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Paraguay near paradise

In 2003, I got to see three countries at once. I took this photo from Argentina. Ahead to my right was Brazil. But forward in the distance, was the glimpse of skyscrapers in an elusive Paraguayan locale.

At one stage it was known as Puerto Presidente Stroessner, but after President Stroessner fell out of favour, they changed it to Ciudad del Este, which means ‘City of the East’.

Most tourists who know of Ciudad del Este give it a miss because it’s dirty, dangerous, corrupt, ugly and polluted. I went because it’s dirty, dangerous, corrupt, ugly and polluted.

Later that afternoon, I went here:

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Michael from Perth

A unique view of the strange and spectacular world through the eyes of Michael from Perth