#AFridayIn Caracas: Gupta takes over GlobalPost

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The "Tower of David" (left) - an abandoned skyscraper in Caracas that was originally intended to be an office building, but became a "vertical slum" illegally occupied since 2007 - on Aug. 6, 2014. 

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JUAN BARRETO

GlobalPost's Girish Gupta was on the ground in Caracas, Venezuela ahead of Sunday's monumental elections for our "A Friday In" series. 

After showing off breathtaking views of the city and chowing down on a $60 omlette (worth so much thanks in part to a "troubled economy") Gupta turned his sights to the presidential elections, the "toughest yet" for Chavez, the country's leader since 1999. Gupta braved monsoons to bring us to the 23 de enero barrio, the epicenter for so-called "Chavistas." 

Stay tuned over the weekend for GlobalPost's election coverage. 

GlobalPost's Twitter feed showcases the voices and personal experiences of our correspondents based around the world each week. A different correspondent takes over the @GlobalPost account each Friday and tweets about his or her travels and daily activities.

Check out previous ones in the series:

"A Friday in Munich" with Jessica Phelan

"A Friday in Montreal" with Talia Ralph

"A Friday in London" with Barry Neild

"A Friday in Namibia" with Erin Conway-Smith

"A Friday in Cairo" with Erin Cunningham

"A Friday in Bangkok" with Patrick Winn

"A Friday in Lima" with Simeon Tegel

Pangea interviews GlobalPost about the series.

See Gupta's tweets below.

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