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Colombian singers Shakira (L) and Carlos Vives (R) ride bikes during the recording of the video for the song "La Bicicleta" in Puerto Velero, Barranquilla, Atlantico department on May 19, 2016.  / AFP / JOSE TORRES        (Photo credit should read JOSE TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)Una de las últimas canciones más populares de Shakira y Carlos vives menciona el “vallenato”, una música típica de Colombia. El vallenato tradicional se interpreta con tres instrumentos: la caja, la guacharaca y el acordeón.  Así dice la letra: “A tu manera es descomplicado, en una bici que te lleva a todos lados, un vallenato … Continuar leyendo
Hand painted ox cart in a park, Sarchi, Costa RicaIn Costa Rica, the tradition of decorating oxcarts started in the early twentieth century. Nowadays, the carretas remain a strong symbol of Costa Rica’s rural past and history. Costa Ricans are proud of this traditional art: there are even creative carreta contests! Read more and watch the short documentary video “Oxherding and oxcart traditions in … Continuar leyendo
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Quince años

My friend’s sister Laura was about to celebrate her fifteenth birthday. At first, I didn’t understand why they were making such a big deal out of it, but after attending the “Quince años”, which means 15th birthday, I understood why this tradition is very important. Most girls can’t wait to be 15 so they can […]

Las posadas

Back in the 1500’s, the Aztecs held rituals to celebrate their gods “Quetzalcoatl” and “Huitzilopochtli” from the 6th to the 26th of December. When the Spaniards arrived in Mexico, they introduced their own customs and traditions, one of them being the celebration of Christmas. One of these traditions is what is now known as “Las […]

Las telenovelas are very popular in Mexico; it seems like everyone in Mexico watches one! People talk about it every time they have a chance. “Did you watch la novela last night?” they say. “Any idea what is going to happen tomorrow?” “Please record it for me…. Don’t tell me what happened until I watch […]

Today we went to the city of Saltillo. Everyone was wearing these things called  “Sarapes.” It is not very well known where the Sarape originated, but it is definitely a fusion of indigenous and Spanish elements. A Sarape is a rectangular cloth with or without an opening for the head. A Sarape has a variety […]

Coahuila

¡Hola, amigos! I’m having a great time in Mexico; I’ve visited several states since arriving. México is a bigger country than I thought before I came here! It has 31 states and one Federal District. The most impressive thing about Mexico so far has been the welcoming atmosphere. It is truly a country with many […]

Today I was walking by a government building and saw the most beautiful mural. There were so many bright colors and the people really looked real. I was so impressed that I stopped to talk to a girl selling jewelry nearby to get the history of this beautiful art. Her name is Lola and she […]

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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