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A Dragon In Paraguay
Flying into Asunción, the largest and capital city of the country of Paraguay, you see nothing but green, jungle-like landscape as far as the horizon. Then you see this little city poking out from the middle of nowhere. “The middle of nowhere” is pretty apt. Deep into central South America, there is nothing out here, just the little city of Asunción.
-By Caleb Jones
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Gang 2018-11-22 06:04:03
Big, shapely asses, big boobs, wonderful hips, even on small, trim women.
The cost of living here is microscopically low, perhaps on par with Thailand and the Philippines but I can’t say for sure.
Everyone’s just hanging out, relaxing, talking in quiet voices.Paraguay, I am coming!
Gang 2018-11-22 06:07:24
Having guards seems to be a required thing in the Latin world, whether actually needed or not.Same thing in Philippines, which really feels more latin than asian.
Gang 2018-11-22 06:18:50
Buenos AriesBuenos Aires
Gong 2018-11-22 06:43:38
Hi Gang, You're 100% an INTP.
Rational Jonny 2018-11-22 07:32:36
As a future Paraguayan citizenCouldn’t help but roll my eyes. Of course you are, of course. Are you trying to get into the Guinness book of world records for most citizenships? Lol. You really have nothing else better to do... Hilarious 😀
Maldek 2018-11-22 07:57:41
" I will be here semi-regularly over the next several years to get my residency, and I can’t wait to come back" Very glad to read that. Now you are starting to understand why I have been living down here since 2009. And you didnt even mention the ~12% annual ROI over this decade. Women are not only quite good looking (at least when below the age of 25) but there are in fact more than a few extremly hot women to be found here. International model level hot. And they are within reach of an slightly above average western guy - at least much easier (also cost wise) to maintain than their US (EU) counterparts. Saludos from a long time reader of your work!
David 2018-11-22 08:10:12
Hi Caleb, What happened to the Dragon in Bogotá? I am curious.
Scott Day 2018-11-22 08:23:05
Great blog and very interesting insight into Paraguay. I have the time and some income to travel. I don’t because I am still experimenting with mobility. I suffered a stroke six years ago andwhilei can walk.its not a smooth gait, nor very fast furthermore most of my income is in the form of disability income which as I understand I could lose if I changed countries. Also my Medicaid. Sudden illness or disability is a real life changer. In what and how one can approach life. I prefer the warm humid weather as my last 36 years have been in SouthWest Florida. I am att3mpting to discover my new path to financial independence. But again the stroke has made my left hand unusable I don’t really have a question that you would find relative. But I would like to live life as you do. Even a disabled 60 year old has goals remaining to accomplish
Blackdragon 2018-11-22 08:47:57
Buenos AiresFixed. I seriously misspell Buenos Aires more than any other name or word. My brain just doesn't want to type it.
What happened to the Dragon in Bogotá?Wait about two weeks and I'll tell you.
Even a disabled 60 year old has goals remaining to accomplishAbsolutely. When I'm 60 I will still be working hard at my goals, even if I was disabled.
Kefka 2018-11-22 08:58:40
Interesting to hear your insights, been looking forward to this post as someone who has lived in Asunción the past year and a half while I fully move my domicile over (territorial tax and no reporting requirements!!!) I'd say the women here are just slightly above average. The women can indeed be cute but the main issue is the prevalence of overweight people here, it's easily comparable to a US city. Women that manage to stay lean are often very cute/hot, it's just not often the case. But go to the gym and you'll be blown away! In terms of cost, I definitely wouldn't say things are cheap. I would say there is the opportunity to spend less for sure and have a low cost of living, but you'll end up with a lower quality of life. In the area you stayed a 2 bedroom condo goes for $1.5-3k USD a month, the other nicer area by the other shopping centre is similarly priced. Sure you can get an apartment for a few hundred bucks a month but you'll end up in a not so nice, less secure area susceptible to many more power cuts. Also things break down here CONSTANTLY, things are generally shoddily made. New, expensive apartments have cracks down the walls within months, can't even imagine what it would be like in cheaper areas. Supermarket prices are the same if not more than in London (apart from beef prices, super cheap!!). I spend $2.5k USD a month here (2 people) for a good quality of life, nothing luxurious (but would be considered by Paraguayan standards). Security here is good in the nicer areas, I feel safe walking around with my iPhone out because of the armed security guards on every street. Theft is common I've heard in most most of the city, some armed robberies and car theft. One thing to consider about any crime statistics about this place (Such as Asunción is statistically the safest city in South America) is that police are extremely corrupt in general, and so crime goes underreported. For example, if your car gets stolen and you notify the police, they can find it within an hour in such a small city, but you're not getting it back unless you pay a few thousand dollars in bribe money. So most people just don't bother reporting. People are definitely calmer and quieter here compared to other Latin American countries as you noticed, very friendly but not so in your face loud friendly. Overall a super good "home" on paper, got my permanent residency and ID card in my hands within 6 months, my naturalisation lawyers say 5-6 years (depending on how much you bribe) from landing in the city to get a passport in your hands. But I'm not excited actually living here, leaving soon and don't think I'll miss it much. P.S. for anyone who speaks Spanish, Paraguayans speak the least clear Spanish in all of Latin America. People in the city tend to grow up speaking both Spanish and the native Guarani language, they often mix the two when speaking to each other, and when speaking solely in Spanish they retain the "naselliness" of Guarani while speaking very fast and not pronouncing many sounds. I arrived fluent in Spanish but it took me months to get used to.
Erik 2018-11-22 09:10:01
"They just don’t, guys. It’s just not a part of their culture" those shooting are a majority FBI led.
Blackdragon 2018-11-22 09:29:17
territorial tax and no reporting requirements!!!I know. Fucking awesome.
People in the city tend to grow up speaking both Spanish and the native Guarani language, they often mix the two when speaking to each other, and when speaking solely in Spanish they retain the “naselliness” of Guarani while speaking very fast and not pronouncing many sounds. I arrived fluent in Spanish but it took me months to get used to.Yes, I found the same thing. The Spanish they use is very strange.
C Lo 2018-11-22 09:30:56
One thing to consider about any crime statistics about this place (Such as Asunción is statistically the safest city in South America) is that police are extremely corrupt in general, and so crime goes underreported.I’ve done substantial business in Mexico, as recently as a couple of years ago, and this graft and corruption is standard BD loves the low taxes, but the reality is they are going to transfer cost them back on to you one way or another. If he can manage to escape the western taxes AND avoid the developing world graft that will be an impressive feat. Seems to have worked out for the Moonies! https://www.outsideonline.com/1913791/sun-myung-moons-lost-eco-utopia
JohnMurdoch 2018-11-22 11:37:52
About mass shootings, I think it has to do with the victimization of bullied people in America. When bullied kids were just laughed at until they man upped or grown up to be sad losers on their owns, there were no shootings. Nowadays media, movies, parents, friends and schools all unite to tell bullied kids they are victims of these terrible criminal bullies, that do terrible things to them (basically what kids and teens have done to each other since mankind exists). People villainize the bullies in such a way that they basically say to the incels "you not responsible for your life, they are! they destroyed you and you never had a chance! you will never go anywhere, and it is because of them, poor victims!" So when the kids decide to revenge against the world, they feel like the have the right to do that. Plus when they turn on the tv they watch documentaries about the "sad childhood" of these other mass shooters being the reason of what they did. They identify with that and feel justified. It is all about this leftist thing of taking away the guilty from criminals and placing it on the criminals "conditions". Dalrymple writes very well about that when it comes to organized crime, but it really also makes sense for mass shooters
sdafoiadsfjo 2018-11-22 11:46:20
When I looked a Paraguayan citizenship, it didn't really seem like a permanent citizenship, since if you don't live in the country for 3 years, you lose it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguayan_nationality_law How are you planning to get around that or are all the wikipedia and other blog articles wrong somehow?
Blackdragon 2018-11-22 11:53:53
How are you planning to get around that or are all the wikipedia and other blog articles wrong somehow?Worst case scenario, you may have to visit Paraguay once every 20 months to keep things going. Fine with me. Don't worry dude. I've spent a lot of time and money researching all the angles. I'll be just fine.
Alex 2018-11-22 16:40:45
Hey! I'm Paraguayan and I just found your blog and I thought it was interesting and it was. I never imagine that someone could think so many nice things about my country! I'm so happy that you liked my country and Asuncion is just a little part of this country full of nice things to show up. I would like to know more about you and maybe try to do a tour with you in the capital city and cities near the capital. You can write me email@example.com, I would love to help you to know more about my country!
Michael 2018-11-22 21:19:48
" I already know this, that’s why I’m here, getting the fuck out of the Collapsing USA." You're going to live in Paraguay because of "the Collapsing USA"? we actually have a saying for that in spanish: de Guatemala a Guatepeor.
Huytofu 2018-11-23 04:56:48
Hi Caleb, Cool to know that you are considering Paraguay for a second residency (and perhaps even 2nd passport). I have similar thoughts about moving there in the near future to look for my second passport However there are 2 things that I am kept guessing still regarding the immigrantion process there, and the conflicting information i found on the Internet just make me more confused than ever 1) Does the government /expect mandate you to forsake your original passport after you naturalize?? 2) I heard that there is a rule regarding not being away from the country for more than 3 years after naturalization, otherwise you will have your Paraguay passport revoked. Did your lawyer suggest to you any strategy regarding this? Are you keen to help me shed light on the 2 questions above if you know the answer? Muchas gracias brother! 😀 P/s: Btw it's cool to know that there are many cute women there in Asuncion. From your article, it doesn't sound like a bad place to live in. You should try learning Spanish man, it's a great language and you can enjoy visiting the entire South America much more once you do. You can try Duolingo, it's a great app.
Mago 2018-11-23 07:28:10
This post made me want to visit Paraguay. I can't wait to read about your visit to Argentina.
David 2018-11-23 08:18:45
I think theres a strong argument that mass shootings are all copycat scenarios. Mentally ill people wanting their 15 minutes on the news. Hell that Cruze kid is receiving fan mail from dozens of chicks. In latin america, the gangs and sometimes the municipalities pay the news stations NOT to report on the crimes because tourism is so important. I was in a bar in the hood in puerto vallarta where an american was shot one night previously, but i only knew because i understood what the servers were saying. The local newspaper and news station didnt make a big spectacle like US news would have. Im interested in the argentinian report the most. Farthest south i ever went was peru.
JohnMurdoch 2018-11-23 09:28:15
In latin america, the gangs and sometimes the municipalities pay the news stations NOT to report on the crimes because tourism is so important.Yeah not exactly like that, maybe there are just so much crime that you will not have as much coverage as you'd have in the US. The news where I live is just non stop violent crimes everyday, only a few of them reach national news. Problem with mass shooting is that mentally ill people always existed but those things didnt happen. Nowadays the media circus convince this incels that every person on the planet is guilty for their failures except themselves, propelling them to seek revenge IMO
Blackdragon 2018-11-23 10:12:44
You’re going to live in Paraguay because of “the Collapsing USA”?No. Read this.
Does the government /expect mandate you to forsake your original passport after you naturalize??Panama yes, Paraguay not really, but in neither case do they enforce this nor care.
I heard that there is a rule regarding not being away from the country for more than 3 years after naturalization, otherwise you will have your Paraguay passport revoked. Did your lawyer suggest to you any strategy regarding this?I already answered that in my comment above yours.
You should try learning Spanish manI am going to learn Spanish. It's required for this stuff. (Particularly Panama.)
I think theres a strong argument that mass shootings are all copycat scenarios.As always, why a thing happens isn't very important to me. It happens. That's what's important.
Gang 2018-11-23 12:13:26
Gong says November 22, 2018 at 6:43 am
Hi Gang, You’re 100% an INTP.Yes, I totally am. But I don't get how you deduced that from these comments?
Jagger PUA 2018-11-23 14:12:04
Hey BD, Suggestion for a fun blog post RE online dating. Female law professor writes op ed in Washington saying it should be illegal for men to lie on online dating sites. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/the-case-for-cracking-down-on-tinder-lies/2018/11/16/d3eb0b98-e2de-11e8-b759-3d88a5ce9e19_story.html?utm_term=.abb254c1d9e6
American 2018-11-23 17:56:00
Sorry BD I have lost track. Is Paraguay your Country A?
Blackdragon 2018-11-23 18:01:34
Is Paraguay your Country A?No. One of several Country Bs.
Vanilla Boy 2018-11-23 18:14:17
Hmm. Drifting off topic a bit, but a friend has his own ... three flags program. He wants unrestricted travel and residence in the Euro zone. After much research, he decided Portugal was the cheapest and easiest place to acquire a passport. He has to buy property worth at least 400k dollars. He's buying something with excellent short term rental possibilities and learning Portuguese to make it happen. Anyone got any opinions about Portugal?
Gang 2018-11-24 01:20:04
No. One of several Country Bs.Ok, now I am confused. You mean one of several potential country Bs. And later you are going to choose one of them to be the one (or at least the first of a sequence) country B where you do the whole process in order to obtain citizenship and one passport. Or you are really going to do the whole process in all these countries simultaneously?
The Five Flags 1. You live in country A, preferably a tax haven that allows long visa stays (6 months or more). 2. You have your citizenship and passport in country B, preferably one that doesn’t tax international income. 3. Your business is based in country C, preferably another tax haven. 4. Your investments are in country D, preferably a place with no capital gains taxes. 5. You buy most of your personal stuff (clothing, toys, etc.) in country E, preferably a place with little or no sales tax or VAT taxes.
Gang 2018-11-24 01:46:05
I read in your Caleb Jones blog:
Dominican Republic. Just put $5000 in a savings account there, hang out there a few weeks a year, and in just two years a passport is yours if you want it. Very nice. The passport isn’t as good as Argentina’s though. [...] Paraguay. Like the Dominican Republic, except that you don’t need to put $5000 in an account, but you have to wait three years instead of two.So what do you have to do exactly to get Paraguay passport: you file some paperwork, then you go spend few weeks/months in Paraguay per years during 3 years. Then how do you get the nationality and passport and how much does it cost? Any link or resource to share? It sounds incredibly easy.
Gang 2018-11-24 01:53:05
I love to spend time in Thailand but it's a bit of a pain in the ass to stay more than 30 days with my european passport (maximum once every 6 sliding months period I can get 90 days with a 60 days visa+30days visa extension). Whereas passport from Korea, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Chile get 90 days visa exemption stamp in both airport and land border.
Gang 2018-11-24 02:28:59
Nomad Capitalist dresses a very bleak impression of getting a passport in Paraguay: http://nomadcapitalist.com/2017/01/30/paraguay-citizenship-residency-2017/
Quite frankly, anyone still pushing Paraguay in 2016, 2017 and onwards is either uninformed or unscrupulous…or both. The last time Paraguay was a sensible option was 2015.No clue if this article is on point or just trying to discredit Paraguay process to get passport in favour of selling services to obtain some other countries' passport.
Gang 2018-11-24 02:39:31
This article also states that it's more complicated and takes longer than it may seem. https://flagtheory.com/residency-in-paraguay/
Kevin 2018-11-24 05:20:00
BD,comparing Asuncion to London.Are the girls from Asuncion hotter than the girls from London? And when you say cute,do you reffer to a hb 7 or hb 8?
Anon 2018-11-24 06:08:52
Anyone got any opinions about Portugal?Their passport is excellent in terms of visa-free travel, tied for 3rd or 4th depending on who you ask. And who cares what kind of country Portugal is if your friend is looking to live elsewhere in the EU?
Blackdragon 2018-11-24 13:37:49
Ok, now I am confused. You mean one of several potential country Bs. And later you are going to choose one of them to be the one (or at least the first of a sequence) country B where you do the whole process in order to obtain citizenship and one passport. Or you are really going to do the whole process in all these countries simultaneously?All these countries simultaneously, just in case one or more don't work out. I plan on ending up with a total of 3 passports in 10 years (or so) when I'm all done; my American one and two more.
So what do you have to do exactly to get Paraguay passport: you file some paperwork, then you go spend few weeks/months in Paraguay per years during 3 years. Then how do you get the nationality and passport and how much does it cost?Keep watching my other blog. I'll discuss it more over there.
It sounds incredibly easy.It is not easy. It's complicated and time consuming. Five flags is definitely not for everyone.
Nomad Capitalist dresses a very bleak impression of getting a passport in ParaguayThat's exactly why I'm going after 4 passports instead of just one (Panama, Paraguay, Italy, and possibly Antigua). Never put all of your eggs in one basket. Never.
BD,comparing Asuncion to London.Are the girls from Asuncion hotter than the girls from London?Holy shit, yes, by FAR. London is one of the ugliest cities for women I've ever visited.
And when you say cute,do you reffer to a hb 7 or hb 8?I don't use the 1 to 10 scale because it's bullshit.
C Lo 2018-11-24 15:16:29
There’s a Tina Fey movie WTF where they make this joke about 4-10-4 where every 4 in Omaha is a 10 in theater and she turns back into a 4 stateside. Having lived in SoCal for a decade, I realized that first hand when work sent me to Columbus Ohio for two weeks. The women were insanely nice but the hottest lady I saw there was an LA 4 at best, and the men I was around were just drooling over her. Its all relative I guess.
BeijaFlor 2018-11-24 16:38:42
You can get a visa at the airport now? I had to go to the Paraguayan embassy to get mine ... one official trip with the US Embassy (Milgroup), three more trips for vacations.... That was back in the last decade, before I retired. The Paraguayitas are certainly a lot of fun. But the trip from the USA was a buns-buster! Incidentally, you might want to look into Uruguay as one of your "B list" countries.
Blackdragon 2018-11-24 18:16:54
You can get a visa at the airport now?Yes, you can. It's new. And the entrance visa lasts 10 years, so I never need to go through that crap again next time I go. Nice.
JJ 2018-11-25 06:30:21
only benn there once for 4 days met a cute local girl on my first night and spent the next 3 days banging her happy days As for Argentina i used to live there. any questions let me know. ps everyone in bsas speaks english
Antekirtt 2018-11-25 12:53:42
@JJ: yes I'd like as much info as possible about Argentina if you'd be so kind. I only remember you saying that the food choices are limited (pizza and tortillas or sthg like that), though I assume this is for restaurants alone. But any info would be welcome. Mostly: on the girls, on residency and citizenship, how easy it is to get a yearly 6-month stay, what jobs are easily available to non-citizens, is there too much traditionalist or PC culture or do people you date not give a shit about politics - preferable to me - , is the weather too hot or humid especially in May-September, is healthcare good and can you just individually take care of yourself or is there some kind of taxation/paperwork hassle involved - I'm young but am thinking long term, presumably when that aspect becomes more relevant; etc.
Johnson 2018-11-26 02:31:19
Is there actually anything worth seeing in this country? Sightseeing I mean. Is there?
Jack Outside the Box 2018-11-26 03:36:40
I think theres a strong argument that mass shootings are all copycat scenarios. Mentally ill people wanting their 15 minutes on the news.There is no such thing as mental illness. Mass school shootings (at least those that aren't false flags designed to repeal our 2nd Amendment rights) are caused by one of two things: 1. Psychiatric poisoning. 2. Lack of sex. Here is the red pill truth about the underlying causes of mass shootings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZJoCfgAEuE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaF6ZD0TweA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lad26hfccS4
JohnMurdoch 2018-11-26 04:08:14
I only remember you saying that the food choices are limited (pizza and tortillas or sthg like that), though I assume this is for restaurants aloneArgentina has some of the best steakhouses in the world. The traditional food there is beef. Meatlovers will have a blast over there. Going to a good parrilla and having Asado de Tira or Ojo de Bife is priceless
Blackdragon 2018-11-26 10:06:42
Is there actually anything worth seeing in this country? Sightseeing I mean. Is there?Fuck yes, as just an example: https://twistedsifter.com/2010/03/iguazu-falls-10-incredible-facts/
Ronal 2018-11-29 03:40:50
Blackdragon I am Paraguayan and I believe you are right on point about Asunción, Paraguay in general and it´s culture. Write me an email when you come by again so we meet up.