I like to think of myself as being hospitable, but I am afraid that next to a Paraguayan I fall very short. It seems an easy task for them to cook for a crowd of 50 on short notice. A friend told me just last week that she killed 7 of her chickens to feed a group of businessmen traveling through. Before moving to this town, we told our neighbor that 2 men would be living in the house working on repairs. She immediately said, “Don’t worry; they can eat their meals here. I’ll provide them hot water for mate in the mornings and ice for terere in the afternoons.” These were men she didn't even know and she had no idea how long they would be staying (they stayed for three weeks).