Met a few locals, met a few bars, cervezas were shared, first base was touched and the groundwork starts again...passage to Columbia has to happen here! The chilling stories regarding Venezuela's current risky political climate were also coming thick and fast. Normally the closer you get to a topsy turvy place the warnings quieten down, with Venezuela the negative chatter is getting louder and harder to ignore. This could result in a timely detour. On top of this, Passage across the Ocean to Columbia takes at least 5 days...the World Cup final is in a few days, and we only have the merest sniff of getting on a boat.