WHY ARE THERE SO MANY QUEUES IN VENEZUELA? (TRANSLATION)

This article by Daniel Pardo from BBC Mundo explores the reasons behind the prevalence of queues in modern day Venezuela.  Below is my English translation.   350 metres.  That's how long the main queue is to enter the Red Abasto Bicentenario supermarket in the Terrazas del Ávila housing development in Caracas. Added to this queue is another one of cars, twice... Continue Reading →

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD: L-Z

Here's the second instalment of my brief Latin American food guide - this time L-Z.  It has been a bit more challenging to come up with a food for every letter here and I allowed myself some liberty.  I've enjoyed compiling the guide, I hope you enjoy reading.  Lechón: It's hard to beat roast pork,... Continue Reading →

MOUNT RORAIMA : JOURNEY TO THE LOST WORLD

  An accidental adventure.  Serendipitous and rewarding.  However many times during the ascent,  on the peak and the descent I would have given anything to be anywhere other than on that mongrel mountain in the southeast of Venezuela. Mount Roraima is a tepui, or table mountain, that rises to an imposing 2,810 metres above sea... Continue Reading →

ODE TO THE LATIN AMERICAN STREET DOG

Sans shame, you copulate under shop awnings, in parks, down alleys then trot off for post-coital taco scraps on Mexico City corners Slumbering in sunny plazas you dream while fleas run amok across your fur and screw into your rabid flesh I saw you snarl White of your eyes and unknown intentions in the streets... Continue Reading →

AFTER HUGO: CULT OF PERSONALITY IN VENEZUELA

Nicolás Maduro is now the president of Venezuela after defeating Henrique Capriles in Sunday's presidential election. An extremely close win by Maduro in this special election - currently not accepted and being contested by Capriles - will allow him to complete the six year term originally won by Hugo Chavez. Campaigning heavily on the legacy... Continue Reading →

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