All over town we have been seeing billboards for Mona Lisa. Clueless, we asked for a literal translation from our guide.
Come to find out that just about 3km from the town of Foz do Iguacu is the country of Paraguay, and Mona Lisa is the name of a huge electronics store chain, the Best Buy equivalent. Brazilians, and Argentinians too, cross the border into Paraguay, where taxes are cheap, almost non-existent, to buy their flat screen TVs and all other electronics fresh off the boats, some likely black market goods, we were told.
Brazilians can also buy cars in Paraguay, half the price of what it costs in Brazil, but we got lost in a translation a bit as we thought our guide said the Brazilian government can seize your car bought in Paraguay if you don’t pay the taxes.
We had one foot in Paraguay yesterday, standing at the power plant, which is half in Brazil and half in Paraguay. It’s amazing how little I can tell you about Paraguay.