Travel Blogs from Maracaibo
... Since even in Colombia the standards are much higher, they send the driver back immediately as the car was too unsafe. With a little bit of negotiations, we were able to continue to the next bus station where I immediately hobbed on a bus to Santa Marta which left at 5pm. So far I was on the road for 13 hours but since I am lucky in general when I am travelling, the road was blocked due to construction and then a special transport was in front of ...
... to I didnīt say we had bananas in England. We bought what they call banana 500 which is what we would call a banana and some small ones they call them white bananas. We rolled down the windows me trying not to look like a tourist so I wouldnīt get robbed. I couldnīt really take in or enjoy the moment because of that. The seller would run from his stall to the car and back with different bunches for us to inspect and run back to fetch ...
... bus fills up. Chilly AC replaced by a fan-oven we make for the border (2.5 hours on Google Maps - 5 hours in reality). 2 hours in and we hit our first (of almost 15) military 'check-points'. What they're checking for is illegal border-crossers and drugs I guess but they seem less interested in who or what's in the bus and more interested in how much the can shake us down for. From what we can ...
... in the road.
We stopped for gas just outside Maracaibo. We needed about 3 gallons. The service man filled up our tank and after a few short words with Camilo we took off....without paying. I was a bit surprised, so I tapped Camilo on the shoulder to ask what was wrong, as I really wasn't comfortable with not paying. He laughed and said, "nothing, it was free, gratis del Caribe! First time I've ever gotten free gas!" ...
... Bolivars (which you get at all official places - banks, atms.) It really is very confusing, but then I think everything that Chavez has done for the people of Venezuala is ultimately confusing for the people and not altogether condoned (the Venezualans still refer to the money in millions and by the bolivar.) So, we had the problem of trying to change 750 dollars at the border, luckily there were places at the border where you can swap the money indoors so all was ...
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