How is Venezuela like? How is money earned? Is it enough to buy food?

Hello! It’s time to catch up with you… But before you do, if you’re new and do not know who I am yet you may wanna read this first. 

Today I woke up without water in my house, it is already the third day in a row where there is no water. I’m not the only one in the area that does not get this vital liquid. In other areas of the city there also has been a lack of water for days, there are even areas where the water has not arrived for weeks.

Some time ago there was a stage in which the Venezuelan people received rationing of water and electricity. We spent days without light and days without water. There were many months in that period of rationing. After that, it is normal for the water and light to leave from time to time. We got used to this misery and this bad government. Today I will have to bathe with one of these pots of water that we fill with a trickle of water that arrives in a corner of the house; it is the only place where it arrives. We boil the water to take it. We will fill more pots for cooking and other needs that arise.

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The electricity has not been going for a week, there are sudden blackouts without warning. We do not know if it is a kind of rationing or just maintenance to some nearby areas. What we do know is that we must be vigilant. Many people have been burned by some appliances because of these blackouts.

On the other hand… I need to go to the bank but I do not want to. My mother went last week to the bank and waited in a long line to get only 50 Bs. S. (0.63 $) because that is the daily limit to get money from the bank. She went at 8am and at 12pm there were still 50 people left in front of her. She managed to get the required cash from the bank at 3pm. The simple fact of thinking that I will be standing in a queue for 7 hours to get so little money already makes me feel bad. But it must be done because I do not have a car and I am running out of change left to pay for public transportation. Public transport is a topic that I will talk more about in a later blogpost. It will be worth explaining all that disaster. I would like to show you the kind of vehicles in which people ride to get to their homes or work. It’s a little sad.

Every day it is getting harder to get meat and chicken. The prices are disgustingly high. For people that earn at below average the prices are not fair. The kilogram is at 320 Bs. S. We recently managed to buy half a kilogram of meat; it was enough for two days to eat dinner. Today we have nothing left anymore, only half a kilogram of pasta, a bit of cheese and a banana. And the truth is I am happy that we’re able to eat something atleast!

A couple of months ago a neighbour asked me if he could have some food for his breakfast. That day my two grandparents and an uncle in my house were visiting. We were 7 people in my house and the food we had was not enough for everyone already here. With pain in my heart I had to say no. I felt so bad about denying him even a bite of my food. I have experienced that situation myself. I have spent a whole day without eating. My heart got broken. After a month, that same neighbour asked me for food. My grandparents were no longer visiting and we had managed to buy some meat, pasta and beans. We invited him to breakfast and even to lunch. I was so happy to help and be able to offer him food even if we do not have enough for our own.

This situation has affected the Venezuelans in a good and a bad way, so I can say that there are two types of Venezuelans:

  1. The vivo. The rude one that takes advantage of the situation. .They are the people who took this situation in the worst way. He takes advantage of others and is rude if you do something that does not suit him or that seems ridiculous. They use the typical phrase “for people like you the country is as it is”, when in fact it is them whom does not allow a positive change in their own behavior. For this type of people I mean, for example, the bus driver who charged me more than the price and when I asked for the change he sent me to get off the bus, to the people who buy at a very low price and resell products at exorbitant prices, to the coffee seller that does not actually sell coffee but roasted corn. And people who complain about the country every day but prefer to passively support the government instead of working hard on their own life.

 

  1. The angels. The people who took the situation as an opportunity to help. Despite having a bad time is grateful with the little things  they have. Writing about these types of persons makes me even wanna cry (I am very emotional), because I have received help from these types of people and I really thank them so much. For these kind of people I mean, for example the bus driver who let me ride once on his bus even though I did not have money to pay him because I had spent everything on my puppy’s medicine, the lady who helped me in the street and bought me a coffee because I got a slump and I almost fainted, the classmate who almost never can eat at home but nevertheless gave me half of his bread for breakfast once, to people who saw me in the street and without knowing me they gave me a ride to work on the days public transportation were not working…

I hope and try to be in the second classification. Because this situation has taught me to be grateful with the little things I have. I came to have nothing but my family, and this crisis made us more united. That made me more empathic with people who have nothing.

For now this is it! But I will return with a next post soon and I will talk more about the situation of the country and how I carry it, a little Venezuelan girl.

Until next time!

Laura

 

* PS: As soon as I finished writing the entry the electricity went off for 2 hours.

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10 thoughts on “How is Venezuela like? How is money earned? Is it enough to buy food?

  1. Hi, Edward! 🙌🏻

    Yes, people are still coming from other countries to visit Venezuela. Although the situation of the country is not the best, people come to visit the varied and beautiful landscapes that Venezuela has. To enjoy these trips you should only take care twice as much as usual to avoid ill-intentioned people, although the tourist sites usually have security so that people from abroad do not run with risks.

    Greetings from Venezuela! 😊

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  2. Hello! I just discovered your blog. I want to visit Venezuela as a tourist but I am discouraged because you need to know someone inside the country. Is that true?

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    1. Hello, Mariah! 😊

      It is not necessary that you meet someone inside Venezuela to come and visit but I think it is the best. Coming to the country has its risks, it is one of the most dangerous countries because of the amount of crimes it has. Do not be scared, I live here all my life and I still have not been robbed, but many of my friends and acquaintances do. One, two and even met a girl who has been robbed 4 times the phone. In spite of everything, the landscapes of Venezuela are beautiful. There is so much rich and wonderful culture that it is worth coming.

      That’s the truth. My recommendation is that you take care of yourself, maybe they say you have to know someone just so that person will take care of you and teach you how to act carefully. Avoid going through solitary places, avoid carrying a lot of jewelry or expensive things, take care of people you see suspicious so you look strange and feel that someone watches you very much just get away quickly.

      Do not be discouraged! I invite you to visit this beautiful country. Anything, say you know me, haha.

      Greetings and best wishes if you wish to travel! 🤗

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    1. Hi, Dexter! Thank you very much, how nice that you like my blog.

      Answering your question, that depends on how economically the person is to leave the country. For most of my friends who have left Venezuela looking for a better future in other countries has not been easy. It is difficult because they have to save the money for the trip in dollars, since the bolivar devaluates in minutes basically. And collecting dollars within Venezuela is complicated given that the exchange rate is very high. Little dollars, many bolivares.

      In the next blog post I will talk more about the emigration of Venezuelans to other countries. I hope you do not miss it!

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  3. Thanks for the post!

    I have a small recommendation: the prices you mentioned are actual only for the day you publish the post, and in Dollars they seem to be very cheap for foreigners.

    Try to mention also the actual minimum salary: 320 Bs per 1KG of meat was maybe “just” 3$, but it was 18% of the minimum salary (1800 Bs), and during the last month the price was probably doubled while the minimum salary remained the same.

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    1. Sure, I understand perfectly! It is a good idea. It will give the public a clearer picture of the situation. Thanks for the recommendation and for your support!

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