"Watch out if you see a broom behind a door..." Top 5 Page for this destination Cultural Tips Tip by carolinaEspada

Cultural Tips, Caracas: 48 reviews and 52 photos

  "Broom" by artist Helen Berliner
by carolinaEspada

If you are visiting a venezuelan in his/her home, and you have been there for 2, 3 or 4 hours chating, and it seems to be that you dont want to go and this will be an endless visit... the venezuelan probably will place a broom behind a door.

You are not supposed to see this. Many venezuelans believe that, by doing this, the visitor will soon leave. This doesnt have anything to do about beeing a foreiner, it has to do with a looooooong visit.

I find it much easier to tell the visitor something like: "well, if you want to stay here do so, but I have to take a shower and go to spleep", but that is something that a normal venezuelan will never -ever- do. (Very unpolite).

So... there is the broom. I've never used this method. Many venezuelans do...

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  • Written Feb 29, 2004
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