MATURIN, VENEZUELA: ON THE WAY OUT, FAREWELL…

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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.

MATURIN, VENEZUELA: MARKETS

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She’s making platanos (fried plantain cakes)

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All middle-class neighborhoods are surrounded by gates like this and you have to be let in and out by a security guard.

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Shocking how many people and how long the queues are in just a pharmacy (the equivalent of a Walgreen’s or CVS.)

26JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.

MATURIN, VENEZUELA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PIG POLITIKS

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A cool painting of a pig. Beside him, is a blacked-out stencil of Capriles Rodonski, Hugo Chavez’s opponent in last year’s presidential election.

27JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.

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.

MATURIN, VENEZUELA: PARQUE GUARICHA – LOOK AT HOW BIG MY (PEA)COCK CAN GET

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I was taken for a walk around Parque Guaricha in the center of Maturin today. Here is a peacock strutting his stuff.

20JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.

MATURIN, VENEZUELA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: “INNOCENCE AND FASCISM”

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Check it out! Someone defiled this Chavez stencil by coloring in a Hitler-esque mustache! Dangerous…

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Full wall perspective.

20JAN13. Maturin, Venezuela.