VENEZUELA: ON THE WAY OUT

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Simon Bolivar mural in the Maturin Airport
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Departing Maturin from the plane window
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Arriving in Caracas from the plane window
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Another view of Caracas from the plane. It looks like a toy model of a town, doesn’t it?
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In Caracas, looking up from my 4-star hotel to the colorful houses of a barrio above.
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A plate of tequenos and dipping sauce, from Mr. Grill Restaurant in the Eurobuilding Hotel, Caracas.
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Farewell to Caracas from the plane window.
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Arriving in Miami: view from the plane window after about a 2-month stint abroad…

FEB13. Venezuela, Miami.

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VENEZUELA: FOOD

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Venezuela = Arepa. Some men I know can eat three of these for breakfast. Me, on the other hand, I ate about one quarter at the Caracas airport and snacked on it the rest of the day in Maturin. Above pictured: Arepa Con Queso Tellita

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Upon arriving in Maturin, I really needed something to fill my vegetarian void…beans and rice will come later. For now, give me a fresh salad with some mashed potatoes.

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My typical lunch here: Lentils, rice, and some soy/tofu concoction. Delicious.

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Added in: Chinese sesame-flavored potatoes. Awesome.

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Nestle bought out the Savoy company and here is one of the most popular candy bars in Venezuela. The “Cri Cri.” Think Nestle “Crunch.”

JAN13. Caracas & Maturin, Venezuela.

CARACAS: KIDS LOVE APPLES! LOOK HOW HAPPY THEY ARE!

A ravaged and torn propagandized image of happy youth with a bright future,chomping an apple…makes you wonder if reality will match the state of this mural:

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9JAN13. Caracas, Venezuela.

CARACAS: POLITIKS THRU STENCILS

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“…the organized front for the good life with Chavez…”
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“…we are with you, president chavez…win!”

ImageImageImageImageOk, what I’ve gathered is that Carmona is the man who led the coup against Chavez in 2002 and he was granted asylum in Bogota, Colombia. Conrado is a Colombian who is imprisoned in Venezuela right now and Chavez is refusing to hand him over or even really to let people know what’s going on with him, why he was captured, etc…

Image ImageImageImageImage9JAN13. Caracas, Venezuela.