ACARIGUA, Venezuela (AP) — It was the type of celebration that is become unusual in difficult Venezuela: a destination that is lavish of two young entrepreneurs at a dude ranch from the country’s vast tropical plains, a spot recognized for the tough cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle — and where camps similar to this one appeal to the nation’s ever-diminishing elite.
Over 3 days, visitors, including an old skip Universe, rich landowners as well as others among Venezuela’s 1 per cent, emptied containers of high priced whiskey, herded water buffalo on horseback and stomped their legs towards the noise of the popular nation music crooner.
“This isn’t the genuine Venezuela, ” a waiter noted at one point during the back-to-back partying.
But also as of this location reserved for the rich in a country within the throes of financial crisis, truth intruded, at the least for a time. Continue reading “For Venezuela’s 1 per cent, a luxurious wedding amid crisis”