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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Super Barrio
We spent most of today in the largest barrio in Caracas, which is called 23 Enero (January 23). They say 1.5 million people live there. From the valley below (which is the main part of Caracas) the barrio looks very crowded and decrepit. But when youre in it it is quite interesting and even pretty. Being on the hills, it is a bit cooler and windier than down in the city, and when its high 80s in the city, that feels good. It has real roads going through it which you cant imagine are there when you see it from below. The people are nice. Im very short on time right now, but Ill give much fuller reports (and pictures) on everything Ive seen and heard here in Venezuela. Very interesting stuff, so please tune in next week!