Washington DC Mayor Makes San Salvador a Sister City

el+salvador+mayor+bowser+croppedSince last August, Washington, D.C., and San Salvador are now sister cities. Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a sister city agreement with San Salvador Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt during a visit to El Salvador.

D.C. is home to a large Salvadoran population, including many Salvadoran business owners, families, leaders, and artists. “I am proud that San Salvador will be the first sister city agreement I am entering into as mayor and will work hard to ensure we can build safer, stronger communities together.” Bowser said.

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Activities:

  • According to the article, how many Salvadorans live in Washington D.C.?
  • What are the goals of this agreement?
  • Why do you think this agreement is called a “sister-city” agreement?

Tips for backpacking in South America

backpacking_thumbFrom the tropical beaches of the Caribbean to the southern archipelago of Tierra del Fuego, backpacking South America guarantees an amazing experience full of adventures—butyou need to make sure you bring everything you need in your luggage!

 

Read the following article to learn important tips to take into account before you start your trip.

Actividades:

    • Which of the tips is the most important in your opinion? Rate the importance of each tip, from very important to not very important, in a list like the following:
Tips for backpacking South America Importance
Learn the lingo

Use your nous

Research your accommodations

Embrace bus travel

Important

Very important

  • Would learning Spanish help you when traveling around Latin America? Write a short paragraph with a few of the advantages of knowing Spanish when traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.
  • Write a list of important tips for any traveler planning a trip to the United States.

Tradiciones en América Latina para recibir el nuevo año

Si celebras la Nochevieja en Chile, tendrás que comprarte ropa interior amarilla para atraer la buena suerte. En cambio, en Uruguay o Argentina usarás prendas rosadas. En España, se usa el rojo. En casi todos los países de Latinoamérica se comen lentejas la noche de Año Nuevo y 12 uvas mientras suenan las 12 campanadas. Todas estas tradiciones forman parte de la cultura y las costumbres populares latinoamericanas para dar la bienvenida al nuevo año y tener suerte.
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Actividades:

  1. ¿Cómo se celebra el Año Nuevo en tu país? ¿Tienes costumbres muy diferentes a las que se explican en el texto?
  2. ¿Cuál de las costumbres te parece más curiosa? ¿Y más divertida? ¿Y más extraña?
  3. ¿Por qué se comen precisamente lentejas en Nochevieja?