BEIRUT, LEBANON: ACHRAFIEH

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JUL13. Beirut, Lebanon.

MATURIN, VENEZUELA: “THE STATE”

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The above picture is of a state-owned supermarket. It is funded by PDVSA, the state-petroleum company. Items are said to be cheaper in here than in privately-owned supermarkets, but you aren’t guaranteed to get sugar, rice, or flour, as private companies are known to horde these things. Right now, there is a massive shortage of sugar, flour, and oils (cornflower, vegetable.)

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Our driver had Homer Simpson hanging on the rearview mirror.

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The old airport is pictured above.

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9JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.

MATURIN, VENEZUELA: THE STREETS

We hired a driver to take us around Maturin today to try to get a sense of where we are. You’ll notice colorful houses which are a Latin American standard. It’s a Sunday, so not too many people were out and about walking in the hot sun.Image  Image

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13JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.