Reblog: Mexican Conservatism

I think I have found a kindred spirit in La Historiadora.  As a former Latin American history scholar and life long learner, she’s putting her knowledge to use by sharing some interesting stories about Mexico’s past.  I suggest you head over to her site and follow if you’re interested in finding out more about Mexican […]

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Reblog: Horses, Me and the Andes

I introduced you to Laurie, a while ago when she told us all about the Ecuadorian guitar making village of San Bartolome.  I have to say, I’m loving visiting Ecuador vicariously through Laurie but she’s making my South American bucket longer and longer every stop I make at her site, Life On This Side. Today […]

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Reblog: A Week in Panama

The only time, so far, that I’ve been to Panama it was en route to Costa Rica.  I remember pressing my face almost flat against the plane’s window as I struggled to get a good view of the famed Panama Canal.  As I sat peering down at the isthmus that joins Central And South America […]

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UNESCO celebrates indigenous languages

    Did you think that the Mayan language is just one language?  Think again!  Mayan is the collective name given to a linguistic family.  Today, over 35 unique Mayan languages have been recorded.  It is estimated, however, that at the beginning of colonisation there were in fact hundreds of these languages in use.  Think […]

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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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