The Americas

Happy Summer Solstice!

Happy Solstice Everyone! This week I wish our friends in South America and throughout the southern hemisphere a happy summer solstice! May you enjoy your days when the sun is high in the sky. Happy Winter Solstice to our friends who live above the equator as we do here in Madison, Wisconsin. May you enjoy […]

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Living Abroad, Spanish Culture and Language

A Chilean Christmas

What does December bring to mind? Snow drifts? Elves? Menorahs? Holiday lights? Most likely winter. Could summer arrive in December? As someone who grew up at 45ºN latitude, the question seems absurd. Although, later in Texas I experienced Decembers that were not very cold, they were still called winter. In Arizona and New Mexico, people […]

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Spanish Culture and Language

Global Friendships in Madison

Our child and I are enjoying the last days of summer. Yesterday afternoon we went kayaking with my good friend Carolyn. I met this dear amiga at a Spanish conversation group 14 years ago. We three paddled in a rented tandem kayak to the wilder side of the lake. Amid the marshy reeds and cattails […]

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