How far did we travel this week?
25 kilometers = 15.5 miles
How far have we traveled on our journey so far?
17,615.9 kilometers = 10,946 miles
How did we get around this week?
This week, we got around using private transportation and public buses! We are using private transportation because of the political stress here. Venezuela is in the process of voting for a new president, and people across the country have differing opinions of what should happen. Read on for more information about this!
So, a private bus came to pick us up at our house before school! I haven’t ridden the bus since high school! How do you get to school? My mom here even made me lunch before I waited outside for the bus. It reminded me of being much younger in school.
What was the most interesting place we visited this week?
This week, some other Americans and I went and rented a cabin in the mountains! It was beautiful and we made our own kabobs for dinner. Have you ever had chicken kabobs? What about grilled pineapple or grilled mango? It is delicious! We also had a midnight hike into the mountains! It was thrilling!
This Week’s Travel News: (short story about what happened this week)
Last Sunday, Venezuela had their presidential elections. We weren’t allowed out of our homes on the day of the elections sometimes it can be dangerous in the streets. People here are very emotional about politics. The elections didn’t turn out the way many Venezuelans had hoped and a lot of people were upset. However, the votes for each candidate were within 300,000! People were demanding a recount, but the government didn’t want to do it.
As a result, there was a lot of rioting and school was cancelled for two whole days. We were not allowed to leave our homes at all! When we went to school, they picked us up and dropped us off in a bus.
On Friday, when the bus driver came to pick me up, he saw 15 old women doing Zumba dance exercises outside my house. He thought it was hilarious! I did too! Later that day, a couple friends of mine and I wanted to go out for ice cream. We were going to walk, but the private bus driver took us! It was very exciting to have a chauffeur for a few days.
Weather Tally (enter the # of days for each weather type):
Partly cloudy: 0
What is the air temperature right now?
24 Celsius = 75 Fahrenheit
How was the weather this week?
The weather this week was colder and rainier than normal! It has been quite chilly at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is crazy to think that my home state, Minnesota, just got hit by a snowstorm and I feel freezing in 70 degree weather. When we went to the cabin in the mountains it was even colder because we were at a higher altitude!
What animals did we see this week?
I have seen many bugs and lizards this week! They scare me, especially when they come out of nowhere. Today, a huge moth landed on my friend’s neck. I also saw three horses out in the middle of my neighborhood. It was very interesting because there wasn’t anyone around taking care of them.
What was the coolest thing we saw in nature this week?
The coolest thing I saw in nature this week were the mountains on Sunday morning. They were very clear and full of trees! It was a beautiful site to wake up to!
This week’s nature news: (a short story)
While camping, a midnight adventure sounded like a fabulous idea. The boys grabbed their headlamps and flashlights and I grabbed my shoes and a jacket. We made our way over a small river. When we were there, I slipped on a rock and got mud on my pants!
We continued walking into the woods and found an open area with vines hanging all around us. We stopped and stood there for a moment in the pure darkness and someone suggested to stop talking and to listen to nature. It was so peaceful until out of nowhere the idea of being scared by one of the boys popped into my head.
I said my thought out loud and right after that, a strange noise filled the air! Then all of a sudden something touched my leg. The boys turned on their flashlights and we all had a good laugh when we found out that our ‘spookers’ were just a couple of the caretaker’s dogs.
What languages are spoken here?
Spanish is the main language spoken here. Sometimes the other Americans and I speak English though!
What type of money is used here?
The Bolívar Fuerte is the money we use here. You can change your American Dollars over for an even better rate, than the legal exchange rate.
How much does a bottle of water cost?
A bottle of water costs about $0.25 with the parallel market, or about $2.00 with the actual exchange rate.
What was the best meal this week?
This week we made shish kabobs using chicken, cucumbers, pineapple, yuca, green peppers, and onions! We fried some of the chicken separate, and even made popcorn using the chicken fat as oil! Everything turned out so well! For dessert, we made banana boats, which were bananas filled with marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate and cinnamon sugar! They were delicious and very sweet!
What music did we listen to this week?
This week, I listened to a lot of popular Spanish songs and some alternative songs in English that my friends played at the cabin.
What activity was the most fun this week?
The most fun activity this week was playing Catch Phrase at the cabin with words we invented! Have you ever played Catch Phrase? It is a game where you are given a random word and you have to describe it to your teammates without using rhymes or spelling it. We had a lot of fun and my team even won!
What did I read this week?
This week I read a book in English for fun and a story in Spanish called “La Tienda de Muñecos”. I read the Spanish book for my class of Children’s Literature.
What games or sports did I play?
I played a lot of cards this week! I played Solitaire, Euchre, Rummy and 500. I also played Catch Phrase and the card game War! Do you know about these games?
This week’s news: (short story)
There were a lot of problems with the government this week and the streets weren’t very safe for us for a few days. Our school made us stay home so that we wouldn’t be hurt or get in trouble. However, without internet at home, I got very bored. What would you do if you were the only child and didn’t have internet, or couldn’t leave your house?
I played a lot of Solitaire, watched a lot of movies, read a few books and did all of my homework that I could without a computer! Then, one morning I talked my mama into letting me leave the house to go to the internet cafe down the street. I felt like a secret agent sneaking out of my house and it was the most fun I had those couple of days!
I got home later that day and was still very happy from my “adventure” that I had taken. Right after that, I got a message saying I could leave my homestay for a bit that evening. I was so giddy! I have never been so excited to leave my house or to go back to school! It really helped me put things into perspective because sometimes I don’t like to go to school, but it is way better than staying at home! What do you think? Do you think you’d rather stay at home where you can’t do anything than go to school?