The CULTURE SHOCK!

Oxford Dictionary gives this definition of culture shock:

The feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes: Jet lag, culture shock, altitude sickness; we struggle to get to grips with this, our first morning in South America”

I find it very funny that a dictionary is mentioning “first morning in South America” in the definition of cultural shock, but I could not agree more! My first week in Barquisimeto is a good example of what a cultural shock is and how it feels. As an open-minded person I did not think the cultural shock was going to be that big, but I could not have been more wrong. I will do my best to describe the things I experienced my first days, but I don’t think I will ever be able to describe how absurd it all felt.

I come from a country where summer temperatures hardy reach +25C so the first shock was the heat. Because I have been to south of Europe during summer I thought I knew what hot felt like, but again I was wrong. My goodness, the heat was extreme! People kept telling me that this was fresh compared to a place called “Marcaibo” where the temperature sometimes reach higher than +45C! I though: “I will never ever go there” (I was wrong about that too). The constant heat was suffocating and my room did not have air condition. I actually though I was going to die from heat stroke or something. When they told me that there is not always water in the shower I really started panicking, but only on the inside. I did not want to show how shocked I was.

Maybe I have myself to blame for not doing more research before leaving, but nevertheless I was shocked how underdeveloped Venezuela was. The first days I was seriously doubting if I could live here for 8 months, but there was something that made me snap out of these thoughts: the people! I have never felt more welcome anywhere I have been. People showed genuine interest in why I was there, where I came from and always finished a conversation with “if there is anything I can help you with let me know”. Even though people starred at me on the bus it was never in a hostile way, but rather out of curiosity.

Talking about the “bus”… After living in Venezuela for 3 months I still find it amusing using the transportation system and I will definitely write more about that, but for now let me try to describe my first meeting with this absurd system. Getting to the “bus stop” from my place we first of all had to cross the street. Sounds simple enough right? No, crossing the street is an extreme sport in Venezuela and it takes some weeks to really get a hold of it. There are traffic lights, but I am not really sure why because they do not have any real function. Look left, look right and then you run in between the cars that do no under any circumstances stop for pedestrians.

We walked along the sidewalk and at no specific place we stopped. “Why are we stopping?” I asked. “This is where we wait for the bus,” said my new friend. “Oh” I said, pretending it was the most natural thing in the world waiting for the bus in a completely random place along the sidewalk. There was no sign, no schedule, and no information. I had to laugh because nobody seemed to understand why I thought this was strange, but at least there were busses.

What appeared was not a bus, but an overcrowded van with homemade signs saying where it was going. And when I say overcrowded I don’t mean European overcrowded. I am talking about people hanging out of the doors and windows, people on top of each other and sitting almost on the driver’s lap. The personal space was non-excising, but people really did not seem to mind. In the van there was blasting Latin music, people were staring and the driving was crazy. And again the worst part was the heat; I could not breathe and could not be happier when we got off at our “stop”. To get off we had to shout and clap for the driver to hear us through the ridiculously loud music.

We walked around in the heat and I could not help noticing the dirty streets with occasionally huge holes in the sidewalk, I noticed the intense smell of gasoline from the old cars, the loud music coming from everywhere, the constant honking in the traffic, people shouting and there were palm trees everywhere. I was very far away from anything I have experienced before.

After some time it was time to go back and when I thought the transportation could not be more amusing… this happened:

Once again we stood in a random place waiting for…something. I thought how on earth would I figure out how to get around in this city. As an ridiculously old car pulled over with the same home made signs in the front window I thought: you got to be kidding me, what the hell is this! I was told it was a “rapidito” and that it works almost like a bus/van/whatever. We got in and everyone said “buenas” to each other, which means hello. I thought how funny it would be if I did the same on a bus in Norway, people would think I was crazy. We were in the back seat of the rapidito with another guy while there were two girls in the front. Everyone was talking together like they where best friends until someone said “en la parada por favor” and the driver would pull over and let the passenger out.

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Back in my extremely hot room, in a house with a family I just met and who did not speak English I felt the homesickness creeping up on me. All the impressions and emotions started to sink in as I sat in front of the fan trying to cool off. Without any possibility to connect with world (no wifi) in a house I knew nobody and without knowing the language I felt lonelier than ever. I started to panic, what have I done!!! Would I ever be able to adapt to this lifestyle and culture so different from my own? Calling home would not make any difference. I chose to come here, nobody forced me to move to Venezuela, and so I made a choice…

I decided that I was going to like living here. I was going to live here and I decided that I would have fun doing it. And what a great decision to make! From that moment I have not been homesick and I am having the time of my life in this slightly crazy society. In a country like Venezuela it is easy to see the bad things around you, but learning to see the good things takes a little more effort. Why is life so good in Venezuela? The answer is easy: the Venezuelan people!

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64 Responses to The CULTURE SHOCK!

  1. alexhannda says:

    this is beautiful, tks martine for love my city, we love u too, a lot.

  2. Jeanfreddy says:

    Welcome to Venezuela 😀 How amazed I feel to read your impressions about our land, cause it was simmilar but different when I was living in the Netherlands for 2 years. Greetings from Maracay, the Garden City.

  3. Welcome to Venezuela !… I’ll follow your posts with excitement… If you ever decide to come to Maracay and the Coast… “mi casa es su casa”… Be safe… Enjoy the People… Enjoy the Nature… Enjoy the Food !… you will be able to see the “good things from this beautiful country…” have fun doing it !!

  4. It is MARACAIBO the city I’m come from! And you are welcome here too JJAJAJ hope you’re having a blast with this crazy experience that I’M SURE you’ll never forget!

  5. And yes… Maracaibo is the hottest city in Venezuela 🙂 Grrr!

  6. Enrique says:

    This is amazing, I get goosebumps while I’m reading this, and I’m not a foreigner! I hope you enjoy your stay here. I’m sure you’ll get nothing but good experience and good friends. If you ever come to Maracaibo let us know! And, If there is anything I can help you with let me know :).

  7. I have traveled extensively around the world! and I think the only reason that he could not leave the country is for the people and by the natural beauty!

    In political as tense and a worsening economic crisis times, it is even more incredible your story, and even inspiring!

    Thanks for taking the time to come and meet Venezuela

  8. Manuela says:

    I don’t.know if you remember me. We met in Maracaibo (In our “Amanecer de Feria”) I just LOVE this! Can’t wait for more. I think the best thing (and sadly everyday it becomes more and more the only good thing) we have in Venezuela it’s the people.

    Have fun! If you decide it’s gonna be great It is gonna Be GREAT.
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Say Alex! says:

    I had the best time reading your blog omg. Have you already visit maracaibo? if you already experience all this you´ll be fine here jaja. and yes, There´s a LOT of hot in here.
    Venezuela is like a rollercoaster in the dark.. You´ll be suprised every time jaja.
    I love your blog and I really waiting to read more.

  10. I got a feeling that this blog will go viral among venezuelans sooner or later.
    You’ll find many friends here and people will always offer to help you one way or another.
    Feel free to write me as well.
    I hope to hear (read) more of your stories, it’s funny to get to know my own country from an outsider’s eyes.

    Greetings from Caracas!

  11. Hector Q says:

    I can imagine that for someone from Noway the shock will be extreme! I met a girl from Finland last year and just by talking I saw how different our cultures are.
    I admire your determination and encourage you to keep exploring and enjoying. But remember to stay safe!
    Good luck Martine!

  12. I loveeeeed reading your blog, if you ever com to Maracaibo, mi casa es tu casa. Anyways, we do have A/C here cause it’s extremely hot, and the english is no problem because my entire family speak it fluently.

    I think the majority of the population (including me) have consider at least one time moving from here. But the fact is there’s no place like home, and the people here are just so differently from any other part of the world. I couldn’t think I could ever be as happy as I am here.

    I hope you take to consideration my offer hahaha. And btw, the most beautiful places to be in Venezuela are not the big cities (like Caracas, Maracaibo and Barquisimeto), but the nature.. Like going to Los Cayos, Los Medanos de Coro, Mérida, etc..

  13. Rafael Morant says:

    Hwy!, first and foremost welcome to Venezuela!!!; it will definitely be the adventure of a lifetime!, haha!… I really enjoyed reading your blog, and felt kinda funny because being a born Venezuelan myself (despite my European heritage) and been living most of my life in Caracas, I feel this confused and shocked (sometimes amused) with our strange way of life!: bottom line, I somehow relate!!…
    I really hope you enjoy the most of our country’s good offer (as some people already said, going into the “big cities” is cool, but real tourism is mainly in the nature), there’s great beaches, mountains, even nice jungle; a very diverse weather and beautiful landscapes… Definitely us Venezuelans are very complex people with some strange corks, but most of us will be very open and warm to foreigners; even though obviously have as culture very distinctive character flaws as well… Experiencing al these will for sure be a big chunk of your adventure!!
    Having myself gone through the experience of living abroad in a totally different place, I seriously know us Venezuelans will do our best making you feel comfortable, despite of us being a little loud, misorganized, a little touchy when talking or approaching ppl with excess of familiarity (what we call being “confianzudos”, haha!); it’s just part of who we are and to an extent why we are so warm to everyone else..
    If you come ’round Caracas again feel free to drop me a few lines, I really love helping tourists and showing them the modest but nice things our city can offer 🙂 … Have a great one!

  14. Only those who have lived in a very different country to yours know how you feel. Good that you realize that people makes a difference in this country, with their pros and cons. I hope you know more about the geography of Barquisimeto, the land of my grandmother, and see the beauty that is there. So you can also visit other places and other people from other cities. Maybe Merida is more suited to your taste in climate. It is the coldest place in Venezuela, where there is snow at certain times of year and where people are just as friendly. We remain attentive to your experiences in our country.

  15. Edgar says:

    Cool to have you here! It’s easy to be overwhelmed by Venezuelas anarchy and sorry state of it’s cities (even I was after returning home from two years in Germany), but it is also easy to love this country’s people. We always prefere having the brighter side of every story (maybe that’s really the problem).

    Enjoy yourself and experience everything my country has to offer :). Guaros are very nice people!

  16. Fausto says:

    This was great hahahhaha. It’s very interesting to see how powerful and unforgettable people from Venezuela is (in the meaning of kindness). I’m from there, but I left the country almost 4 months ago. The fact that you find a way to appreciate the positive things over the negatives, it shows how much social impact you experienced. It was nice to read about our awful transportation system and at the same time laughing SO hard about it (kind of sad at the same time but I don’t want to sound super serious-dramatic). Enjoy Venezuela. And be careful haha.

  17. dorex89 says:

    lol! Welcome to Venezuela! :)!! Loved your blog, laughed so much!! If you wanna come to Maracay for a change I’m at your service! Here everything is just as weird, but we’re nice haha!! I hope you enjoy our country :).

  18. Katherin says:

    It’s nice to read other people’s opinion about this country. I’m glad that even with the “not-so-good” things you have liked you stay! I really hope to read more from you! Also, if you ever want to visit the small Yaracuy and the city of San Felipe, you are more than welcome. It is a little small and doesn’t have many things, but you could have lots of fun here! 😀

  19. Hello! I’d like to say at first, I really admire the way you’re facing this whole new and enriching experience. Let me tell you that It takes a lot of courage to make the decision and start enjoying every single day of your stay in such a wild, awkward -somehow weird but even fun- country, way too different than any other place you’ve ever been to.

    Maybe you’ll start to appreciate more simple things you’ve had on a daily basis, and that is pretty awesome. I have friend from Norway that lived for about a year in Valencia, Carabobo. That’s where I come from, now living in the United States though.
    Laugh along as I read both of your posts cause you’re experience so far reminds me a lot of how she felt about the very first months of living in Venezuela. You can just chill now, it will definitely going be lots of fun, I’m pretty sure you’ll find that word a whole new meaning.
    As you said, Venezuelan people will make your stay very lovable and cozy.

    I bet one of the things you’ll also gonna love about that country is the food. Oh god. THE FOOD. Keep on mind to ask the people you’re staying with to take you out somewhere to get “cachapas” (you can google it) and “cocadas” (some sort of coconut milkshake drink) even desserts like “arroz con leche”. I can tell that’s something you’re gonna miss when you get back to Norway.

    Can’t help to feel really interested in getting to know your personal view about the country I’ve just left. I’m experiencing the same cultural shock… backwards. HAHAHA.
    Wish you the best on this adventure! 🙂

  20. Hi! Welcome to Venezuela! First let me say I really love your blog. I’m very curious about the way you feel our city and our way of living. If you want to know some nice things and places in this city feel free to drop me a message. I’ll be really glad giving you a tour! 🙂

  21. As you said, it is easy to look at bad things, but our country is unique! So connect with the good vibes, stay safe, and enjoy the differences!

  22. I really enjoyed reading this, me and my friend laughed our assess off. Definitely, our country is a crazy one, and it’s funny to see foreing people getting amazed by things we see as normal. I have so much fun reading your blog and I’ll keep the track on it. Greetings from Acarigua, a small town close to Barquisimeto, and sorry for my bad english 😛

  23. Not.Ac. says:

    It’s always interesting (And a little sad) to know the experiences of foreign people in our country. I say “sad” because they always leave with a bad impression (And who the fuck can blame them?). I think you are very sweet for trying to see the best of our people. Everyday in Venezuela is a struggle.
    I had fun reading your blog and I wish you the best.
    Be careful. And thank you for choosing to be here, despite..well, despite everything.
    Oh, and: If there is anything I can help you with, let me know. 😀

  24. jajajajaja LOS RAPIDITOS!!!! that was epic.!!! have you tried the “TRANSBARCA”? xD ..i am from barquisimeto too, where are you teaching english? tell the people around you take you to visit some of the best places in the city..! (sorry for my tarzanic english)

    my twitter user is @nmatos85 ..tweet me whatever, whenever you want if i can help you with anything.! (btw you MUST taste the pepitos XD)

  25. bella says:

    i love this because i’m from barquisimeto! we can meet some day if you want to, i can show you all the cool places and things we have here, if you want to 🙂

  26. @elpanachristian says:

    I just want you to know that this blog got to Twitter users so I think that you’ll have a bunch of venezuelans (we’re really into Twitter) around.
    You should get a Twitter account yourself.
    Feel free to ask anyone anything, people around here get really excited about foreigners.
    Enjoy our land and our people.
    Best of wishes.

  27. Sam says:

    Martine! First of all, good luck in your adventure meeting our country, you came to see us in a moment when almost everyone wants to leave, that’s just amazing. I’m from a small town of Venezuela, but i’m currently living in Barquisimeto too. It would be such a pleasure to get the chance of meeting you. You have seen the same thing we venezuelans see when we leave the country for a while, we compare us to other countries and we get the same cultural shock as you and in the end we can only hope that someday we can change for good. We’re used to live in this crazy way that right now is surprising you. For me it’s so overwhelming to see us from the eyes of someone who has never knew anything of us, and you’re not judging us, and also you’re not blaming the current political situation of the country which is the first thing everyone talks about, as a venezuelan you can go anywhere and people wouldn’t ask “oh you have beautiful places over there?” They just simply look at you and say “Chavez? Oh wow”…. You’re just simply getting used to us, to the people and that’s so nice of you. I can only hope that when you’re leaving us, you leave with great memories, not the bad part, the one that everyone expects, but the good and pretty one. There’s so much of this country waiting for you to see, and I do hope that someday when someone asks you about this experience you can fill them with great memories about us, avoiding all the negative stuff, that we know it exists, but it’s better to ignore sometimes. Now you’re one of us, and we couldn’t be happier to have you here, enjoy your stay and Bienvenida a Venezuela. Lots of love!

  28. El Huevo says:

    Pobre loca.

  29. Que clase de drogas fuma alguien para venir de Noruega a Venezuela…?

  30. Tessa says:

    Hey, I’m a Belgian living in Valencia! I recognise so many things of what you say. If you’re in Valencia, let me know and let’s have a coffee!

  31. gio says:

    Welcome to Venezuela Martine. It surely must have been a huge shock. You should come to Caracas 🙂

  32. I’m so happy to read finally your blog Martine! and I know you have so many other stories to tell to the people out there. ❤

  33. Majo says:

    OMg Martine you are amazing ❤

  34. nelson says:

    Cool post!! Keep writing. It is so cool to see someone´s point of view from another country and culture living here and explaining things here and how different they are in other places. Keep having fun!

  35. Ed says:

    Nada más que vergüenza puedo sentir. Más cuando leo los comentarios mal traducidos de mis paisanos y sus insistentes chistes sobre tu post. No siento risa, me es imposible sentirla, sólo siento pena y dolor de ver cómo disfrutan semejante subdesarrollo y cómo no les importa conferir participación en la tarea de arreglar ese desastre. Al ser extranjera tienes ventaja, quizás no podrás ver a profundidad el magma cultural del venezolano. Ellos suelen ser muy cándidos con los extranjeros, aman a la gente exótica para ellos. No les gusta que los critiquen, no lo soportan, y a la primera crítica gritarán y descalificarán al contrario para inhabilitarlo. Tampoco les gusta la sinceridad y son muy felices con la hipocresía. Siempre serán “polite” contigo, siempre. Abre bien tus sentidos y fíjate cómo son ellos con ellos mismos y verás el abuso. Una costumbre clásica en ellos. El vivismo. La guerra que gana el que jode más a su contrario. Y por favor, no te inmutes a hacer una crítica severa temiendo de que te lo reprocharán. Sé sincera.

    • Patty says:

      Estoy 100% de acuerdo con tu comentario, Ed. Yo no puedo celebrar el subdesarrollo, los huecos en las calles, la incapacidad de seguir las mínimas normas de convivencia ciudadana.

      • Patty y Ed ustedes definitivamente deben ser Noruegos… con esos nombres y son tan politicamente correctos… Dios… sonrian que la vida es corta… salgan un rato detras de esos teclados y tomen sol… aca afuera hay un Pais que aun se rie de si mismo… ( mosca y los atracan ) pero salgan un rato… eso es vitamina D…

      • Patty says:

        “Chuchinloreto”, no entiendo a qué te refieres con mi nombre, yo soy 100% venezolana. Tampoco estoy siendo políticamente correcta, tan solo estoy dando mi opinión. Quizás tú nunca has sido víctima del hampa (yo sí…varias veces), o de la desidia de un funcionario público (también, varias veces), o quizás nunca te ha tocado ver como muere un niño porque el sistema de salud pública de este país no funciona (lamentablemente me ha tocado). Pero…no le pares! Vamos a rumbear esta noche, total, así es la vida, algún día les iba a tocar morirse a esos niños.

        Yo no lo veo lo gracioso a una descripción que habla con detalle del desastre de país y lo incivilizados que somos. Lo siento. Qué describe muy bien como son los venezolanos? Eso sí, y le aplaudo la aclaratoria de que no quiere generalizar con ello.

        Para un extranjero puede ser divertido mientras está “turisteando”. Dios no quiera que a esta muchacha le toque ir a un Hospital. O que le maten a un amigo saliendo de una fiesta. O la secuestren. Qué risa, no?

        En vez de estar mandando a la gente a tomar el sol, qué haces tú por mejorar la situación del país?

      • Patty… bajale dos… aca en el ultimo post de este maravillos blog esta la respuesta a tu retajila de alla abajo… Tod@s deseamos un mejor Pais… y Marti es tan pilas que en pocos meses nos entiende mas que nosotros mismos… Be Happy amiga… mejores dias adelante… https://martineretting.wordpress.com/2013/12/28/how-to-become-venezuelan/

    • Tu de donde eres? ya que te refieres a “ellos” (nosotros), yo tuve la oportunidad de pasar unos meses en Europa y aunque no niego que me agrada mucho su organización y puedo adaptarme fácilmente, noté como muchos de ellos viviendo tan organizadamente en países seguros, limpios y demás, estaban amargados. Ademas de que me sentía mal, me sentía depre, me sentía SOLA, ya que la mayoría de los europeos tienden a ser muy fríos, todo les molesta, no puedes ni verlos. Inclusive teniendo “amigos” allá, sentí muchas veces que les daba igual si estaba o no ahí (claro, no todos fueron así). El punto es que soy de esas personas que suelo criticar mucho el país, y la gente, pero cuando estuve fuera me di cuenta de que no todo es tan malo como parece, tenemos una ventaja debido a nuestra situación somos personas mas fuertes y podemos echar para adelante donde sea. Somos personas de buen corazón y alegres, muy positivos a pesar de tantos problemas que tenemos. Si eres venezolano ya veo y me doy cuenta de que en tu comentario te estas describiendo a ti mismo, porque ni yo, ni mis amigos, ni familia, somos así.

      • No puedo estar más de acuerdo contigo. Hay que salir de Venezuela para darse cuenta lo afortunados que somos en muchos aspectos. Sí, tenemos un sinfín de problemas. Definitivamente no somos tan organizados, no tenemos ciudades modelo, pero, somos felices, reímos siempre, nos adaptamos, no nos enrollamos por cada cosa que pasa. Nos preocupamos por cosas que importan mucho. En otros sitios por cualquier cosa se alteran, porque la vida muchas veces se torna monótona y al sacarlos de su cuadro es un estrés y un agobio. Es otra cultura, no hay que juzgarlos. Tenemos la mala costumbre de aceptar y apreciar las costumbres de los otros pero no las nuestras.
        Dejemos también de tanto fatalismo y hagamos las cosas bien en nuestro país a ver si de verdad comenzamos a construir poco a poco la sociedad que queremos. A muchos nos encanta quejarnos pero somos los primeros en pasar el semáforo en amarillo, en cruzar la calle por donde no es, pagar al gestor, etc…
        Y me disculpan pero, si es tan difícil, no quieres echarle pichón y sientes odio por tu país, pues SAL DE AHÍ! Mucha gente se ha ido y se adapta bien a su nuevo lugar, como hay quienes regresan. No es difícil emigrar, mucha gente lo ha hecho y hay mil maneras de hacerlo. Sólo hay que buscar. El mundo es grande y muchas ciudades y culturas esperan.
        En Venezuela necesitamos gente que quiera luchar, no que quieran vivir abatidos, deprimidos y amargados.

    • Alejandra GT says:

      ¿Ellos? debe ser que usted es algún tipo especial de ¿ser? Sus experiencias amargas viviendo en el país no determinan que todos compartamos la misma visión. Aun hay quienes tenemos Esperanza..Le recomiendo que en pro de su salud emigre lo mas pronto posible.

  36. EJ says:

    This is a good summary of Venezuelans as a whole. I’ve worked with them and I even married one…

  37. No escribo en ingles pero igual te doy la bienvenida desde Valencia, algunos queremos salir de este caos y otros que se vienen a vivir acá, vivimos en un mundo loco xD

  38. Sergio Marichales says:

    Lovely to hear from your expericiencies I lived across too I’m in Barquisimeto if you need some help I will be more than glad to help u out (really) If you still don’t have an a/c I think I have a spare one just send me an email and after NYE I can help u out with that it’s great to read your stories and how everything that somehow I grew with and was a regular day is so different and interesting for you happy holidays 😉 and happy new year

  39. yelickza zambrano says:

    Gracias por este post 😀

  40. javier says:

    Hola, espero que ya menejes un poco el español sorry my english is very poor, quiero decirte que te admiro por haber venido y pese a los cambios tan bruscos que pasaste y hayas disfrutado y aprendido tanto de nuestra cultura, linda descripción ne reí leyendo tus comentarios sobre nosotros los venezolanos y nada mejor que el final de tu post “Why is life so good in Venezuela? The answer is easy: the Venezuelan people!” vivo en Maragarita espero que te haya gustado la playas y las fiestas en la playa jajaja espero compartír mi experiencia muy pronto que pasaré por un shock cultural en Europa y sera todo lo contrario a lo que estoy acostumbrado aqui, un beso y abrazo a la distancia, siempre serán bienvenidos lo que quieran conocer nuestra tierra y nuestra gente.

  41. Sofia says:

    I’m really pleased to read your posts ! I like your attitude because you have taken this experience in the best way you could. I was part of AIESEC three years ago in a local committee in Caracas. I hope that you have the best experience in my country especially in this moment. We are living the most difficult times but despite all we continue offering that warm and friendship you have known . You have describe us with so many positive things that even we don’t realize. Take care and enjoy.

  42. You made me laugh mourn. Excellent blog. Please do not stop posting

  43. Hey! I’m enjoying every word you write in this blog! I’m very happy to hear that you’re having a great time there and people is very nice to you.
    I’m in Belgium for 1 year and I’m living the same as you, but backwards. I have to admmit that most of the things you’ve wrote maked me laugh and smile but also, cry a little bit. Homesick, I guess.
    A have a friend who lived in Venezuela for 4 years, (now he’s here in Europe) and one of the things that he keeps from us was that, the need of being loud at laughing. Because, is more than a custom, you need it. So, as an advice, learn and take advantage to laugh REALLY loud as us… and you will see the difference when you’ll be back in Europe.
    Keep having fun!

  44. Eva Carolina says:

    Oh Good! You final sentence is the best one!:
    “Why is life so good in Venezuela? The answer is easy: the Venezuelan people!”

    I don’t know who you are, but I really really appreciate what you wrote! That’s the reason why I miss my country!

  45. Jennifer Tejeda (@jennitejeda) says:

    I absolutely love reading your blog! I found it amazing how you can see all the good things our country has to offer even through the big amount of chaos and craziness. I wanted to thank you so much for sharing your experiences with the rest of us who tend to focus only on the negative aspects of our day-to-day. I really hope you have a great time here in our country and if you ever come to Caracas again, just let me know!
    Enjoy 🙂

  46. Anny Garcia says:

    Martina me encanto tu blog martina, muy sincera y honesta, me rei mucho con tu experiencia con cruzar la calle! el deporte extremo! jajajaja

  47. Marielisa says:

    This blog almost make me cry! I’m a Venezuelan girl living in Norway! You use yours words beautifully! I hope you are having the time of your life! In that amazing place with those people who are just indescribable! Kos deg videre,og Godtnyttår! Feliz año 2014! Un abrazo

  48. Andrés Rondón. says:

    I CRIED. Omg when you talked about the ”rapidito” i literally couldn’t breathe. I’m reading (and really loving) all your posts!! I’m from Barquisimeto too so its amazing too hear of your crazy adventures in here! Espero disfrutes cada momento.

  49. Beatriz Ramos says:

    buenas no es hola es la, digamos, contracción de buenos días o buenas noches y ella tiene razón los venezolanos somos como Eudomar Santos,como va viniendo vamos viendo, echamos chistes
    en el velorio de nuestras madres y son pocas las cosas que nos tomamos en serio o”a pecho” no sean tan duros con ella, no creo que quiera criticar solo dice lo que percibe y su reacción a la experiencia

  50. Luis Duran says:

    “I decided that I was going to like living here”, “learning to see the good things”. You got heaven’s keys,

  51. Juan Navas says:

    Martina….se me salieron las lagrimas de la risa….I love the way you described our reality, on the other hand, you have been able to see ther big hart and soul of our people. Thanks for writing so honestly and beautifully about Venezuelans… lf you ever happen to be in South Florida just let me know…janavas989@hotmail.com God be with you !!!

  52. Juan A Navas says:

    Martina….se me salieron las lagrimas de la risa….I love the way you described our reality, on the other hand, you have been able to see ther big hart and soul of our people. Thanks for writing so honestly and beautifully about Venezuelans… lf you ever happen to be in South Florida just let me know…janavas989@hotmail.com God be with you !!!

  53. Luis Manuel says:

    Awww I cried when you writed : “Why is life so good in Venezuela? The answer is easy: the Venezuelan people!”
    That’s so true!!
    I’m living in Sweden, which is so similar to Norway. And I really envy your experiences there in my country and my town Barquisimeto. Pussar och kramar!!

  54. I enjoy reading through an article that can make people think.
    Also, thanks for permitting me to comment!

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