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The first day we went to a German settlement created in 1843, called Colonia
Tovar--it was just like being in
Bavaria, complete with chalets, cuisine, beers, and the language straight from
the Black Forest!
All the trucks had this sign: "Carga Larga" (say that three times fast!) which
means "Long Load", not "Wide Load" which is "Anchi Larga".
The next day was a nice visit to Ada's family in Barcelona (Venezuela,
not Spain); from left to right: sister Aniuska, mother Maribel, papa Pedro,
friend Ragile, daughter Jesmary, and another friend Argeana. We had fun
trying our limited vocabularies, and pointing a lot!
The next day we drove through the state of Monagas to a small town called
where we had a beautiful view from our room over the valley
In the mountains near Caripe there is a cave full of these large, loud
squawking birds called Guacharos
(ayayay!). We were not allowed to take pictures of them as they are
photophobic, and so we only had one lantern for our group of 15 people.
The last day we stayed at Hotel Cumanagoto a la playa!
I won't talk about the 5 V bags I went through on the flight home after
eating,,, who knows what the night before! nor shall I mention the rental car,
the first of which had a spare tire with a gash in it (for some reason Ada
felt a spare tire was important there :) and the second of which only had 3 of
4 lug nuts on one tire; they said "no importa". I think we drove about
2000 km in total.... I wasn't tooo worried :) My favorite thing
about the country was the complete lawlessness on the roads. My
guidebook said that the laws are "mere suggestions" for most people there, and
they were right! I tell you, you had to have 4 sets of eyes going
through every intersection! it was fun though... for a while. only we
signed the cross upon arrival and said "nosotros sobrevivimos!" (look it up)
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