During one of our class periods, Dr. A mentioned how loud the streets of Caracas are and that sirens are constantly going off throughout the day and night. I have tried to picture myself here several times, walking the crowded streets of Caracas and visiting the markets. I would love to visit Venezuela one day just so I can recognize something that I learned from this class and enjoy the feeling of being somewhat attached to the country, like I like to believe that I am.
Our class visit to Dr. A's home made me even more intrigued in Venezuela. And no, it wasn't just the "tres leches", although it was amazing :). But, watching the final episodes and hearing about the murder of Yanis Chamaras made me want to further investigate everything about Venezeula! Yesterday, when I came home after our class meeting, I began googling Yanis to learn more about his life and role on "Cuidad Bendita". I also searched for pictures of Caracas so that I can have a better idea of what the city looks like. If it wasn't for this class who knows if I would have ever been exposed to the Venezuelan culture. Yes, I learned quite a bit about telenovelas, but I think my new-found interest in Venezuela was the most valuable gift from this class. I will never forget the Skype calls with Venezuelan actors, actresses, writers and producers. I will cherish everything that we learned from this class.
Oh, and I'm adding 'visit Venezuela' to my list of things to do soon =)