personal essay

New Essay: "As Venezuela Divided, So Did My Family" by Bear Guerra

“For 15 years, I let propaganda come between my father and me. The late Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías had been in power for over a decade. Even though in my twenties I too was enamored of him—of the idea of a leader with a social agenda, a political outsider who looked nothing like the previous white bureaucrats—just a handful of years into his presidency, I had completely fallen out of love with his revolution. In principle, I applauded his efforts to use oil profits to fund social programs, but over time, I saw Chávez defunding and attacking the country's independent democratic institutions. My dad, though, hadn't fallen out of love. To him, Chávez would become something of a messiah.”

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Personal Essay: Learning to Savor Experiences When Traveling to Dangerous Destinations by Bear Guerra

As is often the case with travel, the time I spent away and the new experiences I had gave way to epiphanies that I couldn’t have had otherwise. One of them was the realization that, even though I love travel, I’ve carried irrational fears with me from country to country, and I’ve come up with random ways to cope with them.

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