ACARIGUA, Venezuela (AP) — It was the type of celebration that’s become uncommon in troubled Venezuela: a destination that is lavish of two young business owners at a dude ranch regarding the country’s vast tropical plains, an area recognized because of its rugged cowboys on horseback rounding up cattle — and where camps similar to this one appeal to the nation’s ever-diminishing elite.
Over three times, visitors, including a previous skip Universe, rich landowners as well as others among Venezuela’s 1 per cent, emptied containers of costly whiskey, herded water buffalo on horseback and stomped their legs into the noise of the popular nation music crooner.
“This isn’t the genuine Venezuela, ” a waiter noted at one point through the back-to-back partying.
But also only at that location reserved for the wealthy in a country into the throes of overall economy, truth intruded, at the least for a time. A nearby children’s hospital was at disrepair, as well as the few and their visitors started by painting its walls that are crumbling.
“Hosting an event amid these scenarios is clearly tough, but that’s the reason we did the task during the medical center, ” said the groom, Juan Jose Pocaterra, the 32-year-old co-founder and CEO of Vikua, a startup tech company whose name means “Quality of Life” and that Forbes magazine has called certainly one of Latin America’s many promising. (mer…)