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  1. Logbook to despair. Part XI

    And just like that, my passport is issued. I go and retrieve it, I get a couple of other things done, I am able to finish all I came to do.
    And it is time to leave home, to go home.
    I find myself again at the Maiquetia airport, waiting for a plane to take me away. It is not a happy place. In a country where people are being forced to emigrate this is the obvious place where many of them do so. I will board the plane and the young woman next to me will start crying, sad that she is ...
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  2. Logbook to despair. Part X

    I have to stop putting down all these negative feelings because it makes me no good. After all, I am with my family and friends for a few days, I am home.
    There are more things that cradle me when I am here. The city is the place where I was born and I grew up. I know this city better than any other city in the world, better than my current Bogota or my beloved Buenos Aires. I know where things are and I know the shortcuts and the crannies well.
    This is the only city in the world ...
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  3. Logbook to despair. Part IX

    So, what are the nice things about Venezuela? Go ask the people and they will tell you many things are so: the beaches, the coast, our mountains, the beautiful women.
    The weather.
    It makes me shift into despair when they claim so because people here do not understand one thing: countries are not their geography. Caracas, for example, sits in a wonderful valley that must have been an impressive sight when the first Spaniards rode along and saw it. It is a series of connected valleys, ...
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  4. Logbook to despair. Part VIII

    So what kind of economic distortions does this create? Letís start with the primordial one. Gasoline.
    Venezuela is a large producer of oil. The state-owned PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela) used to be the fourth largest oil company in the world, and one of the best run ones. That is long gone, to the point that two of the four largest refineries in the country are operating under capacity. And if you canít refine, you canít produce gasoline, which is the Venezuelan equivalent to a sacred cow. ...

    Updated 10-24-2017 at 09:23 AM by ponchi101 (grammar)

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  5. Logbook to despair. Part VII

    So why do I say that Venezuela is hell?
    Venezuela has recently been designated as the most miserable country on earth. That is not a trivial denomination. We have to remember that this planet has some verifiable hell holes such as Syria, Iraq, North Korea and others. Bur our claim at unsurpassable infamy is based on numbers.
    Venezuela is the sole country in the world currently experiencing hyper-inflation. The projection for 2017 stands at 1400%. Our crime rates is about 20,000 murders ...
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