A couple of weeks back I picked up a couple down inSoHo. They were loaded with packages from the expensive stores down there. I noticed that the lady was wearing a full length fur coat. There was a chill in the air for sure. They were on their way to the Four Seasons Hotel. Rooms run close to a thousand dollars a night at the low end.
They were friendly enough with the man doing most of the talking. It got to where I learned that they are Venezuelans and they learned that I was planning for an extended visit there being the spouse of a Venezuelan citizen
The guy alerted me that this visit could be a bad idea, as Venezuela is Communist. I went into mild sarcastic mode. I asked if they had escaped from Venezuela, and if they would be permitted to return. He told me that he was free to come and go. He said that it is communism just starting out and he expected soon to be barred from coming and going. He told me that they were staying for a week, making a shopping stop in Miami and then going home.
I am not an expert on Venezuela. I have read a bit about Venezuela. Now I have been there for a week, having crossed ten states in three days. I have seen that they have problems and no doubt some Venezuelans are not happy with aspects of their situation. I am not here to meddle in their affairs.
But you cannot convince me that Venezuela today is authoritarian, totalitarian, nor a utopia .Anyone who wants to leave is free to do so. Without doubt poverty is less than it once was and that people confront shortages, lines to obtain certain useful items and officious officials. I have seen this with my own eyes.
Being that I missed the 25th Anniversary of the wall in Berlin being opened up I wanted to find what you could and here it is call the other side of the story. Here it is.