Our plan for Friday was to tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, said to be one of the best in Venezuela and perhaps the country. We started out by visiting our neighbourhood panaderia (bakery) for ham and cheese croissants cooked on a panini press (now there´s a cultural fusion!) juice and tea and then strolled the tree-shaded Avenida Mejico to the museum. It appears to be a museum that relies on travelling exhibitions and the one installed now is about the internationally renowned Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer whose work is as much about sculpture as it is about function. It was a fascinating exhibit and one that really makes me want to visit Brasilia where much of Neimeyer´s work can be seen in the institutional building created when the city was built. Niemeyer also worked on the UN building in New York City.
The three of us jumped on the subway to visit the suburb of Altamira, a more upscale area of the city where there is a large park. We found a lovely shady patio for lunch where Adrian and I finally found some vegetables in the form of salads and Robin was highly content with a four cheese pizza. Enroute to the park, we were lured into an Internet café on the premise that we needed to check email for word from Dan about his estimated return time. We lingered in the pleasant spot for a couple of hours and headed back to our hotel to wait for Dan instead.
Dan arrived at about 8pm and told us the whole store of his trip to Curacao over dinner in the small tasca (Spanish-style tapas restaurant) attached to our hotel.