Writing for The Guardian, Jonathan Watts goes on an enlightening #TropicalMierda roadtrip. A taste:
Private companies are also struggling as a result of the weak bolivar. At the Unicasa Supermercado in El Tigre, there are few customers and little variety. Today there is no rice, sugar, flour, jam, cooking oil, toilet paper, condensed milk, vinegar or baby products
Yet the shelves are mostly full, thanks to single rows of the same few products – Royal brand paper towels, Zulia beer, Lina sardines, Heinz spaghetti sauce – which are repeated in aisle after aisle.Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.