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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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Querida Tess, ¿Recuerdas nuestro viaje a Perú? ¿Te acuerdas del a excursión a Nazca? Recuerdo que quedamos muy impresionadas… no sólo por las famosas líneas de Nazca, sino también por el paisaje seco y desértico. Hoy, buscando información en Internet para un trabajo para mi clase de Arte, he encontrado un video con una historia […]

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 […]

Last night, I had the most beautiful dream. I was a butterfly flying around a gorgeous meadow. The sun was shining and I was in love with the butterfly king. I could feel myself smiling when I woke up. I sat up in bed, stretched, and opened my eyes. (SCREAM!) A bright red monster with […]

Tonight we decided to have an authentic Argentine rock fest. A few of the guys and I went to the store and bought some serious rock food. There is no rock party without soda, cheese puffs, and pizza, so we got tons of it. Since rock is one of my favorite genres of music, I […]

Today was so amazing. I went to a soccer game at the Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz, Bolivia. I mean, you always hear about how important soccer is in popular culture in Latin America, but there is nothing like being there and experiencing it for yourself. Imagine 42,000 people screaming fans in the seats […]

I was totally bummed when they told us we were going to the Flower Festival in Medellín. All I kept thinking was “eight days of girly, prissy stuff” and “why are we going for so long?” Usually our extra-curricular trips were only a day or two, so why would they make us stay in Medellín […]

Antoni Gaudi

Today we went to the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. It is the largest and most unique Catholic Church I’d ever seen in person. To me, it resembled more of a gothic palace than a church from the outside, but the inside was all church. This place felt like it had great energy even though […]

Tonight I became a MONSTER! No, I didn’t change into a zombie or get bitten by a werewolf, but I did participate in one of the wildest music festivals I’ve ever been to in my life. Every year, in Viña del Mar, Chile, there is a music festival/singing competition. How it works is a band […]

Charrería

I thought the national sport of Mexico would be soccer, but it’s really Charrería. Really? Charrería? It turns out the Mexican rodeo is extremely popular in the central parts of Mexico. I’d been to the rodeo before when my family visited Texas a few years ago, but I wanted to see the difference between the […]

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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