Humor, Spanish Culture and Language

Is Friday the 13th Lucky?

A decade ago, a friend told me that she had changed her mind about Friday the 13th; not the movie with lots of ketchup, the calendar date. She decided it would be a day of blessings. I realized she was right, and that convinced me to rewind my tape on the whole affair. We create […]

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Argentina, Spanish Culture and Language

Who Are the Climate Emergency Five?

Several countries have declared an official Climate Emergency this year. Three are in Europe and two in the Americas. In these countries people believe that climate change is a serious threat to life on earth. Nine other countries have major cities that have declared Climate Emergencies: US, Australia, Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, New Zealand, […]

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Chile, Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

Don’t Stand So…

Don’t stand so close to me… Personal space differs from country to country. In the United States we tend to prefer a large amount of space between us and strangers. In general the distance is an arm’s length or more (see photo of grocery shoppers in New York). When we lived in Chile, we were […]

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