It’s June 2nd Spring to the fullest in Poland And I’m a bit tired of Caracas It’s not that it’s dangerous and boring – it’s really dangerous and really interesting I’ve just lived here for too long and it’s time
to change my scenery Hence I’m flying to Poland in the beginning of July Before I do it, I’d like to record two or three more episodes in here and then start a two-week journey throughout Venezuela I’d like to show you something more than politics, poverty and crime We’re flying above a poor area at the moment But this is not where the episode starts – we’re moving
to a rich neighborhood where houses used to cost over a million dollars
not that long ago Today they’re not worth that much If their owners were to buy them with todays’ salaries, they’d have to save money for hundreds of years We’re in a ‘good district’ now Full of villas, huge houses Owners of which used to have lots of money,
some of them still do I’m here with a friend of mine, Sebastian
who runs a blog in Spanish Hi The blog focuses on South America, it’s called
hiexplorers – the link’s in the description Hi everyone, welcome to Latin American, Caracas We’re visitting our distant colleagues at a party, well, a barbecue It’s Saturday, a typical day for families
to meet, at least once a week If they live close As you know, it’s really dangerous during the week here People avoid all kinds of traveling, so the weekend is family gathering time We’ve just joined such a meeting Typically for Venezuela, if you have a house, it must be secured properly Electrified wires here That’s the house See It’s worth over 300 000 USD even now So it had to be worth a lot more before the crisis It’s worth mentioning that people living here
used to make over 5 000 USD monthly Now they make TWO Two dollars monthly They cannot afford to buy any kind of paint,
they can’t renovate the place Even though the house is luxurious for its age, 5-7 years ago Now it partly looks like a ruin There’s no money to repair anything What you see here is about 6 kilograms of beef 5 kilos of chicken, some sausages, some bacon An average Venezuelan would have to work
for about two years to pay for that Like most houses belonging to rich people,
it seems to be properly protected It wasn’t like that before, was it? What you see here was installed like 4 years ago,
I mean the wires etc After a serious burglary Before that the wall was that high The gate wasn’t here – it was placed here
with the wall 3 years ago After they were robbed of practically everything
that could be taken out That was the beginning of the crisis This used to be one of the richest areas Now it’s very dangerous People just don’t go outside the walls of their land The streets are empty Anyone walking alone risks being mugged or kidnapped Hence the walls, as you can see And then they added the wires, too Such wire has already killed one cat, fortunately
the rest knows not to climb it We’ll show you how they broke into the house Through the roof, here Broke this glass 3 years ago and it’s still broken, no money to fix it This is how immeasurably the situation changed,
compared to how good it was before People used to get thousands of dollars a month Now they get a few and they honestly can’t
lead normal lives Function like they did They used to have a plasma TV, but it got stolen One more interesting matter which I didn’t know
about, since I haven’t used cash for a few months Sebastian reminded me that There’s a huge shortage of cash Since lots of cash is located on the border with Colombia, why? Lots of people think it’s because of people migrating I thought so And they’re switching to Colombian peso, but no It’s because Colombian mafia buys the cash,
launders it, literally washes it and uses the paper to produce counterfeit dollars Best quality paper that is ideal to be
recycled into dollars That’s why most cash is taken out of Venezuela,
that’s the reason Interesting…
Venezuela’s paradoxes One more thing – since the 1st of June there’s
been a denomination They’re cutting off three zeroes New bolivar banknotes will be produced Despite that, the Venezuelan bank will keep printing
old banknotes until the 30th of May Another paradox So they keep producing things of no value Tell them how you went to a supermarket yesterday
for some bigger shopping We went shopping so we wouldn’t come here
empty-handed today We spent about 45 million bolivars, so like 50 dollars The problem was that you can’t buy all of that, there
are payment limits in shops Since we didn’t have that in cash, I really doubt anyone
has 45 million bolivars in cash in this area We wanted to pay with card, but it turned out
the limit is 20 million Of course we used a few cards to do it We had 6 or 7 cards on us, so we did it Issue number 2: we had to buy it all under
different names Some of these products were so-called controlled products, such as washing powder You cannot buy unlimited amounts of it, so we had
to enter different data and leave different fingerprints So one person doesn’t buy, for example, 3 kilograms
of washing powder Everything is rationed What can you buy for minimum wage / pension? That’s 2.5 million bolivars It’s worth about 3 dollars, a bit less
[1.5 dollars already on episode uploading day] That’s how much they get after waiting in a bank
for about an hour No other way to withdraw that cash An average Venezuelan gets about… this much The rest is given out in food stamps A coupon for flour, pasta, sardines, whatever What you see here in my hand – a monthly pension is worth that much Some pasta and sardines Or two bottles of Coke – choose what you wish Whether you’d like to drink 4 liters of Coke
or eat 2 kilograms of pasta This is what you can buy for this Baruta, south-east regions of Caracas We’re in Baruta right now In the comment section you’re asking me to publish
more materials from Venezuela I’d love to do that, but as you know I’m also
uploading stuff from Asia And I can’t suddenly stop and cut it We’re buying a sewing machine I can’t suddenly stop uploading our videos from Asia Some of you are following our adventures
with Ula from 2017 I’ll try to record at least one episode a week
from Venezuela, still Some of you told me to even upload some videos
where I mostly talk Just to get something from here So maybe I’ll even publish what I’m recording now You never know, we’ll see how it goes Kisbel’s paying for the machine by transfer As I told you before There’s almost no cash here, so you by transfers Even for a taxi you sometimes pay by transfer And just show the driver the confirmation,
then he just says “alright, thanks” So I’ll be recording some of the daily life here Might be a bit no rhyme no reason But well, at least some Venezuela for you,
maybe I’ll put together something from the road You want that? You’ll get that
Just don’t say it’s boring! And not creative I’ll probably organize some Q&A as well, not fully
sure how it works, though If it’s about asking questions in the comments,
then go ahead and do it Then I’ll record the Q&A in the near future Okay then, I’ll show you some surroundings here Let’s walk around this part of the city The district of Baruta Just a bit of Venezuela I hope I won’t get my hand chopped off Hi, is it safe to record here or not? Sure, but where do you wanna go? Here? I’m running a vlog on YouTube, for Polish people They want to see the country If you’re just walking around here, don’t worry OK, thanks Okay… If I show some courage, maybe I’ll
get some recording done It happens So far I haven’t experienced any
negativity towards me But everything is possible Behind me, on the right, you can see people waiting for a bus, I don’t want to record them They don’t like it when people show
the bad side of their country Like lines to get to a bus or Riding trucks instead of buses Since buses run too rarely, trucks are used It’s quite understandable that they don’t want to
be recorded in those embarrasing moments We’re in Baruta Apparently it’s quite safe here We’ll see One more thing about the Q&A If you’d like me to answer your questions,
write them down under this episode And I’ll record myself answering them Within… a week Alright, back to my car Kisbel is calling me An interesting thing Will told me about, I asked him if districts supporting Chavez are more dangerous Since that’s the feeling I get People always warn me about them He siad generally, those areas are poorer, so in fact
the chances to get mugged are higher Theoretically you might get beaten, too However the ‘opposition’ areas like Baruta are known for kidnapping, car theft etc. Since they are inhabited by richer people We’ve left Baruta and came here, to Los Palos Grandes One of the best areas to live in here It’s quite calm and well supplied That’s a supermarket with lots of food We often come here to do our shopping A beautiful, classic car, an ordinary sight in Venezuela Los Palos Grandes, Altamira and Chacao
belong to central-east Caracas where opposition is strongly supported During protests it used to get quite rough in here,
now it looks quiet and safe That’s why I’m recording with no fear You can see how lovely Caracas used to be, here When everything here was new and just built There’s a fountain square here, have a look It’s definitely a good place to live in But rent prices are quite high, of course What’s interesting – the police working in this area fully supports the opposition and basically they let all
the people here protest in 2017 no clashes Avila Mountain, 5 minutes from the city center One of Venezuelans’ favorite places when it
comes to sports First of all – it’s beautiful here, you
can jog or walk onto the top Some hardcore people run up here,
I’m exhausted after merely walking And it’s free, too It’s full of people on Sunday, usually When I told you I’m a bit tired of Caracas in the beginning of this episode I didn’t mean the city is boring, since there’s always something going on here I meant that I’ve spent quite a long time in just
one place already I’m planning to record 2-3 episodes from here Tomorrow we’re going to Petare This is what I’ve been trying to organize for a while now So we’re going there with some local politicians That’s supposedly the biggest barrio in South America Where apparently 2 million people live Just take a look at how Caracas looks like The towers you see used to be the tallest towers Parque Central – the tallest buildings in Latin America
(1979-2003) They used to be the tallest buildings in South America And then there’s Caracas all around Caracas is a place you love and hate I didn’t come up with that, but that’s how I feel I hate the danger, I hate water shortages But I love it for how it’s located Sorry, I’m a bit exhausted Over there is the Caribbean Sea And Caracas is on this side I think it’s time we got to know eachother better If you’ve got any questions, please write them
down below the video I’ll reply within the next two episodes Have a good day, bye!