Staying at the Hotel Floresta in Caracas, Venezuela

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – be very careful if you go backpacking through Venezuela. The country doesn’t stand well with me – I hate it, and put it at the bottom of the list of places I have been. From the moment I stepped into the country (at the San Read more about Staying at the Hotel Floresta in Caracas, Venezuela[…]

Venezuelan Nachos in the Little Rock Cafe

Friday’s Featured Food: Nachos in Caracas, Venezuela

Oh heck! I did once say I would never write about Venezuela again as I hate it, but believe it or not, the Nachos I had as my first proper meal in Caracas were totally outstanding. Cheesey, meaty, spicy and crispy and just the way I like them. However, this was an experience I will Read more about Friday’s Featured Food: Nachos in Caracas, Venezuela[…]

Jonny Blair got a visa for Suriname in Caracas Venezuela

How to get a Suriname Visa in Venezuela

On my travels, getting visas can be as much a pain in the ass as a pleasure. From the moment you apply until actually seeing that shining sticker on your passport can be a long winded process. Luckily I’ve been through these types of processes several times and am here to help my fellow travellers Read more about How to get a Suriname Visa in Venezuela[…]

Downtown Caracas, Venezuela: Watches, Pickpockets and Cocaine

Short post here for probably the shortest ever tour I did of a capital city. Unimpressed by Venezuela and due to some problems faced there, I never got to actually see the country properly, or indeed its capital of Caracas. In the end I had to use Caracas as merely a city to get my Read more about Downtown Caracas, Venezuela: Watches, Pickpockets and Cocaine[…]

The Suriname Visa Struggle: Attempted Muggings, Over Charging, Black Market Exchange Rate, Rip Offs and Just ONE Fucking Nightmare

One of the joys of travel is without doubt passport decoration; in other words visas, entry stamps and exit stamps. Having been in 68 different countries down the years, this has also involved applying for many visas. Some are easy to organise – at the border/at airports (e.g. Cambodia – visa at the border/ Indonesia Read more about The Suriname Visa Struggle: Attempted Muggings, Over Charging, Black Market Exchange Rate, Rip Offs and Just ONE Fucking Nightmare[…]

A Normal Trip To The Murder Capital of The World: San Cristobal to Caracas (From La Bandera to Altamira)

Backpacking in Venezuela: My Trip To The Murder Capital of The World: San Cristobal to Caracas (From La Bandera to Altamira)

It’s unlikely I’ll ever recommend Venezuela as a country to visit as I had so many problems there with various things (money, visas, border, bag checks, banks, attempted muggings, rip offs, the list goes on and Juventus Sponsor) but that’s no reason not to document it and understand that life is always a series of Read more about Backpacking in Venezuela: My Trip To The Murder Capital of The World: San Cristobal to Caracas (From La Bandera to Altamira)[…]

Backpacking in Venezuela: Caracas/Carcass (Delete As Appropriate)

It’s pretty hard to embrace a shit hole, or to write anything positive about a place you despise or hate. But there’s more to Caracas, and Venezuela than meets the eye. There’s a tough life there – a harsh government and a very odd sense of totally false capitalism. I narrowly escaped a robbery in Read more about Backpacking in Venezuela: Caracas/Carcass (Delete As Appropriate)[…]

Caracas To The Caribbean – 7 Years Too Late…

In 2004 I flirted with the idea of visiting the Caribbean, with my childhood friend Michael McClelland. The reason being, we were mad Northern Ireland fans and Northern Ireland organised a 2 week tour of the tropical islands as a warm up for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. However, the tour was confirmed in 2003, Read more about Caracas To The Caribbean – 7 Years Too Late…[…]