Spanish Culture and Language

Our Butterfly Rest Stop

Although the grace and beauty of all butterflies is captivating, monarchs are magical. Their bright orange color, their black bordered wings with alluring spots are a bouquet for the eyes. As a child, when the school year began in Minnesota I remember them arriving in numbers to rest a bit and grab a snack in […]

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Spanish Culture and Language, Study Abroad

New Words, New Understandings

I like learning new vocab. whether it’s English, Spanish or Swahili. Hakuna Matata is such a joyful phrase, world-famous Swahili meaning, “there is no trouble here,” or “no worries” from the Lion King. Spanish has unique phrases that tickle my fancy too. As a junior in college, I spent a semester in Toledo, Spain. There […]

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Spanish Culture and Language

Live Long and Prosper…

Do people live longer in the United States or in Latin America? Not surprisingly, that depends on which country south of the border we’re comparing with the US. I found a gold mine of valuable, reliable statistics in the World Health Organization information database to answer my question. Every year the WHO publishes a report […]

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Living Abroad

9/11 Far from Home

In my parents’ generation, it was where you were the days that President Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King Junior were shot. For those of us born later, it is where we were September 11, 2001. Oddly, Evan and I were in Spanish class that morning in Santiago, Chile. At the morning break around 10:15 […]

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Spanish Culture and Language

Let’s Talk Cinema

Cine, Spanish for cinema, is one of my favorite pastimes. Movies are a great introduction to culture, language and history of another region. Director Carlos Saura’s, Carmen, was a key inspiration for my website’s title, Fake Flamenco. The passion I saw in the dancing of the classic opera’s retelling scorched my eyelashes. Latin culture, art […]

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