A Little About Venezuela

I'm back from Venezuela. I was there only 9 days but I think
I made the most of my time. Although Venezuela can be a very dangerous and crazy city
(robberies, kidnappings, horrible traffic, lines everywhere,
bad customer service in some places), one can still have
a good time, learn about the culture, admire the mountainous
surroundings in Caracas, go to nice beaches, and
experience a different lifestyle.

Despite the problems it may have, I think every city
can offer many adventures. I wish Venezuelans took more advantage of
the natural beauty of their country. Unfortunately their government
is not in the best shape right now; and the services they provide (in hotels, restaurants, shops)
can leave one a bit disappointed (not always though).

Here are some facts about Venezuela and things I noticed:
- their oil is extremely cheap
- their traffic is extremely bad
- women LOVE to be in the beauty salon
- cars make a lot of noise in the morning
- their shanty towns don't look as unsightly as
in other cities thanks to the green mountains all around
- their shanty towns are called "ranchos"
- some houses have female names instead of numbers: Berta, Alicia, Joanna...
- streets in Venezuela are crazy! They don't follow any type of grid or anything. But
one can usually be oriented again by looking at the "Avila," a national park-mountain.
- 10% tip is many times included in restaurant bills
- apartments have gates on the windows and at the entrance (not the building entrance only,
but the apartment one) ; houses too. All for security
And those were some of the things I remember most.

In Venezuela you can find:
over 1860 miles of white-sand beaches fringed with coconut palms lining the Caribbean coast
South America's largest lake, Lake Maracaibo as well as
the third-longest river, the Orinoco,
and world's highest waterfall, Salto del Angel.

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