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Feb. 11, 2013 12:18 pm 
Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 12:45 pm
I have been living in Caracas, Venezuela for about 6 months now.  Since moving here I have often thought about putting my thoughts and adventures into a blog however it has been difficult to find the time with raising 3 kids under the age of 3 and going to school full time.  Here is my attempt to capture my experiences with kids, food, hired help, and life in general living in Venezuela.

A little background.  My husband and I had twins just over two years ago and then came our last child 11 months ago.  During this transition from living the free life to being a parent, we moved from England to the United States and then onto our current location Caracas, Venezuela.  We have also previously lived in Greece and we have visited many different countries mostly in Europe.  Nothing compares to the challenges we have experienced since moving to Caracas.
 
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Feb. 11, 2013 1:54 pm
Should be an eye opening education in how socialism lowers the standard of living for everyone. I was recently reading this New York Times article about food shortages developing in basic staples like milk, meat, and toilet paper under Chavez’s socialist inspired government . . . http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/world/americas/venezuela-faces-shortages-in-grocery-staples.html. I knew many Cuban families who had to escape the human rights abuses and the destroyed economy brought on by Castro. Make sure you have plans to escape should things deteriorate further, and should the gov’t. try to ban travel and implement more monetary controls. I’ve lived and worked in many different foreign countries, and it teaches you how much is taken for granted living in the USA.
 
Purple 
Feb. 11, 2013 6:05 pm
They just devalued the money there and with lots of shortages in food must be challenging living there. I have family there who are worried for the future. Not the best choice place to move to really but guess its because of work.
 
Feb. 12, 2013 7:19 am
You've been fortunate to experience what the world has to offer-must be fun seeing how different cultures prepare their food!
 
Feb. 12, 2013 10:18 am
Thank you for your comments. We are a military family here with the US Embassy. We also live in a fairly safe place considering but you are completely right on the food shortages. The new trend is butter. Sugar was non-existent for about 3 or 4 months. We are very aware of the political issues with this country and while they are disheartening it makes me appreciate many things I have taken for granted as a free American. Our journey here will be over in August of 2014 and while sometimes I feel like I am counting the minutes until we leave, I am also trying to savor this experience and make the most of it. The country itself is very beautiful, it is such as shame that it is not used to it's potential.
 
Maggi 
Feb. 27, 2013 12:45 pm
I sure hope you continue to blog. It is so interesting to learn about everyday life in other countries. Thanks for writing and savor the country!
 
 
 
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Annachel

Home Town
Hawthorne, Wisconsin, USA
Living In
Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Member Since
Oct. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Quick & Easy, Gourmet

Hobbies
Hiking/Camping, Walking, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I like to cook for my family, eat, enjoy good company, and drink wine... what more could you ask for in life.
My favorite things to cook
Just about anything that is savory but lately I've turned out some nice breads and desserts... I am finding them enjoyable to make.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My husband ALWAYS makes the breakfast and I take care of most other meals. We like cooking themed meals based holidays.
My cooking triumphs
Pulling off a full spread for Thanksgiving!
My cooking tragedies
A chicken and dumplings receipe from Paula Dean... I miss read the amount of salt to use and added a whole cup... by far the worst dish I've ever made.
 
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