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This is known by people in Venezuela as being a hot city so I was preparing for the worst. The heat wasn´t too bad after all I thought as we walked to the car. Unfortunately the air-conditioning was working quite as well as it should have been and I started to sweat.
We drove from the airport in the south of the city to the north where we would be staying stopping at many traffic lights along the way. At each one people were selling all kinds ...
... thankfully I had one just in case, from my mom's friend Henry. Then I had to go back and forth making photocopies while the poor people from the bus waited for me. After a lot of hassle with the huuuuge *******, we made it through.
THEN, we literally got stopped at LEAST 20 times or so for papers and to check our bags (twice, once manually and once via x-ray)... it was the longest ...
... in awe. An 1150 is not only a big bike here, its a bigger engine than most cars, so the size of the engine is the most common question we are asked. I've learned to say mil cientos cincuenta, very well:-)
I wasn't sure what to expect of Venezuela, but to begin the roads are horrible. My first thoughts within the first mile of the border were, I hope all the roads are not like this. And yet, the pot holes, small, large, ...
... is that you get an exchange rate of around 4 peso to the dollar with cash withdrawals at the ATM. The alternative is to change money on the black market and get around 7 peso to the dollar, hence our decision for the black market.
Once in Venezuela there are police check points every 50km's or so. They pretty much act like immigration officials, ...
... We had also been told about the strange currency system in Venezuala at the moment, it has recently been changed by Chavez to ´Bolivar fuerte´from the old notes of ´Bolivars´. But there is a really big problem with currency in that the new notes are now being used, but there are two rates of exchange, one at the better and older rates of exchange of Bolivars (which you can only get from borders and people in the street), and one at the new and worse rate of exchange of ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center