Thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets to protest President Maduro's increasingly oppressive rule and general incompetence. Mass inflation, food shortages and violent crime have seen the leader's approval rating plummet to about 20%.
Clearly, most Venezuelans think it's time for a regime change.
But how is it that - in a country that has been suffering so long, with many angry, gun-owning citizens - Maduro is able to hold on to power?
I've got some time, so I thought I'd put together a fun little post outlining some of the items I pack to go to Latin America.
Around 2012/2013 I threw out, sold or donated most of my stuff. Since then I've adopted somewhat of a minimalist lifestyle. I'd say about 90% of what I own, I travel with. The other 10% stays in storage in Canada, and consists mostly of things that hold sentimental value.
These days, instead of buying more things, I just replace the things that I already have when they break or break down. I'm conscious of never unnecessarily increasing my personal belongings.
As much as I try to forget, the first time I had sex will always be burned in my memory.
It was around a decade ago. I was in high school (late bloomer) and I got a summer job working on a corn farm. I'd wake up at the crack of dawn, harvest corn until noon and then deliver it to various produce stands around the city.
Mikaela worked at one of these stands. She was a year older than me and went to the high school across town. About 5'7", long blonde hair and brown eyes. Thin as a twig but somehow was blessed with an ass that disobeyed gravity...
If you spend enough time in Latin America, you're going to meet a lot of Venezuelans. Men and women alike are leaving the country due to the country's ongoing crisis, starting new lives everywhere from Santiago, Chile to Miami, Florida.
Because the country has basically been a no-go zone for travellers the past 10 years, relatively little has been written about Venezuelan girls. Sure, we all know that they are famous for being beauty queens, but what are they like? Are they sweet? Standoffish? Sensual?
Ladies and gentlemen, my time in Lima is drawing to a close.
And I'm here to tell you what I think.
It's taken me a long time to form a coherent opinion about living in this city - at first, I didn't know what to make of it. And upon arriving I made no secret of the fact that I had my doubts about Lima.
But after nearly 6 months in Peru's capital, I think I've finally figured the place out.
What follows will be a loosely-organized collection of my thoughts on what it's like to live in Lima. By the end of the article you should have a very clear idea whether or not this is a place you'd like to check out.