In honour of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez’s passing yesterday, I’ll share a postcard from my trip to Venezuela in 2005, when Chavez was in power.
Although I am not an expert on Chavez’s politics, I find one sentence from his obituary by the BBC very telling: “Venezuela today has the fairest income distribution in Latin America.” I also admired his strong convictions against imperialist countries (and George W. Bush in particular), who have a long, long history of destabilizing and exploiting South and Central America.
Our trip to Venezuela was short, but memorable (more so it would seem than the prior postcard I posted from Venezuela).
I didn’t write the message, so it’s more lacklustre than the place merits:
From a specimen standpoint, postcards presenting a collage of images of a place aren’t unique (see the specimen from Aland), but normally they are geometrically separated or aligned, balanced, or bordered in a orderly fashion. The blurring of the collage images is rare (and not particularly visually pleasing in my opinion).
When we were in Venezuela it felt safe (but than Margarita Island isn’t typical of mainland Venezuela) and the living conditions of the people seemed good. Overall, it seemed much better than many countries we have been to in the region. No doubt, Venezuela’s oil riches helped but I think it’s also attributable to Chavez.