• You a Third Culture Kid ?

    You a Third Culture Kid ?

    I’m a what you might be asking yourself ? Or are you simply asking yourself … what the hell is a TCK ?

    No this is not an insult and you can take back your “a la tuya”, the simple but effective commonly used phrase used on the streets of Venezuela that many of us used and still use at times in self-defense when someone calls you names … In simple terms TCK means … Third Culture Kid or Trans-Cultural Kid

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  • The Truth about Jimmie Angel and Angel Falls

    The Truth about Jimmie Angel and Angel Falls

    The truth about Jimmie Angel’s life is convoluted and distorted by legend for good reason.

    A major factor in the difficulty of finding the truth about him is that he actively participated in the creation of the various legends about his colorful life. This paper is only a small part of a much greater research project to discover the truth about Jimmie Angel. (1)

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  • Maracaibo ... “La Tierra del Sol Amada”

    Maracaibo ... “La Tierra del Sol Amada”

    Maracaibo … hum … Maracaibo … isn’t that a movie with Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace and Micheal Landon filmed in 1958 ?

    Where Wilde is oil man Vic Scott who arrived to Maracaibo to help put out a fire at an offshore well. If Scott fails, not only will he die in the blaze, but all of Maracaibo will likely be destroyed ? I bet 99% of you did not know there is such a film ? I have not seen it myself but I do want to check it out.

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  • The Roots of Venezuela's Failing State

    The Roots of Venezuela's Failing State

    Published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University


    Boom and bust. That economic cycle has happened repeatedly in places dependent on one natural resource, like Venezuela and petroleum.

    In the 1970s, Venezuela had the highest growth rate and lowest inequality in Latin America. Thanks to an oil bonanza, the government was able to spend more money (in absolute terms) from 1974 to 1979 than in its entire independent history. Indeed, during this time, this Gran Venezuela had the highest per capita GDP in region.

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Venezuelan Third Culture Kids

You a Third Culture Kid ?

I’m a what you might be asking yourself ? Or are you simply asking yourself … what the hell is a TCK ?

No this is not an insult and you can take back your “a la tuya”, the simple but effective commonly used phrase used on the streets of Venezuela that many of us used and still use at times in self-defense when someone calls you names … In simple terms TCK means … Third Culture Kid or Trans-Cultural Kid

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Gaitas Navideñas !

Well ... it's NAVIDAD !! which means it's time for GAITAS ZULIANAS ! If you lived in Venezuela and went through the christmas festivities you must have heard the gaitas. The defintion of a "gaitas" according to Wikipedia ...

"The Gaita is the name of a Venezuelan folk music from Maracaibo, Zulia state. According to Joan Corominas, it may come from gaits, the Gothic word for "goat", the skin generally used for the membrane of the furro.

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Maracaibo (1958 Movie)

Maracaibo ... “La Tierra del Sol Amada”

Maracaibo … hum … Maracaibo … isn’t that a movie with Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace and Micheal Landon filmed in 1958 ?

Where Wilde is oil man Vic Scott who arrived to Maracaibo to help put out a fire at an offshore well. If Scott fails, not only will he die in the blaze, but all of Maracaibo will likely be destroyed ? I bet 99% of you did not know there is such a film ? I have not seen it myself but I do want to check it out.

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Jimmy Angel - Angel Falls

The Truth about Jimmie Angel and Angel Falls

The truth about Jimmie Angel’s life is convoluted and distorted by legend for good reason.

A major factor in the difficulty of finding the truth about him is that he actively participated in the creation of the various legends about his colorful life. This paper is only a small part of a much greater research project to discover the truth about Jimmie Angel. (1)

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Venezuelan Parents Love a Famous Name ...

As university students clashed with the police in this country last May, attention focused not just on their demands to hold elections without government meddling but also on the names of the two leaders organizing the protests: Nixon Moreno and Stalin González.

Many Venezuelans had a good laugh at the names and went on with their business. What’s so odd, after all, about the occasional Nixon or Stalin in a nation where bestowing bizarre names on newborns has become a whimsically colorful tradition?

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Vs. Guardia Nacional

The Roots of Venezuela's Failing State

Published by the History Departments at The Ohio State University and Miami University


Boom and bust. That economic cycle has happened repeatedly in places dependent on one natural resource, like Venezuela and petroleum.

In the 1970s, Venezuela had the highest growth rate and lowest inequality in Latin America. Thanks to an oil bonanza, the government was able to spend more money (in absolute terms) from 1974 to 1979 than in its entire independent history. Indeed, during this time, this Gran Venezuela had the highest per capita GDP in region.

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Venezuela’s Most Famous Arepa

La Reina Pepiada is the most famous arepa in Venezuela. It is said that the original receipt was a toasted arepa stuffed with a chicken “guiso” and then baked accompanied with avocados y petit pois.

Currently … establishments don’t serve the Reina in its actual receipt. The arepa now is stuffed with chicken salad, mayonnaise and avocados. Its creator is still alive. His name is Heriberto Alvarez; he’s 83 years old and is a native of Las Araujas a small population in Trujillo state. Heriberto says he cannot take the whole credit himself, he gives credit to his six sisters who have already passed and of course his mother.

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