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Tarabuco man and woman, Jatun Yampara Indigenous Community, Chuquisaca Department, Bolivia (Photo by: Insights/UIG via Getty Images)The Pujllay and Ayarichi performances in Bolivia are very important to the Yampara culture and its connection to nature. In the rainy season, the Pujllay ritual celebrates abundance and fertility of Mother Nature. An altar is built in the yards of the houses and is covered with leaves, fruits, and food. On the other hand, … Continuar leyendo
cristian-newman-303664El mariachi es una música popular y muy importante en la cultura mexicana. Los mariachis tradicionales son dos o más músicos vestidos con trajes tradicionales. Interpretan canciones con instrumentos de cuerda. Sus letras pueden ser en español o en las distintas lenguas indígenas del país, y fomentan el respeto a la naturaleza y el amor … Continuar leyendo
Toluca, MEXICO:  A group of women from the Mazahua ethnics cook tortillas and Mexican sauce in front of a McDonald's US franchise fast food restaurant 01 May, 2006 in Toluca, Mexico, as a token of solidarity with the immigrants demonstrating in the United States in May Day. AFP PHOTO/Mario VAZQUEZ-Agencia MVT  (Photo credit should read MARIO VAZQUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)El libro titulado Abya Yala Wawgeykuna fue presentado el 25 de abril en el Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares de Puebla, México. Abya Yala es la palabra en el idioma del pueblo Kuna para el continente Americano. El libro es un homenaje a las tradiciones y costumbres de América Latina.  Recoge los modos de vida, … Continuar leyendo
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    Hola Paul, ¿Cómo va tu clase de Español? Yo estoy muy contenta: este año tenemos una profesora fantástica. Hacemos muchas actividades variadas e interesantes, ¡estoy aprendiendo mucho sobre las diferentes culturas del mundo hispano! La semana pasada leímos en clase una historia fascinante… El mito de la fundación de la ciudad de Cusco por los […]

    Hola Diana: ¿Qué tal has pasado tus vacaciones de verano? Las mías han sido estupendas, he estado haciendo una ruta con mis padres por Bolivia y Perú. Ayer viajamos desde Copacabana, en Bolivia, hasta Puno, a orillas del  lago Titicaca. ¡Es un lugar mágico! ¿Recuerdas que estudiamos el lago Titicaca en clase de español? Es […]

    Hola Diana: ¡Este viaje me sigue sorprendiendo! Ahora ya estoy en Lima y tenemos conexión a internet para poder escribir emails. Después de visitar la isla de los uros, fuimos en barco a la Isla de Amantaní, donde nos quedamos a dormir en casa de una familia (así es el turismo rural en Perú). La […]

    We went to this weird restaurant for dinner tonight. On Saturday nights, they do blind dining. Yeah, that’s right, blind. When you get to the door, a person puts a blindfold on you, they ask you if you have any food allergies, and then someone takes you to your table. At first I thought, what […]

    Easter Island

    It was finally here, our trip to Easter Island.  I was so excited I could hardly sleep.  We were all packed and ready to go.  Our plane left at 10 am.  All I could think about was how fascinating it would be to see the mysterious statues that cover the Island. There are more than […]

    Sandboarding

    I always thought of myself as an athlete. I’ve always picked up on any sport that I was introduced to, but sandboarding is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. We got up early in the morning to go to Valle de los Muertos, Chile’s version of Death Valley. The people who had been […]

    We got to the airport really early this morning. I was half sleep, so when the lady checking us in for the flight asked, “Mountain or sea?” I was seriously confused. The only thing I could answer was “huh?” She laughed at me and said she gets that response all the time. Mountain or sea […]

    Ok, it’s one thing to tell me we’re going hiking, but it’s another to tell me we’re going hiking on top of a snow-covered, ACTIVE volcano. It’s called Volcán Villarica, and it is in central Chile. I was excited to go. I was interested to see this marvel. So many contrasts in one place, and […]

    Iguazu Falls

    The whole group took a bus early Friday morning from Buenos Aires to Iguazú (in north-eastern Argentina). We made a few stops along the way and finally we got to our hotel near the falls. The trek to Iguazú took about sixteen hours. With seat service, a hot dinner and breakfast provided, and on-board staff, […]

    Mar del Plata

    We just got back from a weekend at the beach. Even though I’m sunburned from head to toes, if it weren’t for the ruthless sun, I’d go every weekend! We went to Mar del Plata, the most famous beach town in Argentina. You can get there by plane, but we all went on the train. […]

    Diana and Rita

    Relationship:

    Aunt and Niece

    Ages:

    15 and 29

    Origin:

    Lawrenceville, NJ

    Team Motto:

    There is no I in TEAM. "We have been to all kinds of Latin restaurants along the east coast. From Maine to Florida, we've eaten at restaurants that are famous—and not so famous! Imagine how many more flavors we will taste around the world."

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    Tim and Mack

    Relationship:

    Grandfather and Grandson

    Ages:

    15 and 62

    Origin:

    San Fracisco, CA

    Team Motto:

    Be the change you want to see in the world. "Traveling and meeting nwe people is what interests us most about these challenges. Now we can do both! And Spanish will help us in our travels throughout the Americas."

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    Tess and Patricia

    Relationship:

    Mother and Daughter

    Ages:

    16 and 47

    Origin:

    San Antonio, TX

    Team Motto:

    When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! "We are nature lovers, and we enjoy animals, the outdoors, ans discovering rare species. Thankfully, we can share in theses adventures together. We can't wait to discover all the new places and animals our desafíos have to offer."

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    Andy and Janet

    Relationship:

    Brother and Sister

    Ages:

    17 and 25

    Origin:

    Atlanta, GA

    Team Motto:

    Work hard, play hard! "Many of our favorite Latino artists have CDs in Spanish as well as in English. We would love to learn Spanish better to be able to sing all of their songs. Our mom, the music teacher, would be so proud."

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    Eva and Ethan

    Ages:

    17 and 18

    Hometown:

    Chula Vista, CA

    Interests:

    technology, science, writing, guitar

    Description:

    Eva started learning Spanish in middle school, but Ethan didn’t start until 10th grade, They both love the language, though, especially Hispanic literature. After they graduate, they can’t wait to travel to all the places they’ve read about.

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    Daniel and Michelle

    Ages:

    17 and 17

    Hometown:

    Tallahassee, FL

    Interests:

    traveling, art, cooking

    Description:

    Daniel is Mexican-American, and he grew up hearing Spanish at home, but he didn’t start studying it until two years ago. Now he loves learning about other Hispanic cultures, especially by trying the food! Michelle started her study of Spanish just a few years ago, but she has learned very quickly. She wants to study art history, and she dreams of being a curator at the Prado or the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

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    Asha and Lucas

    Ages:

    16 and 17

    Hometown:

    New York, NY

    Interests:

    music, soccer, nature, basketball

    Description:

    After living in many parts of the world, Ethan knew a little bit of Spanish when he started studying it in the 8th grade. He wants to use his Spanish skills while working as an engineer specializing in sustainable development in Latin America. Asha has been studying Spanish since kindergarten, and every year she travels to Guatemala to do a service project in rural areas.

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    Andy, Tess, Diana and Tim

    Ages:

    15, 16 and 17

    Description:

    "They are the Fans del Español veterans, they have been all over and will be advising the current characters on their own adventures, see their Bios on the Countries and Regions characters page."

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