Venezuela 101: Most Common Questions

Slowly but surely I am getting this thing rolling again. I'm learning how to fancify my site and trying to keep content relevant. I initially wanted to start writing about my travels as a way to bring people important information about the different places. Looking back at my previous posts I realized that I have yet to bring together basic information about these spectacular locations. Today I will start my random fun facts post with Venezuela and in the future bring you similar lists on other places. 

Without further ado, I present the most common questions I received while living in this sexy South American country and basking in the Caribbean sun. 

Where is Venezuela? 
Assuming you know where South America is, Venezuela is the north eastern   most country bordered by Guyana, Brazil, Colombia.... Notable neighbors
include Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago.

"LocationVenezuela" by Mandavi - Original by User:Vardion, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Why is there a weird shaded part on the Map? 
This 159,500 km² of land is called Guayana Esequiba or Zona en Reclamación. It is a territorial dispute between Guyana and Venezuela that was inherited from the colonial days when the border was not clearly defined between the Spanish, Dutch and British. 

Guayana Esequiba in Venezuela
By TUBS [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

How is it living below the Equator? 
Well, I can't really say. Venezuela is fully above the equator, however it is close enough to enjoy consistently warm temperatures year round. 

What language is spoken there? 
Spanish is the local language of choice. Learn the word Chamo/a (friend/buddy/pal) and you will get a chuckle from the locals and a warm smile. 

Is the food spicy like Mexican food?
No, in fact much of the food in Venezuela has very little spice and nor are burritos and tacos common place. The major food staples of Venezuela include meat, products made from corn flour, and natural fruit juices. 

What is the capital?

Are there light skin tones there? 
Venezuelans are a diverse people with many heritages. For this reason it is not completely uncommon to find all tone of skin colors. 

Chavez is president right? 
Chavez died in March of 2013. Nicolas Mudro is the current president. 

Who is Simon Bolivar?
He is the figure deeply ingrained into several south american countries history. He was a key figure in the liberation of about half of South America. As for Venezuela, Hugo Chavez made sure that his name became integrated into everything. He even went so far as to rename the country in honor of Simon Bolivar. 

"Hw-bolivar" by unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

What is the offical name of Venezuela? 
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

Isn't that waterfall from the movie UP in that country? 
Why, yes it is. It is called Angel Falls or Salto De Angel and it is the tallest free falling waterfall in the world is located there. It is pretty awesome and should be on everyone's bucket list. 

Salto Ángel.
By Joseph Ascanio (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Are there any questions you have for a foreigner who lived in Venezuela? 

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