I’ve been in Venezuela for two weeks already but I’ve only told you about the arrival to the country. Now, I don’t even know where to start. 🙂
Week one and two
In short: during this time I started to get to know Maracaibo and the Venezuelan culture. So far, I had an opportunity to:
- taste a bunch of traditional food and some fantastic Venezuelan rum (it’s just too good! and it’s a bad thing when you wake up in the morning on the next day haha!)
- learn a lot of interesting things about Chavez and his policies (it is a never ending subject)
- go to two birthday parties, visit some local bars and a free rock concert sponsored by Chavez
- make a presentation about Lithuania to Venezuelan students (they particularly enjoyed the “Green Nines’ drink!)
- visit the University of Zulia (also known as “the jungle”) and a school of native indian people
- make an introduction of the key Talent Management responsibilities to local AIESEC members and…
- a lot of other interesting things!
So what can I say about the country? I really like it!
Everything but one thing – the security… Since the arrival everyone started telling us how dangerous it is to live here in Venezuela which made me really paranoid! It’s unsafe to walk on the streets (and I’m not only talking about the narrow streets at night), people get robbed and killed in the middle of the day everyday (“In 2008 in Caracas there were 96 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants, compared to a world rate of 8.8 homicides per 100,000 people” and Maracaibo is as dangerous as the capital), students even used to carry guns at the university campus and many many other things… but I’ll tell you more about it some next time. 🙂