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ORURO, BOLIVIA - DECEMBER 15:  Aerial view of Lake Poopo on December 15, 2015 in Oruro, Bolivia. The government of the western Bolivian province of Oruro issued a declaration of natural disaster after learning that Lake Poopo, the second largest in the country after Titicaca, has almost dried up. (Photo by Javier Mamani/LatinContent/Getty Images)Sí, has leído bien. El lago Poopó en el altiplano boliviano aparece y desaparece. Este lago de 3.000 kilómetros cuadrados ha estado completamente seco en varias ocasiones. Pero luego reaparece. En el siglo XX estuvo seco entre 1939 y 1944 y entre 1994 y 1997, mientras que entre 1969 y 1973 quedó reducido a unos … Continuar leyendo
Portrait of a happy Latin American girl having fun hiking and enjoying nature with open arms – lifestyle conceptsUn grupo de 25 niños y jóvenes, entre 7 y 26 años, han exigido a Colombia que les garantice una vida futura libre de tragedias ambientales. Este grupo pide medidas específicas para frenar la deforestación de la Amazonía colombiana y un compromiso de todas las instituciones colombianas para frenar los efectos del cambio climático. Los … Continuar leyendo
High Angle View Of Obelisco De Buenos Aires By Buildings In CitySegún datos de 2017 del Banco Mundial, Argentina es el segundo país más caro de la región, después de Uruguay. Por ejemplo, el nuevo iPhone llegó a Argentina hace unas semanas, pero su precio es el doble del que se paga en Estados Unidos. Los argentinos no se han sorprendido.  Para ellos,  “todo es caro” … Continuar leyendo
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This afternoon we went to the Columbus Lighthouse. It was built in between 1986 and 1992 in honor of Columbus’s “discovery” of America.

There are about seventy-five players in Major League Baseball who were born in Puerto Rico, but now live and play baseball in the United States. That got me thinking. Is there a Puerto Rican league, and is baseball as popular in Puerto Rico as it is in the United States. I set out to answer these questions while we were in Puerto Rico.

Today, we went to a music studio to learn about the instruments that make Puerto Rican salsa music so special. When we pulled up to the building, there were no signs, no people, just a plain blue, concrete building. I didn’t look like much, but we went inside anyway.

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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