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CultureShock! Venezuela

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Lovers of Barbecues, music and baseball can find themselves right at home at Venezuela. CultureShock! Venezuela shows the traveller or armchair-traveller how to get there, what to do there, and how to mingle with the people. Discover the reason behind why the locals have such a strong pride in their country as well as their behaviour amongst friends, families and different genders. Make CultureShock! Venezuela indispensable when learning about how to act and react if Venezuela is a new country to visit – it could very well save you from a much-unwanted CultureShock!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Map of Venezuela
  9. Chapter 1 - First Impressions
    1. First Impressions of Venezuela
  10. Chapter 2 - Overview of Land and History
    1. From the Andes to the Caribbean
    2. Early Migrants
    3. The Conquistadors
    4. Early Exploration of Venezuela
    5. Time of the Hapsburgs
    6. Encomienda and Repartimiento
    7. The Church in Venezuela
    8. The Colonial Economy
    9. Early Agriculture
    10. Colonial Administration
    11. The Bourbons and Capitalism
    12. Pre-independence
    13. The Rise of the Creoles
    14. Bolívar and the Second Republic
    15. Gran Colombia
    16. Post-Independence Leaders
    17. Enter the Western Caudillos
    18. Democratic Action Interlude
    19. Military Junta
    20. A New Dictator
    21. Governments After 1958
    22. Boom and Bust
    23. Chavismo and Bolivarianismo
    24. The Influence of Cuba
  11. Chapter 3 - The People
    1. Personality
    2. The National Self-image
    3. Glamour
    4. Love and More
    5. Families
    6. Humour
    7. Attitudes to Race
    8. Gender Issues
    9. Religiom
  12. Chapter 4 - Fitting in with the Venezuelans
    1. Birth
    2. First Communion
    3. Birthday Parties
    4. Quinceañera
    5. Gift Giving
    6. Weddings
    7. Funerals
    8. Being Neighbourly
    9. Greetings
    10. Names
    11. Small Talk
    12. Going Out
    13. Gay and Lesbian Lifestyles
  13. Chapter 5 - Settling In
    1. The Environment
    2. Property
    3. Home Help
    4. Pets
    5. Telecommunications
    6. Education
    7. Medical Services
    8. The Police
    9. Crime
    10. Money Matters
    11. Shopping
    12. Transport
    13. Driving
    14. Visas
  14. Chapter 6 - Making a Meal of It
    1. Arepas: Venezuela’s Staple
    2. The National Dish: Pabellon Criollo
    3. Meals
    4. Daily Fare
    5. La Parilla
    6. Seafood
    7. Pasapalos
    8. Venezuelan Desserts
    9. Drinks
    10. Where to Eat
    11. Eating in the Street
    12. Shopping for Food
    13. Regional Specialities
    14. Seasonal Food
    15. What to Beware
  15. Chapter 7 - Enjoying the Culture
    1. Sports
    2. Music
    3. Television
    4. Newspapers
    5. Radio
    6. Cinema
    7. Literature
    8. Venezuelan Arts
    9. Theatre
    10. Ballet
    11. Architecture
    12. The Tourist Industry
    13. Venezuela Celebrates
    14. Holidays
    15. Festivals
  16. Chapter 8 - Learning the Language
    1. Who Speaks English?
    2. Learning Spanish
    3. Pronunciation
    4. Make Your Own Words
    5. How to Talk to Language Learners
    6. Venezuelan Spanish
    7. Venezuelan Expressions
    8. Regional Variations
    9. Simpler Spanish
    10. Spanglish
    11. Spanish You Already Know
    12. Friendly Tongues
    13. Body Language
  17. Chapter 9 - Working in the Country
    1. Business Etiquette
    2. International Trade
    3. The Venezuelan at Work
    4. Banking
    5. Setting Up a Business in Venezuela
    6. The Bureaucratic Machine
    7. Tax
    8. Social Security
    9. Workers and Labour Laws
  18. Chapter 10 - Fast Facts
    1. Famous People
  19. Culture Quiz
  20. Do’s and Don’ts
  21. Glossary
  22. Resource Guide
  23. Further Reading
  24. About the Authors
  25. Index