Thom Hogan held hostage in Chile

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by C J Campbell, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Interesting. I was in Venezuela in 2009. I did not, however,
    venture into Caracas from the airport area. One guy in our group did, and
    had no problems.

    We were out in the park areas around Roriama and Angel Falls, and were
    told it was completely safe, even in the small towns we visited. It
    certainly seemed so. Several people in our group spoke Spanish ,
    one being a Venezuelan native, and they
    said the locals really did consider the area safe.

    Doug McDonald
     
    Doug McDonald, Jan 22, 2011
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  2. C J Campbell

    Alan Browne Guest

    If he stayed in a vehicle with a VZ driver, and thence in controlled
    areas (like hotels and shopping towers), he would be fine. I wouldn't
    go to a "market" area there w/o an armed escort. Or at all.

    I chatted with an ex-Caracasian (?) fellow at the airport who lived in
    Miami. After being away for about 5 years he was afraid to go alone
    into most areas that were his former haunts. He went there with local
    friends who knew what areas were safe.

    I almost brought my SO with me for that trip in 2005. But she would
    have been confined to the hotel (resort with pools, spa, masseuses, etc.
    was not too bad, right?), but in the end she declined as I would be away
    for a few days in the Orinoco.
    Again, it depends where and when for that where. Having Spanish
    speakers in the group probably improves your lot by 10x or so.
    (Although parsing VZ Spanish is pretty tough. Machine gun bullets are
    slower).

    I'll go back to VZ. But I'll go damned careful. The current clown
    in-chief has created so much uncertainty and corruption that it's
    impossible to know who is dealing straight.
     
    Alan Browne, Jan 22, 2011
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