Once again the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela made an increase in the minimum wage. Since December 1, the minimum wage has increased by 127.27%. It used to be Bs.S. 1,800 and now it has been increased to Bs.S. 4,500. And do you know what that means? Probably more inflation.
Maybe you wonder, why will everything go up in price? Would it not be better to raise the minimum wage so that people have more money to buy their food? A worker with a minimum wage will now have more money to spend. They will think “Oh, now I can buy diapers for my baby” or “I can finally buy some meat to eat”. But what happens if they have bought the needed diapers and meat? Thousands of workers who prepare the product. From the person who feeds the cows to the butcher in the store or from the worker who is in charge of the diapers (ok, I do not know how the diapers are made but I hope they understand what I mean) until the person who sells them in the store or the supermarket. All these workers have a salary and they have to pay for it, so the product goes up in price and at the moment when the poor worker we spoke with first went to buy diapers for their baby or the meat for lunch sees that everything price increase and it is not enough to buy anything more than the same things before or even less.
But despite all this disaster, the atmosphere on the streets is one of resignation. People who have not left the country just try to adapt to all these crazy changes that has been happening. Trying to survive the economic crisis and the criminals in the streets, literally surviving! Some are living complaining about the situation in the country, others are tired of complaining and only resign themselves to the situation and others try to maintain an optimistic and positive attitude and try to keep faith as much as possible.
That last type of people of whom I speak are the kind of people I like to surround myself with, share or meet in the street. For example, this Saturday, the first of December, I was in the street buying some pills for my father in the pharmacy, I was so distracted thinking about the exaggerated price of the pills and my problems. But I noticed that someone was following me and when I turned around it was Santa Claus! I know I’m very old now but I was so excited and almost cried of happiness when that man dressed as Santa approached me and said Merry Christmas, jojojo! Apparently it was an initiative of a group of people who just wanted to make the people happy. That gentleman dressed in red with his big white beard gave me a little cookie and wished me a beautiful Christmas full of prosperity and happiness and made me have a beautiful afternoon thanks to his sweet desires and his warm embrace.
So despite all the problems that we are going through in Venezuela, there are many Venezuelans, and in this group I include, that we are willing to spend a beautiful and prosperous Christmas and New Year. For the Venezuelan, these are our favorite dates. Most are on vacation spending the days with family and friends. Some go to the beach, others go to the mountain, others go to discotheques and others just stay at home with the family. I hope everyone can have a nice Christmas, in Venezuela and around the world!
In the next post I will be talking more about the Christmas celebrations in Venezuela. I hope you continue reading and liking what I have been writing this far! Please leave me your comments about issues you have on your path!
Wish you a very happy December,
I hope you like my prepared Christmas picture 🙂
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