The Gender Constructs of Marianismo and Machismo and the Roles of La Malinche and the Virgen de Guadalupe (Part III)

  In Part 1 of this topic, we defined and compared Machismo and Marianismo.  In Part 2 we discussed the history and symbolism of La Virgen de Guadalupe.  In this third and final segment we will explore the second archetype against which women are judged: La Malinche.   Who was La Malinche? La Malinche (or Malinalli or Malintzin as […]

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Spanish Lesson 5: El Alfabeto

One of the first things you learn in English, is the alphabet.  Similarly, one of the first lessons, in many Spanish courses, covers the Spanish alphabet.  Both English and Spanish use the same letter symbols so there are no new symbols to learn, for the most part.  The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) determined in 2010 that only […]

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Liebster Award

  The Rules Thank the person who nominated you. Answer 11 questions about yourself provided by you nominator—or 11 random facts. Nominate 5-11 fellow bloggers with fewer than 1000 followers who you think deserve the award. Create a new list of questions for your nominees. List the rules in your post. Let your nominees know […]

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Mexico’s Presidential Elections: Goodbye to the PRI?

A very interesting blog post from Pulse News Mexico on the recent election of AMLO and what the results could mean for one of the oldest political parties in the world. At the presidential residence of Los Pinos, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his cabinet met during the afternoon of the elections to receive the bad news […]

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Update on the Fuego Volcano Eruption in Guatemala

    Check NYTimes for side by side before and after photos. You can read my original post on the El Fuego eruption here. Just days after El Fuego erupted (Jun 3, 2018), another Guatemalan volcano increased in activity.  The Pacaya Volcano, located less than 20 miles from El Fuego, began expelling lava on June […]

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Pablo Neruda’s “The Sea”

The sea, the ocean, the beach is a part of my soul.  Some of my happiest memories are tied to the sea.  I’ve sat on the sand and pondered life.  I’ve walked along the shore and felt peace.  I’ve gazed out into the horizon and felt melancholy.  I’ve played in the water and experienced utter […]

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Reblog: The Astounding Size, Sound and Beauty of Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier

I’ve shared some of Caroline Helbig’s amazing photos from Argentina, with you before.  And I have to do it again.  She brings Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier alive in an astounding manner.  The stunning pictures, her vivid worded descriptions and the awe that comes through in her post, all make for a fantastic showcase of an ice […]

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