by Meli C

Posts from — December 2010

Christmas Tree

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I was a bit reluctant about putting up a Christmas tree, since we’re not going to be spending Christmas in Miami this year.  Plus, I was afraid we wouldn’t really have room for it in the apartment.

However, it’s our first Christmas in our first apartment together, so I had to give in to Fran’s persistent request.

In the end, we found one in the perfect size, and it’s definitely started to feel (and smell) a lot like Christmas at home.

December 8, 2010   3 Comments


As part of a Venezuelan Andes series, let me introduce you to the small town of Bailadores. A town that holds a very dear place in my heart.

I grew up visiting Bailadores every year with my family.  It is tiny, with a main street, a main square (a.k.a. plaza),  and a church. It is also home to La Cascada national park, a small park featuring a waterfall and picnic recreation areas.

We made it to Bailadores in the afternoon, and the fog had already come down, so we didn’t make it to the waterfall. We did, however, visit my favorite strawberry farm on Earth.

Mr. Gustavo Zurita owns De La Capellania, and has been selling delicious strawberries and desserts there for what I recently learned has been close to 40 years.

He also grows some amazing plants, hydroponically.

For years, De La Capellania was our first stop in town. I hadn’t been back in at least 8 years, and was surprised to find Mr. Gustavo still serves the strawberries himself.

The strawberry cake tasted exactly the same and even more delicious than I remembered.

December 6, 2010   4 Comments

The Venezuelan Andes

We spent our Thanksgiving break taking a 4-day road trip through the Venezuelan Andes. Many parts of this trip transported me straight back to my childhood. Growing up, my family used to go on these type of road trips a lot.

It was Fran’s first time, and I’m so happy he got to share this with me first hand. It was like giving him a little peak into my life as a kid in Venezuela.

December 2, 2010   1 Comment

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