Where in the world will Edward Snowden end up?
The former National Security Agency contractor has been seeking asylum, considering countries like Bolivia and Nicaragua as new homes. Yet traveling has become difficult for him since the U.S. revoked his passport and since he would need to avoid U.S. and U.S.-friendly airspace, according to CNN.
But Snowden can't stay in Russia's transit zone forever, and it's likely he'll be picking a final destination soon.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro offered to take him in and it appears that Snowden will probably take him up on that offer, according to CBS News.
Venezuela is a beautiful country in turmoil that has gone through some major changes in the past 14 years. If Snowden does end up choosing to go to the South American country, he should probably prepare. Here are a few things he can expect to find (or not):
No Toilet Paper
Might want to pack some Charmin next to your socks Snowden. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/16/venezuela-toilet-paper-shortage_n_3285478.html" target="_blank">Venezuela has been facing severe toilet paper shortages</a> in the past months due to price controls and the government’s control of foreign currency.
No Harina Pan (Corn Based Flour) For Arepas
You might have a hard time finding Harina Pan to make some tasty arepas Snowden. <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2013/0117/Got-sugar-Venezuela-faces-shortages-of-staple-foods" target="_blank">Food shortages in Venezuela have been going on for years</a>, with basic consumer goods like butter, milk and sugar missing from the market.
A Plague Of Motorcycles
Say goodbye to your rearview mirrors Snowden. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/06/in-venezuelan-capital-a-p_n_3554808.html" target="_blank">Venezuela’s capital has been hit with "a plague of motorcycles" </a>that zip across cars and lanes honking without much regard for what’s in front of them. Neglect for the city’s transit system mixed in with a growing population and narrow streets have caused insufferable traffic, so many have preferred to grab a bike, and weave around the burdensome cars.
Make sure to look twice before getting out of your car Snowden. ‘Express’ kidnappings have been on the rise in Caracas, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/06/06/188925079/For-Venezuelans-Kidnappings-Are-Simply-Business-As-Usual" target="_blank">ranked as the 3rd most violent city in the world.</a> People are frequently taken at gunpoint in their cars, while driving or while parking on the street. They are held until their ransom is payed, usually overnight, and then released. Many victims don’t report the 24-hour kidnappings because they believe the police are involved, according to NPR.
Like to speak your mind Snowden? The Venezuelan government is not a fan <a href="http://www.freedomhouse.org/article/blocking-online-news-site-reflects-censorship-venezuela" target="_blank">as they have been known to censor opposing views in the media.</a> <a href="http://www.freerctv.com/" target="_blank">After shutting down RCTV in 2007 </a>and the recent sale of Globovision, the only opposition friendly TV station left, freedom of speech in Venezuela is dwindling.
Not a fan of government control Snowden? Well due to failed government policies Venezuela <a href="http://qz.com/102413/this-is-what-near-hyperinflation-looks-like/" target="_blank">is now on the cusp of hyperinflation. </a>The country faced record high inflation levels in May, and the crisis just continues to grow. Marketwatch explains: <blockquote>Venezuela is rich in natural resources, but low domestic production means the country relies on imports for much of what it consumes. <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/venezuela-hit-record-monthly-inflation-rate-in-may-2013-06-06" target="_blank">At the same time, however, the government has cut back on the amount of dollars</a> it makes available to private importers who need them to purchase materials abroad, resulting in widespread product shortages and rising prices.</blockquote>
But all is not lost Snowden. Want to become one with Nature? Venezuela is filled with beautiful landscapes ranging from crystal clear beaches <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/destinations/2009-06-01-up-venezuela_N.htm" target="_blank">to rain-forests that inspired the animated movie "Up."</a> The country also boasts the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/14/travel/14explorer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0" target="_blank">tallest waterfall in the world</a>, Angel Falls, a sight worth seeing.
That’s right Snowden, Venezuela is also well known for its Beauty Queens. <a href="http://observers.france24.com/content/20090826-why-does-venezuela-keep-winning-miss-universe" target="_blank">It's the South American country with the most Miss Universe titles</a> -- 6 in total-- according to France 24.