The Venezuelans

First of all let me just say I am overwhelmed by the response to this blog. I had no idea so many people would read it and all the positive comments motivates me to write more. Before writing about other things I have experienced I want to say something about the Venezuelan people. It is hard to describe an entire people and generalizations will never be true for everyone. Nevertheless I want to describe Venezuelans the best way I can without being neither mean nor biased. These characterizations are based on subjective generalizations and personal experiences from living in Venezuela. I don’t think this will offend the Venezuelans, as they are not easily offended…

First of all I have to say that Venezuelans are unusually friendly. I mean, you will get friends in Venezuela whether you want it or not. Everywhere you go people want to talk to you, help you and get to know you. The comments on this blog is a good example, thank you! Venezuelans are extremely easy going and it does not take more than one hour or two before you are invited to the family reunion next weekend. This friendliness is genuine because the invitation is not just words; you are actually welcome at the family reunion.

Venezuelans are helpful, extremely helpful. Everywhere I go people offer their help with anything from where to have dinner, places to see or where to go dancing. This helpfulness can easily feel too much for someone who is used to people minding their own business. I was with a friend at a restaurant and all I wanted was french fries. The man at the table next to us heard this and could not understand why I would not order something else because there was so much good food to try. He started explaining me the menu and calling the waitress to explain me the day’s specialties. I sat there confused wondering why on earth it mattered for them what I ordered. I just wanted french fries! Even my friend joined them trying to convince me to order more food. I really started to laugh because I could not understand this sudden interest for my food order. In Norway people would be really annoyed by this, but here in Venezuela I have understood that people just want to help you (especially when you are a foreigner).

It might be because of the heat that Venezuelans are warm and loving people. This is noticeable when they meet a friend on the street. Hugs and kisses are exchanged before they start talking and when they say goodbye hugs and kisses are exchanged again. This is normal in many parts of the world, but what I find interesting is that you don’t have to know a person more than half a minute before they start giving you kisses on the cheek. And even if the conversation is only a minute or two, and you just gave the person a kiss a minute or two ago, you always give them a kiss when you say goodbye. In other words; Venezuelans are not scared of physical contact and there is absolutely no respect for each other’s personal space. In fact, I am not sure if Venezuelans have such a thing as personal space. I am used to this now, but I know some of my Norwegian friends would be seriously uncomfortable being kissed by a person they only met for a few minutes.

hugs and kisses

Venezuelans are funny and laughing. There is a saying in Norway that a “good laugh makes you live longer”. In that case I think I will live forever after living in Venezuela. People make a joke out of everything, even the more serious parts of life. Many of my friends have a funny “the time I got robbed” story. Serious things are made into a joke all the time and I am not sure if it is a good or a bad thing. In one way I guess it is a way of surviving the craziness, but in another way it is kind of sad. Anyways, Venezuelans does not take themselves very seriously, which I love. They make fun at each other’s expense, but it is never in a hostile way. My friend’s grandmother (which I had met for 30 minutes) called me fat, so I have learned not to be easily offended over here.

There is one characteristic there is just no way around… Venezuelans (at least compared to Norwegians) are disorganized, very disorganized. I don’t know if people use agendas here, but I would assume not. And if things are planned, they hardly ever turn out the way they were supposing to. I have a theory that my Venezuelan friends suffer from short-term memory loss. I asked my friend: ”Can you call the taxi?” and he said “ yes”, but 2 minutes later… “Did you call the taxi?” “Oh no I forgot!” This happens all the time and I can’t help laughing about how unfocused people here can be. Maybe this is also due to the heat, what do I know. All I know is that when it comes to organizing things I am very different from my friends here. They had a good laugh at me when the first thing I did when we got to Margarita was unpacking all my things, which is the most natural thing in the world for me to do.

In Norway people really enjoy the peace and quiet. Even in the biggest cities there is less noise than most places in Venezuela, because Venezuelans are loud. People raise their voices not only when arguing, but in normal conversations too. There is no norm for being quiet on the bus, in an airplane, at the movies, in restaurants or at the museum. On the plane my friend started to play music from her speaker and I immediately thought what on earth is she doing. In Norway the cabin crew would ask her to turn it off right a way, but here nobody seemed to mind. There is also music everywhere in Venezuela and the music is loud, always! I was on a bus to Mérida with a bunch of AIESEC people and the music was of course very loud, but the music continued being loud even at 3am at night when everyone was sleeping! How on earth can people sleep with music so loud and why did it continue being so loud??! I guess people are just used to things being extremely loud, all the time!

bus merida

There are many things Venezuelans are passionate about, but most of all they are passionate about their food. I have never met people who get more excited about food than Venezuelans; they are truly a food-loving nation. People ask me every day if I have tried arepas, empanadas or pepitos (yes I do like it a lot). When you talk to Venezuelans about food there is a change of tone in their voice and if you give Venezuelans food they will be your friend for ever.

arepa pepito and salsa

This characteristic is true for all Venezuelans I have met. They are late! Of course not every time, but definitely more than what I am used to at home. How can somebody who lives 15 minutes away be “on his way” for three hours? I find this incredible, but I have gotten used to it and I always have a plan A, B, C and D. Things never start on time, this includes everything from meeting your friends, watching a movie or going to a dance class. I now use a system with my friends where we specify if we will be there in Venezuelan minutes or Norwegian minutes, this works pretty well.

As a consequence of this Venezuelans are somewhat patient because there is a lot of waiting. Waiting for people, waiting in the bank, waiting in traffic, waiting, waiting and waiting. But it is not that bad because you can always make some new friends while waiting for something.

waiting in line

Venezuelans loves a party; they are party people! There is always something to be celebrated and if there is nothing to celebrate they will find some reason why there should be a party. The best example is when a baby is born. Let me just say that when a baby is born in Norway it is only the closest family who gets to visit at the hospital and not too many people at the same time. I have been told that in Venezuela this is not the case. When a baby is born the entire family comes to the hospital and people drink whiskey to celebrate. I find this hysterically funny and imagine the scenario if people drank alcohol in the hospital in Norway. It would probably reach the newspapers…

The way people party is also very different from what I am used to; there is dancing all the time! Venezuelans are dancers, and great ones too! I have absolutely fallen in love with this culture of dancing. I am not saying Norwegians don’t dance, we do, but we feel more comfortable doing it after 5…6…7 beers. In Venezuela you can dance wherever you want and it does not matter how good you are (thank God). I have to say I was rather embarrassed when my friends were teaching me to dance at a bar where there were no other people dancing, but now I dance wherever I hear music. Why would people bother paying for a gym membership when they can just go dancing with Venezuelans? It is one of my favorite things to do in Venezuela and I am going to start a dance revolution when I come back to Norway in the summer! My people NEEDS to learn how to dance, it is the best therapy for everything.

dancing

Another thing I find amusing as well as a little bit sad is that Venezuelans tend to be rule-breaking. People might not always realize that they are breaking the rules because it is so common to do it. It can be anything from driving without seatbelt, smoking places you cannot smoke, being 13 people in a small car, going places you are not suppose to go, but also more serious things as paying the police (which sadly is a common thing to do). Most of the time this is just amusing for a foreigner and I have laughed a lot about several situations where people seriously just don’t give a shit about the rules, even the ones who made them. At the plane I was sleeping across the three seats and not even when we were landing did the cabin crew ask me to sit up and take on my seat belt. Another day I was walking on the sidewalk and heard a honk behind me. I moved over and what passed me on the sidewalk was not only a motorbike, but a police motorbike. Come on! I laughed so much while my friends were just watching me wondering what was so funny. There are so many of these stories and for Venezuelans this might not be so shocking, but for me this is absurd.

IMG_7258 rule breaking

Venezuelans talk, a lot! They are so talkative that it makes my mother seem quiet. People talk to each other everywhere about everything. This means that people are oversharing, which mean to tell people things they want to know, don’t want to know, what people needs to know and things they definitely don’t need to know. By the time you are done at the hairdresser you know the life story not only of the hairdresser, but the lady next to you and the postman who just stopped by with some mail. My friend was on the bus and the driver started talking to her. This is not unusual, but maybe it wasn’t necessary to tell her that he had killed two people while driving the bus…

Venezuelans are believers. Most people are catholic, but people also believe in different spiritual things. When I told people I was going to “Sorte” (a spiritual mountain) to watch the celebrations of Maria Lionza there were a lot of people saying I should not go there because there was a chance of black magic. It is also not unusual to believe in a thing called “Cereno” which is something bad babies can get if you visit them after dark (or something). There are a lot of celebrations of the Virgin Mary and I will write about that later, but I do find it a little funny that people leave their relatives’ ash in a virgin cave together with a bottle on rum…

virgin cavesorte

Venezuelans are very political. There is hardly a conversation where politics are not mentioned. I do not want to write too much about this because I don’t understand the situation completely, but the Venezuelan people are definitely very polarized because of this.

Not one day goes by without someone is negotiation about something. Venezuelans are negotiating and therefore also convincing. There is a negotiation or an argument about everything from taxi prices, who was first in line, whether or not the moon is full or about your grades at school. One of the most important skills you can have in Venezuela is the ability to convince people. For example if a friend does not want to join you partying it might not take too much effort before they change their minds. You can negotiate everything, always!

Venezuelans have an incredible ability to stay relaxed despite the society being so chaotic. People are very chill, especially when it comes to time and plans. This has been one of the most difficult things to adjust to because in Norway we are punctual and reliable when it comes to appointments. In Venezuela people have a very relaxed relationship towards time and even though they are one hour late there is absolutely no reason to stress.

I just heard that Venezuela is among the top ten countries where it is easy to start a business. This is visible everywhere, Venezuelans are entrepreneurs. Having a business does not have to mean a big office and a lot of employees. It can mean a table, a chair, an umbrella and a phone.

The last characteristic I want to mention in this way too long post is that Venezuelans are happy! In fact they are ranked as the 20th happiest country in the world. Taken into consideration the slightly chaotic society, lack of some important groceries, holes in the sidewalk and other things this is remarkable. I am truly amazed by their ability to move on when something bad happens and I hope I can bring this skill back to Norway. A good example of this was when we went to the beach. The last day (of two) we wanted to go some hours to the beach before we returned to Barquisimeto. As so many times it did not go as planned because when we woke up it was raining so hard that the whole room was covered in water. I can only imagine if this would happen in Norway, people would be complaining about this for about one week. In Venezuela on the other hand this was not the case. As we woke up all the Europeans cursed because we really wanted to go to the beach. The Venezuelans on the other hand just looked outside and said, “well there is nothing to do about this, didn’t we have a box of beer left?” Instead of focusing on the lost day at the beach we drank beer, put on some music, started to dance and were happy as ever. That is what I like to call the Venezuelan spirit!

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427 Responses to The Venezuelans

  1. I´m laughing so hard because you´re right and i feel most of the time like i´m not from here. I´m extremedly puntual, have 3 agendas and try to do the things correctly as long as i can.
    Happy to read you´ve already visited Mérida and Margarita. Glad that you enjoy our happy-party-easygoing part. It´s so refreshing to read your perspective and i can only imagine when you return all the things you´re going to teach-show-tell.

    • My favorite Telenovela is Venezuelan ,is called “MI GORDA BELLA” and i think is the funniest TVseries i have ever seen 🙂 (and i have been watched tons of TVseries from all of the world, American, Japanese, British, Spanish, Korean, etc) 😉 ,i got that the same impression of Venezuelan because that Soap Opera.

      • Really? “Mi gorda bella”? I also watch lots of series, doramas, and soap operas from all over the world, but I haven´t watched that one and I’m Venezuelan, haha I should check it out.

    • CALA says:

      I agree with @Curiosa, it’s so funny to read about all of these experiences that so strongly represent Venezuelans in general and our culture, mostly because even though I’m surrounded by them I don’t necessarily feel like I belong to most of this descriptions. Nevertheless, I’m a strange case of Venezuelan and I tend to agree with a more organized, secure and quiet way of living, maybe because I lived in Germany for a year and adapted so well and was extremely happy following the rules and feeling free at the same time. You have tried to keep this post as politically correct as possible, which is alright since there are so many things we deserved to be criticized for (Or maybe I’m just too harsh with my peers). I’m glad we have caused such an impact on you and that you have learnt so many possitive things about our way of living and confronting issues. I will be very happy to keep on reading about your Venezuelan adventure. Good luck 😀

      • narut00 says:

        I agree with ProudFeministGirl ,”Mi Gorda Bella” is pretty awesome, such a good taste 😉

  2. I can’t help but laugh! Everything you say is so true… I’m glad you’ve had a nice time here in Venezuela. In my opinion, all those good things aren’t always that good thing ’cause A LOT of things need to change and soon but people don’t seem to care about the future or the future of their children. If we continue this style of living (and to agree to all the nonsense-mesuares the government has taken) Venezuela is gonna have a civil war anytime soon. I’m living to Ireland in March and I hope I can get to study in a college there. I’m sick of all this chaos. Keep up the good writes!

    • Se ve se siente capriles esta demente! says:

      “Hay yo me voy para Irlanda por que no aguanto el caos” Preguntate que podrias hacer tu en una guerra civil debajo de una cama?

      • Alvis Vivas arias says:

        Se escribe AY

      • I can speak four languages and I have the opportunity to get out of here, so what? This country is a complete chaos, economically speaking. How is it possible that in January I bought 12-year-old whiskey bottle for 250bs (which were actually 2 bottles, 1 liter and another “gitfed” 0.50liters) and last week I was with my dad at a liquor store, I look it up and it costs 1400bs the same bottle (minus the gifted one).
        I love my country but this is going down. Besides here I’ll just end up teaching (or something alike) with a sallary worth under 100bucks.
        We have a long way to go to make Venezuela a potency like once it was. Did you know that Time magazine had Marcos Perez Jimenez in its cover back in 1955? In that time, our currency was more valuable than the dollar. The Bolivar was the top most important currency worldwide. There’s gotta be something wrong if we are like we are now.
        L’ignorance des masses, des peuple, est la force principale des dirigeants.

  3. Were did you heard that “Venezuela is among the top ten countries where it is easy to start a business”?
    Actually is among the top ten harder to start a business, at least a legal one.

    • Tereso León says:

      A formal businesses yes we are i think the harder nation of the WORLD ,but here is to easy to sell in the street ,open that every one can go and sell empanadas,pastelitos etc… wout pay any taxis and also wouth any regulation .

    • Search on google and u’ll find the information. How to destroy your economy (Venezuelan case) a documentary from CNN. And it is that true, as she said making business does not means having a great company…. I live here I am 23 years old and I have my own business it was so easy for me to make it and earn money. With my business I can travel when I have free days and I paying my own education. And if u know there are many arabics chineses portugueses with businesses here and they have lot.of money. Heheh c ya. I hope u find the documentary. Byezzz.

      • Juan Fuentes says:

        No lo pude encontrar. Tienes el link?

      • Raphael says:

        In 1998, 80% of venezuelans lived in poverty.Today Venezuela has one of the lowest poverty rates in Latin America. There are millions of colombians and other Latin Americans living in venezuela because life is better than other parts of latin america. YOU MUST SPEAK THE TRUTH…

    • Alejandro Irausquin says:

      You have said so! “At least a legal one”, who wrote that (You can find references in the ‘Producto Magazine’) wasn’t thinking that way. Only in Venezuela!

    • janis says:

      Well both are true… in venezuela is eas y to start a business if you don’t do it legally… if you try to donthe legal papers for ir is a nightmare. That is why lots ofnpeople just do informal “companies” … and therefore they don’t pay taxes or anything….

  4. hahahahah what a laugh! You can not stop going to “Choroní” or “Ocumare de la costa” the trip is crazy and the scenery is simply spectacular

    • Saul Bretaña says:

      This is true is very spectacular place, nothing like “CATA” or “CUYAGUA”, i know there is many place more in my beatelfull contry and i loved to much…

  5. Carmen Coto says:

    This blog is awesome. I really hope you keep writing, I’ll be waiting for more posts! 🙂

  6. What an accurate description of our people – i laughed a lot. Welcome! have a nice time here.

  7. Me (and of course my whole office) laughed a lot reading this post.
    Keep on writing! Maybe you’ll get some Venezuelans motivated to study/work abroad and experience their very own culture shock. At least I know that I’d love to go away for a couple of years and see what’s all about.

    • Ramón Márquez says:

      Give it a try. It will be very interesting and you will learn a lot. I will give you an idea. You will spend 20 years in Sweden, Germany or Great Britain and you will not see as many cars running a red light as you see in Caracas y half an hour. In every bus stop in Sotckholm you will find all the information you need to go to any other place in the city and suburbs. You can go to the theater, to a concert or out dancing by public transport without worrying about safety. If you spend a couple of years some place, you will be surprised that after those two years, everything has practically the same price as when you arrived. And if you can find out how much people earn in an activity similar to yours, you will be surprised to know what they can buy with their salary. I can go on but I do not want to be boring.

  8. Isabel says:

    hahaha omg I laughed so hard at this!
    I’d love to study abroad and experience the cultural shock too, I can’t imagine how surprising it must have been for you here in Venezuela haha.
    If you want a few more laughs don’t doubt coming to Maracaibo, bring shorts and tank tops only though, the heat is unbelievable right now! (well.. always).

    Keep writing!

  9. Dan says:

    Oh dear, I’ve been laughing my ass off reading your blog, keep writing! I’m so glad that you came to this country and take the best out of the experience. It is very refreshing to read from an outsider how we are and how we live, I’ve been to Norway and somehow I understand the differences between these two very different cultures.

  10. Andres Abreu (@andresabreu) says:

    I’m laughing so hard with this post. You’re right in all of the descriptions!
    Thank you to write about our country, it’s kinda refreshing to read the vision of a foreigner.
    Welcome to Venezuela and good luck, you will need it.

    Wathever you want, or wathever you need, you can mail me, seriously! I will be glad to talk with you and to help you 🙂 xo

  11. Andres Abreu (@andresabreu) says:

    Whatever* hahahah

  12. gio says:

    I’m so glad you’re having a good time and taking this impressions from the country. It’s very enlightening to see “us” from a foreign perspective.
    I’ll keep an eye on your blog, it’s very cool.
    Gio.

  13. Ivy Peralta says:

    jajajaj you are so right about everything!! jajaja but some of us use agendas!!! some time it Works jajajaj the traffics does not help so much…. happy to see you enjoy our country!!! hope you visit us again

  14. I cant believe how your right about everything! I tend to be a little more serious and try to be on time, but once we were in a hurry and it was my mom who started laughing and making jokes about us being late. You cannot help but laugh!
    Keep the smile in your face and the cool stories about us!
    Be safe, too (thats never a bad advice)

  15. Adriana says:

    There’s a Venezuelan comedian that says that exactly: “The best thing about Venezuelans is that we laugh about everything… the worst is that we keep on laughing”.
    Keep writing about your experiences over here.
    I live in Barquisimeto so, as a typical Venezuelan would say, if you need any help just let me know (seriously) 😉

  16. Kniveth says:

    Chama, keep writing even tho we now what we do but it’s amusing to see it through foreign eyes. Yesterday I almost cry because of laughter, I was done with “bus/van/whatever” because it’s true that «whatever», we never now… (Also the lights on the mountains, los barrios. Which made me thought of you getting robbed but I hope not, jaja).

    It’s funny to see how quick you’ve notice everything we are as a country, from the good things to the bad ones (which I believe some of us are ashamed of).

  17. Fer says:

    This one made me laugh and smile way too much, thank you for reminding me there are still good things about my country and people despite of all the bad things we’re going through. Hope you can keep giving us updates.

  18. Bueeeeenas! I’m very glad I found your blog, I found out thanks to twitter! This post cant be more wise, for real! Right now I am out of the country, it’s been only 3 months and am living the culture shock and I think is because I am kinda what you descrive and people here (north of USA) is so different.

    I hope you keep writing and enjoy your time in my country and especcialy in my city Barquisimeto, I am sure this blog will be a hit in the social media, Venezuelans are very active in social networks, you should open a twitter account and make it public 🙂

    best regards!

  19. I just can say that it’s funny because it’s true. Sometimes I wonder how do we (Venezuelans) do to wake up every day and stand this crazy place, laughing and making jokes of it, but I’m grateful I live here, and I wouldn’t change it for nothing whatsoever. Loved your blog, keep writing!

  20. Juan Berrizbeitia says:

    It is beautiful all your unbiased perspective of our own culture. Unfortunately some venezuelans perceive things differently. Venezuela is beautiful and have so many things to cherish with other countries and to be proud of. It is also remarkable that you can appreciate those beautiful things that make us so peculiar. Loving our beautiful traits and being attentive about the things we have to improve as a society will make us progress more. We have to love ourselves first and acknowledge our nice traits as well. Thank you very much! !!

  21. Viv says:

    You don’t know how much I wanted to read a perspective from a Scandinavian because I guessed It’d be an unavoidable culture shock!
    The way you describe Venezuelans (or most of them) is nothing but the truth and it’s not offensive at all. Hope to see more entries, I wish you good luck.

    Bienvenida a Venezuela.

  22. There’s no better way to explain what venezuelans are.

  23. faranduleros says:

    “if you give Venezuelans food they will be your friend for ever”. This also applies to Venezuelan dogs.

  24. “It can mean a table, a chair, an umbrella and a phone.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Luv u Martine :*

  25. nelson says:

    Nice blog very true everything, if you have a chance you could actually have an idea how things just to be here (about 15 to 25 years ago). It is very hard to be organized here even if you have and agenda since everything else is so unorganized. But it is true even if something bad happens people try to make the best out of it. Good luck and keep enjoying the nice weather, food, and music.

  26. dave says:

    this is so true.. cant stop laughing at this..

    I was even moved, 🙂

    cheers!

    hugs! 😀 jajaja

  27. César says:

    I can’t stop smiling while read this post, you’ve described exactly how we are

  28. an observation, its not “cereno” its “sereno” and its not an esoterical thing, its a smooth cold breeze… yes, we live in a hot country and the change of temperature sometimes affect us

    • Loly No says:

      I think that she meant to “Cereton” .

      • Catira from Caracas says:

        What the f…. is “cerenton” ??? I think she was talking about the “sereno” because she related it to the babies…..or not??

    • Lilia says:

      Excellent, I’m glad you clarified that. It simply means to be out in the open. We says things like “arropalo que vagarra sereno mija” “cover him/her up or else he will catch a cold because of the cold breeze”, It’s usually with regards to a baby or a young child, we don’t use it in reference to any superstitious beliefs. Thank you for your post.

  29. Ed says:

    Leer semejante celebración sólo me causa una profunda vergüenza que se equipara con la resignación que siento a causa de la decisión que tomé de irme del país, pues es precisamente esa cultura de la sabrosura lo que ha acabado con la nación a través de su mismo pueblo que, sin más, sólo tiene como meta disfrutar y pasarla bien desde su propia ignorancia. Te recomiendo que busques un par de libros de Francisco Herrera-Luque, en especial Los Amos del Valle, Boves el Urogallo y La Casa del Pez que Escupe Agua para que conozcas un poco del pasado que resolvió en esta cultura del desinterés y la pachanga.

    • Mari says:

      Chamo, deja el resentimiento… Ya te fuiste, asi que no tienes de que preocuparte… dejanos a los que nos quedamos lidiar como podemos, con nuestra personalidad y presunta alegra, y trabajar por un mejor mañana…. porque algunos, para que lo sepas,, si tratamos de hacer la diferencia…

      Sabes, no se trata de pasarla bien desde la ignorancia.. Se trata de que no puedes vivir en la depresion en medio de una situacion como tal… La amargura no es una opcion, aunque a ti no te guste…

      Lo que ha acabado con el pais va mas alla de lo que llamas “La cultura de la sabrosura”
      … Son muchas cosas juntas, y la mayoria de se escapan de nuestras manos…

      • @Mari, toda la razón. Si alguien ha de trabajar por mejorar las cosas, mejor que lo haga bailando que deprimido. No creo que se trate de acabar con la “sabrosura” para progresar, es en focarla para rogresar “sabroso”. @Ed, man, celebra tu distancia o llégate a trabajar por el cambio que quieres… Después de las bases de esa “sabrosura” de Boves el urogallo, vinieron, muchos más carajos a decirnos que no servimos para nada, que somos flojos (pero que el cambio no lo hacemos nosotros sino el papá-estado-gobierno-partido-líder). Hay quienes así lo creen y se quedan sabroseando, otros también lo creen y se van, se les respeta. Hay quienes resistimos (pero cagados de la risa, porque la resistencia amarga no dura y nos quema) y trabajamos por ser mejores. En fin. Escojo -porque vivo acá- quedarme con las generalizaciones de la panita, que con la de los amos del valle contemporáneos. Salud.

      • Gracielasrs says:

        ay siii la verdad es- que reconcomio !!!

    • Thank you for explaining about sereno, I couldn’t find the words to do it.
      Yo Venezolana por decision propia considero que el pueblo venezolano es exactameante como ella lo retrata, amigable, generoso, alegre, chistoso y que tiene sus defectitos tambien, falta de puntualidad, etc., pero la descripcion que ella hace es muy acertada. Lo que tenemos que cambiar es nuestra ctitud y mejorar lo que esta mal, pero sentir verguenza no tenemos por que. Que viva Venezuela y su gente!

    • amira says:

      tienes derecho a tu opinión, yo también tuve que emigrar, y por eso cada día valoro mas nuestra cultura, si tenemos fallas pero es muy fácil criticar y no hacer nada, yo estoy orgullosa de ser venezolana aun con todos los defectos que pongas porque somos únicos y vemos la vida de una manera alegre, casi ninguno lo hace!! Yo amo a mi país y a nuestra gente.

  30. about the part of religion… you are going to be very very surprised the January 14 in Bqto Divina Pastora procession…

  31. Welcome to Venezuela, I hope you’ll enjoy your visit. Don’t be surprised about bribing policemen. Beware of them, policemen are often as dangerous as the criminals are. In fact, they are often criminals themselves in their spare time.

    Anyway, I think the positive aspects of our people outnumber the negative ones and I am glad that you feel our people so warm so far.

    Take a look at my website if you want to enjoy some cool music.

  32. 04161068561 / kike mi numero teléfono, llámame cuando estés en Venezuela de nuevo. y te muestro el tuetano de que esta hecha ni hermosa tierra. gracias por tu apreciación de nuestra idiosincrasia. que Dios te Bendiga

  33. OMG.. I enjoyed so much reading your 3 posts, i always like to see or read foreigners opinions and impressions of my country and people. I´m glad you´re enojoyng my land and getting used to my people’s “chaotic” behaviour… I hope you keep updating this blog, i would like to read an experience in the Caracas Metro, hahaha, that would be fun, anyway, continue to enjoy your adventure and greetings from Caracas.

  34. Here’s how José Manuel Briceño Guerrero – perhas Venezuela’s greatest living philosopher – explained what you’ve gone through:

    A European visiting our America finds western style republics, purveying western culture – he also finds backward aspects and areas, but aspects and areas of western backwardness, backward manifestations of his own western culture; at worst, a sense of marginality or colonialism, not of exteriority. If the visitor stays to live in our America, he begins to see and feel something strange, unexpected, undefinable, incalculable in the behavior and the aims of these people, something foreign to his cultural horizon. His friends, whose thoughts, emotions and goals are clear in ordinary western communication, friends who socialized with confidence and assuredness, even his closest friends can suddenly turn opaque, enigmatic, impenetrable, totally other – only to later recover their “normality.” There’s no kind of explanation for those unpredictable changes. “What is that? Who is that?” asks the befuddled foreigner, staggered like someone who has just caught a peak, through the evanescent parting of a curtain, into an unsuspected landscape, faced with the friend who is now once again smiling, welcoming, inspiring his trust.

    At the same time, the European of America, responsible for public order, for making political decisions, for implementing plans, for managing businesses, or the church, finds always a mischievous resistance from those delegated to carry out any task. They find, in these people, an undercover opposition to order, to discipline, to study, to work, to responsibility, to punctuality, to truth, to morality, to any commitment, an indefatigable, opportunist, stalking, treacherous opposition, as though the effort needed to maintain civilization seemed oppressive to them.

    The European of America, whether he runs a guerrilla column or an army barrack, a whorehouse or a convent, a band of robbers or a business, parliament or the horse racing workers’ union, a cabinet meeting or a seminar on political economy, the noble European of America, buttress of the culture of these people, confronted incessantly with that deaf, cowardly, unnegotiable, hypocritical, surreptitious opposition, the virtuous European of America says to himself during his sleepless nights “we’ve got to hold this place together moment by moment, without a break…otherwise, it comes apart at the seams, it dissolves” and he wonders “what do these people want? It isn’t the end of civilization, because they never push quite hard enough to destroy it. Could it be that they want to hold it to a minimum, and no more? but why?” But he doesn’t question himself far beyond that, or not seriously. Ultimately, he doesn’t much care about the cause of that opposition, it’s enough for him to know how to crush it, it’s enough to know his duty and carry it out.

  35. Amazing, my love. Love all the Cafe Tinto photos. And Vanessa just became your model, jajaja. It is fascinating to know your thoughts on specific thigs here. Love you.

  36. your post was great, btw…I only felt you put one foot wrong, when it comes to ease of starting a business. (We’re actually 157 out of 190 countries! – http://www.doingbusiness.org/rankings)

  37. Wendy Apóstol says:

    I laughed a lot, you’re right in what you write, always welcome to Venezuela. Since Earth Angel. Guayana beautiful!

  38. Que bueno y refrescante es leer esto desde tu perspectiva, a uno como Venezolano el día a día hace que pierdas la visión de muchas cosas y la verdad somos gente linda y especial, solo nos falta apreciar y valorar mas lo que Dios nos ha dado y cuidarlo con ganas. Gracias por tu blok

  39. Andi Arias says:

    It’s nice to know that people that are not from here, enjoy being here. We have a lot of flaws and most of them are things that seem to be very hard to change, as well as the good things that we have… and when a person like you notice that, we actually feel like we are one of a kind. Thank you so much for this post.
    Andi Arias. English teacher 🙂

  40. Some German says:

    Wow, as a German living here, I approve every word of this article. Wouldn’t have been complete without mentioning “en camino”. 🙂

  41. octmary says:

    You just made my day… I couldn’t stop smiling… I couldn’t describe us better…

  42. I’m very glad about you, you’ve enjoyed your days in venezuela and i feel you, i think as @curiosa i don’t belong here but here i am, expecting to someday this could change.

    People don’t take serious about the problems we have, they just complain and forget it fast, their priorities are “Cigarettes and Alcohol”, we don’t have organization and that’s sad, we have the potential to be first world country but we’re not and that’s not because the government, it is because US! the venezuelan people, we’re the problem.

    Anyway, it’s great you have come here and enjoyed. Cheers! and GL.

  43. Swaggy friend says:

    Are you living in Barquisimeto?

  44. Celioski says:

    it’s always great when a foreigner comes to our country with an open mind and actually enjoy our craziness ^ ^

    it’s impossible as a venezuelan not to grin at least reading your post, because the best part is to feel that you have already grown fond of our ways and culture. I hope when you go back to Norway you smile everytime you hear a merengue or drink a glass of rum.

    Thank you for your post! 😀

  45. I’m glad you had a nice experience in Vzla. I would like to thank you for the real description of my people, we are just like you explained. Hope you got the best out of your trip, God bless you.
    Regards;

  46. David Balestrini says:

    Que buen post, me gusta que disfrutes de lo que somos, pero también recuerda que todas esas buenas experiencias y esas buenas personas con las que has convivido no son casualidad, es por que tu también eres una gran persona, y para ser de una cultura tan distinta me atrevería a decir que tienes tu toque caribeño en las venas!! saludos y feliz año nuevo

  47. Juan Manuel Tovar M. says:

    Excellent review about the venezuelan culture! With the positive and negative stuff written in an objective way.

  48. Excelente descripción de lo que es el venezolano. Qué bien que la estés pasando genial. Saludos.

  49. Jose Gonzalez says:

    hahahahahaha what a laugh!!! It is so funny (sad sometimes) to heard how foreigns see our culture.

    I have just a comment: I think the warming, friendly and helpful people is very relative, many times people will not just help without the intention of getting something in return.

  50. Héctor Dunn says:

    It is dissapointingly true: Venezuela is more underdeveloped than anyone can imagine before coming here for the first time (and even for many people who have never gone abroad). Venezuela seems to me to be a sort of two or three countries sharing the same territory and nationality: from immoral-dishonet people to moral-honest people, from unstrcutred-unorganised to structured-organised, from “Banana Republic” to state-of-the-art. All of us claim to be and recognise ourselves as Venezuelans and -despite the noticable political docothomy currently present in our society- we don’t feel clear boundaries among us. You have successfully, outrageously outlined our ways to be and do. Some of the things you wrote nailed through my flesh and went straight to my heart to the edge I felt so proud of being a Venezuelan, I re-realized about all the good things we got to deliver to the World. At the same time, reading your post was no other thing than getting disappointed and ashamed one more time, because I can not understand how come being so wonderfull people, such a wonder is not actually demonstrated as a better social system that supports a more competitive-collaborative, modern, conscoius, developed, innovative, fair, disciplinned country, with a higher standard of culture, technology, services and quality of living. I totally agree with you, and I am absolutely thankfull, about choosing to like living here, you were able to stopp complaining, led it go and moved on, it was in your hands and you managed the challenge effectively, enjoy the best from the experience, learn from the worst of it, help people next to you get aware of what they can make to be better citizens and happier people, both in Venezuela and Norway. You are one of the fewest people on Earth with the chance to live to good and evil from both worlds… rock it! Take care and be fine. Ever welcome to Venezuela. Thank you.

    • Paulina says:

      This reply summarized everything I would tell you as a venezuelan. Regarding our lack of capacity of having a better quality of life….I have this big concern about our economical, political and social future, I think and I think about it, as many of the venezuelans that chose to get out of here, it is really confusing to get to the root of the problem. Lately I think is our lack of ethical education at home, and our lack of knowledge and understanding of our history, if we could be able to be more critical and efficient in changing those things that are wrong, without loosing our ability of laughing , but it is so hard to do it when you feel you are the only one that chose to do the right thing, and because of that you will not get a good outcome… Well, Thanks for your wrinting! and always you will be welcome!

  51. Pedro García says:

    Who is the author of this blog?

  52. Manuel says:

    yes of course we love party,, excelent post, it describes very well how we are, as it is written in a very popular song La Vida es un Carnaval..Life is just a carnival.

  53. Tina says:

    It’s nice to see that you found the positives things of the Venezuelan people! I don’t know how we can keep being so happy, I guest it’s because we see the bad things like normal…and that aspect it’s not a good one, it’s like being conformists. I wish someday we stop making jokes about the bad things and start doing something to change it.

    Just in case, I do drive with my seatbelt on! xD and hope you enjoy “la procesión de la Divina Pastora” in January 🙂

  54. I sooo want to read more, keep going! ♥ You’re really brave, I would like to go to an international exchange but it kinda scares me haha. Reading you makes me want to do it and not only that, it makes me want to go on a big trip and know my country a little more. Thank you very much!

    And of course, if you ever need help… you can always tell me 🙂

  55. wow this is probably the best description of venezuelan society I’ve ever read! Thank you

  56. Maru Malavé says:

    Great to hear so many positive things about Venezuelans! We spend so much time talking and thinking about our unfortunate political situation, that we forget all the good things that define us. It’s also good to hear this from a Norwegian. I’ ve been reading lately about how Norway was able to use oil revenue to REALLY improve the quality of life of its people…I just wish we could do something similar in Venezuela. Thanks for this uplifting post!

  57. «Many of my friends have a funny “the time I got robbed” story. Serious things are made into a joke all the time and I am not sure if it is a good or a bad thing»

    We’re not sure either, sweetheart. That is a quite common discussion amongst venezuelans, like “Don’t you think it’s time we start taking things seriously and leave the guachafita behind”.

    PS: If you have not heard the word “guachafita”, ask a venezuelan, he’ll explain.

  58. There’s no way to feel offended by this! It is so funny and sooooooo true! I have been laughing almost since I started reading. Such a good perception of yours, I must say. This post is absolutely amazing! 🙂

  59. I ran into your blog a couple of days ago, and all I can say is: AWESOME! So far, you know more about us than those who were born and raised here. And you only had a glimpse from Barquisimeto; you should come to Caracas to have a HD panorama of the insane chaos and cool vibe that we have.
    Congrats to this effort! And you won a fan of your space. 😉

  60. MUCUNDA says:

    IT’S A DREAM? Or you WERE IN VENEZUELA MORE THAN FIFTEEN YEARS AGO?

    • Giancarla says:

      FINALLY SOMEONE WHO IS AWAKE AND HAS THE FEET ON THE GROUND. SOMETIMES I THINK THE PERSON WHO WROTE IT HAS MANY LIVES OR ITS TRULY REMARKABLY LUCKY TO HAVE LEFT VENEZUELA ALIVE.

  61. Excellent reading, and very honest and precise point of view!!! Deserves more press.

  62. oriana G says:

    This is Hilarious!!! I’m 100% Venezuelan and I live in Vancouver, and my Bf ( Canadian) would be totally agree with you. This is exactly how he describes me and my friends. Sometimes is good and sometimes is not. But for better or for worse this is the exact description of Venezuelans. Good job!

  63. Your have a very good accurate description of Venezuelans. Thank you for reminding me the good stuff of my country.

  64. Oh girl you made me smile
    You made me laugh bout ourselves and in a good way.
    Glad you enjoyed the time in the happiest place in America y la pasaste chévere!
    Gracias, chama 😀

  65. Ricardo says:

    You are right in many of the characteristics of Venezuelans. Another one is loyalty to their most intimate circle: a friend is a friend and no matter if 20 years are gone by and you meet your friend by chance, it’s like you only met him yesterday! Another is flirtation, a national sport, equally shared by men and women! When it happens with somebody of the opposite sex you meet in the street and the flirtation game occurs, it’s just that. A game! Women loved to be mentioned and remained who beautiful they look today and so men, but that does not mean you are hitting at that person. It’s courtesy venezuelan style!

  66. Nicolas says:

    I loved this post. I’m from Venezuela. I love that you love our culture.

    I agree that most venezuelans aren’t punctual or follow the rules. But this has historical reasons. I won’t bore with the details but it can be summarized in that it is a young nation, specially compared to Norway or any European nation. Sociological structure takes time.

    It is evident in your post that you really submerged into our culture and grasped our nature. It seems to me you really enjoyed your trip and with good reason :). Thanks for sharing the experience it’s always nice to see the reality you see everyday with a fresh perspective, it gives you a new look on things.

    Keep them coming 🙂

    • Paulina says:

      Do you really think it is a matter of time? well obviously with some social evolution…but it is expected as a normal pattern? are we normal? jajaja I would appreciate you share your opinion…

      • Nicolas says:

        Well time and other things. Each nation writes it’s own history, but with time nations become more mature because they learn from their failures.
        History acts like a guide and warns about the outcomes of many roads and decisions in our history.

        It’s up to us to choose to remember and not to forget. That is the key to evolution in any society.

        It is a matter of time, but also a matter of will.

  67. Ayme says:

    Jeg er imponert…hvordan har du beskrivet os. :))
    I have been living in Norway the past six years, and this is the same way my norwegian husband describes us. Have lots of fun and take care Martine!

  68. This is hilarious! I am glad you like our people. I haven’t visited another country yet. That is why I just know my own people. Nonetheless, it is kind of impressive and amusing reading what a Norwegian has to say about us. I will share this with some folks so that they can laugh at this as I did.

  69. YsDeSousa says:

    HAHAHAHA…
    I’m really proud of my people! ¡Arriba los Venezolanos! ❤

  70. Sergio says:

    What a precise definition about venezuelans. It is really interesting to read about your experiences. I hope you have an amazing time in Venezuela!

  71. Gracias por los buenos comentarios, perdón por nuestros errores e inconsistencias…

  72. Gloria Rodriguez Montilla says:

    Hi, thank you so much for such an accurate description of who we are! By the way, “sereno” is the cool-to-cold wind/temperature felt between 6pm and 8pm. After that, the temperature pretty much settles down. It is not good for babies – or anyone with a cold – because the sudden change from hot to cold can worsen your condition (if you’re sick) and babies can get sick unless they have a sweater or jumper on.
    Please, keep writing about us.
    Having been in Norway myself, I find your comparison fascinating.
    Hugs and kisses.
    Gloria

  73. Neokoi says:

    Perfect depiction of Venezuelans xD
    Awesome blog, I follow you!

  74. Sue Carrasco says:

    Amazing! i’m venezuelan and i completely loved your post! Hugs and Kisses for you even though i don’t know you at all! 😀 I’m glad you had a good time here!

  75. Rafael says:

    Everybody here in Venezuela should read this! It is very emotive to know that a foreigner has this point of view about us.

  76. Jorge Florez says:

    Awesome description of my fellow citizens, thanks for sharing this, I’m glad you are having a flash in my beautiful country. I’m living in Houston and I had the opportunity to know some Norwegian people in here, I’m going to share this post with them 🙂 Have a lot of fun and if you have the opportunity to visit Los Roques, do it! it’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever been.

  77. Oriana J says:

    God! I love you! jajaja! No one here has an agenda and ye, we are a food-lovers 🙂

  78. Luis Moncada says:

    I would like to begin this reply with a huge “Thank You” your description of us is the most honest, funny and positive I’ve read in recent times. We are aware of our problems and sometimes the “violent reality” push us to take out the worst part of us, but at the same time we always find time and place to step aside from all this and try to enjoy life with a nice cold beer and great music to dance with.

    I do hope you can continue enjoying our beautiful/kind of crazy country, I’m sure you’ll be amazed with the landscapes you’ll see here, and of course keep writing!!!

    Regards.

    Luis.

  79. You’ve got twitter? Love your stories.
    Thank you for all the love.

  80. Ima says:

    I enjoyed your article!!!!! go on…

  81. Daniela Kossowski says:

    Thank you very much for this post. It makes me laugh. You got the Venezuelan spirit pretty well. I’m glad you enjoyed our country. Xo!

  82. Rob... says:

    I enjoyed a lot reading this, it’s actually nice to know foreigners enjoy our country.

  83. Hahahaha what a laughing! it’s real funny because it’s true, i feel identified about everything you said, we are like that and I feel so proud to know that you like our culture and the way we live;) thanks for visiting our country MI PANA!

  84. Amanda Salom says:

    I’ve been far from home for the past 4 years and a half. I’m originally from Maracaibo, and this has made me tear-up. I miss my people so much. I do not miss the politics nor the chaotic lifestyle of always being late, but I do miss the food, the heat, the dancing wherever you are, and as you said the Venezuelan Spirit and happiness at all times. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  85. veronica petit says:

    leyendo esto me senti muy orgullosa de ser venezolana

  86. @Lito_USA says:

    I laughed until I cried! What a great description of the Venezuelan people. I’ve lived here for years and it does take time to adapt at first but once you do there’s no turning back LOL! Keep up the great writing!!!

  87. PARECE QUE ESTUVIERA VIENDO UN RETRATO DE NOSOTROS LOS VENEZOLANOS !! MUCHO CON DEMASIADO… ASI SOMOS

  88. Alex Blanco says:

    I had a genuine smile while reading your post about our country. Awesome that you liked our culture, habits and behaviour. If you ever come to chaotic Caracas, I’ll be pleasured to show you the city (the west, at least) 😉

  89. Alex Blanco says:

    I had a genuine smile while reading your post about our country. Awesome that you liked our culture, habits and behaviour! If you ever come to chaotic Caracas, I’ll be more than pleased to show you the city (the west, at least 😉 have a safe staying in Barquisimeto! Truly an amazing city.

    • I also like Barquisimeto. A city laid out to have boulevards, streets and highways. Especially like it at Christmas time — love the decorations. People actually stop for traffic red lights!

  90. Chantal says:

    That’s exactly a Venezuelan’s descriptions, kind of sad, kind of funny, but that’s exactly who we are!

  91. cornertimes says:

    Hi My friend. Thank you. You’ve reminded me how awesome my country is. I guess I don’t need to tell you that your are always welcome to Venezuela.

  92. cornertimes says:

    Thank you, my friend, for reminding me ho awesome my country is. You will always be welcome to Venezuela.

  93. cornertimes says:

    Reblogged this on cornertimes and commented:
    Viva Venezuela!

  94. Eduardo says:

    Your right, you live in some really mad unrealistic world

  95. Angie says:

    Everything you wrote is very accurate, we are like this, most of us. And by your writing I can see that you are a very open minded and easy-going man (which makes you really cool). Visiting Venezuela it’s not for everyone (our tourism is walking in tiny baby steps). So only relaxed people with adventurous spirit have a blast here. Like you I’m not sure either if seeing the funny side to everything is good or bad. About breaking the rules I think this only will hurt us on the long run. But yes, I love my chaotic happy country. I’ve lived abroad in a very wealthy country and I came to understand what a luxury is being happy over there (too much stress, too much control) it works perfect for many people but it doesn’t work for me because I’m Venezuelan. Thank you for visiting/staying, I hope you already feel welcome and one of us.

  96. AriasFco says:

    You’re describing with a tremendous degree of accuracy the daily living in Venezuela. Great post! You left me and I assume a bunch of other people craving for more.

    Thank you.

  97. mando says:

    super cool post

  98. Miguel says:

    So amazing to see anyone who wants to talk about his experience and living in our country. Congrats, keep going 🙂

  99. Oriana says:

    Well I loved reading your article because for once someone had something nice to say about us venezuelas hahahaha! I’m glad that despite all the awful things around here you are having a good time. I laughed a lot because all of what you are saying is true. Enjoy your stay 🙂 oh and by the way, it is sereno, and it is simply a cold wind that could get you sick. “El coco” is the monster that comes for children at night. You might wanna learn about “El Silbon” and “La Sayona” as well 🙂

  100. max says:

    I am still laughing with your posts. I feel homesick reading your experience in my country. I hope you enjoy your time in Venezuela and if you want an exciting trip you have to go to choroni. But I warn you, the road is very scary but once you get there you will see some of the best beaches ever and i assure you that the beaches are worth the risk.

  101. So happy to read this lines darling, Venezuela is Venezuela, i hope you enjoy all places that you visit. if you want to write me through facebook, and if you like we can meet. regards

  102. Tatnay Pacheco says:

    Great article this so Venezuelan!!! Yo got it in to words perfectly… Thank you for sharing come soon to Vzla with bodyguards in case you get robbes or kidnapped jajajajajaja!!

  103. Valeria Assiso says:

    wow I love this, I’ve never read something so accurate about us and less coming from an immigrant, amazing thanks =)

  104. Victor says:

    Yeah… Now try to imagine how majors, governors and presidents do >_< no wonder why politics is a difficult topic… But you surely made a good point here! I'm outside Venezuela right now and people keep asking me how is it in my country. I'll just send them this link 😉

  105. Danny Garcia says:

    You just made my eyes watery….but in a good way, i live in the US, for about 15 years now, you have described us (venezuelans) so good that it makes me so happy that you went really deep n got the real essence of how we are, and makes me miss my country, my people, the whole chaos n everything more than ever….n you, with your experience just made me feel like next time i go back (hopefully soon) i will enjoy to the extreme my stay…..cheers to you and thank you for sharing your experience!!….

  106. juanSe says:

    you are right in most of cases, but as you said generalization is very hard to do, I really hate how desorganized venezuelans are, and how dumb about political matters (in a lot of ways).

    To be honest is the first tiem I heard about someone in other table do not let you order your french fires, I mean if Im with you, and you ask me for some recomendation, I just order for you of course explaning the options, that was very akward

    I would complain in deep silence the police motorbike in the sidewalk. as you said.. Come on!

    Im not a great dancer, but believe me, maybe because you are from Norway it does not matter at all if you do a great dance or not, in my case a girl just could left me ridicously alone in the middle of the dance floor.

  107. madelein says:

    I liked your article…you’re right in all what you wrote about. I have said experienced a cultural shock through my family. I live in Denmark and my parents came to visited me once. There was a huge difference between my Danish family and my Venezuelan family. They were always late to the family reunions and they wanted to talk to people on the streets and touch all the babies they saw. I had to explain them rhe the differences of being Venezuelan and Scandinavian. It was so funny to see

  108. Elio Ohep says:

    Great stuff!

    I’ve been in Norway four times and yes, I certainly think the Norwegians are very different people from Venezuelans (maybe is the cold weather) but they are not so different when it comes to friendship and partying around, obviously at the proper environment and the right time.

    There is one big question about Venezuelans that I want you to look for it and let us know what you think.

    Here it is: Are Venezuelans selfish? , meaning everyone is for itself or on the contrary, everyone is a team player?

    The answer may be the key in the difference between Norwegians and Venezuelans and what have they made each of their country in a social and economic progress for their society.

    Hope to keep reading about your Venezuelan adventure!

  109. Carlo Perez says:

    It is very good to know what people think about us. I think you could summarize the concept of being Venezuelan by the words “warm heart”.
    I hope you enjoy a lot your trip.
    Welcome to our country.

  110. GRETA MARTIN says:

    What a nice way to start a day by reading this article. It´s EXACTLY how we are, no doubt. Keep writing about us and next time you must write about the “maracuchos”.. you´ll laugh till die. We venezuelans are unique.

  111. Ely says:

    You definitely should have lived in Venezuela 20 years ago. The Venezuela of today is NOT AT ALL, the real Venezuela. Venezuela used to be one of the most developed countries in the region, modern, with one of the best infrastructures in the continent, metro system, etc. and this is probably the reason why so many foreigners chose Venezuela to live in and migrated because of all the advantages it offered in terms of quality of life and also investments. Things have deteriorated in the past years (as you may have heard many times during your “political talks” with people). But we will surely get out of this situation and improve and the develop the things that need to be changed.
    I know some of the things sound funny, but we should take them seriously if we want to get out of this situation soon. Venezuelans, please learn from these things exposed by a foreign person, let’s not laugh about the things that although they could sound hilarious, they should be taken seriously in order to work on them and improve them.

    • amira says:

      totalmente verdad lo que has dicho, Venezuela fue un país líder por muchos años en la región y si bien no lo ha sido los pasados !5, hay esperanzas que lo vuelva a ser. Y también muy cierto que no debemos tomarnos todo a risa.

  112. Argelia Rondòn says:

    Oh lovely, I am Venezuelan and I agree in most of what you wrote, but I am just curious about something: what’s an agenda? … hahahahahahaha I’m kidding of course, I do use an agenda but only because my short memory is worse than the standards. Nice blog! Bye 🙂

  113. Lorena says:

    Well done!! I’m very impressed because you describe us so well! It’s true that you can’t generalize, because not all the venezuelans do the same things, but it’s very accurate.

  114. Alejandra says:

    I like the description done about Venezuelans. I can verify it; however, in my particular case I differ from the average Venezuelan in many things. The most relevant are: I’m extremely puntual and I like to follow the rules, particularly when they are there for the common well.

    My German friend and former workmate Ulrich Veyhl can verify that I’m different in those two things. He has seen, as my office partner, my capacity to plan and achieve goals but he has experienced a happy and very talkative workmate. Basically, I am trying to say that I’m very Venezuelan in most aspects of my life (I love dancing, kissing, joking and being happy).

  115. Riccardo bono says:

    You Could not be more accurate, que viva Venezuena, carajo!

  116. Thank you! What an amazing article about Venezuela, you are absolutely right about everything! You are a really observative person. I really liked this, I hope more europeans and people of the whole world come to visit us, and just like you, get to know this blessed country! Thank you again! Hope you come back soon!

  117. Ruth says:

    “Sereno” is the night and air together that usually can get sick to people that goes out during those dark hours. Jeje , it is one of our first questions when we are kids.. Every grandma says : ” fulanitooo!, don’t go out that the Sereno will get you sick!!. He is just here in Venezuela, anywhere else I have been exists!!

    • hodunn@gmail.com says:

      Sereno lives in Venezuela and in Colombia too.
      Enviado desde mi dispositivo movil BlackBerry® de Digitel.

  118. LDB says:

    Amazing post!

    Living in a country with a similar Norwegian culture and mind set, it is always difficult to explain them why I consider myself… “different”, why I am very touchy (shaking hands, giving a pad on the back to people I meet, etc), why I laugh at those crazy situations other people would be pissed or mad, etc.

    I will definitely share your post with all my friends here in Scotland, so they can see my culture and pesonality through your eyes 🙂

  119. Sheila says:

    It’s very funny, I’m not from Venezuela, but in my country Nicaragua, we are definitely like that. Now I live in Sweden and it’s me who is in shock, when everybody is following the rules how you suppose to, also it’s hard to get used when you are very talkative and open and Swedish are more reserved 🙂 and etc, very nice post ! Greetings

  120. Sue says:

    As a venezuelan living in Paris, I can tell you that you have totally reason in your words, thank you for making me laugh, and for giving me the possibility of explaining to french people, less strict than norways but even though surprised by our way of being, how we are. Amazing!

  121. Damian says:

    Hahaha amazing and quite accurate post!! Thanks for making me laugh in a cold day in sweden. Missing my beautiful Venezuela after this 🙂

  122. Edgar says:

    Hello, I first would like to say that I feel a lot of respect of your nation, your culture, your values, and your way of living.

    I feel quite overwhelm on how accurate your description was, but, I can’t avoid to feel ashamed because the things that you might find exotic, are the things that makes our life misserable. Living here is not easy, it is exhausting and over time makes you stupid as hell, this is not a happy place, people laugh just because they don’t want to cry, we talk to each other in a queue just to release the steam accumulated in our dayly lives, so in essence, it’s matter of survival. Please be careful, Venezuelan smiles can be deceiving, this is one of the most corrupt places on earth, take good care of your money, people is like crazy looking for US dollars because venezuelan bolivares worth nothing so trust absolutely NOBODY when negotiating.

    Thank you for giving yourself the opportunity to come here, please learn and enjoy our nature and landscapes, and yes, enjoy the people around you, choose wisely on who to trust and have fun with them, they could be the warmest and loving person you’ll ever meet.

    I hope to go to Norway on august 2014, I’ll go to see the northern lights! and snow!!!, never seen snow in my life, and, I might write a blog about it 😉

    Cheers.

    • ASW says:

      YES. I’m glad you said this because it irked me that the tone of this blog post felt like it was depicting Venezuelans as the noble savage or something.

  123. meludena says:

    I love your impressions about venezuelans, I’m venezuelan, but I use agenda, and I’m always on time, not on time 3 hours for a 15 mins road, no, in “Norwegian” time, but in general I must agree with you in everything!! I’m glad you liked your experience here…ah, people don’t called you blond? I mean, Catire?

  124. YdV says:

    Hi.. I´m a Venezuelan living in Germany. ANd I laughed A LOT reading your note. You really got the whole impression about us. One of the things I find more difficult here is the fact that I speak and laugh loudly. Is hard for me to change that.. and many of my classmates have complained about that. Also, my habit of giving kisses and hugs disturbs people here. I don´t know if I should change it or not. But if I meet someone who has been kind with me I can´t (really, I can´t) say goodbye without giving a hug and offering some food or something nice. I feel unpolite if I just leave without doing that.
    But thank you for your note… I will share it with my german friends. 🙂
    Have a nice time 🙂
    YdV

  125. Frank says:

    Pretty good and accurate depiction of our culture. Nice post!!!

  126. LOL its really funny to see an outsider perspective of Venezuela, and i can say that all he wrote is the reality, we are all crazy in this weird and beautiful country

  127. Juan says:

    What an amazing blog!! You are very funny and accurate!!
    I will move from Caracas to Denmark in a month to study there for two years. I Feel like I will have an experience similar to yours but opposite. I already hear myself saying “Danes are extremely punctual!” or “Oh god there are unbreakable rules for everything!”

    Hahahaha wish you the best on your trip to Venezuela 🙂

  128. Irene Ruiz says:

    LOVED every single line of your post.! I’m now living in Canada for a lil over 10yrs and it is still hard to get use to this country.. Being on time! Following all the rules! Exchanging a hand shake instead of hugs and kisses, WHAT!?!? Lol I LOVE my Venezuelan food, music, beaches, ppl, culture n language! U r now my “pana” (pretty sure u heard that word before) and u r more than welcome in my house n any of our parties! Lol

  129. Zax says:

    Hi Martine, I really enjoyed this post. Being myself a Venezuelan living abroad for almost 20 years I’m impressed with your ability to enjoy my country and appreciate the good things of my people and my culture, despite the differences with yours.
    You know? Not many Venezuelans living abroad (or inland) talk so nicely about Venezuela as you do – I guess they’ve forgotten or just want to forget who they are.
    Hope you keep on enjoying Venezuela and learn a lot from this experience. 🙂

  130. Fran Colmenares says:

    This is just amazing! The accurate way you describe us! I’m laughing so loud (yes, you are right, we are very loud) that I’m actually crying hahahaha. I’m so glad to read (and live) from your perspective… I lived abroad for one a half year and it was a really great experience that make live and enjoy other great culture (from a resident PoV) and my costaricans’ friends would agree the part that “you make friends wheter your want it or not” as we used to make “arepadas” at my place and everyone was invited jeje… Yes! We have bad things (and some bad habits too) but I’m glad that you are enjoying your time in Venezuela. Keep posting and the most important thing, enjoying your life and “export” the good things. Big hug (jajaja)

  131. x_Ale says:

    I love the way you talk about our country and our people… But I can’t help but wonder, why on earth you decided to move to Venezuela? Hahaha, you seem to be having a pretty good time, though.

  132. Daniela says:

    Heyy I like to read stuff like this about my country and my people. I am told by my friends who have left the country to live somewhere else that all these characteristics are exactly what we are going to notice we have after leaving because not everyone is this way.. and we would miss it all way. Glad you had fun over here but hey!! I am the only one in my group of friends who is actually punctual… so as they always are late, and I dont like to wait, then I am late tooo hahaha come back soon!

  133. Luisa says:

    Thanks so much for taking the time to enjoy and understand our culture! It’s quite a treat to see our ‘true’ colors through somebody else’s eyes.

    Last but not least, I’m so proud and excited to hear that it is AIESEC brining this experience to you, and by the way you write, it’s easy to see they’re definitely doing a great job at it… This group and this trip will change your life forever, in an awesome way!

    Have a wonderful time and keep writing 🙂

  134. Year says:

    Omg the part that you described us as believers and the “cereno” hahahaha that was soooo funny and true. I pictured my grandmother saying that! Hahaha thank you for this! Is definitely the best description I have seen of our culture!

  135. Wow, I did enjoy reading your blog, very accurate description of us Venezuelans, but reading it made realize why so many times I have felt like I don’t belong here, speccially regarding the lack of organization and timing. I do love my country though, but wish many things were done in a different way, but then it wouldn’t be Venezuela 😉 Thanks so much and keep the good work!

  136. Love your Blog! please keep going!!! is good to hear your experience in my country, and to rebember why even though is a total mess we still love it and miss it while we are living abroad!

  137. CamdelaFu says:

    I loved your post because it’s true! And it made me happy to know you had a great experience here in Venezuela. What makes me curious is, why did you choose Venezuela?
    Hope you come back and still have fun!
    CamdelaFu

  138. geronimo says:

    Just a perfect description of the venezuelan culture… Lol
    Thanks for this good post.

  139. Irlanda says:

    Martine, I really enjoy your post,it is great to see my country from your point of view, I hope you keep writing! We miss you so much!!!

  140. platano says:

    This made me laugh A LOT! I hope you keep writing.

  141. Maracucha says:

    Jaj yes my norweagean friend you have described us very well yes i do believe we are happy people we have to in order to survive such a caotic country thank you for writing this it has made me realize how much more i love my people and my roots. Im glad you see us this was and reading your perspective of how we are has made my day thank you again for the article

  142. Amarilys says:

    Me encanto tú comentario de nosotros los Venezolanos , Se te olvido decir : que damos los buenos días o las buena tardes o las buenas noches cuando llegamos a un lugar ,o nos montamos en un ascensor con mucha gente que ni conocemos y que le deseamos buen provecho al comensal que está comiendo mientras vamos camino a nuestra mesa en un restaurante .
    Damos las gracias por todo, estemos satisfechos o no de la atención recibida
    Todo es ¡Chevere. !
    Sabes lo peor que le puede pasar a uno de nosotros? es que nos impidan invadir el espacio físico del otro, tenemos besar y abrazar al llegar para manifestar nuestra satisfacción de compartir con alguien y nuestra satisfacción de haber compartido con alguien.

    Vivo en un País en que debo de conversar con alguien a 1/2 metro de distancia y para despedirme lo máximo es dar la mano. No tengo que saludar cuando llego a ningún lugar.
    Es muy duro porque no somos así.
    Chaito

  143. Betsy says:

    Como Venezolana, bien educada; me molestó mucho este articulo, porque me refleja una realidad que no me gusta de mi país. Me gusta el respeto, el orden, y la puntualidad entre otras muchas cosas. Ojala que podamos vernos bien en este espejo y cambiar nuestra aptitud.

  144. Gino Gagliardone says:

    Mejor no hago mucho detalle, solo pido la reflexión a quien crea que aquí se haya hablado bien de nosotros los Venezolanos.
    Solo se dijo que somos altamente sociables y amistosos, pero luego de esa flor no mostró el lado oscuro de nuestra horrorosa cultura.
    Corrupción, Soborno, delincuencia, impunidad, Ilegalidad, etc.
    El turista supo desahogar muy decentemente lo desastroso de nuestras Sociedad, las impresiones vividas y sus miedos.
    Muy curioso que a pesar de tener una de las naciones con indices de socialización reconocidos y con un País privilegiados geográficamente, tengamos los lideres políticos que tenemos.

    • Irlanda says:

      Hola.! No se si has leído los post anteriores de Martine, es cierto que tenemos muchas, pero muchas carencias, pero en sus propias palabras, no solo hay que ver lo malo,(que concuerdo contigo, es mucho), debemos ver las cosas hermosas que tiene nuestro país, y que al final son parte de nuestra idiosincrasia.

    • Nena says:

      No es cuestion de reflexion. Esta chica no habla mal de Venezuela, ella comenta lo que vio y vivio. Y lo que ella ha escrito no es malo como tu dices el la verdad nos guste o no e igual estoy muy orgullosa de ser venezolana y de Venezuela. Que no me refirente al gobierno de Venezuela, que es otra cosa.

    • juanSe says:

      yo estoy de acuerdo bro

  145. Sofia Lopez says:

    Thanks for saying all this beautifull things, but dont be afraid to tell dthe bad things too.. everybody deserve to know the reality. 🙂 and that would bring you more followers, we know that we have a lot of good things, and a lot of ‘not so good’ things too.

  146. This is the best thing I’ve read since forever.
    Specially because I have some Norwegians friends and the comparisons are so accurate.

    I loved it!

  147. Maggie says:

    Love your refreshing description and your personal point of view… I had to laugh. I just don’t know where in Venezuela people do this: (and I quote) “but I do find it a little funny that people leave their relatives’ ash in a virgin cave together with a bottle on rum…” I am glad you are having an amazing experience in my country. Keep on writing and enjoying it!!!!!!

  148. luismcalderon says:

    Wow! I’m impressed! You nailed everything about us, in the good and not so good things. In this part: “Serious things are made into a joke all the time and I am not sure if it is a good or a bad thing.” I believe that is not a good thing, because we have to take seriously issues like politics or economical situation… I don’t understand why our strike seem street parties and stuff like that… Anyway, congratulation for this post! I gonna start to follow your blog! Hope to read more!

  149. Jorge Anzola says:

    No joda, ¡Qué ladilla, ahora quiero pepito!

  150. Loved it, usually I cringe a little, when I read foreigners writing “Venezuelans are…” But your appreciations are so down to earth I just loved them. Keep sharing your thoughts, me may learn a thing or two from your perspective (I just did :). Whenever you are in Caracas I would love to tour you, free of charge, in exchange for your thoughts and comments, http://www.lonelyplanet.com/venezuela/caracas/activities/other/leo-lameda-tours
    Cheers!

  151. kevin says:

    I found your post most entertaining, since I work for an international college here in Dublin I have dealt with many Venezuelan people you are most accurate. I look forward to reading further posts.

  152. zr8 says:

    Great post, just a thing: French also give kisses in the cheek after having met someone 2 min ago, and not just 1, but 2 kisses (in Paris), so the thing about kisses it’s not what determines our lack of awareness on the personal space of others.

  153. Nate says:

    I married a Venezuelan and am currently on holiday in Venezuela, definitely there is Venezuelan time and Australian time for everything. The people are gracious and warming and there seems to be little infighting amongst friends and family like you get in Australia.

  154. miriam says:

    I really LOVE this post (and your blog) Welcome to Venezuela! and if you want to come to Valencia please let me know “Mi casa es tu casa” Take care!
    M.

  155. Andrea says:

    You should go to La Gran Sabana, trust me, the most beautiful thing you’ll see in your whole life! It is a must see. Besides, I’d like to know what do you think of our beaches?

  156. Alba says:

    I dont know you but don’t need to… May I ask you if you speak some spanish??? If Im writing i your blog is because I do speak some english… Yes… There are some Venezuelan that are well educated and even speak more than one language. As some of the stuff you mention are true, there is also punctual, responsible and serious people in my country.. May be you should re consider meeting more people in Venezuela, maybe the kind of people you are dealing with does not represent exactly the variety of different kind of Venezuelans… People might find your post as funny, but as I’m a punctual, responsible, respectful and minded person I invite you to seek around and find out that there are everything in everywhere.. I bet that even in Norway there are unpunctual and un respectful people as you describe all Venezuelans are…

  157. María rojas says:

    It took me a while to read all of this post but it was definitely worth it! I laughed a LOT because all of these is true, I’m Venezuelan and this is a very accurate description of our culture. I found your post on Facebook and I hope you continue to enjoy your journey here in Venezuela!!

  158. Lorena says:

    I did enjoy this post a lot, I laughed so hard with the part of “when I got robbed story” hahaha because it is so true! But as you said it’s funny but also sad at the same time. Seriously that’s the biggest characteristic of Venezuelan, always finding the funny side of everything!!

  159. carlosdalya says:

    Hi martine, even though is like 4 days late, Merry Christmas!.I just stumble upon this post through Facebook and got to say i definetely enjoy it. What I’ll find most interesting is that you are experiencing one of the finer sides of our idiosyncrasy as a foreigner but in the other hand a lot of locals have a hard time (as you have seen it in the comments, and i’ve got to say that at times i’ll incude myself in this bunch) embracing it as is basically there own way of life. In fact, a lot of people leave the country and they start missing most of the things that you are describing.
    Any ways i expect that your stay continue to be as entertaining and adventorous as it has been so far, so we can keep enjoying more awesome posts like this one.

  160. Alberto says:

    What about the sex? Scientific research demonstrate that we are among the best 3 lovers in the world.

  161. renndiddo says:

    That was an interesting read which gave me some food for thought. Here’s my account of the people I encountered when I returned to my country of birth after a lifetime in Europe. http://renndiddo.wordpress.com/2013/06/29/coming-home-from-venezuela-to-england/

  162. I just want to keep reading you. I show this blog to everybody. I think is good to see ourselves through the eyes of someone else. I hope you like Barquisimeto as much as me, so 😉 have fun.

  163. Isabel says:

    I am Venezuelan and I have had the opportunity to live in some other countries. All your characteristics are remarkable accurate. I am impress on how well you describe us. Trying to be polite on the bad things and generous on the good things. You are right, we are friendly, happy, talks a LOT (specially me) and we should work on our time management but we are good people who always see the bright side and always always try to focus on the solutions and not so much on the problem. Thank you and you are welcome in Venezuela ALWAYS

  164. Andreina says:

    ok, how do I put this… YOU ARE SOOO RIGHT! hahaha it is so nice to read how we are seen from foreing eyes, bad things and all. We can’t help it we are a tornado of fabulousness. And I am happy to be parto of it even if I suffer because I am punctual and I can’t even run the red light (which is horribly lame here) But at the end of the day yes, we are happy and kind 🙂

  165. Eugenia says:

    Wait a minute! I dont even know you how can you discribed me so well???!!! Hahahahaha I am sorry but I just can NOT stop laughing. I am reading this while putting my kids to take a nap… So yeah hahaha they are use to our very Venezuelan way of living hahaha one word HAPPY! 😉 thank you for this article it made laugh a lot but most important made me LOVE my country and my people! Becuase truth thing wr are not organized not on time but we are such good people it makes me prouder! And please… If you still in Venezuela EAT hallacas, pan de jamon, ensalada de gallina, dulce de lechoza, torta negra hahaha yeap we enjoy ourselves around food! Xoxo ( yes, kisses and hugs even when I dont know you) hahaha love it! Thank youuuu

  166. Marli says:

    I love your style of writing and the amazing things you say about Venezuela!

    I am experiencing somehow the same but to the other direction since I am now living in Poland. Quite a different culture and what a cultural shock as well!!.. I should def follow your example ans start writing about it, tho my writing skills might not be as good!

    Keep enjoying your time in this beautiful piece of paradise!!

    All the best!

  167. Daniel says:

    i love your point of view the things you say are true that happens in my crazy and chaotic country but beautifu lVenezuela, that is true about meet people is so crazy, all foreigns yes they are bad things but visit my country is a experience they never forget trust me especially the beach and the food

  168. Rima Abou says:

    Trueeeeee hahahahaha

  169. Melanie De Barros says:

    Hi Im Venezuelan and i loved your post! I had 2 exchange students in my house this year, a boy from Denmark and a girl from Canada. Im pretty sure they will feel related to your experience here. Thanks for noticed such good things about my country and my people.you are welcome here anytime! 🙂

  170. Jesús D. Hernández Guitián says:

    De acuerdo con que para el venezolano todo es un desorden, un bochinche y nada es en serio… sin embargo, creo que se ha perdido mucho de este “ambiente festivo”…En el texto dice que el venezolano es muy amigable y que con sólo 2 horas de haber conocido a alguien, ya te invitan a una reunión familiar…mmm..pues eso era antes!!!.Con la inseguridad esto se perdió, y existe mucha desconfianza, además la gente en la calle, al menos en Caracas, es muy agresiva, cada quien está por sus intereses sin importar a los que tienen a su alrededor. Pienso que el simple hecho de infringir las leyes por creer con esto “ser el más vivo”, lo que ocasiona es perturbar al resto. Particularmente me siento agredido cuando voy a una tienda y soy mal atendido y hasta maltratado, porque no hay dedicación al cliente y los empleados trabajan por trabajar, sucediendo lo mismo en los centros de salud tanto públicos como privados, además creo que en Venezuela hay mucha discriminación en todos los sentidos. Irónicamente y contrario a lo que comentan muchos, yo he recibido mejor trato en lo poco del exterior que conozco (México y Brasil), que en la misma Venezuela. En el exterior si he visto amabilidad por parte de la gente que consigo en una tienda o en la calle y el simple hecho de que se cumplan las normas de urbanidad ya es un buen trato para mi…..será que soy extranjero porque no me adapto a éste desorden?…jajajaja…..ahí se los dejo

  171. Melanie says:

    Hi! Im venezuelan and I simply loved your post. I had 2 exchange students this year at my house, a boy from Denmark and a girl from Canada; Im pretty sure they will feel related to your experience here. Thanks for realized such good things about my country and my people, you are welcome here anytime!

  172. Leonardo Lezama says:

    Awesome perception! Thanks for sharing!

  173. Henry L Mijares M says:

    I was reading this post While making the line to buy some tickets to the cinema and of course someone got in front of me because I was distracted hahahaha well I liked your post so much that I would like to invite you to my home in Valencia I got a boat and we can go to the Beach for the weekend so we could chat a little more about the way we are

  174. Maria Fernanda Jordan says:

    As venezuelan, I gotta say I kept laughing all the time because every single thing you mentioned is true. I’m really glad you find yourself comfortable there, although the life there is not the best, we know how to compensate them as you may have seen! Enjoy your time in my lovely home country!
    Nada como estar en casa, que tristeza extranar el calor venezolano♥

  175. paxxto says:

    As Venezuelan born I liked your appreciation for the way we are as culture. It’s somewhat accurate and I guess you may be right that we are mostly happy, take the best of life and appreciate it greatly partying any chance we get. And I can say for a fact that we carry that happy and positive attitude about life wherever we are in the world. Yet, because we are so busy “living without agendas”, “no taking things too seriously”, and “always partying” that we have gotten distracted and left the country’s back door “OPEN FOR FOREIGN THIEVES” to come in and trash & steal the country and it’s resources. So….in a few years….. if you decide to go back for a visit from the Norway area which according to you is not “as good”… are we going to be happy as Venezuelans or should we start learning how to be happy as Cubans?

  176. Ed Gugliotta says:

    Jackpot! a true Culture Shock. The Venezuelans are unique and you can pinpoint them anywhere in the world. Loved every minute of my life there. If you go to Margarita Island don´t forget to try the Funche. And BTW, as everywhere else, you will find many exceptions to the bad rules, since you are visiting that country in one of the worst moments of it´s history and many a good Venezuelan is also overseas.

  177. Bernardo says:

    Hi, this was a nice reading, thank you. But honestly, I think you were lucky for getting a nice group of friends and all people treated you well, but let me tell you that that usually happens when a visitor is very exotic for a culture. For example I have been in european countries where people are known for being “cold”, and like you, I loved how they treated me.

    If you had experienced a typical disrespectful treatment in the street like usually happens among our own people, I’m pretty sure that you wouldn’t have written how you love venezuelans. Anyway I’m glad that that didn’t happen to you and that you had a great experience. Cheers!

  178. Simón Petrocelli says:

    Hahahahaha amazing post. So sad some of this things are not always good for our own sake (for example, the part of not taking ouserlves seriously).

    I agree with you probably in 100% of the behaviours you described. Its really nice to read that you are having a great time in Venezuela, my friend… I hope it just gets better every day it passes

  179. Oscar says:

    Yeap, sounds about right.
    I wanted to write that I’m different, but I also wanted to invite you to eat and dance if you are ever in Caracas, so… busted! jajaja
    I’m loving the blog. Keep it up, you’ll do just fine here.

  180. Maria Alejandra Abreu says:

    This is just beautiful and extremely accurate. I am so glad that you have focused on the positives of our country rather than simply talking about all the political turmoil. I am currently studying in the United States and all I hear about my country are negative things not only in the news but through word of mouth, which is extremely sad for me. Foreigners used to move to Venezuela because there was plenty of opportunities but the reason all of them stayed is exactly what you described in your blog: the people. While reading your blog I cried but of happiness, you have no idea how happy you have made me for taking the time of describing so well Venezuela. I hope you continue to enjoy your experience and if you ever want to stay in Caracas you are more than welcomed to my home. My mom has always wanted to host a foreigner so much, because many people have been very nice to me abroad and she wants to return the favor, but nobody from the United States wants to come because of all the bad news on the media. Anyways just know you have a home in Caracas and you are more than welcomed to visit !

    Besos y feliz año nuevo,

    Maria

  181. Alicia says:

    Honey, many europeas living here believe in “santería”. Many of us, venezuelans, finf it primitiva and foolish. Not everybody is disorganized or irresponsable, or inpunctual. I do think that you are probable just dealing with people from one social sphera instead of trying to get to know people from different ones. It is true and I have to agree with you on that, that we make a joke out of anything, even if it is not really funny at all. Polítical we became after falling into this dictatorship in disguise.
    Anyway must of your impressions are accurate and amusing

  182. José Manuel Aceto says:

    First of all, I’m very glad you have noticed the “happiness” of Venezuelans in general, despite of all the craziness we are living, and all the problems we have (political, economic, social, etc.). My theory is that it is because of all the problems we have always lived, I think that we think this is the best way to “survive” the consequences of the terrible governmets we’ve had since a long time ago; also, i think the weather has an important influence.

    I’m 22 years old, I was born and raised in Venezuela, so I have to say that somehow I am “used” to the disorder and the craziness in this country, but seriously I find it annoying. It is annoying to me the disorder on the streets, in traffic, in the line waiting to pay the groceries, the dirtiness, the awful public transportation an the crime. And as you said it: nobody cares. I particularly hate when happen things like the car behind me is honking me to pass through the red light, and so many other situations, but people just don’t care, Venezuelans actually enjoy the fact that they can do whatever they want without being punished by the law, I think you already know that. Actually, that is a very common “complain” about venezuelans that have visited or lived in some European country or the US: “you can’t do this, you can’t do that”, “people is way too correct and organized, they don’t talk to you, everyone is on their own bussines, people is very impersonal and cold”.

    I’m venezuelan, but my parents are Italian, they came to Venezuela with my grandfathers because of the war. I think that’s one of the reasons I find this country so annoying instead of considering it “normal”, and that is the culture I have learned from my foreing (European) family. There was an important migration of europeans (Italians, Spanishes and Portuguese) in Venezuela from the 50’s to the 70’s, and you can notice a difference among the european descendants and the 100% venezuelans.

    I’m honest, I don’t like it living here, I consider this country is too dangerous and annoying. Neverthless, I have very strong feelings for My country, I cry when I listen to the national anthem, somehow I love the kindness of the people, the food and the natural beauties of Venezuela.

    I really like your blog and the way you’ve described your stay in Venezuela, and I’m glad you never mentioned something related to politics, because foreings tend to hate everything about venezuelans because of Chavez or whatever.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us, I would really like to read some more.

    ¡Saludos! 😀

  183. Yo crecí en un lugar donde dicen ” Pa´lante es pa´allá”, donde se pide la bendición al entrar, al salir, al levantarte y al acostarte, donde se comen arepas y cachapas, donde se menea el whisky con el dedo, donde se respira alegria a pesar de las adversidades, donde se regalan sonrisas hasta a los extraños, donde todos somos panas, donde aguantamos chalequeos, donde se trata con cariño sincero, donde los hijos de tus amigos son tus sobrinos, donde la gente siempre es amable, donde los problemas se arreglan hablando y tomando una cervecita, donde no se le guarda rencor a nadie y donde nadie se molesta por tonterías, donde hasta de lo malo sacan un chiste, donde besamos y abrazamos muchísimo, donde expresamos con cariño nuestros sentimientos, donde hay hermosas playas, ríos, selvas, montañas, llano y desierto, un país de gente bella, cariñosa y alegre donde se mezclaron armoniosamente las razas, donde el extranjero se siente en casa y donde siempre encontramos cualquier motivo para celebrar con los amigos. Yo crecí en VENEZUELA, me siento orgulloso de ser venezolano y aunque naciera en el último bombardeo de madrid….¡¡¡¡Viva nuestra Venezuela!!!! me fascino la descripcon de esa turisa o turista noruego es perfecta venezuela es un bonche nos reimos hasta de la desgracia. felicitacioneos y contribuyo con este comentario. maria teresa sanz shemonis zaiim facebook astrologos unidos facebook correo zaim2004@gmail.com

  184. Imoya says:

    LOL reading this! Having a sister living in Norway I completely imagine the situation! I felt all the way around when I went to Norway jajajajaja it is so funny!

  185. Karina Isea says:

    Proud to be venezuelan! I laughed like crazy reading what you were explaining. All true. We have a lot of not-so-good things to change but we have a lot of good things that you will not find somewhere else, but in Venezuela.
    (You forgot to talk about our famous Parrillas)

  186. J. A. Machado says:

    You got a excellent glance of us, I couldn’t explain this any better. You have a place to stay if you ever come to Texas, you got a friend here!

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  188. I`m amazed to see that most people
    are “proud” of this, when in fact we should feel ashamed of being so disorganized and living in a constant partying while OUR country colapses. Im glad you enjoyed our warm and caring culture but this is beacuse you have a country to go back, just imagened being stuck in this chaos the rest of your life, it would not be so amusing then, right?

  189. rita says:

    Keep writing please!!! It helps our venezuelan minds and spirits, while we go through difficult economical times…is true we are happy even under the challenges we are facing everyday, so your point of view really helps and encourages to keep on laughing !!! Thank you!!!

  190. Marian says:

    Very nice your post… Thank u from a Venezuelan…! I laugh so hard.. specially when u said “on his way”, we say that when we are just waking up jajajaja no cz we are really on the way… Saludos!

  191. @mragenta says:

    This is incredibly accurate! You’re always welcome to Venezuela, and make sure you step by Maracaibo… The city with the loudest people in Venezuela!

  192. GabrielM says:

    I can’t say everything in this post made me laugh; I grinned, to say the least.

    Many of the things you find funny (and I’m not mad at all that you find them so) have to change; some of those things make Venezuela a target for jokes and sympathy, internationally. Some of those things, such as table-umbrella-and-a-phone business are what are keeping us chained to a very-not-deserved 3rd country label.

    I feel happy that you like my country, though. Being honest with myself, I don’t think there isn’t anything not to like about it. It is the people who rule it, and how they have turned their followers against people like me, who didn’t let their brains be washed, making me feel a stray and a pariah for thinking different, for wanting progress, which have made me feel like I NEED to move out. It saddens me having to think like that, it saddens me a lot that I dream (in my early twenties) of moving out of my homeland so I won’t get killed because someone tried to steal my cellphone on the street.

  193. La chica que escribe este post no tiene como objetivo ofender a los venezolanos, tal parece que eso nos lo hacemos nosotros mismos. Estoy de acuerdo en muchas cosas que acá escribe, porque hasta dentro de los que se ufanan de ser puntuales, responsables y demás… no les abandona ese sentimiento “latino” de una “escapadita” y ser un poco desordenados… si algo debemos aprender de lo que ella escribe en este blog, es el de que tenemos una actitud de la vida que ellos no conocen y les gusta, si bien existen otras consideraciones (como puntualidad, orden y responsabilidad) que debemos como conjunto aprender a formarnos para ser un país mejor.

  194. I’m not proud to be called Desorganized, Chaotic, Loud, Rule-Braker or Late,
    but what can I say ¡ We are ! Maybe our favorite quote is Jhon Lennon’s “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
    I’ll keep struggling against myself in some aspects and maybe for a lifetime.
    ¡ Great Way Too Large Post !

  195. Mickey says:

    I am from the Southern US and have been in a relationship with a Venezuelan for over 9 years. All you say is true! Oh. Y gosh it is so glad to have a support group for those of us raised in such a restrictive way. Of course all the things that drive me crazy and cause me great anxiety, also bring me the most joy from being in this large crazy family! As far as Venezuelan minutes, I just laugh! I have learned to say a party or get together starts at least 2 hours earlier than actual! Haha. Oh my Gosh! I appreciate my Venezuelan niece for sharing this with me! I had thought for so long something was really wrong with ME!

  196. cesared01 says:

    You made me laugh and cry… and also you made a friend! … Welcome back

  197. Angela says:

    Thanks for the good laugh and for sharing your experience. Bravo, loved your post!
    All True…does not mean good but, who’s perfect, right?

  198. S.Angel says:

    Very funny! But when I was reading it, it was as if you were describing the people from Colombia. I guess being neighbors, our culture isvery similar!

    • angvp says:

      This might sound harsh for a Venezuelan or a Colombian because neighbors use to hate themselves, but yes Colombians are very similar .. we are more than cousins .. like brothers, but you know, colombians and venezuelans will deny that ;).. I hope she can meet Colombia too, I met the Colombia after living outside and I felt Colombia like my home, so yes, we are super similar. Cheers

  199. Jay says:

    I found kind of tragic that Venezuelans make a joke of everything their country is going down the drain and they are making jokes. How can you be so funny with the highest inflation on the planet? with three of their cities making the list of the most dangerous cities in the world? When you can’t find coffe, milk or simple toilet paper and other common things? When getting a passport can take months? When politicians tell you that being rich is bad but they are billionaires. The only people that I know that joke when facing this kind of tragedies are in places with bars in their windows, yes those places for the insane or the ones that suffer from other mental ilnesses

  200. Gustavo Perez says:

    Wow, what a great Venezuelan cultural analysis…you hit the nail right on the head. I am an ex Aisecer from Venezuelan now living in the US and anytime I go back I get the same impressions (Cultural Shock Back)…good thing I get used to it (Switch back) after the third day or so. Also interesting to note you can identify a group of Venezuelan traveling abroad together doing exactly these things in countries significantly different (i.e Grupo de Maracuchos en Suiza)….You should include the Venezuelan Driving style if you have a chance later on. Glad to see the Aiesec experience is still working (The way i supposed to) I am sure this experiences will stick with you for a lifetime! Good Stuff,

  201. Yuleima says:

    Jeg bor i Bergen for 4 år siden og savner mitt land 😦

  202. Gabs says:

    Well that’s nice. Only the articles that are chevere get published. The contrarian views are dismissed. Why my comment is not being published?

    • Because this is my blog and not a discussion forum 🙂 you can do that on your own blog

      • Gabs says:

        I didn’t want to start a discussion. I just wanted to leave my opinion. Apologies if I offended you but people are fundamentally wrong taking any pride on these things.

      • J.C says:

        While I found your perspective to be very refreshing and positive you have to recognize that when you send things to the waves on the internet all those things do not belong to you anymore. People will comment, criticize and give their point of view because you are talking about them and they are sensitive about that issue, censor the opinions that are not in line with your perspective it is not the best way to do this. Now that you have an audience I advice you to do what some T.V channels do a disclaimer “Martineretting it is not responsible neither support or necessarily share the opinion of some of the people writing on this blog” something like that because like I said once you send these opinions to the air, the universe, the Internet waves, etc they don’t belong to you anymore. You have mentioned that Venezuelans are very passionate and kind of a polarized society. Well on that kind of environment you can’t expect to see or report things with just your particular glasses or points of view does not matter how positive or amusing that perspective can be. Just my 5 cents.

  203. Andreina says:

    OMG, it is so true but I’m very proud to say I’m Venezuelan!! My husband who is English read the blog and laugh so much!!! Xxx

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  205. Rafael Vivas says:

    Hay ciertamente un lado risueno , simpatico , alegre a nuestra idiosincracia que el autor de este texto celebra para gusto de nuestro orgullo gentilicio , nos hace sentir bien que un extranjero ( cuyas opiniones siempre apreciamos mas que las mas analiticas de nuestros propios compatriotas ) nos crea distintos o mejores en muchos rasgos de nuestra manera de ser, Pero hay tambien otro lado mas oscuro y deplorable a nuestra idiosincracia que el autor barniza de pintura rosa y que en realidad nos condena a una vida que tiene mucho de desdichada y falsa. Es este lado el que destaca con cierta agudeza Plinio Apuleyo citado por un comentarista a este blog . Es ese lado flojo , tramposo, superficial , irresponsable , embelequero, , desordenado , anti nomico, pueril y salvajemente machista y arrogante que representan las figuras del alzado y del picaro que describe Axel Capriles en algunos de sus libros. La personalidad del venezolano tiene algo de equizofrenica , somos encantadores y desprendidos , pero si tenemos ocasion de timar al projimo pendejo a travez de algun ‘gracioso ardid’ tambien eso es lo ‘nuestro’. La descripcion que todos parecen celebrar aqui tiene de verdadera pero tambien de falsa por incompleta en cuanto ignora ese lado oscuro y deplorable de nuestra personalidad de pueblo. Este blog es bueno por las coss buenas que destaca de nosotros y malo por que silencia o glosa con piadosa superficialidad los aspectos maltrechos de nuestra forma de ser. I write in spanish because no foreigner is likely to care about these countervailing comments to what everyone applauds above.. .

    • Rafael Vivas says:

      Fe de erratas , la referencia anterior a Plinio Apuleyo por un desliz imperdonable realmente es al comentario que hace Francisco Toro a algo que Briceno Guerrero escribio hace algun tiempo .

  206. citizenkin says:

    I find it less than charming that all Venezuelans are lumped as one happy-go lucky, disorganized, irresponsible and shallow people who conform to a less than perfect country and sing and dance to every occasion as if we were some african tribe celebrating a passage of rites. Sorry but I think we are much MORE than that superficial, one dimensional description. :))

  207. Jorge Luis says:

    Well, most of all is true. That woman captured a very vivid image of venezuelan people. We are happy and so desperate to keep happiness in our lives that normally they tend to forget the real problems and do something serious about it.

  208. Mely says:

    Loved it! Thank you. I’m a Venezuelan that left the country 21 years ago because of exactly those reasons and many more. I wanted to have less chaos in my life, and raise my girls in a safer environment. But I haven’t being able to be punctual, I’m forever running late, and I get in trouble for it. I miss a lot of that craziness though,
    and the food, and the family and friends. I knew exactly

    • Mely says:

      what you meant when you said you fell in love with our culture and I miss a lot of things too. It’s interesting reading about my culture from a different perspective. Thank you

  209. Mely says:

    I believe it is spelt “sereno”. Sereno used to be the man that lighted the street lamps at night. And sereno is the cool breeze that blows at that time of the night. So mothers used to be adviced not to take their babies outside at night because they could catch a cold caused by the exposure to the “cold” weather. I know, funny for Norwayians, hahaha!

  210. Yenisse González says:

    I’m very happy because of I’m venezuelan, in fac, I enjoy every one of the words in this blog, but I think we must to be better with the rules, because the rules are necesaries and whwn people breake it, a lot of problems will come… But anyway, I’m venezuelan and I’m happy for this. Congratulations about your descriptions obout venezuelan people, we are like you told

  211. Vicky says:

    i think, and my mom said it once too, that we have the right to be disorganized because we have soooo much in our minds, theres so much going on in the city and in the country that makes it hard to have it all straight. I love your blog! very great way to describe us Venezuelans!

  212. Kabeli says:

    Your appreciation about Venezuelans was very accurate and I can identify myself with almost every of the aspect you said. I’m glad to read you had such a great time in Venezuela and you got to share with the local in that way to really get the feeling of the country and the people as well 🙂 I’m sharing it!! Wish you a great time in Venezuela if you’re still here or back home too. And good luck with bringing the dancing culture to Norway 😜

  213. Gaby Bastidas Hall says:

    I love your blog!!! I’m a Venezuelan living in the US, completely submerged in the US American world, and I’m always trying to find ways to explain to people why I’m the way I’m, or how things work at home. My husband, for example, cannot understand how I can be late everything and not care, but the way I see it, it can be so much worse, I’m only 10-30 min late at the most! Compared to what you’re experiencing, and knowing how my mom is, that’s basically being there on time! 🙂
    I will follow your blog from now on and will be sharing your stories on Facebook, I want my friends and new family to hear it from someone else 🙂 thank you for sharing. Enjoy your stay!

  214. Lester Dewitt says:

    It sounds like you are a student visiting in some kind of “study abroad” program. Do you mostly hang out with other students?

    I think that your article describes the characteristics of every 20-something-year-old that I have ever met in the world: optimistic, party-loving, adaptable, unpunctual, prone to physical manifestations of affection, with malleable morals, superstitious, exhuberantly sensual, disorganized, flouting the law.

    The problem with this situation is that most Venezuelans never outgrow this phase of their lives, so you may be confusing naïveté with happiness and numbness and dissociative behavior with patience and calm.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your stay.

  215. Andrea says:

    I dont understand how some people are not able to realize that their depiction has not changed in time (Venezuelans depicted as sociable, happy, outgoing, etc) and still feel proud of having the country the way it is now.

  216. J.C says:

    It is very interesting to me to see here how some people say that they are very proud of being always late, not obeying the rules and norms, not being able to focused on a task, not respecting others space, sleep, etc. While I understand that being friendly (Venezuelans are) is a good thing, liking food and being a good host to foreigners are good stuffs you can’t deny one thing. Every time that you have comparisons between two economic models one successful and one a constant failure the comparisons between Norway and Venezuela come to mind,. Both oil countries but the comparisons stop right there. While one of those countries has one of the highest standards of living, one of the best educational systems in the world and it is always at the top of any world ranking the other – on the other hand – is a completely opposite, always lagging, last in almost any world ranking of transparency, education, ease to make business, corruption, crime, inflation, scarcity of the most common things, constant black outs and a president that is a shame to the good Venezuelans that have been forced to emigrate to find a decent living somewhere else. I think that the fact that Venezuela is always at the level of Mozambique, Nigeria, etc has a lot to do with those behaviors that some people seem to be so proud of; always late, not following any rules and norms, not consideration what so ever for others space or needs, loud and the most incredible thing making jokes of their own disgrace. While I think it is a good and commendable attribute to be positive and have a good outcome in life there is a moment when you should stop laughing and take things seriously at least for once. The Venezuelan Anthem starts with “Gloria al Bravo Pueblo” something like “Glory to the brave people” I am afraid that Venezuelans with their constant making fun of everything and themselves are not leaving to their lustrous and great past and standards. they are just too entertained having fun, going to the beach, drinking beers while the country is descending to never before seen lows and foreigners are taking control of their government, country and own destiny, No wonder why nowadays you see the best highly educated Venezuelans out of their country, following the rules, trying not to be late and taking things seriously.while keeping their own identity and being friendly to others. Venezuela perhaps will past in the history of the world like the country with the greatest potentials….that never materialized….. because the nature of their own people…and the weirdest thing… they seem to be proud of it…it is certainly a very particular place and people. a case of study of what not to do as a nation but hey they are having the time of their lives.

  217. Marcos says:

    Love it, a foreign living in my country, and getting the best of it, in a blog… as many said true, sad and so on… Since I move to us, I always described Venezuelan ppl as really friendly, cause the shock I had with the ppl over here, so my best description, when ppl ask my about Venezuelan”s is. In Venezuela when you see somebody twice in two different places, is like your best friend, don’t matter if you don’t speak the first time, the second time would be like you were friends forever. I base this on a personal experience, when I see somebody in a class were I didn’t know anyone, that weekend I went to baseball game, were I saw this guy walking in the crow, we just did the heads up hi thing, xt day at class we talk like best friends… Well some ppl don’t understand that…

  218. Pilar says:

    Thanks for all those compliments!! You just described me… jajajaj! other than the noise I am a perfect example! Love that you love us! We love you!!
    PS: Andrea: I am not proud of the system and goverment we have right now…. However, I am really proud of my homeland of my country of my people…

  219. Maria says:

    HOLA.!!!! I’m Maria ..I’m from Venezuela living in th EEUU for the past 30yrs..thank you to make me fall in love with my people and my country again !!!!! I’m glad the you have a good time,and got to know us soooo well!!!;)

  220. Manuel Hernandez says:

    For far one of best descriptions of the country. Respectful, empathetic, honest and showing that you are open to understand and embrace the Venezuelan way. Hope you make it in one piece, and do not forget to take the positives with you, you might need them in Europe, where there is a simulation of order and efficiency but it does not take more than three beers in a pub to see the dark side of the rational cage (Weber). Manuel

  221. Gordon Garcwyn says:

    After reading this post a couple of times, and the comments, I only feel a mixture of sadness and anger.

    Let me be clear: I think the blogger has written it out of good will and by and large she has been very objective. I don’t expect her to know the intricacies of Venezuelan politics neither I expect her to know the dark side of things. That Venezuelans are warm and loving people, are they really?

    Let me explain where I am coming from and the main critic to this article. There is nothing here, absolutely nothing, that you could say it is something intrinsic to the Venezuelans. “This is a Venezuelan trait” for instance. All what I’m seeing here is the by-product of the lack of a State, a Government and the Rule of Law. The lack of a functional society and its institutions. There is nothing to feel proud about it, nothing to celebrate, unless you have a brother, or a sister, or a relative, which is completely paralysed from head to toe, in a wheel chair, but with a massive smile in the face simply because how the muscular dystrophy worked out. So the equivalent will be that you feel proud about this relative because “YES he or she is f’ up but look his/her beautiful smile in his/her face. Isn’t it wonderful?”

    Stephen Hawking is always with a smile in his face by the way. Wonder if his enjoying the ride.

    So my critic is about not going to the next stage of analysis and try to question not only how Venezuelans are but WHY they are like that.

    As for the comments they are only an illustration of the same thing. People feeling proud because a Norwegian likes an arepa like if it was bloody Mana falling from the skies. God move on! Or because Venezuelans are “helpful” because a guy in a restaurant and his fifteen headcount family had an opinion on what you should eat. That’s for me is called a bloody nuisance, that’s not been helpful!

    The flip side of this “helpfulness” is people getting their snout into every single aspect of your life. Fine if you are an average guy but if you deviate from the norm, and I mean with this the political norm for instance if you happen to be in the wrong territory, good luck for you!

    So yes this is an article written like if an alien would have come to Earth with little knowledge about sociology, anthropology and History. A bit patronising to be honest but I understand the reasons why and I’m not judging the author. In any tribe or chiefdom you will find the same wonderful traits including the noise and the dancing and with probably less killings per one hundred thousand people.

    YES it’s nice to have those qualities BUT only if you have already a functional state, government, democracy or whatever you call it. Of course! Call it Denmark, Scotland, I don’t know Canada but I know they have a socialist state. There aren’t many countries in the world that happily combine a social safety net and the warmth of their people. Normally they are inversely correlated hence the shock for you coming from Norway; one of the countries with one of the best welfare states in the world. That people are distant and a have huge respect for their space, well that’s what I would expect!

    Am I too ANAL here? Too picky? A little bit of an asshole? Absolutely. Mala leche es lo que nos hace falta!

    I have no hope in this country. That people living there has this or that opinion fine, but “expats” living abroad after God knows how many years feel somehow proud about it… Where are they living? In a Venezuelan ghetto listening regueton and eating arepas three times a day?

    So no I don’t feel proud about adaptations, because these is what they are. Adaptations to chaos, frustrations, lack of the rule of law, lack of a State, lack of a society, etc, etc. I either don’t feel proud about natural accidents like a mountain there, or a river here. The same friendly–helpful–warm and loving– funny and laughing–disorganised–loud–food loving–not very punctual–patient–party goers–dancing lovers–rule breakers- talkative and superstitious (nice euphemism to call us believers), among other things, I can guarantee, will also feel very proud about a natural accident that either them nor any human inhabitant of that country had nothing to do with it.

    So what is the celebration here?

    • Gustavo Perez says:

      You may have a few points there but I really doubt Venezuelan will change overnight weather your like it or not….here is an idea: move to Norway.

      • Gustavo Perez says:

        whether….

      • Gordon Garcwyn says:

        I assume Gustavo you are not Venezuelan for the:

        “ I really doubt Venezuelans will change…”

        If you were Venezuelan you would have said something like:

        “I really doubt WE will change…”

        In any case you are completely missing the point and I recommend (no joke) to either improve you English but more likely to go and check your logical and reading comprehension skills. It doesn’t matter what language your mother tongue is. You seriously have a problem

        I DON’T LIKE VENEZUELANS TO CHANGE. I never said that!!!!!!!! My comment is about the anger I feel about Venezuelans feeling proud about silly and stupid things.

        Just taking a couple of another posts here to see if you get enlighten:

        “Venezuela is in the sad mess it is because unfortunately most Venezuelans have never grown out of their childish and irresponsible ways.”

        Let’s celebrate that then! Common then!

        “My dear, I would like to see you living in Venezuela for a year, with bolívares [not with dollars, nor euros, not with any other currency than bolívares], living in our country as an average venezuelan. I give you a year. Come and live here for a year as a venezuelan and at the end of the year you will tell me what do you think?, if you still have the same opinion about venezuelans.”

        The height of hypocrisy is making opinions about a country you don’t really know, from the comfort of a first world country (perhaps), and then avoiding at all cost going to that country even on holidays on the basis that is dangerous, or that you don’t like, etc, etc, etc as I have seen many times. At least the author here had the guts to go and live there (and learn the language) albeit for a short period of time.

        The height of hypocrisy and flatulence is also feeling “proud” and “henchida de orgullo” like a globe fish but doing f’ all about that country. I bet not every Venezuelan living abroad commenting here has done what it could for the country. Like not voting for whatever stupid reason (i.e.: not because of a political position but because “logistical” reasons)

        Hipocrita!

        P.S.: “Yes move to Norway”. If you don’t like something move then like if I was in a restaurant or in the cinema. Like if it was that easy…

    • Trails of Drago says:

      I have to say its a bit sad when a very happy article which celebrates both someone’s positive experience of Venezuela and the people of Venezuela has to be hijacked by someone to vent their frustration at the social, political and economic situation there. There are other more appropriate fora for that discussion and for me it is not here. Celebrate the good, as this article does, for if you look for the bad you will of course, find it, that is true anywhere. This article and blog is not about politics – and it is a totally unrealistic goal to expect to change the culture overnight and some of those idiosyncrasies are the same ones that made the country do good in the past and can again in the future.

      • Gustavo Perez says:

        T of D: Couldn’t agree more! well done.

      • Gordon Garcwyn says:

        Trails of Drago/Gustavo Perez, probably the same person auto-clapping your shoulders.

        My comment is not about politics and it would be nice if you point out (by making reference to specific passages of my comment) why you think it is.

        My point is simple: I don’t feel proud about being not punctual, loud and disorganized among other things. I don’t think there is anything to celebrate here. I do agree the article is candid and written out of very good will, I believe I mentioned that. I reiterate again to see if you get it: my comment is for the other comments. The Venezuelans being told, in a very candid way, “yes you are third world people but hey is fun!” and the same Venezuelans feeling proud about it.

        There is nothing good to be a third world country. Moreover, there is absolutely nothing good to be third world country when it could have been so much different (i.e.: like Norway). It’s a failure over a failure over failure. The dancing, etc bits are the positive side of the coin, of course. Try to go to a public hospital. Try to get a mortgage. Let’s not go deeper otherwise you will accuse me of being political. I’m not so going to celebrate this.

        Yes, from the comfort of the first world it looks very nice. Going there for a couple weeks (only) and come back can’t do anything wrong, can it?

        Have you question the fact that most of comments here are Venezuelans living abroad? Just asking…

        Imagine your neighbors making candid comments about yourself or your family. “oh yes they are very loud you know and the guy wakes up every day at 6am and makes huge noises in the bathroom. I think he has a colon problem. No problem because that’s the time I normally wake up so don’t need to put the alarm bell. It doesn’t bother me really, by the contrary it makes me laugh”

        In front of an article like this at the very least you stay quiet and in introspective mode. You don’t go and celebrate. This is stupid.

        In any case this is my opinion. You think it’s worthwhile to celebrate? Fine, respect other people’s opinion. You seem more concern about me “hijacking this blog” than the owner of it. I’m not going to change my mind specially when I’m not even sure you read things properly or fully.

      • Gordon Garcwyn says:

        I urge to stop being so patronizing when you are not even Venezuelan and doesn’t live there. You are an hypocrite and completely dismissive of the struggle and suffering of people living there that have to endure not only a life of dancing, laughing all the time, arepas falling from everywhere and noise but also crime, endemic corruption, nothing gets ever done and economic collapse. The two sides of the same coin!

        Let’s celebrate that then!

  222. NATALIA says:

    what? what ? hay perdida del valor mas esencial para avanzar como una sociedad justa “EL RESPETO” veo como madre como a los niños no se les inculca este valor, no todos porque de seguro habrán padres que como yo , instruyen a sus hijos al respeto. nuestra sociedad se deteriora ante la inseguridad ya no somos tan abiertos con los extraños, el temor a salir perjudicados esta presente, hasta para dar una dirección a alguien lo hacemos con miedo. siempre he partido de algo , si en la política no se dan esos cambios , de respeto mal podría el pueblo hacerlo, tuvimos un liderazgo político que hizo mucho pero causo tanto mal con el odio , el irrespeto , los funcionarios públicos corruptos , quien respeta leyes? donde el que va a la cárcel es aquel que no tiene dinero para limpiar o distorsionar los hechos. Soy abogado y el sistema de justicia es dinero a todo el sistema para poder acelerar un procedimiento, estancarlo o salir intacto ante alguna situación. No hagan jardín donde lo que hay es monte esta es nuestra realidad, ahora para poder adquirir un producto tienes que hacer una larga cola , estresarte y cansarte hasta conseguirlo, esto cansa en verdad que en navidad no consigas harina pan para hacer las hallacas, el papel hay que ubicarlo en cualquier abasto para hacer la cola y comprar. Es ilógico que con tanta riqueza tengamos que pasar tan malos ratos para adquirir productos de necesidad que no se consiga un sitio para alquilar a precio accesible porque no hay RESPETO al bien AJENO. Necesitamos un gobierno de mano dura que corrija lo que se ha hecho mal y ponga en carril a todo aquel que violente las normas , solo así se podrá entender que respetando podemos avanzar .

    • IJPT says:

      Writing about the ugly truth hidden behind the veil of the carefree, happy-go-lucky superficiality is not hijacking anything. The deterioration is real and, yes, VISITING a place where someone from a nation of laws and order is exposed to charming and cheerful people and to a bit of chaos is always enjoyable…for a while. I really wish that the “positive” traits highlighted herein included honesty, respect for the laws and institutions and other people’s time, privacy and property. Someone cited Herrera Luque’s books earlier in the blog. The resemblance is almost surreal.

      By the way, I know a great many Venezuelans who have succeeded abroad, simply because they have put some of those great traits to work within the framework of the rules and environment of the places where they live. Given the opportunity to exercise our creativity and entrepreneurial attitude, our passion and capacity to overcome adversity, as well as our humor and good nature in places where the rule of law prevails shows how amazingly our “Venezuelan personality” can lead us to great achievements. What was said earlier by Gordon was misunderstood. I think that person cares about Venezuela and would like to see an improvement. It’s time for a new generation to see that “the emperor is naked”, pull the collective head out of the sand and once and for all realize that the culture of “pachanga and sabrosura” would be much nicer under different circumstances such as having the liberty to move about freely without fearing for our personal safety. Such circumstances are created by each person, not by “someone, not I” nor by expecting that “it will come when it comes”. We are responsible to forge our own destiny. And yes, a Higher Power will help, but it is necessary to want to be helped and take the steps necessary to make things happen. Many Venezuelans are cultivated, well informed, quick to learn new things – and to adapt to new circumstances, and often display an abundance of initiative. I hope that one day, all of these good things can be put to good use to improve the standard of living and make Venezuela a true paradise.

      • Gordon Garcwyn says:

        Very well said IJPT! You probably made the effort to read my comment fully and digest it not like some idiots here that are not even Venezuelans and have never lived there.

        A more benign way of putting what I said in a harsher way. But essentially the same message.

  223. Francis says:

    Jajajaja U cant drink alcohol inside a hospital in Venezuela. But sadly if they do it is because they dont respect the rules, any kind of rules. The biggest problem that we have is that we are conformist and even though not all venezuelans are like that, if they feel confortable in any kind of situation they will do whatever they want to do just because they can and because we sadly do not respect the laws includind policemans or even the government. We need to realize that we dont work as good countrie and that all we need is union

  224. Marjury says:

    Hi. I’m from Venezuela but living in Canada. I just read your blog and loved the way you talk about my people,I almost got emotional. And considering you now love dancing,let me officially invite you to LOS CARNAVALES DE CAUOANO 2014. Carupano is a small city in the northwest coast of Venezuela. Is known to have THE BEST CARNAVALES in Venezuela. Next year we are celebrating the 50 anniversary and I heard is going to be AMAZINGLY WILD. It starts on Friday February 27 2014. Anyway I hope you can make it. Thanx for sharing your experience with us

  225. gubatron says:

    in case nobody said yet and you are still reading the comments “El Sereno” or “Cereno” (no clue how it’s spelled) doesnt refer to anythig magical or anything like that, it’s just a cold drift of air you dont want to a baby to catch because they can get a cold. it probably sounds ludacris to someone from Norway used to cold weather and who has seen babies on strollers at -10C on the street, but to old people in Venezuela who have lived their lives in hot weather they think that way. Has nothing to do with spirits, just cold drifts.

    awesome post, many of those things are what i always hated about my country’s culture or lack of, and pornably why nothing will ever work there like in first world countries,

  226. yayo says:

    faltó la forma que pedimos llas areperas. ejemplo dame una catira, sifrina, dominó, reina pepiá,viuda,pelua, entre otras.

  227. Venezuelan (de Maracaibo) and PROUD! I live in South Florida and I’m glad a “foreigner” had an optimistic view and adventure in my homeland. Thank you for not criticizing or being biased – common characteristics “Venezuelans” have, I was born there and was brought here when I was 4 months old. I visited there on Summer Vacation when I was 5, 10, 14, 15, 18, 21, in 2008, and lastly, 2011. Despite that, I naturally inherit the characteristic of not being punctual. I really try to be on time. I set my reminders on my phone – business, medical and personal 2-3 hours ahead. That way, if I’m far away or in the middle of something, I have time to get to wherever I need to be. I’m also happy to say I’m sarcastic (Venezuelans are very sarcastic) and try yo look at the positive side of things, especially bad, sad and unfortunate situations. I wanted to share something that I hope reaches the “top of the ladder.”

    Change in a country begins with one person. Each country reflects the inner peace or turmoil of its mass population, and so as one person changes they affect the rest of the population. One person has the power within them to bring massive change to their country through immense love and peace within themselves. But we cannot bring about peace and well-being to our country unless we have conquered that in our own life. Do you see? You cannot give what you do not have.

    Each person’s job is to bring utter harmony into their own life, and then they will become the greatest human gift for their country and the world.

    May the joy be with you,

    Rhonda Byrne
    The Secret… bringing joy to billions

    Cambio en un país comienza con una sola persona. Cada país refleja la paz interior o la agitación de su población en masiva, y así como una persona cambia, afectan al resto de la población. Una persona tiene el poder dentro de ellos para lograr un cambio masivo a su país a través de un inmenso amor y la paz dentro de sí mismos. Pero no podemos lograr la paz y el bienestar a nuestro país a menos que lo hayamos conquistado en nuestra propia vida. ¿Ves? No se puede dar lo que no tienes.

    El trabajo de cada persona es traer absoluta armonía en su propia vida, y luego se convertirán en el mayor regalo humano para su país y el mundo. – El Secreto por Rhonda Byrne … trayendo alegría a billones…

    Me despido con amor, alegria y paz… I say goodbye with love, joy and peace…

    Many blessings,

    Mayra

  228. Martin says:

    It’s a such beautiful words about my nation, my people, my culture. I see, you really take the best of this people, who the world can learn a lot despite the general situation.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences

    Un Venezolano

  229. FABIANA says:

    THANK YOU FOR RESCUING OUR ESSENCE IN YOUR BLOG…HAS MADE ME REMEMBER WHAT UNIQUE AND SPECIAL WE ARE , DEFINITELY NO PEOPLE LIKE US IN OTHER PART OF THE WORLD! WITH OUR VIRTUES AND OUR DEFECTS …PROUD OF BEING VENEZUELAN!

    • Mirtha Yepez says:

      We are Happy people !! Aparte las situaciones dificiles somos al mal tiempo buena cara. No perdamos nuestra esencia y luchemos por lo que fuimos en un pasado. Recatemos nuestra esencia. I’m proud all my life be venezuelan !

  230. Guillermo Guevara says:

    You really got it. I hope you come back to your second home soon……..Venezuela
    From a Venezuelan living in the USA for 25 years and never lost my venezuelan identity.
    You are loved and welcome any time
    Thank you for the nice blog
    God bless you
    Guillermo Guevara

  231. Julio Camero says:

    well this is why i love so so so much my country. Viva venezuela. and thank you made me cry, , I live in SAN CRISTOBAL IF YOU WANT TO COME REPLY ME, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. email me. caracas_158@hotmail.com

  232. Maria says:

    I’m venezuelan and I think everything you said is sooo true!! I have lived abroad one year in the US and ten years later, one year in France. It is far from easy to adapt to an entirely different society and I can see from your writing that you have not only adapted yourself to this country, but most important, so have made the most of it and I admire you for that!! I was also and AIESECer and I’m more than glad that you have had a good time in our country, hope it continuous to be that way!

  233. MEP says:

    These few paragraphs made me laugh and cry. you’ve captured our essence. Thank you. Love & Best wishes for 2014!

  234. elbern. says:

    Hi, hva skjer!

    Venezuelan here, i lived in Norway for almost 4 years, mostly in the south, people in Norway act and think differently depends of the region of the country they are located to… In some towns they don’t like foreigners and others seem to be more used to be around them… Now, from a Venezuelan point of view living in Norway is boring and sorry to say but no, Norwegians cannot dance ;p

    I was amazed of the fact that up there no one could never answer me what’s the meaning of the colors of the flag was, who’s that guy in the statue on the main square of town etc. Most of the time when i was introduced to someone the first thing they ask was: where are u from? Are u a Muslim? Or are u Turkish? At first that thing was kinda irritating but then i got to understand that in the Norwegian reality every svartig or brown eye has to be a Muslim.

    Other times when people hear me talk on Spanish they though i was from Chile cause you know thats pretty much the only minority from South America up there. Was funny to me the fact that Norwegians girls think that Chileans know about Latin music cause for them they represent the “Latino lover” i used to laugh a lot of Chileans guys who thought they knew about salsa and others Caribbean affairs lol.

    Norwegians in general are good people to the point that it gets to define the meaning of naive. Yes Norwegians are very punctual for meetings, are quiet and kinda shy but that comes from the fact that the system you guys live in is all mechanic, everything is done in a way and there’s no excuses to ask why. The same thing will apply for most Germanic or Scandinavians countries. To me the weather has to do a lot with it … for example on winter time with all the darkness that comes with it, anti-depressives sales increase exponentially than in the summer time.

    The thing is that i understand why you compare some of our attitudes with yours as a Norwegian, trust me i did the same for a while too from my Venezuelan point of view. At the end we as humans can only relate things with the ones we know to try define or understand things around us. But at the end we all must understand that comparing leads to nowhere cause the reality is that on this planet different cultures and ways to perceive the world are the rule and not the exception.

    You say we Venezuelans believe in all sort of spiritual things, is true most of us are catholic, but Norwegians also believe in the spiritual world being most of them Lutherans like tarot, runic magic, etc. The thing is that in my country people is not afraid to share or expose their believes and in Norway those things remain hidden in the attic or the basement.

    i spend many times in Sweden and you now Swedish people like to talk trash about Norwegians, and Danish people haha well Danish people actually think they are the superior ones on Scandinavia.

    Yes my country is messy, filthy and we are loud noisy people compare with yours, but that comes from the Spanish heritage, bad politicians, poor formal education and the weather we live in, you can tell where you find more noise when you travel for example in the Frankfurt airport on Germany or in Barajas airport on Spain?

    Our reality has nothing to do with yours… our way to see life is ours and belong to us. As i understand the way Norwegians see the world around them up there.

    People in my country use to compare themselves with others cultures and thats a huge mistake, but the Venezuela you knew is not the real Venezuela at least is not the one i grew up with, most of the things you experienced here now are just part of the darkest time of our history as a nation. One time i was introduced to an elder Norwegian and when i said i was from Venezuela he smiled to me and said: “Oh the beautiful Venezuela, you guys live like us, its a great rich country in the paradise” the thing is that that man was living in my country in the late 60’s and he wasn’t aware of the decay of our economy in decades until the actual time.

    We have great sense of humor, but we use that as a way to drain all our problems, cause in the end is the only thing we got left for now and the best thing we can do without going killing to each other is to laugh about it, otherwise war will come. Venezuelan people suffer daily a lot of things that are unknown to the average Norwegian, at the same time a Norwegian suffer for things that are unknown to the average Venezuelan since we both are in different worlds. We will change the country for the better the day we understand we must change ourselves first, not to change who we are, but to change who we think we are, same applies for the all world in general.

    ha det bra.

    • Gordon Garcwyn says:

      Well said elbern!

      • Gustavo Perez says:

        See… elbern did it. Gordon I am serious try Norway (or other Scandinavian country) for a year or two. Where there’s a will….

      • Gordon Garcwyn says:

        Let’s say I could, what would I achieve with that? And what are you trying to prove/disprove with respect to my comment?

        I don’t really understand your logic. Don’t know where you are coming from tbh.

  235. Citizengab says:

    I think millions of Venezuelans should immigrate to a developed country for a period of at least 10 years or more. When they reach full adulthood perhaps then, and only then, return to their country of origin and see if they still find this depiction of Venezuela and venezuelans amusing! Venezuela is in the sad mess it is because unfortunately most venezuelans have never grown out of their childish and irresponsible ways.

  236. Satsha says:

    This is funny because everything you say is true even when it’s sad or not. We are so helpful because we know how it’s to be been an stranger and not have any help, we try to do our best on that, we like to treat people the way we like to treat to us that’s a rule, If you still in margarita go to Isla De Coche. Thank you for this post your are a very good student.

  237. degasjr says:

    I’m still impressed that a cute norwegian girl came to this country to know us… Why? What were your real reasons to come here? It’s hard to believe. Post more photos of your time in Venezuela please, you are a good writer and I sincerely enjoy your compliments but… post more pics please, I want to believe in you!

    PS: Did you actually went to Sorte, the legendary mountain of black magic?

  238. Alexander says:

    As a foreigner who travels to Venezuela at least twice a year, I gotta say you hit the nail on the head with this blog entry. Someone finally was able to put into words what I typically experience in that wonderful country. The first time I went I also found it hard to believe how friendly people were how happy everyone seems to be, even with all the problems currently plaguing the society. I love the fact that you yourself are European and compare how people are and would react in certain situations if it were in your country. I am currently living in Europe right now and I totally understand your comparisons between the two cultures. Now after reading your entry I am missing Venezuela now more than ever. I think I will leave Europe behind now to return to that beautiful peace of paradise known as Venezuela ❤

  239. Rossana says:

    Hallo! Hvordan gaar det? I was an exchange student in Norway in 2010-2011. I totally get your point, Venezuelan and Norwegian cultures are very different but hopefully you will fall in love with this great country as I did with Norway. Remember nothing is bad or good just different, this phrase helped me a lot during my exchange. Speak Spanish, have fun, eat a lot and don’t worry about anything you will loose all your extra weight when you get back home. Live every day fully because it goes faster than you think. Feliz navidad!

  240. Olga says:

    I just had to comment!! absolutely love your post and will like to continue reading your experiences and opinions about venezuelans and their cultures! i think your really describe venezuela and their people as it is and in many parts u even made me laugh! keep on going xx

  241. laam says:

    We cannot generalized.

    I recommended to you to travel more and you will realize that positive and negative behavior of cultures are the same everywhere in the world.

    This is just one comment of one person with her experience.

    About the religion, nearly 100% of Venezuelans are Catholic, please, I suggest to you to expend more time with different people and families, to realize that whatever you say about anothers believe is not the venezuelan culture.

    Do you think your country is perfection, go back and leave the people and the culture whatever they want to.

    If you want to keep traveling, should respect and enjoy others culture and never make comparison.

  242. Rafmary says:

    I am Venezuelan living in England and I felt so identified with this post! . Despite I have been living here almost a year, I do conserve all those facts you have mentioned !!.. Congratulations. Excellent, non-biased, well-structured 2-sided post. I did enjoy reading you. I would like to take the time to ask.. Have you visited the East coast.. Anzoategui and Sucre state? I am from there. Best wishes for 2014. Cheers!.

  243. marialemota says:

    Reblogged this on MarMota and commented:
    Descripción que me hace amar a mi pais! Gracias!

  244. Rodolfo Rausseo says:

    Wow, me he reído tanto con tu post!, te cuento, yo extraño mi país un montón! y a mi gente! yo hago una especialización en el extranjero y leer esto me hace recordar todas las cosas buenas de mi país! Que bueno que te haya gustado, siempre serás bienvenida por todo venezolano!!! Saludos!

  245. Ana says:

    My dear, I would like to see you living in Venezuela for a year, with bolívares [not with dollars, nor euros, not with any other currency than bolívares], living in our country as an average venezuelan. I give you a year. Come and live here for a year as a venezuelan and at the end of the year you will tell me what do you think?, if you still have the same opinion about venezuelans.

  246. Allison Baez says:

    I just love the way you describe us! You have really captured our essence, that goes beyond our daily chaos.
    I know you enjoyed been here and hope you can come back and learn more about us.
    Saludos desde Caracas!

  247. En mi opinion, el escritor de esto se dedico a resaltar el lado negativo de la personalidad del venezolano, o de algunos ,yo lo soy y jamas he actuado en esa forma. No se como algunos comentarios parecen alegrarse que los llamen inpuntuales, entrometidos, desorganizados y creo que hasta herejes. que ignorancia por Dios. Al escritor le recomiendo que se reuna con otro grupo de venezolanos , si vuelve, y se asegure si todos son asi de irresponsables. Ojo no me considero patriotica ni nacionalista, sino cada cosa, llamarla por su nombre. ak y que mejor permanezca en su perfecta Noruega o se muere de un ataque de risa, o de enojo por la lluvia inesperada, o por una inpuntualidad de alguien, etc,todo eso le puede pasar en Venezuela y mas no ?? lo ataques de risa por las locuras de los venezolanos le pueden causar un cuadro de hiperventilacion, mejor, ni visite mas.

  248. Anthony says:

    *_* is me! hahahahahahahahaah
    I’m proud being venezuelan
    thanks for dedicating yourself to write about my people, God bless you!
    you’re always welcome
    🙂

  249. Michael Gallagher says:

    Hey Ramon! Good work man!

  250. Nizay says:

    OMG this is so true!! Thanks for highlighting the positive part of our beautiful country.. keep on discovering, there is much more to see and experience.. dont miss the chance to go to the natural places… and despite of everything we continue being happy.. u will ALWAYS find “alquien que te tienda la mano” and as Venezuelan we accept any feedback related to our culture…

    A la orden siempre 🙂

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  252. Oscar Crescente says:

    You wrote a very good description of us venezuelan, by the way it is written “sereno” reffering to the exposition to the “cold” air during the evening. You left out the bad things that you probably suffered. I think it would be ok to write about those things because we also suffer them

  253. Francisco Cupello says:

    El autor de este artículo, aunque exagera un poco la situación, esta en lo correcto y retrata bastante bién la personalidad de nuestra gente. Soy venezolano, aunque a veces siento que la cigueña me entregó por error en este país, en lugar de hacerlo en Noruega. El venezolano tiene muchas virtudes y tambien muchos defectos. Venezuela ciertamente es un pais caotico a los ojos de un nordico, pero hay todavia muchas cosas que nos compensan la escasa calidad de vida. En fin, no me imagino el vivir en otro pais, la nostalgia me afectaria cada dia.

  254. Yoselyne says:

    Do you think we are happy? Imagine if we have more quality of life…
    Thanks for having taken the time to write about us.

  255. APT says:

    The reason why Venezuela is never going to be a well developed and prosperous country where all it´s inhabitants can live happily is all summarized in this article. It is sad to see, some believe, most of them if not all, Venezuelans, that this article speaks positively about them. Reality is, those nice things pointed for a person from Norway, tired of routines and rules, may become the worst damn to a society.
    I try to explain, same lack of organization, the lack of seriousness to important matters, the lack of following the rules, and so on, make this country to have it´s people leaving, at least 80% of them, in damn poverty, while is at the top of the list of richest in this same planet resources i.e. Gold, Silver, Aluminium, Uranium, Iron, Petroleum, Natural Gas, Coal, Diamonds, emeralds, etc, etc, etc…

    It is true, living in misery may be important, but people can still dance and make jokes of it, is it really a good thing? Or is it dementia?.

    This article reveals a very sad truth for which, only Venezuelan´s can feel happily proud and honored…

  256. Julia says:

    It’s a chaos!!! I’m so sorry and concern about all my family and the futures of the new generation. Our the children’s. I was growing with others values and education. My family teacher me to say good morning, sorry, take care of our self and love other.

  257. jnt says:

    Hope you have fun at my country i wish try that at norway and post my experience

  258. Lucy says:

    Wow!!
    I just read that to my American husband and we were both cracking up!!!!😂😂
    Thank you do much!!!!
    You really got our culture!!

  259. Marisol M. says:

    Hola…La verdad es que me pareció simpatico y de muy buen tono el recorrido sobre la personalidad del venezolano en general…aunque en mi caso en particular mis amistades siempre han dicho que yo debí haber nacido en Noruega…Y si en alguna parte del mundo me sentí como en mi casa fue en Helsinski…Uds los Noruegos son inteligentes, amables, ordenados y muy simpaticos con los mejores desayunos del mundo…Aunque super ultra Venezolana, aparte de ser amable y catolica…no me puedo identificar con mucho de lo escrito, pues llego dos horas antes a todo compromiso, y ello sin exagerar, prefiero esperar a que me esperen, me desespera la falta de voluntad por un país organizado, ordenado y limpio, no soporto llegar a un supermercado y hacer miles de horas de cola por un producto, cruzo en el rayado y en la luz de peatón, saludo al llegar y me despido al salir, doy las Gracias por todo y no compro como si mañana hubiera una guerra mundial, muchas veces llego a los negocios solicitando de manera amable bajen el volumen de la música; asi también, no doy besitos en la mejilla, ni tampoco negocio tarifas ni regateo…jamás soporto ni soportaré un acto de corrupción ni mínimo ni vanal…en fin 16 generaciones venezolanas y no como ni arepas ni hayacas…y si me encantaría poder traer un poco del orden y de las buenas costumbres de los noruegos a este calor tropical. Hace muchos años atrás un sociologo me comentó que los Noruegos y los Venezolanos tenemos mucho en común aunque no lo creamos o no lo sepamos…sera por eso que como culturas nos llevamos tan bien. Nota aparte, merece la cantidad de buenos e importantes comentarios realizados aqui y el enorme numero de personas que leemos y hablamos inglés…Saludos y Gracias!!!

  260. Maggie says:

    This is the best description I had read about us in a long time!!!
    Yes we are just like you said Happy people no matter what!!
    We laugh of our self and then the rest! We are also hard workers and that we take serious. I had been in US since 1985 and my accent does not go away! Do I care No! Some people think I arrived yesterday jajajaj and I had completed even a Master Degree in Dietetics. i called my patients Babies cause I hated the word That relates them to a disease. I kiss them hug them and none of them are latins!! You should see their first reaction but then again I win their trust and love!!!
    My father livez in Barquisimeto and Italian one that have a rest for many years ahhh when Italy won the world cup He gave away God knows how many pizzas jajajaj!!!!
    Anyway love you too Blessings in any project and life…
    Maggie

  261. Isa says:

    I think that a happy and optimistic character is fine and our nature as Venezuelans is being candid and celebratory. Our food is amazing! Could we combine this highly spirited tendencies and qualities with some organization and social respect?…a more educated and responsible leadership wouldn’t hurt either.

  262. Vanessa says:

    Realmente agradable tu artículo!! Gracias 🙂

  263. andrea says:

    What a great post !!! It was soo funny I couldn’t stop laughing while reading it ! Thank you for sharing your experiences here in Venezuela. Not everybody can express their ideas the way you do and talk about our country like that ! hope You had a great time ! 🙂 and welcome anytime…

  264. Lola says:

    HA HA HA…I think you described us as we are…I laughed a lot with your blog…I hope you continue having a great time in my country…I have been in USA for 19 years but still have my family there and visit them every year and can not wait every year to go back. I hope the political situation get better soon…this is something that we are expecting!!! keep posting about your stay in Venezuela…
    thanks for your comments!!!

  265. Marisol M. says:

    Sorry cometí un lapsus mentis…debi decir OSLO, en vez de Helsinski, donde por cierto tambien lo pase muy bien pero en Oslo fue como dicen ahora demasiadísimo…

  266. Leidys says:

    I am very proud to be an a venezuelan girl, here there is a joke that said , When God created Venezuela it put a lot of things good too,may be too much in one place, gold, oil, cow, beautiful beaches, beautiful girls, friendly people, etc. But One thing bad “The politicians”
    we believe in live our lives “today” present time, with joy and chare with others this content.
    theres not other time you can live, some cultures work a lot of their lives in other to retired older, but if this could not happend, some people died Young.

  267. María says:

    this put a smile on my face… sometimes I put my life and everything around it in perspective and I come up with conclusions quite similar to what you wrote. I try to be on time for things but sometimes the traffic and the time to get ready don’t let me achieve that, I plan things way before the day to get it done but most of time there’s a thing that changes it all, anyways, i embrace every aspect, surprise, etc. as a challenge to be better and to build a better country, I feel lucky to have been born here because there’s a reason for everything.

    PD: I don’t like tv novels but Mi Gorda Bella was awesome and funny

  268. Eddy Mogollon says:

    Trying to explain a foreign what cereno is a extreme sport haha, i mean even as a Venezuelan i find myself having a hard time dealing with this, sometimes is good for you, sometimes is bad for you, i dont know cereno is jut cereno. great blog by the way this is the first post i’ve read so far so ill be here a little bit more.

  269. Miguel suarez says:

    Hi, I normally don’t reply on anything I read on face book, but I could not hold it!
    I am Venezuela. I live in the US for over 21 years now and I have to say you brought tears on my eyes.
    You are correct in everything you said… In fact I also don’t understand sometimes… But quickly I remember who I am and where I came from, and everything make sense.
    Jut would like to say thank you for your note, and I am glad you had a wonderful experience in my country.
    Take with you to Norway as much as you can; because it will make you so authentic, unic and special that everyone will love you.
    It worked for me for over 21 years…
    God speed friend…

  270. Leanny says:

    I am Venezuelan, and now I am leaving outside of the country! But I cannot even describe how proud I feel about my country when someone describes it the way you did, and how you described us perfectly.. Thank you for loving the people of my country! Hope you get to visit it again! Greets

  271. CFrick says:

    Bravo! I loved the article, regardless of accuracies or inaccuracies, as you can see, you’ve touched many Venezuelans with your description, including myself. I don’t live in Venezuela anymore, but have never felt less Venezuelan for it and regardless of what I myself might feel identified or not with your description, i have to admit that I also admire and celebrate some of the things that I believe make Venezuelans somewhat “special” (and that can be taken in more than one way). Thank you for sharing your experience, I will definitely keep reading!

  272. Marisela Ascanio says:

    My familiy lived in many other countries since my father worked as IDB official, but every once and a while he said that he was bored and he missed Venezuela and especially Caracas because he needed to “vibrate” or “shake”, “vamos a vibrar a Caracas”, he used to say and at the end he preferred to come back (that was many years ago, right now things have changed and we are skaking and vibrating… or shocked in excess!). But we are in love with our country, despite our problems. I hope you have the opportunity to know how the poor people live, something inexplicable in such a wealthy country. Please try to peek into that other side, which has the greater proportion of people of this country. Many people make the mistake to think that the middle or high clase way of living is the common… huge mistake and means they are not opening their eyes. But many of the characteristics you describe are true for every venezolano. Por cierto….I am starting to read the book “La picardia del Venezolano” of Axel Capriles, could be of your interest. Gracias por tu interés en comprendernos y hasta ayudarnos a vernos “hacia adentro”!

  273. CFrick says:

    Reblogged this on Daddy Carlos/Papá Carlos and commented:
    This article was written by a Norwegian living in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, a very good tale of her experience of the goods and no so goods of “Venezuelan culture”, worth a reading.

  274. This post made me really happy and really proud of us and of you. Thanks for appreciating the good things of Venezuelan people, for enjoying our spirit…
    You made me laugh a lot! But at the same time I got a bit melancholic…You’re right in so many ways!
    Knowing a foreigner’s opinion on us is really interesting and something im passionate about ( I love foreigners so much I want to marry all of them as soon as I kiss their cheeks). I hope you have an amazing stay here and get to enjoy all the beauty of this blessed land, despite of the bad things we have.
    You, mister, are one adorable Norwegian and I would be pleased to meet you and make a toast with chicha or guarapita.

    Que te vaya bien, chamo… ¡eres un amor!

  275. Mario says:

    Excellent writing, thank you for sharing 🙂

  276. saidgodoy62@gmail.com says:

    Jajaja …es nuestra particular forma de ser…de todo hacemos un chiste…de los problemas, dificultades, politica, etc…la comida nuestro orgullo y el baile nos encanta, como todo siempre hay su excepcion, impuntuales, pero en general la mayoria del venezolano es atento, cariñoso, preocupado por que la pases bien, es lo que expresaste aqui, felicidades

  277. Diego Gamez says:

    Cfrick, please tell your friend how Venezuelans find addresses just by description of thing: a tree, a post, a portugues stand. Colors: color de mono corriendo (running monkey color). Time dates with en la mañanita, en la tardecita, en la nochesita, and then being punctual to that… you should try it. Mechanical tools like el “coroto”, el “perol” and knowing exactly what it is.

  278. Destino says:

    Morirán ahogados en caca pero bailando y además con una gran sonrisa en la cara.

  279. Charles says:

    Hah. My neighbors, or should I say my brother and sister from another mother live next door and you are spot on.

  280. Aimara says:

    Ya esta bueno de reírse de la tragedia! El mismo Emilio Lovera lo dijo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xqDlGfuBSc

    A todos no nos da igual el desastre, la GRITADERA y la constante conducta irrespetuosa de la mayoría. Es cierto que el quejarse tampoco resuelve nada, son los actos personales o hechos los que terminan por cambiar las cosas.

    Venezuela, tiene mucho que aprender sin que le sea necesario perder su sentido del simpatía, humor y hospitalidad. El sentido de seriedad y consecuencia no nos quiatará lo Bailao. Tomar responsabilidad y ser serio cuando toca no implica amargarse o ser aburrido.

    Una Catira recién llegada a Venezuela la tiene fácil,…valla sorpresa.
    El shock cultural… No le sirve de excusa para ponernos las etiquetas que le provoca.
    Para ser profesora me parece bastante irresponsable al escribir.
    Es preocupante que la mayoría apoye en su intención de vendernos en su país de la forma en que pretende. Gracias a blogs y comentarios ligeros como los de ella entre otras cosas nos hace más difícil el luchar con el cliché de latinos irrespetuosos, irresponsables, incumplidos, impuntuales etc. que lamentablemente la mayoría actual se ha encargado en crear y alimentar.
    Aquí en Europa si eres latino o medio latino, te dicen: ah tu; mañana, mañana y luego se ríen…y valla que toca sudarsela hasta que creen y confían en ti o en tu trabajo. Y eso se traduce en inversiones extranjeras positivas y credibilidad nacional e internacional que es lo único que puede sacar al país del hueco económico, social y cultural.
    Sean serios!!!
    El venezolano es mucho más que fiesta y caos…
    Yo viví hasta hace 4 años en Caracas… y cuando la gente sabía de mi mitad suiza, me preguntaban: y que haces viviendo aquí? por años y años postergué el irme. Hasta qué los cuentos de muertes y secuestros a conocidos y amigos se me hicieron cada vez más cercanos, al punto de comenzar a pensar que yo seria la siguiente. En Vzla no se vive se sobrevive…

    El que se va no la tiene fácil señores… Básicamente le toca comenzar de nuevo y lo digo literalmente pues debido al desprestigio del país muchos no creen a la primera que seas capaz de ejercer tu oficio de forma eficiente.
    Yo no soy ninguna oligarca pues crecí en Catia hasta los 15 y luego viví en los Chaguáramos cerca de la UCV donde las guacas se pasean por las tardes. Nunca tuve un auto o muchos lujos, pues me enseñaron que no es lo más importante.
    Yo amo la fauna y geografía Venezolana… Que tengo la fortuna de conocer. Me siento más Venezolana que Suiza. Estudie en un colegio de Aula abierta con inclinaciones de izquierda y siempre fui y seré de izquierda pero de una izquierda crítica y no hipócrita, irresponsable o conformista, pues no hay que ser guerrillero para ser de izquierda.
    Por muchos años llegue a sentirme turista en la ciudad donde crecí, por diferir de manera extrema con el comportamiento impresentable de la mayoría.
    A Vzla la extraño cada día! sufro al saber que la mayoría actual le da igual el daño ecológico que sufre cada pedacito de esa tierra hermosa, debido a la ignorancia y el carecer del sentido de consecuencia.

    Aquí me dicen: ah pero tu no pareces venezolana jeje…Y sin remedio respondo, si yo no soy la típica latina con frutas en la cabeza, a ver si los saco un poco del cliché… y cuando puedo digo: en Vzla hay muchos, muchos más como yo de los que no gritan y no son irresponsables, muchos profesionales apasionados y talentosos.

    Y eso de que los que nos fuimos ya no contamos o podemos decir nada, es una muestra más de ignorancia señores…ofrendase quién se ofenda. El que se pica es por que ají come.

    Muchos se vieron obligados por diversas razones a abandonar el país; actualmente tengo más amigos venezolanos en Europa, norte América, Argentina y Asia que en Venezuela y debo contarles con orgullo que están partiendo la liga con su talento en cada esquina del planeta.

    Nuestro país es un pobre país rico víctima del petróleo, el egoísmo y la ignorancia. Léanse la historia de Venezuela con cariño o la de cualquier país petrolero y quizá entenderán un poco lo que quiero decir.

    Los invito a conocer: Roraima, Canaina, los médanos, los llanos, los Andes, la costa más halla de Choroní… Paria, la selva y ++++++. Los colores y sabores de esta tierra son maravillosos y te encantan de por vida y te hacen quererla y respetarla como los indígenas y sabios lo hacen.

    Me disculpo de antemano por ponerme intensa o parecer arrogante para algunos y la falta de algunos acentos ortográficos. Lo que esta pasando en Venezuela es GRAVE!

    Quisiéramos muchos Venezolanos tener un Presidente para Vzla como este:
    Jose ‘Pepe” Mujica,Discurso Completo, ONU 2013.El presidente de Uruguay.

    “Venezuela no se ha perdido ni se perderá, porque el pueblo se ría de su Presidente. Venezuela podrá perderse cuando el Presidente se ría de su pueblo…” Carlos Soublette, Presidente de Venezuela, 1837.

    Gordon Garcwyn…You, the AIESEC English teacher … Sorry but you should learn spanish before aloud you to write such a thing about “us” so please just copy & paste on http://translate.google.com/

    Best regards from Zurich.

    • Gordon Garcwyn says:

      Hola,

      No entiendo tu comentario con respecto a mi. Soy de Venezuela y hablo español.

      Saludos,

      GG

      • Aimara says:

        Disculpa Gordon, me refería a Martine Retting, la Autora del articulo.
        Por alguna extraña e inexplicable razón, confundí tu nombre con el de ella.
        Saludos.

  281. Aimara says:

    Ya esta bueno de reírse de la tragedia! El mismo Emilio Lovera lo dijo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xqDlGfuBSc

    A todos no nos da igual el desastre, la GRITADERA!!! y la constante conducta irrespetuosa de la mayoría. Es cierto que el quejarse tampoco resuelve nada, son los actos personales o hechos los que terminan por cambiar las cosas.
    El venezolano es mucho más que fiesta y caos…

    Para ser profesora del AIESEC me parece bastante irresponsable al escribir.

    Es preocupante, que la mayoría apoye en su intención de vendernos en su país de la forma en que pretende. Gracias a blogs y comentarios a la ligera como los de ella, entre otras cosas se nos hace cada vez más difícil, el luchar contra el cliché de latinos irrespetuosos, irresponsables, incumplidos, impuntuales etc. que lamentablemente la mayoría actual se ha encargado en crear y alimentar.

    Aquí en Europa si eres latino o medio latino, te dicen: ah tu; mañana, mañana y luego se ríen…y valla que toca sudarsela y comérsela amarga, hasta que creen y confían en ti o en tu trabajo. Debido al desprestigio del país y sus instituciones, muchos no creen a la primera, ni a 2da que seas capaz de ejercer tu oficio de forma eficiente. Y eso se traduce en inversiones extranjeras positivas y credibilidad nacional e internacional que es lo único que puede sacar al país del hueco económico, social y cultural.

    Nuestro país es un pobre país rico víctima del petróleo, el egoísmo y la ignorancia. Léanse la historia de Venezuela con cariño o la de cualquier país petrolero y quizá entenderán un poco lo que quiero decir.

    • German A. says:

      En principio te invito a calmarte, pues ciertamente la Sra, Martina aclara el tema de la generalización, sin embargo si existen estereotipos que nos definen, y existen generalidades, y estas generalidades son las que Martina intenta explicar.

      Te puedo hablar mi multiples experiencias laborales que he tenido en el extranjero, desde una pasantía en Silicon Valley (Google para ser mas específico), hasta trabajos en Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Panamá, España y República Dominicana…

      Por mis experiencias en el extranjero, y por lo que he conocido, al menos en mi ámbito laboral (Licenciado en Computación Egresado UCV), a los venezolanos se nos conoce por ser trabajadores en demasía, y porque un venezolano te hace el trabajo de 3 personas el solo (Estamos acostumbrados a trabajar de esa manera en nuestro propio pais y con nuestro propio desorden, cuando vamos afuera y encontramos mas facilidades, simplemente se nos hace el trabajo mas sencillo y por lo general rendimos mas que el resto)…

      Ojo, no voy a generalizar, te hablo de mi ámbito laboral, donde muchos, la mayoria, LA GRAN MAYORIA de las personas que se graduaron conmigo, o alguna vez estudiaron conmigo en la UCV trabajan en el extranjero, siendo que desde apenas 4 semestre las principales empresas del MUNDO, lease, GOOGLE, APPLE, MICROSOFT y demás se empiezan a pelear a los estudiantes ofreciendo villas y castillas, eso pasa con los estudiantes de computación de la UCV y los estudiantes de ingeniería de sistemas de la UNET…

      Si tan mala fama tuvieramos, estas grandes compañias no nos tuvieran en mente como el segundo principal recurso humano extranjero, solo por debajo de LA INDIA..

      Que va, a los profesionales venezolanos se nos conoce por impuntuales, si, por desordenados, SI… Pero por cumplidores, trabajadores, emprendedores e inteligentes!!!

      Ojo con eso! Calmate, tomate un te, un roncito, un whisquicito y bájale 10!

  282. Love it! I am Venezuelan and I have lived in the USA for 20 years. I am super organized (probably because of my German roots!), but I have to say that you told it as it is! I have the Venezuelan spirit! 🙂

  283. Joseph Matchanickal says:

    I loved to read the Blog “The Venezuelans”, mostly because I identify myself with the Venezuelans as I lived among them during more than 35 years. I have recently written a book titled “FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA”, wherein I have discussed all the Venezuelan traits discussed in the blog. I consider myself the most fortunate person for having lived in Venezuela and raised three kids there. I live retired in India and my kids live in the US, but whenever we call each other, we speak in Spanish. It is the language that comes first on our tongue. I have enjoyed every bit of my stay in Venezuela and declare that the Venezuelan people are the most friedly people on earth.

  284. Hello Martina! I live in Barquisimeto; I think you teach at my daughter`s school, I saw you there, would love to invite you over, please get in contact

  285. Daniela García says:

    I can’t help but smile while reading your post. It just make me feel like, no matter what, I, as a venezuelan, belong to an incredibly especial group of people and I’m so proud of being born and raised in this gorgeous land. Thank you for your honest words and I’ll be glad to go out and dance with you and your friends anytime hahaha

  286. I left Venezuela 18 years ago because I’ve never had a perfect fit there, I was what they call a “musiú” (both of my parents were Europeans) but I still have a very close relationship with the country and there will be always a Venezuelan in me. This article remember me that.

  287. Héctor says:

    Me gusta mucho tu artículo, en otro momento te escribiré algunas cosas mas interesantes sobre mi país, muchas gracias por darnos tu opinión 🙂 beso —-> I like your article, a lot, I’ll write you interesting stuff about my country later, thank you so much about giving us your opinion 🙂 kiss xo

    (¡Feliz Año Nuevo 2014! Happy New Year 2014!!!)

  288. Usman says:

    RICARDO & REGINA
    I have 2 Venezuelan class mates at Hult Int’l , a business school, Ricardo & Regina . They are everything this article says about venezuala.

    They are very friendly and helpfull. Ricardo is the IT helpline for apple users. They both have been to every party and club in Dubai in the last 2 months.
    Regina is a born entrepreneur running her transportation company while Ricardo is the design matrix in industrial engineering.
    Regina is quite but don’t start a fight with her coz she can bark when she’s angry.
    Funny I saw the word believers in the article. They are both big believers in uncertain times. They both have applied to buy the dollar from the Govt to sponsor their school, which is 10 times cheaper than buying in the market. The application is still in process (as at December) and they came to DUBAI believing the application will be approved.
    People from my place will apply to get the dollar then postpone the school till next year.

    I forgot to mention Regina has a cat at home in venezuala that she skype with more than her mom. That’s really warm.

    If your a PC user, don’t allow Ricardo to speak to you about buying an Mack. Coz he will convince you to buy it.

    They are soo cool and they are like brother and sister.

    Good luck Ricardo and Regina.
    You guys are amazing.

  289. Gilberto says:

    Hi dude… well it made me laugh a lot what you just wrote… I’m venezuelan and it is pretty much like it… thanks for saying the truth. .. Although as you said none of the generalizations apply to everyone but almost all.. what I did find strange was the fact of drinking in the hospital… I mean we are crazy but I’ve never seemed it… so my best wishes for you and I hope you keep having an excellent time here…

    • FABIANA says:

      Gilberto it is difficult to believe but it is true Martina is right, at least in my town El Tigre, people drink whiskey in the hospital and the doc can drink a sip…. is crazy jejeje

    • German A. says:

      Brother, thats a “tradition”, its a part of our culture to go to the hospital with a bottle of whiskey and say “well, lets drink the first pee of this baby”… “Vamos a bebernos los primeros miaos de este bebe”… Ahh, and im Caraqueño, from Caracas, and drank many times in clinics and hospitals… Even today, in a “velorio” (dont know how to say it in english) we were drinking some rum, because “Nuestro amigo no quiere vernos llorando, quiere vernos jodiendo, como el era, jodedor”

      Saludos!

  290. Alex Gamero says:

    This is really refreshing, thank you! As a Venezuelan who lives mostly abroad I found this incredibly accurate. Every time I come back I have to get used to the new (or lack thereof) personal space, the friendliness of the people, the talking all the time, the negotiating… But also the polarization, the happy-go-lucky rule-breaking, the chaos. It is amusing and hysterical, the way people here stay chill when the whole thing is going to shit.

    But thank you. This is a very good post!

  291. luluguevarae says:

    Jajajajajaja this is so true. I kinda love how you totally describe the venezuelan people. Is awesome to read that foreign persons enjoy being in my messy country and the warmness of our people. With this post people around the world can realize that Venezuela isnt that bad.

  292. luluguevarae says:

    Jajajajajaja this is so true. I kinda love how you totally describe the venezuelan people. Is awesome to read that foreign persons enjoy being in my messy country and the warmness of our people. With this post people around the world can realize that Venezuela isnt that bad. No hay nada como mi país y nuestra gente.

  293. Raul says:

    I`m Venezuelan, and i love this post! the only thing it`s that the “Cereno or Sereno” it`s not something that comes in the nigth for the kids hahahaha, it`s more like a wind that can make you sick, it`s hard to explain but it`s more like it.

    • German A. says:

      Me gustaría si puedes que le tradujeras esto a la gente, mi ingles es realmente asquerosos hahaha, si puedes te estaría muy agradecido!

      Hace mucho, mucho tiempo, en la Caracas del siglo XIX, existía un señor en el pueblo de Galipán que se dedicaba durante el día a sembrar y cosechar flores para venderlas, durante la noche caminaba por las calles de Caracas atendiendo el alumbrado público (Faroles a base de Aceite y Llama) y pregonando el clima… Este Señor se apellidaba PACHECO, y le llamaban EL SERENO, que era el encargado de encender los faroles de noche, y apagarlos de día.

      El Sereno era el confidente de enamorados y pretendientes que rondaban las casas de las pretendidas, les regalaba flores para sus amadas, por eso cuanto una mujer cae enamorada se dice “LA AGARRÓ SERENO”…

      Por otro lado, en un valle de un país tropical, con humedad promedio superior a 80%, 17 grados causan un resfrío, como EL SERENO caminaba las calles de noche, y pregonaba el clima, se le asocia con el frío… No puedes abrir las ventanas o puertas del cuarto del bebé, no puedes desarroparlo, ni mucho menos dejar que le entre brisa, porque le agarra sereno, y se resfría…

      Quiero decir que EL SERENO no es una entidad, es BRISA FRÍA Y HÚMEDA que en la salud de un bebé puede causar estragos!

      Por lo demás, muchas gracias por tu post, me hizo reir mucho, pues nos describes como un calco, con lo bueno y lo malo… Y lo malo que convertimos en bueno jajaja

  294. Lemys says:

    Well this is an interesting kind of radiography of us, (the Venezuelan people), i would like to share a nice video that show altmost the same things written in this article

  295. karin says:

    I can’t stop smiling while read this comment, you’ve described exactly how we are. Really we are always happy, singing and dancing. We see de life positive, I hope not change Karin Brandt

  296. Maria Contreras says:

    Todo, absolutamente todo es VERDAD, excelente descripción, mejor imposible!!!!! Gracias!!!!

  297. Andres says:

    WOW!! I am venezuelan, I am really amazed with this post, I know we’re as you described, but reading it, made me laught a lot.. xD.. I hope you come back soon!
    It’s weird that you didn’t mention the venezuelan ladies… but whatever.. maybe in your next trip you might find one..

  298. Marcy says:

    45 years leaving abroad and your perception of THE VENEZUELANS is for the most part SO TRUE. Keep up your blog. Esperando el proximo capitulo.

  299. Meyver says:

    This is really funny, and everything you said is a fact ! Thanks for writing about our country; it was very amusing to read it !

  300. Luisa palacios says:

    No hay nada como Vzla ¡ con todo lo que estamos viviendo, pero todavía con mucha esperanza y Fe . La amo¡,,su bella gente. Somos únicos .

  301. Patricia says:

    Despite all the bad comments I have read from some venezuelans about your post, I can tell you that once you leave Venezuela you miss all those things that you mention, I can tell by my experience. You’re having a great opportunity to learn about some many things living there!!! Enjoy it!! I miss El Ávila and my family every single day.

  302. Any says:

    I couldn’t stopped laughing with the things you wrote about us… you really got us.. i find amazing that someone between all the caos and things we are living here in venezuela took the time to write how we really are… we are not just like the news says.. I want to congratulate you because your blog is very funny, insteresting and refreshing…. i almost cry because is so nice to read about how a foreigner see us…

  303. You could not describe it better !! Is amazing the way you have analized and caught the essence in this culture, thank you for this. I love you already and yes I’m born and raised in Venezuela!!!!

  304. German A. says:

    I hope You can read spanish, if not I will ask anyone to translate for You, as my english is not that good, and i want you to know about what You called “Cereno”…

    Hace mucho, mucho tiempo, en la Caracas del siglo XIX, existía un señor en el pueblo de Galipán que se dedicaba durante el día a sembrar y cosechar flores para venderlas, durante la noche caminaba por las calles de Caracas atendiendo el alumbrado público (Faroles a base de Aceite y Llama) y pregonando el clima… Este Señor se apellidaba PACHECO, y le llamaban EL SERENO, que era el encargado de encender los faroles de noche, y apagarlos de día.

    El Sereno era el confidente de enamorados y pretendientes que rondaban las casas de las pretendidas, les regalaba flores para sus amadas, por eso cuanto una mujer cae enamorada se dice “LA AGARRÓ SERENO”…

    Por otro lado, en un valle de un país tropical, con humedad promedio superior a 80%, 17 grados causan un resfrío, como EL SERENO caminaba las calles de noche, y pregonaba el clima, se le asocia con el frío… No puedes abrir las ventanas o puertas del cuarto del bebé, no puedes desarroparlo, ni mucho menos dejar que le entre brisa, porque le agarra sereno, y se resfría…

    Quiero decir que EL SERENO no es una entidad, es BRISA FRÍA Y HÚMEDA que en la salud de un bebé puede causar estragos!

    Por lo demás, muchas gracias por tu post, me hizo reir mucho, pues nos describes como un calco, con lo bueno y lo malo… Y lo malo que convertimos en bueno jajaja

  305. Eva Carolina says:

    Thank you for describe exactly how we (the Venezuelans) are. Some emotional tears came to me, but above all, lots of laughs while I was reading. All this chaos, curiously, has become in our culture and is the reason for our way of being. I’m definitely PROUD TO BE VENEZUELAN. We need to change a couple of big things, but we can not lose or change the essence of who we are.

    Gracias por describir exactamente como somos (los Venezolanos). Algunas lágrimas de emoción surgieron, pero sobre todo, muchas risas mientras leía. Todo este caos, curiosamente, se ha convertido en nuestra cultura y es la razón de nuestra forma de ser. Estoy definitivamente ORGULLOSA DE SER VENEZOLANA. Necesitamos cambiar un par de grandes cosas, pero no podemos perder o cambiar la esencia de lo que somos.

  306. Carlos P says:

    I totally agree with all the comments, however, as a Venezuelan I really dislike the fact “Make everything about politics” especially for a Venezuelan who lives in Florida.

    I’m fed up of the negative comments coming from Venezuelans living abroad, they are really really annoying.

    Unfortunately, I really can’t say the same positive things about the Venezuelans living abroad, especially in Florida.

    I’m very glad you as a foreigner visiting my beloved country have had a different perspective and kudos to you for sharing your experiences.

    Best regards,
    Carlos

  307. Gracielasrs says:

    Very nice summary of your experience. enjoyed the reading very much, as a Venezuelan, although living out of the country for over two decades, I can totally agree with all this, and I wish I was a little more “Venezuelan” in my essence, because it is true, it is better to always look at the bright side of things, specially if, indeed, there’s nothing you can do about something. I am a little to “nordic” in my personality and I wish I wasn’t, for all the reasons you mentioned on this blog. Be happy!

  308. Jesus Noguera says:

    I just enjoyed this story, I’m Venezuelan and all the things you said are totally true, Is good to know that some people from other countries can understand our “way” to see everything, and I can tell you that another real thing is that when you make a Venezuelan friend that will be a friend for your entire life!!!

  309. maria elena says:

    y eso que en esta primera parte no lei que hubieses tenido la experiencia de asistir a un velorio…. lamentablemente los mejores chistes y anecdotas las encontraras alli, no por falta de afecto al difunto sino que una manera de recordarle es a traves de sus momentos chistosos en esta vida, por supuesto podras escuchar grandes carcajadas fuera de la funeraria pero insito no por irrespeto alguno

  310. Elvira Perez says:

    Que bello, y escrito con cariño y con respeto, gracias!

  311. Sonia says:

    You have described all the good things of us venezuelans…I don’t know how long have you been in country but you have experienced all the good things that are though to explain to foreigners. I’m leaving in Germany, recently spent some time with some Norweian colleagues and we had such a nice time that I think they woul live it there. Unfortunately for us not easy for people to recognize the good things when they go there only for a couple of weeks on vacations and expect everything to be perfect so they can enjoy every single minute and that is the reason why is so difficult to recommend it as a vacation destination…As one of thise happy Venezuelans, Thanks for your post. I know it was not easy to not include the not-too-good things of our country. And by the way, the best decision was not to go deep in political comments 🙂

  312. Camila says:

    Omg! It’s like you’re describing me. I couldn’t bare to laugh in so many lines, it’s just us. You missed in the relaxed part that we have to call our friends or the person we are supposed to see like 3 times before going out just to be certain that the plan is still going to happen haha.
    Btw I just think you’re really brave to come here alone for 8 months coming from Norway, which I think might be the most opposite country to Venezuela in the whole world. Well I hope you keep enjoying your visit, and keep writing it’s really fun to read your perspective of this crazy country. I have a blog of my own, but it’s a lot more of what he have become thanks to the government so if your interested: http://www.sobreviviendoenvenezuela.wordpress.com

  313. Yatzil bilancieri says:

    No pude dejar de reírme al leer tu artículo, pudisteis captar la esencia del venezolano su pureza de vivir la vida intensamente disfrutando cada momento incluyendo los amargos, describisteis nuestra luz y nuestra sombra y cuando eso ocurre siempre hay reacciones positivas y otras no tanto, la verdad es que somos felices,optimistas, relajados,solidarios,trabajadores pero no nos enganchamos en el sufrimiento, nos negamos a vivir desde allí. También es cierto que somos desordenados impuntuales, y en ocasiones irresponsables dispuestos a romper las reglas. Puedo entender que algunas de las reacciones de este artículo hayan sido en la mayorías de agrado como también las reacciones de censura, en todo hay dualidad. Siento que este artículo fue escrito más allá del análisis, fue escrito con el corazón y así lo recibo, gracias por tomarte la molestia de por lo menos intentar conocernos y entendernos a nosotros los venezolanos. Cada lector que lo reciba desde su Luz o desde su sombra es su elección. feliz 2014.

  314. Daniela Skroce says:

    THANKS A LOT FOR THIS POST! You have described us perfectly and mede me think there is hope for all the bad things. Please, write more!!! 😀
    I hope you have more good experiences here!

  315. somos un país lleno de alegría por todo disfrutamos la vida pero nos falta ese algo para ser el mejor país
    del mundo

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  317. Carlos Gaio says:

    I found very pleasant to read this article. You described us very well! But, honestly, sometime si wish I could leave, because not all te time things are great. Yes, we are very relaxed and very patient. But patience has limits (at least for me). I think our conuntry can be as good as yours (Norway). We have oil, for God sake! Lots of oil! The problem is that because we are “relaxed”, we close our eyes to our reality.

  318. Miguel says:

    Hi Martine,

    Just to calrify: “Cereno” (Actually spelled sereno) is not a spiritual thing but a profession from the 19th century: They were basically afterhours police officers. Among their many duties, one of them was to turn the street lamps on by sunset. I guess what Venezuelans mean by saying “Don’t go out when dark, otherwise the sereno will catch you!” is children will get in trouble with the police if they were caught wondering out in the street alone when dark.

    The rest of your stories are entirely accurate!!! I can see you are having a great time in Venezuela!

  319. Adi says:

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you for all the different ways you described us!! Cant wait to read moreeee!!!! ❤

  320. Juan Carlos Velasquez Casanova says:

    Normalmente no me gusta leer mucho y menos si es algo tan largo. Pero esto me lo lei todo. Me gusto mucho. Gracias. Y es la verdad.

  321. Dude!, seriously, this should be the definition on “Venezuelans” on the RAE’s Dictionary, Mine gratulasjoner, sir. I laughed so hard I had to share it with my Norwegian fellows xD.

  322. terrifire says:

    There is a wide variety of people in Venezuela but this a good generalization a big diffrence to me when i first came to america wasnt just how people greeted or even the food it was mostly the racism and how broad and normal it was till it just becomes a way of life

  323. italobel says:

    I think we are neighbor

  324. Mariana Carolina says:

    This is so nice to read. Thank you. Sometimes, we need to take a breath of freash air, and your article is one of those breaths. You are completely right about everything you posted, but it’s interesting to read it because we do all those things without really being aware of it. That is just who we are. Thank you for being here and enjoying it so bad, thank you for aprecciating our country and saying these real, funny, good stuff about us. Just thank you for giving us a chance to prove that we are not just made of bad politicians and danger and insecurity and economic problems. It’s beautiful to know that despite the terrible things that happen everyday in Venezuela, there are still reasons to smile and be proud about us and our country. We need to learn a lot, and I mean A LOT about how to be a better society, to eachother and to the rest of the world, but at least, we are able to try. Good luck in your life, I hope you can take some of this to Norway! xoxo.

  325. I like your Blog, thanks a million for explain us xD, actually I am living in Luxembourg and I realized about to be on time, I am doing my best hahahahahaha

  326. Aranidara says:

    Excelente articulo. Gracias. To the person who did it: you are very detail person. You describe us on point.

  327. Jiseru says:

    Wow, you do get it!
    Love this blog.
    Is nice to see ourselves throught the eyes of a foreing person who is so free of prejudice.
    I Like your hability to focus on the good. I know Venezuela makes it hard sometimes, but there is true beauty in our chaos and excesive freedom that is closer to debauchery 😉 I don’t know if it’s a Norwegian thing to be able to enjoy and ajust so well to our culture. I have only met one Norwegian before, she was an exchange student and lived at my house while i was doing the same in Germany, and she is a great girl, with great attitude and love for life. So I’ll make my own generalization about your culture and it’s very positive so far!
    Hope to read more.
    If you ever need anything, I’m at Caracas hehehe

  328. Vanessa says:

    Thank you very much for your post. I´m living in Chile now and it was good to remember a lot of this. I hope you could visit more amazing places such as Canaima, Los Roques, Pto. La Cruz and make beatiful memories

  329. José Cañas says:

    THanks for such a wonderful description of how we Venezuelans are. I’m impressed with the accuracy of our culture’s behaviour.

    I have been living in Australia for 15 years and what I missed the most is that happiness, the way everyone I’d so easy going and that ability of most people to look forward to a positive thing instead on dreading the bad.
    Australians are also easy going but the Venezuelans must be the most of all.

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts. You obviously got a bit of that Venezuelan spirit. Laugh and everything will look and feel better.

    Cheers
    Jose

  330. Mayra says:

    This is hilarious!!! I can see my dad, my uncle, myself and everybody i know being described here. LOL

  331. juan clemente says:

    Venezuelan a warm greetings to all who know us and those who are part of us but we are over there sharing or surpassing this comment I do in gratitude for descriptions and criticisms , but by critics because it is interesting to take heart of a Venezuelan who read this summary of an expedition , and if you guessed it , is our feature , funny , we ignore the bad times , enjoyed a great divercidad of culture that are representative of each area of our country , both national and international, in addition , we have cultural events as part of world heritage , this is due to the great effort of our Venezuelan dedicated to culture to save our cultural identity , our country is arrived more than anything at that time where cultural events take place as corpus cristi where dancing devils manifest this event is the most important and our country since last year he was awarded world heritage , in addition to these , we have very many more as beautiful as this ; tamunangue , dia de san juan bautista on the coast, the carnival calypso , among many other more than reflect her beauty to witness them . I have to add that our stage in any corner of our country is full of beautiful scenery and complemented with Calides dimensioned before your people always bet on the hospitability of its tur, because we have a very complete bio-geography ranging from the Andes to deserts to the andes where snow says this resting in such beautiful scenery and ranchers from plains to where the sea poses its beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea, all this I describe is one of the things that make me proud of my country and the people who work to prevent this change. But with all the beauty that I have described here I can´t help accompany Unfortunately with our bad , it means the worst shame of our adjective which in my opinion is so full of mud so clean and I mean people who live internet destrullendo the great potential of a country with written words you not to get anywhere in the world describing another country I live Venezuela in Venezuela and I have not seen in any page internet to any person other than Venezuelan who speaks so ugly his country , the worst damage does not hit , does the word, and this is used to denigrate my beautiful land and we are the gentile .

    P. D. The first drug that is free to raise your hand.
    The first country that is free of debauchery and promiscuity raise your hand
    The first country that is free from homicidal raises your hand
    The first country that is free from corrupts to open the doors of heaven, but I’ve never seen anyone talk about the stranger in his country as does the Venezuelan. Remember that the circus is not bad who does evil is his presenter.,

  332. Lina says:

    I felt really happy when i read your post, i’m a 20 year old Venezuelan woman, who lives in Chile and miss all of the great things you just wrote about. Don’t get me wrong Chile is an amazing country ; a place where i can pay for a great school, feel free for walking down the street at 11 at night without been worry of getting robbed or even kidnapped, because sadly my country isn’t what it used to be.
    But never the less, i do miss my country, or better said, my people, my loving caring happy people. When i first came to Chile, even tough is it a Latin-American country, the people wasn’t as nice or warm as Venezuelans are, and thats definitely what i miss the most. it was really hard for my to make friends or having a successful relationship, because everyone found me very intense and outrageous. I used to think that everybody was my friend or things like that, when the truth was, i just meet them for about a day, and the feeling wasn’t the same for them… Well im losing the point, over-sharing again hahaha.
    The bottom line was that you were right about everything you said. you are a great observer, and i thank you, for writing this post and allow me to remember the great things about my country, because now a days it is really hard to find someone saying nice things about Venezuela.

  333. Laura Caro says:

    Just so true!I laughed so much I even shared this on my fb wall, so all my friends and family from vzla could read it and laugh too, cause you explained our culture the best possible!

  334. Cristtian Aguilar says:

    Hahahaha, i can’t stop laughing, really!! This is the best article about Venezuelan people I’ve ever read! Just AWESOME!!! I hope you had a blast in my country which I miss so much… Thank you for understand us, and for being such a great writer. You should tell your Norwegian friends to go and visit my country and our beautiful places… I’m in China and planning to go back this year… Thanks again.

  335. Charlotte says:

    For ett herlig innlegg ! Bodde selv i Caracas i tre måneder i sommer, og sitter igjen med akkurat de samme inntrykkene som deg 🙂 Kos deg videre og prøv å ta med deg litt av den flotte kulturen deres tilbake hit 🙂

  336. Julia W says:

    Thank u for the beautiful things you write about us. Im not living in Venezuela now so you cant imagine how happy this made me, crying and laughing while I was reading it, is a grate way to forget for a moment how bad are the things right know and remember the beautiful side about our country. Thank u so much

  337. Dairelys Villarroel says:

    Great blog! I still laughting cause everything is true. hahaha! Glad you had fun in my lovely country and thanks for sharing your point of view!

  338. Nieve says:

    The best description I ever see about my beautiful Venezuelan people!! I miss so much that wonderful spirit. I just keep reading even the long text because it was like being in a trip to my country. Thanks for your marvelous words.

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  340. Luis Manuel says:

    Hahahaha el “Sereno” Jajajajaja. Marica me hiciste reír demasiado. Y estás loca para meterme a Sorte. But it’s definitely an experience that you need to know.
    Thanks for all your love to my country and my town Barquisimeto. Besos!!!

  341. SOS From #colombia #sosvenezuela

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  343. Sarah says:

    Yes it truly is hilarious how troubles similar to this one start looking amazingly pointless compared to the world events. Another chapter of the cold-war, the actual genuine war that erupts, Russia-China fuel offer axis… And here we are with this social-media dilemmas, – will we ever see the globe has altered? Iam not saying everything you come up with is unimportant, Iam declaring a certain amount of detachment is healthful. Thanks, Sarah @ http://phyto-renew350e.com/

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  345. Marlie Delgado says:

    OMG! I can see you got trapped by our culture. The way tou describe us is totally with Venezuelan style. I couldn’t stop to laugh. Many thanks for such a possitive appreciation. Best wishes

  346. Manuel says:

    I have long time out of Venezuela, but this article move me back to my roots…literalemente me c*** de la risa!!!!!!!

    i was remembering the time of that, when i move to Europe and saw all so formal, but on time, then i saw myself like that, but despite the fact of the S*** government, Venezuelans are happy and will be happy for ever…

  347. Miguel Pepe says:

    I am Venezuelan and planning to move to Norway next month (Stavanger). Sadly I had lost a little of the “Venezuelan Spirit” due to the fact I left my country in 2003. However, I used to be with a Norwegian from Stavanger. We argued for my lack of planning, timing as well as all the other things you mentioned before. Very nice article indeed and I can just say is true what you said about my people and your people because I had the opportunity to get to know both cultures as well.

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