All Choked Up

Our buddy Jeremy first came to Paraguay a decade ago as a volunteer with the Peace Corps. Ten years or so later, and after moving back to the US for a while, he’s now back in Paraguay and directs the education efforts in the Asuncion office.

We were on our way out of town to visit some Peace Corps volunteers in Caacupe when we were stopped in the street by Jorge. A VW guy. He actually knew we were coming and was planning on contacting us, but never got around to it. Serendipity calls again. We know how that goes.

We needed amortiguadores (surprise!) and he volunteered to help. He asked what else we needed and the only thing I could think of was our broken choke. He took us to the VW dealer – you never know, he says. They went in the back and came back with two. OEM. Nine bucks each. Imagine going to a VW dealer in the US and asking for carburetor parts.

After we found some front shocks, we went to get some groceries while Jorge went to get his Vanagon Westy. One of two in Paraguay. This one was driven down by some Canadians, who had so many problems that they eventually gave up on it and went home! Now, it’s Jorge’s baby.

7 thoughts on “All Choked Up

  • June 20, 2012 at 7:11 AM
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    I love the Image # 12!!! HAHAHAHAHA

  • June 20, 2012 at 7:50 AM
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    Red Beard’s California plate seems to have had better days . . . might need replacing after your return.

  • June 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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    Nice photos! It’s good to see my brother is working hard! I’m glad you found some parts you needed in Paraguay.

  • June 20, 2012 at 1:14 PM
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    red beard looks so shiny! nice

  • June 21, 2012 at 1:37 AM
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    I’m not surprised that you can get old VW parts in latin america. I suspect you would have an impossible time to find those back at home. For Chevy models from the 50’s and 60’s it is always a good idea to visit Cuba:)

  • June 24, 2012 at 1:02 AM
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    That ex-canadian Westy shows a proud owner – it looks well cared for. Glad you made it to Paraguay, we have some fond memories of that country.

  • June 28, 2012 at 7:18 AM
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    Juergen, glad to hear from your fond memories from our Beloved Paraguay! :).

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