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Greetings and welcome my humble abode of unwarranted self-importance and Zulian-fueled pretentiousness.

Here you’ll find posts about my experiences living in Socialist Venezuela during these tumultuous times, as well as personal projects, video games, and everything in between.

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Memoirs of a Venezuelan pariah

Latest posts

Blackout: Encore

Allow me to go back to Monday, the 22th of July. It started as your regular run of the mill Monday; nothing extraordinary despite having a rather exhausting morning and sparse raining. I walked around Read more…

The Caracas Mirage

Hyperinflation, institutionalized blackouts, endless gasoline queues, cash shortages, an accentuated collapse of utilities and public infrastructure—these are all but some of the problems that have plagued Venezuela for around a decade now, none of them Read more…

Queue Culture

The lines lines lines. You love those lines, you shove them straight—straight to my face. The societal and cultural damage that Venezuela has suffered through the past twenty years is almost irreparable. With every new Read more…

Pitch Black

There really isn’t a dull moment in Venezuela; in my previous post I mentioned an unsustainable “Snapshotted reality” and how everything seemed to be stuck and unable to move forward. I’ve also mentioned in the Read more…

Antipyretic

The past couple of days have been quite tumultuous around these lands. Usually, Venezuela doesn’t wake up from its Christmas slumber until the 15th of January—but man, we really went into overdrive this time around. Read more…

On Passports and Apostilles

“If you truly wish to make someone suffer then put them through the torture of obtaining any document at a Venezuelan public office.” —An acquaintance. Imagine for a moment that you’re the Revolutionary, Bolivarian, Anti-imperialist, Read more…

Hyperinflation: Year One

Venezuela might as well be a synonym of inflation and/or disaster. Inflation has been a long-standing problem that predates my birth. However, officially speaking, this October marked our first official year of hyperinflation—and boy let Read more…

What remains of us

Update: There is now a narration of this article courtesy of Finnigan Morris. Check it out below. Venezuela, that little place in South America that once upon a time was a shining diamond in the region, Read more…

Ragnarok Online: A lookback

Once upon a time, before World of Warcraft became the King of Massively multiplayer online role-playing games, the genre dared to offer unique experiences and gameplay mechanics despite the technical limitations of the time. Games Read more…