just a quick note. for anyone wondering, i made it, am safe, and trying to find an apartment. caracas is, even before being the revolutionary capital of the world, the world capital of not the best place to be in search of an apartment.
already, after two days, i have been able to do a fair amount of exploring the barrios, the misiones, and the now-forming consejos comunales...perhaps if all else fails i can live in the ranchos.
beets, however, are just about the cheapest vegetable one can find. so that's a good thing.
i'll type much much more and post some photos once i get a more dependable internet connection.