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OUR MOVE TO CARACAS By Doris M, Grominger Last June, as we sat waiting for the plane that would take Howard to the Principals' Meeting, one of the girls commented Oil the change in the terminal since our ar-rival in Venezuela. Far greater is the change in all of us. Now we were relaxed, chatting, and enjoying our coffee and toast. What a contrast to the way I had felt almost three years before, when we arrived in this same airport with our four children, ranging in age from nineteen years to sixteen months. The house in the States was sold, the furniture and car were on their way, and we were tired from the months of preparation. The visas, police certifi-cates, innoculations, dental work, and shopping for a year's supply of clothing were behind us. We were ex-cited over the newness, but a little apprehensive about the unknown that lay ahead, Howard, who had been working in Caracas for two months before our arrival, had lined up a temporary apartment and a house into which we could move when our furniture arrived. We were glad when we left that apartment, with the doleful picture over the bed of a woman with a dagger in her heart. The house to which we moved is new and quite modern: a split level with four levels. The walls arc made of hollow red bricks and the roof is of red tile—all or which makes for a wonder-fully heatproof construction. It never gets cold enough for heating, though we are glad to have our wool bath-robes in the winter months. As in the: States, we were hardly in before a milkman came to the door wanting to know if he could deliver not only pasteurized milk, but bread and daily news-papers too. Shopping for food here has not proved to be any great difficulty. A trip to the well-stocked super-market was almost as easy as shopping at home. I soon found that some items which 1 was accustomed to were missing, but such things as beef, pork, veal, chicken, bananas and tomatoes are plentiful all year round. Shop-ping for clothing and household items is a much more difficult matter. Most Americans will have a hard time finding shoes or dresses that fit properly. Linens and some other household items arc considerably more ex-pensive than in the States. 20
Our move to Caracas
Grominger, Doris M.
Venezuela -- Description and travel
Grominger, Doris M.
Grominger, Howard M.
Haskins & Sells. Caracas Office
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H&S Reports, Vol. 02, (1965 autumn), p. 20-23
|Source||Originally published by: Haskins & Sells|
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