In which field is it good to be a woman?

A soccer field (aka a football pitch). The Men’s World Cup is a lesson in humility for the United States. The US team is not competing in Russia this year. They lost their qualifying match to Trinidad and Tobago last October. Worse, Trinidad and Tobago didn’t make it to the World Cup either. Quite embarrassing … Continue reading In which field is it good to be a woman?

How I Learned My Name

Luckily, Rebecca is easy to pronounce in Spanish. In Chile during introductions, people often would say, “but that’s a Spanish name.” Although Rebeca is common in Spain and Latin America, I was named after my mom’s sister. My aunt mostly goes by Becky. I don’t, despite what teachers would inevitably call me the first day … Continue reading How I Learned My Name

The Tuna Singers of Salamanca

Visions of large fish leaning into a microphone may come to mind. The word Tuna is misleading. In Spain, these are musicians dressed in medieval garb who play guitar, mandolin, or tambourine, and harmonize. The Tuna tradition started 700 years ago at the newly created Spanish universities. Starving students would play music in order to … Continue reading The Tuna Singers of Salamanca

Love Note to Chilean Food

The day we landed in Santiago, Chile, Evan and I went out to lunch. I was confident I’d order food proficiently, after studying Spanish for years. The café's chalkboard menu  listed sanguiches, ensaladas, and jugos naturales. I translated these three easily for Evan, sandwiches, salads and fresh juices. Then came two words that stumped me. … Continue reading Love Note to Chilean Food