05
Jun

Venezuela part 2

After Caracas we flew to Maracaibo, known for the largest lake in South America and the natural spectacle of lightning above the lake in the colder months. Long ago I lived on this lake on a Shell campus.

My old school, house, the pool where I learned to swim, the club where all the festivities and events took place, I found it all again. Shell has been expelled since long ago and soldiers have taken over the camp. It looks pretty neglected now, but everything was still recognizable to me and very special to be able to show my family.
www.crowneplazamaruma.com.ve

North of Maracaibo, we visited the tropical lagoon of Sinamaica where the indigenous Añu population, the largest indigenous tribe in the country thanks to their ingenious life in the labyrinth of waters (where the climate is more pleasant than in the city), lives in houses on stilts above the water surface. This area was already inhabited before the arrival of Columbus. The explorers did think of the city of Venice, when discovering the preference of gondola-like boats as means of transport by the inhabitants. That is why the name Venice is used in the countries name: Venezuela.

When I lived there, the Indians were still in their traditional clothing. Think of penis sheaths. But nowadays it is the American jeans that penetrated, unfortunately.

To be continued…

for trips to Mid- and South-America: www.windandtales.com