Reblog: Hiking to Colombia’s Tallest Waterfall, “La Chorrera”

Less than one hour away from the busy cultural centre of Bogota, runs… or rather falls, the country’s tallest waterfall, La Chorrera. La Chorrera is the sixth tallest waterfall in all of Latin America and is a must see for visitors to Colombia, especially those who’d enjoy a not too arduous hike. The scenery is […]

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Día de las Velitas and other Christmas Traditions in Colombia

  On the night of December 7, every year in Columbia, across towns, cities and country-sides, people go into the streets filling them with lights… millions of candles, in fact.  This is how they celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the virgin Mary. It is a very colourful affair. Multicoloured candles and lanterns […]

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Reblog: Birthing Music by Laurie Paternoster

We’re well and properly into the last month of the year.  For many, the Christmas preparations have already begun.  I’ve made a few tentative strides in that area myself, my boys would allow no less.  The tree is up, the crèche is out, the Advent calendar is on countdown and, of course, the excitement is […]

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Reblog: Lake Titikaka and the Uros on their floating Islands

I saw a documentary once about a group of indigenous peoples who literally built their islands, their homes, out of reeds.  The Uru or Uros are indigenous to the area of Peru and Bolivia and live on islands in the shared Lake Titicaca.  Currently, they live on approximately 120 man-made floating islands in the lake, […]

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Día de los Muertos – Nov 2

While many around the world celebrated Halloween on Wednesday (Oct 31), in Mexico and (by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world) a different but somewhat related festival takes place today: Día de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead) In some parts of Mexico, children do incorporate the more American tradition of Halloween into Día […]

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Reblog: Unexplored Guatemala- Accidentally East

Guatemala, just south of Mexico, is the home to many awe inspiring Mayan ruins and a people descended from a rich heritage and gripping history.  If you plan to visit Guatemala you’d probably have half a mind to visit the Mayan ruins at Tikal to experience first hand the remnants of a great civilization.  Maybe […]

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Reblog: Reasons to Study Portuguese

Having studied Spanish for many years and French for some, I keep promising myself to return to French for a bit to get that language back up to at least a conversational level.  But time constraints and other priorities have held that goal back, c’est la vie. As if that isn’t bad enough, I also […]

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REBLOG: Activities and Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15.  Why those dates?  Well, it’s a significant time of year for several Latin American countries.  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15.  Meanwhile, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18 […]

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Reblog: Latinx Heritage Month 2018, Part II: New & Upcoming Releases

Hispanic Heritage Month or Latin Heritage Month is recognised in the United States from September 15 through October 15.  During this month the importance of the Latino/Hispanic presence in North America is celebrated. One way to celebrate culture is through literature and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense has created a list of new and upcoming releases […]

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Reblog: Day Trip to Diverse Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, Chile

Again while bloghopping I was thrilled to come across gorgeous photos and a very interesting post by Image Earth Travel on Valparaíso. Just 120 km northwest of Chile’s capital, Santiago, is the major city, seaport, and educational center (home to 7 universities) of Valparaíso. It is the second largest metropolitan area in the country. Valparaíso has been […]

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