domingo, 3 de abril de 2016
viernes, 4 de julio de 2014
As I said in my last post, I will go to Europe for a couple of month, taking advantage of the fact that many of my venezuelan friends now live there because of the difficult times my country is having right now. Right now I am in Curazao and tomorrow I will go to Amsterdam where my half polish hafl venezuelan friend awaits me. I know this blog it is about Venezuela and not about my personal jorneys around the world, but I will tent to focus my further posts about the cultural differences about what I expirience in Europe and my country. But for now I don't know if I could write with the frequency I would like to.
Further notices comimg soon. Wish me a good trip!
martes, 10 de junio de 2014
I consider that this situation is normalizing in the way that every day are less struggles on the street, but by the other hand the economy is doing really bad this year. Nicolas Maduro's economy cabinet has decreased the national currency value, created more bureaucracy procedures to access foreign currencies and has formed four different types of exchange rate while blaming the opposite side and foreign factors of launching an "economic war" against Venezuela.
All this is very complex to explain and understand even for an economist, but the reality on the street is that it's getting more difficult to find some products while some has completely disappeared. For example, I used to buy Gillette or Nivea for men deodorant and now I can only find Speed stick. And this is happening also with more important products like food. A lot of companies and business has reduced working hours and some just closed. Sometimes there are really large lines formed by people who intend to get some basic products like milk or sugar.
I am not precisely in favor of any political party in my country but I am really getting tired of this stuation and many people as well; lots of them has moved to other countries looking for better opportunities and a more stabilized life style. I have loss time in finishing my studies due to university stoppage. I just want to finish and maybe I will be moving next year to somewhere else.
In some way, I had the intention to promote tourism to my country when I started this blog. Honestly, Venezuela is full of beautiful places, natural wonders, great and fun people, tasty food and really gorgeous women. Sadly, right now it is difficult for me to recommend anybody to visit my country. The only good thing might be that you will get a lot of local bills for a few dollars or euros, but we are next to Brazil where the soccer world cup is just going to start so most of the tourist visitors are focused in our portugese-speaking neighbors.
This is really a country of contrasts, by one side there are a lot of people struggling to get some food but by the other hand you can still see people getting lots of alcohol (there are always plenty in stock) and going to party at nights. Venezuelans are still more concerned about having fun than about our country's future, which makes Venezuela a rare country, socially speaking of course.
This is all my opinion, from my transparent point of view. I always try to be as objective as possible.
Right now my short-term plans are finishing my last university trimester (there are only 3 weeks left) and then possibly I am going to take a trip to Europe for summer, taking advantage of the fact that a lot of my friends have moved to the old continent. After that I have to come back to Venezuela and do internship until december. So that is possibly what the rest of the 2014 year is going to be like for me.
viernes, 8 de noviembre de 2013
Ladies always goes first right? It happens that Venezuela is the country with more "beauty titles" in the Miss Universe competition. The first step is to be at the Miss Venezuela competition and the winner representates my country in Miss Universe. This year this activity will be held in Russia and the lady that goes for Venezuela is called Maria Gabriela Isler. It's told that she is one of the favorites.
Since president Hugo Chavez died in march there's been a very messy political enviroment in my country. Chavez left Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver, as the presidential candidete for the elections helded in april. Maduro won for a tiny difference (many said it was an electoral fraud and there were actually a few deaths). He basically have the same escennce as Chaves did as a president, the same speech and same actions.
Many people are getting tired because of the insecurity and high inflation rate. The university teachers did a strike earlier this year that lasted several months (this forced me to loose a lot of classes by the way). There is an economical crisis and on november 8th the goverment announced deep economical changes that will be explained with more details in the next days. The next elections for municipality majors will be on december 8th and the enviroment is really warming up. I hope nothing happens but tention is in the air.
viernes, 14 de junio de 2013
Also a traditional dish in Colombia and Panama, the arepa by itself is kind of flavorless but it is combined with many other ingredients making this food's possible combinations limitless.
After preparing and cooking the arepa you open it helped by a knife like an oyster and you fill it with whatever you want: ham, cheese, butter, meat, chicken, eggs, pork, fish and many more.
Until some decades ago the process to cook arepas was long and complicated because the corn had to be milled first but everything changed since the corn flour was invented. It can also be fried (less healthy but tastier, like everything good in the world haha). Another type of arepa, made with wheat flour instead of corn, is prepared in the region of Los Andes. This variant of the dish is also very tasty.
It is not popular only for breakfast or dinner but it is also a very common food after going to a nightclub or parting until late because there are many establishments opened 24 hours called "areperas" that sells many kinds of Venezuelan food but specially arepas. It usually takes a few seconds from the moment you order it to the moment you are eating it and it is so helpful to avoid a hangover if you were drinking.
And now I will share this video I found in youtube where you can see how an arepera is and how the arepas are served.
Would you try an arepa? What are the most popular dishes in your country?
jueves, 13 de junio de 2013
This happens in south of the biggest lake of Venezuela, called the Maracaibo lake and apparently it is the largest source of ozone in the world (around 10% of the total ozone).
jueves, 30 de mayo de 2013
Today I am going to write a little about one particular folk music called Joropo.
The Joropo is the traditional music in the plains region of Venezuela, and also one of the most popular music in all the country. Since it is originated in the plains (los llanos in spanish), it is also known as "musica llanera" or "music of the plains."
The instruments used are basically the Venezuelan "cuatro", Venezuelan harp, maracas and a percussion instrument called "furruco." Others instruments may be added like an electric base, a flute o violins. It also might be both, with voice or instrumental.
This regional music, as most of the Venezuelan music, is meant for dancing. Usually the dresses used by the dancing girls are very colorful with very long skirts which they lift with the hands while doing turns very quickly.
Now, because it is easier to understand from images than from a guy trying to write about Joropo, I added a couple of videos from youtube. The first video is a choreography done by teenagers in some sort of event. The second one is a couple dancing.