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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
Garifuna women protest demanding justice in the case of the murder of the Lenca indigenous leader Berta Caceres, in Tegucigalpa, on May 25, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ORLANDO SIERRA        (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)Garifuna communities mainly live in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Belize.  The Garifuna language is rich in stories (úraga). Their music and melodies have African and Amerindian influences and are usually accompanied by drums and dances. Although the language is still widely spoken, it is now taught in only one village. Read more and view the … Continuar leyendo
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
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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 […]

    Machu Picchu

    One of the places that I wanted to visit the most during my stay in Perú was Machu Picchu, the famous Inca city, built around 1400. The words “machu picchu” are Quechua for “old mountain.” The Incas built a pathway between Cuzco and Machu Picchu now called the Inca Trail. Lots of people walk this […]

    Cuy

    One of the guys that work at the hotel invited me to eat dinner with his family. His name is Pablo and he’s really nice. I was nervous about eating at someone’s house, but Pablo assured me that it was going to be a normal experience and that there was nothing to worry about. So […]

    The Cathedral

    It was late last night when the plane landed in Lima. I was so tired I fell asleep on the car ride to the hotel. I think I may have been sleep walking, but I surely don’t’ remember getting out of the taxi and getting into my bed. The next day a van picked us […]

    Cuzco

    I am in one of the most important cities in the Inca Empire. My adventures in Cuzco began on the flight here. Because Cuzco is in the Andes, the view of the snow-capped mountains was unreal!  The second I set foot in the airport I got this intense headache and I felt short of breath. […]

    Paracas

    This morning started with a 6am wake up call, bags in the lobby by 6:45am, and on the bus to leave by 7am. It took us about 3 hours to get from Lima to Paracas, a place I had always wanted to visit. It is a peninsula south of Lima.  The drive was interesting. We […]

    Did you know there are almost 3,000 celebrations in Peru each year? That’s almost 10 a day! How do Peruvians keep up with all those celebrations? I knew when I first found out about all these celebrations that I had to go to at least one. I did a little research and found the perfect […]

    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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