Spanish-speaking countries have a lasting fascination for me; culture, language, history, music. In 2018, I researched, collecting notes over a week's time to follow my curiosity about food, science, agriculture, literature, soccer/fútbol and traditional music across the globe where Spanish is spoken and published the results. Here is where my curiosity led me in my … Continue reading 7 Posts to Satisfy Curiosity
Four personal favorites from 2018; posts about coming of age across the pond, traveling in Guatemala, passing the bilingual torch to the next generation and celebrating Mexican culture. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I liked writing them. Being Braver Travel leads to self-knowledge. Self-knowledge allows us to envision and live our … Continue reading 4 Fake Flamenco Favorites
Who domesticated the cacao bean and when? It was not the Dutch or the Belgians! Look to the Americas for the answer. Click on the title to find out.
Imagine life without avocados, pumpkins or chocolate. I simply cannot. The Native peoples of lands now called Mexico and Peru began a great transformation of ordinary flowering plants into food staples long before Columbus' visit. Mesoamerican and Andean botanists bred wild Solanum family plants into tasty varieties: tomatoes, potatoes, bell peppers, and chile peppers. The … Continue reading How the Maya and Inca Fed the World
My dad is an old-fashioned kind of guy. He was taught to remain on the street-side of the sidewalk during a stroll to protect females from any stagecoach mud. Just kidding about the stagecoach. When we walk together, he often switches to the left or to the right of me as we turn corners to … Continue reading Sidewalk Traffic
Two of my favorite travelers are in Guatemala this week. Their visit to the northernmost Spanish-speaking country in Central America reminded me of a poem I wrote on the plane home from my time in Antigua. Guatemala I flew into the unknown, to a volcanic land where an agrarian people weave cotton cloth in bright … Continue reading Guatemalan Fabric