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So this happened today:  The Venezuelan president announced that they will be raising the price of gasoline...we currently (and even with the price hike) have the cheapest gasoline in the world, but even this small hike might infuse a bit of extra money into the economy.  Will be interesting to see what happens in the coming days.  If you are interested in how this came to be and what it may mean, please read this news article.  Thanks for stopping by!

Find of the day: Ketchup

I have had my fair share of odd moments living here in Venezuela.  It's inevitable when you live in a culture that's not your own.  Today I went shopping for groceries (which in itself is a weekly adventure full of lineups and fingerprints but that is a story for another time) and in the one supermarket I went to, I was able to find a few items that are scarce.  So I filled my basket, lined up to pay, and when it was finally my turn, my debit card wouldn't work.  I had him run it through again, and again, the transaction failed.  I knew I had money in the account, and I had just used the card half an hour earlier, but he didn't want to run it through a third time because often cards get blocked if you try running it through too many times and then it's just a big hassle to get it working again.  The total of my groceries was about 3000 Bolivares, and I took a quick look in my wallet and realized I didn't have enough cash to cover it either.  I started to panic …

The Importance of Selfies

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If you have a presence on any sort of social media, you will probably be familiar with the debate over the last few years as to the point of selfies. I would say that yes, there has been an unhealthy obsession growing over presenting yourself a certain way, or even just plain presenting yourself too much!  But when I saw this photo, which was taken today, I was reminded that sometimes selfies are important. 

I'm a terrible photographer; not that I take bad photos...it's just that I FORGET to take photos.  When I was in kids ministry, and we were having a big event like VBS, I would ask someone to be the photographer because I knew that I would just forget to record or capture the event.  It's been months since I used my camera.  And now, with my cell phone I can take quick snapshots of life and ministry in Venezuela but of course I'm rarely in them for one of two reasons: a) if I'm alone, I feel ridiculous taking a photo of myself (short arms, FYI) and I usually c…

Happy 2016

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Well, I decided to sit down and dust off the ol' blog. So here I am. I make a point of not making new year's resolutions... however, I'll admit that for 2016 I have dedicated a whole page in my planner to "blog ideas". It's currently blank but who knows what brilliant ideas might come to me this year? I'm happy to have kicked 2015 out the door and I'm welcoming 2016 with open arms. Ok, my arms are protecting my vital organs, so lets say open palms. Not that 2015 was a total bust; I managed to survive 2 overseas moves in a year, spent a great year in Canada, I'm back living in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, I was able to do a bit of travelling....among other things. In fact, while I was bemoaning this past year (to myself, of course) I had stop and force myself to gain a bit of perspective. I have food on the table, I'm healthy, I get to be a part of an excellent ministry, I have friends and family and look!...I've mad…

Arquitectura

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My favourite worship song in Spanish at the moment....


La Gran Aventura Caracas

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I've been trying to slowly sort through some photos and sometimes I laugh because I can't remember why or when I took some of them.  But I came across this one and I thought it is fitting...
"La Gran Aventura"....The Great Adventure.  Life is certainly an adventure these days!  If we haven't been in contact recently, then you might not know that I'll be heading back to Caracas on July 31 for another term.  Already having lived in Caracas for 3 years, I'm excited to go back to see friends, familiar sights, and eat some of my favourite foods again.  But at the same time, a lot has changed....some friends have moved away, and some of those treats are a little harder to come by these days.  Living in another country and culture isn't always the "adventure" it's cracked up to be...there are frustrating, difficult days in amongst the great days as well. However, I really want to live these next few years with the attitude of 1980-something Spa…

Kraving Flips

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Just an update that I had a great time out in Summerland BC!  It was so good to be with the Hieberts once again, and Lukas and Mackenzie survived my caretaking.  I was also able to have a visit with Murray and Michelle Derksen (our Regional Developers) in Kelowna, and made a few new friends along the way. Plus, the weather was great, and although a little chilly at times, there was no snow and I didn't have to wear a parka! We also talked a lot about Caracas, and our return later this coming summer.  My thoughts have been turning back to Caracas more often, and the other day when I was grocery shopping, I came across this cereal:
I've never noticed it on the shelf before (although I don't make a habit of buying sugar cereals....ok, I do buy Golden Grahams on occasion. And Mini Wheats. Ok, never mind.) but as soon as I saw it, I realized it looked so familiar....in fact, I think it's basically the same as a Venezuelan snack I buy (again, "on occasion"):
Of cou…