Ugly on the outside
Saturday 10 March 2007
Today has been better. I slept in and took my time getting ready to explore this morning - had a shower, played a couple games of cards, listened to the sound of my rackety fan and the moan of a woman in the next room... I left the building by noon and so didn`t get as much exploring done as I thought I might, but I did have a pretty good day.
The commercial, cosmopolitcan face of the Sabana Grande area changed quickly as I walked toward the centre. I didn`t even make it that far - just as far as Central Park which is about half way - but instead of McDonalds ads everywhere there were signs in black and white and red supporting the revolution, images of Chavez, mini political rallies... In the Parque los Caohos there are billboards with old photos from 1989 of polics beating up civilians, clashes betwen rioters, looters, dead bodies, crying families... The whole park is under reconstruction, too, and big signs thanking Chavez for the money to do this are figure prominently among the beautiful sculptures that dot the area. This part of the city breathes socialism and revolution. Everything is political.
Here, like in Bogotá, there also seems to be a strong arts scene. Everything building I went into today had to do with either art, music, or theatre: I went into the Galeria de Arte National early this afternoon, connected to which is the Cinemateca Nacional and the Museo de Bellas Artes. From there I passed the Alteneo de Caracas, which houses a big theatre company, and had a look at the Teatro de Teresa Carreño, a huge performing arts centre. Later on I went into the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, which has an impressive collection of Picasso pieces and really neat modern stuff.
The internet place is closing so I gotta go! I`ll write another brief entry tomorrow.