Venezuelan Lotto Monkeys

June 27, 2008 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

CARACAS — Just in from my fiance in Venezuela. It is difficult to encapsulate the weirdness in words:

Is it the diapers with the holes cut out for the tail? The random guy feeding the monkeys through the customer service opening? Or perhaps the fact that this all took place in a lottery ticket booth at a high-end mall in downtown Caracas?

It’s a topsy-turvy place: Venezuela is well-endowed with oil, but in spite of soaring oil prices, its economic growth has slowed. 38% of the country is below the poverty line, and barrios continue to spread like wildfire, yet the famous El Sistema has inspired unprecedented passion for classical music in underprivileged youth, creating an astounding 220 youth and children’s orchestras. Perhaps lotto monkeys aren’t so strange after all. –Kat

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