The ABC's of Culture
By Naomi George-Hall
Venezuela, home to some of the most diverse plants, animals, and geography in south America.
- upper class men live in large, luxury homes with around 4 bed 4 bath, and a pool or garden. middle class men live in in two story apartments, the first floor is for visitors and the second floor is for family, there homes are situated in well-organized communities. the lowest class live in ranchos, made of cardboard, plastic, and zinc, and overtime fortified with bricks, and prettied up by being painted.
- owning a home is very important to Venezuelans, and they take immense pride in the beauty of their homes. the upper class have beautiful gardens and bright homes; the middle class have clean, orderly homes that are nicely decorated; and the lower class paint their homes brightly, and make the best home they can with the materials they have access to.
- preserved colonial homes can be found on the edges of large cities, and are very large, with big rooms and spacious patios.
a little girl at her doorstep in the lowest class areas.
- Venezuela is a member of OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries), and oil is an important revenue to the Venezuelans, it accounts of about 96% of all export earnings and nearly half of all government revenues.
- the governments economic policies have contributed to widespread economic collapse, causing increased poverty and a shortage in basic needs
- the Venezuelan economy is a mixture of trade and currency.
protesters against the government.
- the Venezuelans swim, bike, and play baseball outside, but other outside sports are popular too.
- Venezuela is full of exotic animals such as the piranha, the hoatzin bird, jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, armadillos, and anteaters.
- Venezuela boasts the largest plants and wildlife in the world, along with the smallest, brightest, and other titles.
a hoatzin bird in its nest
x. marks the spot
- Venezuela is a tropical land, with warm weather and two seasons, dry and wet season.
- the largest waterfall in the world, angles falls, and a large mountain range, the Andes, both reside in Venezuela.
- the countries is roughly separated into four zones, north, south, east, and west, where each has its own geography.
a scenic view of angel falls
- lunch is the most important meal of the day, and is treated as dinner is in the USA, during lunch the family traditionally get together, and most school systems allows children to go home for lunch.
- Pabellón Criollo is a dish that contains arepas, shredded meat, plantains, black beans, and rice, and is considered, though not officially, the national dish.
- open air markets are large, crowded, market places in situated in a plaza, that sell fruits and other produce in tents.
the open air market in Caracas, Venezuela's capital.
- culture is both seen and unseen: people can see that Simon Bolivar was a great hero, as he has a plaza in every city dedicated to him, but what you cant see is that it is rude to behave disrespectfully in the plaza or to refer negatively to Bolivar.
- culture is shared among a group of people: Venezuelans have learned to be happy in any situation, and keep laughing no matter the cause, due to their current leader, and economic inflation, and the need to keep their spirits up.
- my take-away from learning about other cultures this unit is that every culture is different, and that you cant judge one culture based off your own, no matter how different it may seem.
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