Day 219: Exercising their rights

Márcia’s sister, Lucimara, always says that futebol (soccer), religion, and politics are three topics that are often better not discussed but people always find themselves debating.  During our time in Venezuela we’ve seen how politics dominates the media and conversations like we never imagined.  The controversial longtime president Hugo Chavez died about a week before…

Day 218: It’s not polite to point

We know that being around locals and sharing experiences first hand is always the best way to understand a country’s people.  It didn’t take long for us to notice from our friends that body language among Venezuelans is fluid and standing extremely close to each other while talking is the norm.  There are some unique…

Day 217: A game suitable for all ages

In Venezuela, playing dominoes is not limited to senior citizens looking to pass the time away on a lazy afternoon. Like many other Latin American countries, the game is extremely popular and taken seriously among competitive friends. When Alex and his buddies get together, the specially constructed table is set up, the pen and paper…

Day 216: Blessed with Black Gold

We admit to being penny pinchers most of the time and are delighted and even take pleasure in saving money or getting a good deal on something. So we were a little shocked when we saw what seemed like lavish consumption of gas by many Venezuelans. The air conditioning constantly runs full blast while driving…

Day 215: Onboard the Minnow

As if the dozens of beaches and tropical beauty of Margarita Island wasn’t enough, Rosa wanted us to see nearby Isla de Coche as well. The smaller, arid, fishing island is located south of Margarita and has about 7,000 inhabitants who welcome the thousands of tourists looking to enjoy the unspoiled beaches and excellent wind…