I crossed the border to the next country
Hello Weekend Experiences community, I hope you have a very good weekend.
I want to tell you about my experience i had this weekend(yesterday actually
)going to the country next to me, Colombia. No, I haven't moved, I just went there for an event and to meet the city.
I live in Venezuela, many are already aware of the many types of "oddities" that are experienced here due to the situation in the country and for that reason you will realize in this post that there are many things that amazed me about Colombia, although perhaps in others countries is normal.
I went with my girlfriend to Cúcuta located on the border between Venezuela and Colombia to go to a comedy event called Escuela De Nada. But along the way I got to know things about this city.
From the beginning...
To get to Colombia we had to drive from San Cristobal Tachira State to San Antonio, which is the border city with Cucuta, Colombia...
We arrived in Cúcuta at 3 of the afternoon and the event was at 8pm so to pass time we went to a shopping center to eat and take a walk seeings things...
The first thing I found when I arrived and was very surprised was that they had a bitcoin ATM where you could buy or sell your bitcoin with pesos.
I didn't expect to find this there and it really is the first one I've seen in my life.
The mall was completely decorated for Christmas, everything was very pretty and we even saw Santa.
We entered a super market to see what new things we could see and to compare prices, I was amazed to see the great amount of variety they had in things, and not only that, things were cheaper than in Venezuela that really shocked me.
To give just one example among so many things I saw, 1kg of rice in Venezuela is worth 5,400 pesos and in Colombia it is worth 3,600, a difference of 34% in price.
And so with many other things! and some even have more difference in prices...
I find it incredible that Venezuela with its crisis and everything is a more expensive country to live than Colombia...
I took the opportunity and bought a couple of things that I needed...
After there we went to have lunch at Subway, a fast food chain that has long since left Venezuela....
We bought two submarines, one with chicken and the other with ham.
And for dessert, some delicious red velvet cookies filled with Nutella. (I love cookies very much)
It should be noted that I was taking the opportunity to try and eat these types of things that cannot be found in my city.
Inside the mall there was also a trampoline park for children, my inner child would have loved to have fun there.
After this, it was finally time to go to the event, since we were close to the theater we walked 5 blocks to get there... we arrived just in time!!
The event was very good and funny, the artists interacted a lot with the public and that made it even better. It was 2 hours of pure laughter!!
We had an amazing time
This for me was the best weekend of this year, I loved seeing and experiencing what is a developing city with everything fully operational, from services to transportation, food, everything!
I had the pleasure of eating delicious food, having fun, enjoying and laughing a lot.
I thank God for this weekend experience.
Wow, a Bitcoin ATM! I have not seen one in my country (The Philippines) but I think we have one here already. Oh, such an adventure for you guys. The mall is decorated already with the Holiday. For sure the journey is all worth it to see the event! Cheers!
Maybe in a future I could go prepared to try the bitcoin ATM 😜 and see what are the fees...
I really enjoyed the Journey and the event was totally worth!!!
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Traveling is always eyeopening! Look like such a fun day! ♥️
❤️ 🧡 💛 it really was! I enjoyed so much!!
I would have bought some Bitcoin right away. BTC ATMs usually have a higher rate, but the advantage is that the crypto you're buying goes to your cold wallet asap. We have s couple in my city and I used to buy BTC with local currency and euro too. No ID verification needed.
I really want to use it too!!
My problem was that I had only enough for the two days of travel, I had the fear that If u used it the fee was going to be too big in comparation what I could had bought...
The next time I go to cucuta I will definitely use it!
That sounds like a fun weekend! Glad you made it to Colombia to enjoy all of that. I remember you told me once that you don´t actually have a passport, just like many other Venezuelans, so I guess it´s somehow possible to travel to Colombia without it? Btw I know that things are cheaper in Colombia, I remember that from a convo that I had with @evelynchacin who is from Venezuela but was working in Colombia. With all the problems that your country has, it feels really weird and unfair that life in there is even more expensive than in the neighboring countries :(
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We can go only to cucuta with a special permission called "border card" it allows Venezuelans to visit only cucuta, no working and no passing further that city...
That was exactly my feel.... for me it is crazy...
I'm really considering to go there once a month to do the monthly market
I see, makes sense now :) Thanks for the explanation.
Well here in the Czech Republic, people often go to do the shopping in Poland, the country of our norhern neighbors because the food is much cheaper there and in many cases also of higher quality... There are no border checks, people can travel freely between these two countries, without any visa, permissions or documents...
i also guess that in there people can pass the border in their own cars!
here you only can pass the border by foot... cars are not allowed
Yes, sure. Cars, buses, trains, whatever... You can only walk there? Wow. So taking those big grocery bags back home to Venezuela will be a decent workout. Crazy. Sorry to hear that man...
yeah we have to carry those bags in taxi until the border and then pass it all walking like 2km... but definitely weight is a thing!!
the next time i go there to do the monthly grocery i will try to record all the process...
and the border isnt a really paceful safe place... it is full people in there and a lot of thiefs... it is madness.. you will see
Nice one 👍
Chicken and ham submarines plus red velvet cookie made me hungry, my friend—what a wonderful experience on the weekend with special someone. By the way, I wonder how to use the Bitcoin ATM. How I wish there is also one here in my country in the future for a cashless transaction, I am really dreaming of that. Have a nice time and have safe travel.
thanks you for passing by!! it really was a wonderfull experience♥️
People around the borders of my country (Hungary) are also moving between countries to buy certain things in the other country because of the price differences. I have not visited any other country so far, but I heard that certain things has huge price differences from country to country.
So it is something happening world wide... that's crazy! it definitely is worth it!
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What a great weekend travelling your girlfriend. Glad you had a a wonderful trip and got some bargains too. I was surprised to see the bitcoin ATM there as I haven’t seen one.
Thanks you really much 💕 I was surprise too!! I have to come back prepared and use it!!
Most welcome. @malos10. It would be interesting to see how the bitcoin ATM works.
Have a wonderful week. 💕
Yeah definitely I will make a post about it!
Thanks really much for the support
Don't know how far you live from Caracas but it looks like there is 1 anyway -Total number of Bitcoin ATMs / Tellers in and around Caracas: 1
I live 12 hours away from caracas haha