most about where you live?
I like the fact that families here still have a strong influence. I also like the low cost of living, and the beautiful nature. Another thing I like a lot is the level of integration and mixing among the different ethnic groups living in Paraguay. I would be naïve if I think there is no racism; but thanks to God we have it easier than other parts of the world.
Finally, and this is with all due respect for the ladies, I would like to say that something that I like a lot about here is the women. Women here are incredibly beautiful, charming, intelligent, passionate, and they know how to take care of their men. Believe me, I married one of them 😉 Sadly, many women here are still oppressed by unjust sexist practices and social norms.
2. Is there anything strange about where you live?
In fact, lots! In many senses, Paraguay is a land full of weirdness. How about this: Mennonites supposedly are pacifists, they refuse to hold political office and they object to military services. Well, enter Mr. Nicanor Duarte, President of Paraguay, Commander-in-Chief of our armed forces… and a Mennonite!
Another thing I find really strange is the typical food. We are an almost tropical country, but judging from the calories furnished by our typical food, a stranger would think we are the Spitzbergen Islands or something near the vicinity 😀
We don’t have coasts on the sea, but we have an important Navy for a country of our size… and I could go on and on and on…
3. What’s one of your all-time favourite music albums, and why?
This one. Since I discovered it some 6 or 7 years ago, Renaissance polyphony is my favorite music, and this recording is a superb example of it.
4. Did you have a passion for something as a kid that you still have now? (If not – what is one of your passions now?)
I could actually cite two — Reading, and listening to classical music. Borges said once that his idea of heaven would be an enormous library, and I concur. As for Classical music, I loved it since I heard it. The only difference is the period: When I was a child, I heard mostly Classical and Romantic period music; now I hear mostly Renaissance and Baroque.
5. What do you like most about having a blog?
I always was toying with ideas and thoughts, but never had the drive to write them down and publish them. Now I can, thanks to the fact that I have a blog. I also enjoy interacting with my readers, and the fact that I could share my ideas all over the world.