Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Corrupt dictators rarely do well but the case of Venezuela sure is an extreme one.
Basically nothing works in Venezuela. Due to high levels of corruption and considerable stupidity by the thugs currently running the country, even basic services have become true luxuries over there. The government took over most aspects of the country’s economy and managed to ruin even the most resilient industries. There’s no fresh milk and fresh produce are extremely hard to come by. People have to wait in line for hours to get basic staples at supermarkets. The rolling blackouts are becoming more common, lasting now 4 hours a day instead of periods of two.
Due to the energy crisis, public non essential civil servants will work just two days a week. The mandatory leave used to be imposed on Fridays. There’s no school on Fridays as well.
Survival Tip: Which parts are “spared” from the blackouts? The fancy part in downtown Caracas (the capital) where most government offices are and where there’s the most tourism. As always, when a country suffers, its protects its own nucleus.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.