Originally Posted by zeehag View Post
geeeziz--. . . i think aussie males are a lot smarter than are u.s. males..LOL..more to the point, also.
Is that related to the myth that their cajones are more massive? "
No. They are not smarter, nor are their cojones any bigger (much less "massive") That honor goes to me. We all sailed there on sailboats, some bigger and some smaller, but what puts me over the top is my humility. And massiveness. So no more of this fantasizing bs from the oz dwellers just because they live in the middle of nowhere and have to sail farther to get anywhere.
As for Venezuela, after travelling through most of Latin America and Africa
and reading the State dept. warnings, I can say that the US State Dept. is almost universally scary beyond what any factual reading of actual conditions on the ground would suggest. For a much more fact based accounting of security conditions on the ground I always look at the Brit Foreign Office site.
British Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Home
WHile not as useful as reports from cruisers who have actually been to the anchorages
in question, I have usually found it much more useful for excursions on land after you get there. Right now it says to avoid border areas with Colombia
and to look out for street crime. I have to say, that if you didnt already know not to wear expensive jewelry and to not be alone on the street at night then you arent aware enough to walk around places like Miami
or NY city, which sometimes have a rather unpleasantly unsafe reputation not to mention a more heavily armed population than just about anywhere on earth outside of Afghanistan
A little common sense will go a long way.