Throwback Thursday: Venezuela

photo by Adam Rytwinski.
photo by Adam Rytwinski

As much as I’m focused on living in the present and enjoying what I’m doing right now, there are days when I look back and think about all the things I have done and places I have been. I remember certain ideas I had about my life and, even though I did accomplished many of them, life brought them with a twist or an unexpected focus, which sometimes required a step back to realize that it was in fact what I was looking for.

In that mind set I would like to share a little bit of the places I traveled to or lived in before my trip to Nepal. I will title them Throwback Thursdays (because I’m “oh so hip” and up to date on social media trendiness… maybe?), and start with the country where I grew up: Venezuela.

Venezuela is the country where I lived  for around 18 years, where I went to primary and high school, where my University is, where a big part of my family lives, where I made my closest friends, it’s home.

Summing up 18 years of my life in one blog post would be next to impossible, needles to say that I have countless memories: times at the beach with all my family, Christmas time, family breakfasts, birthdays, time at school, basketball games, playing with the kids of my block, University life, hanging out with my friends, nights out, drunken nights (the good fun ones and the ones that you don’t  want or can’t remember the next day), and many more…

Some of the memories of our earlier times there are quite faint as I was still quite young when we landed in Venezuela after having lived in Argentina for some years. But there are some moments that are stuck in my head, like the time my cousins (who were also about 5 or 6 years old) decided to correct my Argentinian Spanish to  the “proper” Venezuelan Spanish, I can picture us sitting in the back of the car as they said:  “No es VOZ es TU!”.(“It’s not ‘VOZ’ it’s ‘TU’!”, both of which are ways saying “you” in Spanish).

Venezuela is a beautiful country with beaches, mountains, plains and even desert. It has the tallest waterfall in the world “Angel Falls”, and it has amazing National parks. Weather is great year round, and the food is delicious (I don’t miss any other food like I miss arepas). Unfortunately, it has been going through some rough issues, which I wont go into here.

The last time I had the chance to go back for a visit I had fun seeing family and friends, went to the beach, managed a trip to Canaima (where Angel Falls is) for the first time, and had nice nights out going to bars and dinners. Everything did, however, feel very different as things have changed and I have grown.

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