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Personal Space Differences

Q. How many people can you fit into a Suburban?

A. Depends on where they're from.

Americans = 9 Paraguayans = 18

This is due to a few factors:

1. The personal space factor. Paraguayans have a much closer personal space than their North American counterparts. Latin Americans are touch-friendly, while Americans don't like to touch each other while sitting in a vehicle.

2. The size factor. Paraguayans are relatively slender people, in general. Americans, well, are not.

3. The necessity factor. Most Paraguayans in our region do not have cars. When people (especially youth) want to go places, they have to catch a ride if they don't want to walk. In this case, it would have been 30 km!

We helped out with a youth retreat this weekend with 63 young people. We showed the film "Facing the Giants" and had soccer tournaments, canoe races in the lake and ate fresh pineapple for snacks. It was a great and meaningful time! Here are a few pics from our weekend.

FYI: That young lady is married to the man she is sitting on.

Getting ready for a picnic

Timmy had just jumped on his dad's stomach and obviously enjoyed the reaction he got from his father!


  1. So true! I think I am going to copy this post idea some time in the future!


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