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All the petrol stations near the border have either sold out or have massive queues as everyone comes over from Columbia to fill up/smuggle in petrol – Venezuela has so much it sells it for .07 cents a litre – we put 50+ litres in the tank and it cost 1/8 of a US$!
On the way back to Puerto Concha, saw 2 lots of dolphins and howler monkeys, plus a huge number of other ...
... we fell asleep in the most rustic lodging so far of our trip. In the morning we woke up early, ate warm arepas (like thick, dense pitas here) with the last of his cheese, and set off four more hours downhill via a wet path full of glistening rocks and deep caverns caused by water. When we reached the town of Mucunután, we walked for another hour or so until we could catch a bus back to Mérida. Sometimes it's amazing where human beings choose to live.
... previous. We grab a coffee and some pastries to warm the cockles and go to explore the lake and countryside; not for long though, Spanish lessons beckon. We linger long enough to take some photos and learn about the most common plant at this altitude; one that takes 400 years to reach maturity!
The hours it takes to return to Merida slip away, a pristine sandstone castle is cause for pause and coffee; the panorama of ...
... 1 Bs, equivalent to about 8.5 Bs for $1 (the official rate is 4.3 Bs for $1). Of the allegedly shady dealers, I only saw one, who had advertised a better rate outside, and was vague about the actual price. Of course, when I asked about exchanging for 1000 Bs, it was pretty easy to calculate in my head what the rate was they actually used (220 Bs instead of 202 Bs). Overall though, this whole exchange bit, which had received multiple warnings online, was quite easy and hassle ...
... I won’t feel trapped or frustrated with x or z.
-The Fear of regretting.
-Live an incredible experience, surviving one wonderful year with the 5 of you!
-our own vehicle
-visit New Zealand, Australia
-learn a water sport in warm water (wind/surf/kite)
-when we get to a nice spot, stay a while
-days when we do nothing
-learn to play something