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.