While I´m not one to usually post such personal things this is a post that has been in my head for a while now since I´m pretty sure I´m not the only person who longs to live in another country. And don´t get me wrong is not that I don´t love the country where I live because I do but sometimes enough is enough.
Living in Venezuela is not easy at all and most of the time you have to leave your house worried sick of what might happen. And it doesn´t matter where you live, the sensation of fear is always the same whether you´re low, middle or high class. (if such thing still exists!)
From forming lines everyday for something as simple as a loaf of bread to the devaluation of the money up to the point were you can´t practically buy anything, living in Venezuela has become nearly impossible and yet there are some who still believe that there is no better place to be living.
For me, however, this is not true and while it pains me to see how terrible this once beautiful country has become, I also know that as long as the goverment doesn´t do anything this is going to stay the same; a country where everyone has become so accustomed to having everythig handed to them in a silver platter that many now refuse to work for themselves. Also, and in some ways, thanks to the last president many have created a wrong notion for themselves in which it´s alright to steal as long as they need it for themselves or their families; which in turn has created a sort of resentment towards those of us with a litlle "more".
In an attempt of describing the situation in a balance between ignorance and being paranoid I have to say: I do not feel safe in Venezuela anymore. And this does not mean that I stay inside my house all the time nor is based on things I´ve heard. This is based on all three times I´ve been robbed in places as simple as the subway. Now when I walk outside, or take the bus or even something "safer" as hailing a taxi I´m paranoid most of the time, especially if I am alone. And if I had to choose between paranoid and cautious I would say the hardest thing to deal with in Venezuela is the feeling of insecurity that now looms in pretty much every corner.
Despite the fact that I love the culture that my coutry has to offer, I also have to admit that it´s exausting because we always have to be careful and there are few moments when safety is not part of my everyday thoughts.
Reading this you might wonder if living here it´s so awfull why do I stay? I ask myself the same thing and I always come to the same conclusion: While Venezuela is teaching me who I am, that does not matter in the big picture. What matters is what the coutry is teaching the rest of its people.
The consequences In a country where supermarkets lack basic groceries and everyday products like toilet paper, milk, butter, oil, soap and many others that I won´t list because otherwise we´d be here all day, and restrictions on how many products you can buy in a specific day of the week reflects in entire families who are forced to go to the markets during work and school hour in order to have food on the table and while I admit that I´m not one of those people who enjoys forming a line for more than an hour, I realize how much we took for granted, coming to a point where I see how extremely exausted people are from the situation in which we are.
Economy has also become a touchy subject in the coutry, no matter what social class you are. Nowadays the same food you bought last year for 2.500Bs is around 6.000Bs or even more (numbers are clearly not my forte). What does this mean? it means that we can´t afford the same things anymore because of the inflation; it also means working more. But not for saving for a vacation, instead venezuelans work more in order to save for food and everyday necesities.
So, how is it living in Venezuela? Since I was born here, living in this country has taught me more than I can say, but not about me. Living here has taught me what we can, and should do, to change the situation in which we are. Because the point is: yes we can leave but we shouldn´t have to, we should have the choice of living comfortably in a country that has so much to offer.
So yes, honestly I´m terrified of the situation the coutry is in and I can only hope that we, the young generation, find a solution for the future because if we all leave.... what will be left of this beautiful country.
If the 2017 Golden Globes didn't make it clear, La La Land is the one to beat.
Preacher's Dominic Cooper and Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner announced the nominations for the 2017 BAFTA Awards in London Tuesday. La La Land leads with 11 nominations, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and Best Film. Arrival and Nocturnal Animals comes in close behind with nine nominations each, followed by Manchester by the Sea with six.
Here is the complete list of nominees:
"We need to come back together as a stronger, united nation" Hillary Clinton - Concession speech
Those words have never been more true and honest than after last night's election results and the luring question that now remains: how to put a nation together again with a president that, frankly in my opinion, doesn't care about good part of his people.
Ever since I was a little girl I loved going to the theater, in fact I remember the first play I ever saw was the Wizard of Oz at a local theater near my house. That was the moment I fell in love with theather and with Broadway not only because of the music and the dancing but because the magic behind it. The magic of bringing a story and a character to life. The capacity it has of moving thousands of people every night whether it is as a princess, a jazz dancer, a phantom and much more.
Broadway is also the place where dreams can come true and, as James Corden at the Tony Awards night , "This is the place where you belong", this is the stage where every future dancer, singer, actors find their voices so to every dreamer out there who longs to be on the Brodway stage someday, myself included, don´t be afraid to follow your dreams, don´t be afraid to sing and dance out loud and most of all don´t let anyone stop from following your dreams.
Hollywood´s biggest night went out with a methaporical bang; from #OscarsSoWhite to host Chris Rock jokes about diversity issues in Hollywood this was probably the first ceremony where people paid more atention to those who weren´t nominated or didn´t attended the awards. So let´s break down the best, the good and the really bad or awkward moments from this year´s ceremony.
Holywood´s biggest night is almost here! That´s right, that wonderful night of the year were the magic of Hollywood comes to life in a big way, a night where actors, actresses, directors and much more are recognized for the hard work talent they have for bringing stories to life. Whether is a comedy, a drama, a love story or more, making movies is not an easy task and behind those scenes we see at our favorite cinema there´s an incredible team of people who make it possible; the Academy recognizes that and the Oscars are much more than a prize; they´re the ultimate goal and recognition for a job well done.
Is amazing how something so simple as helping out a neighbor, saying hello to a random stranger or putting your phone away for just a few hours to spend time with someone you love can make a much bigger diference that we imagine, so in honor of random acts of kindness day here are some ideas that you can use to make someone´s day a better one.
OMG! As a huge musical theater geek I admit I wasn´t a fan of the previous live adaptations but as soon as I heard that Grease was going to made for live television and with Aaron Tveit starring as Danny I knew I had to see it and I´m so glad I did because I loved everything about it. I loved it so much that I´m going to break down what I loved most and what I didn´t liked so much.
After 50 year in the market and an endless amount of careers under her belt Barbie is reinventing herself.
The new Barbie collection, to be launched on march 1st, now includes 22 etniticites, 7 skin tones, 14 eye colors and three new body types: Tall, Petite & Curvy. While it's true that Barbie has been slowly changing, last year a Barbie that can wear flats was introduced to the market, the introduction of new body types completely changes the standart of what it's defined as 'ideal' as little girls become more acustomed to the world around them, without stereotipes of beauty, while keeping the escence that fashion is for everyone.
1. Sending you flowers right after the first date with a cute note.
He says: This is a way to show you we had a great time after a first date. Plus, no one sends flowers anymore, so it's honestly a pretty easy way for us to look classy.
We say: On one hand, I love this idea. People don't send flowers often enough and if it were my call, I'd get them basically every day. But that said guys, if you don't know that the date went super well, then you have a "Holy crap, this weirdo I went out with last night who only talked about his love of EDM just sent me flowers. Does he think that date went well?!" situation. It's too must of a crapshoot and we probably won´t want to hear from you ever again.
2. Teasing you about the way you pronounce the word "roof" or "drawer."
He says: This worked in third grade and it works now. Teasing you (in good fun) is a great way to get you to smile and to see just how good your sense of humor is.
We say: I know romantic comedies have told you that teasing someone incessantly is adorable as hell and sometimes it is. But a lot of the time, guys go too far with it and make it seem like they actually don't even like us because it's gone from "cute teasing" to "dude, do you straight up hate me?" way too fast.