I want to say two things before I continue writing. First, your comments and response to my posts almost bring me to tears. I have no words other than I appreciate it a lot, thank you! Second, there are some comments complaining about not showing the “other side” of Venezuelans and Venezuela. Let me just say that I am very aware of things like crime, corruption and economical crisis, but this is not a newspaper. I have chosen to focus on more positive aspects of the Venezuelan culture because if we always look at the negative sides of things we might just as well give up. I know things are difficult here and is is important to be realistic, but that is not synonym to being negative. There will be more “serious” posts later, but if you want to read about killings, kidnappings and other things I suggest you buy a newspaper.
I am working as a teacher for children in the age of 9-17 years old. This means talking to a lot of cool Venezuelan children and I thought it would be a good idea to ask them what I have to do to become Venezuelan. I had a lot of fun the week we talked about this and together with them as well as my colleagues and friends we came up with a pretty long list. I have a plan to become as Venezuelan as possible while living here and I find this list helpful. Again, I hope I don’t offend anyone.
1) Make and eat arepas (for non Venezuelans: Google it).
2) Go to a baseball game
3) Be careful, no phone on the streets and know who is behind you
4) Knowing how to cross the street, it is all about timing
5) Flow! Do not have specific plans, be late and don’t worry
6) Hang out in the mall (safe and air condition)
7) Go to the beach
8) Party; drink, sing and dance like there is no tomorrow
9) Make fun out of everything
10) Don’t be easily offended
11) Have the Venezuelan spirit, don’t worry be happy
12) Enjoy the really loud music everywhere
13) Talk to everyone and overshare if you can
14) Eat dinner for lunch and lunch for dinner (not used to big lunch)
15) Dress sexy, be sexy, especially at the gym
16) Have a 1000 candles (when electricity stops working)
17) Patience! Learn how to wait in line, in traffic, for people etc.
18) Speak Spanish, preferable local Spanish (Na’guara, Sieeeee, Chevere)
19) Know somebody who knows somebody (palanca)
20) Don’t wait for your turn, make it your turn
21) Drink sugar with coffee and everything else with sugar
22) Dance your sexiest dance at all times
23) Make everything about politics
24) Don’t be shy
25) See the good things in the bad things
26) Don’t give a shit, especially in the traffic
27) Make friends everywhere, anytime with anyone
28) Sing at all times
29) Love food, especially Venezuelan food
30) Be happy, things will always work out one way or the other J
If you have more tips how to become Venezuelan let me know. I am trying my best! In comparison there is a very funny page about norwegians on Facebook if anyone is interested: