Christmas, Venezuelan style
Trip Start Dec 20, 2006
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My first few days here were spent mainly catching up with the family and preparing for Christmas. As in most places, Christmas involves eating and drinking plenty, although the emphasis seems to be mainly on drinking. On the 24th, we started drinking in the evening and then everyone got dressed up quite smart. We had a typical Venezuelan Christmas meal just before midnight, which consists of pork, hallacas (meat and veg wrapped in a maize flour dough and a banana leaf), pan de jamon and chicken salad
After a couple of hours kip mid morning (I didnīt manage any), it was a quick shower and then onto another family memberīs house for more drinking, dancing and a typical "Sancocho", a soup containing ribs, chicken and various types of vegetable. Perfect hangover cure, so Iīm told. By about 11 that evening, after some 38 hours awake, I could no longer go on and managed to pass out (tired but mainly drunk)!!
So in a nutshell thats a typical Venezuelan Christmas; at least in my family it is.