Arrived at Caracas Airport after a 2hr flight to Madrid then an 8hr flight to Caracas. Got an official taxi to our Guesthouse costing a huge $60! A bridge from the Airport to the city center had collapsed meaning the trip from the airport in to the centre passed through some very dodgy areas. After reading all the dodgy stories about kidnappings from the airport we had no choice but to pay!

It took 2hrs 30mins and passed through a few Shanty towns. Only got a bit scared when the taxi driver started texting someone then wound down the windows when we were stuck in the large traffic jam.

I kept a close eye on the wing mirrors and watched the kids selling tintos (small coffees) to the passersby very closely ready to run at any moment.

Arrived at Casa Luisa at 7pm met by the lovely Luisa, had our first Castellano conversation, we did so well that Luisa had to call in the english speaking daughter to translate.

Went to the supermarket and then made a huge omelette that got stuck on the pan and to be saved by Luisa and her Husband. Got a lot of advice from Carolina (Luisa’s daughter) about Puerto Cloumbia, had a few cheap beers (750bolivars each!) and went to bed, happy to have made alive.

Benedict Adam

Trying to travel with the ethos of a backpacker, no matter of budget, whether I'm across the other side of the world or over the road.