Category Archives: Latin American culture

Colombia: Medellín lights up for Christmas

The celebration of Christmas is a curious mix of Christian and pagan traditions in Europe, and indeed has absorbed many influences from other cultures in its unparalleled spread across the globe. As such, its festivities exhibit some parallels, but equally … Continue reading

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London: The Argentine Film Festival 2014

Weary of the same old multiplex blockbusters? Stuck for weekend ideas yet cannot quite face the tumultuous task of Christmas shopping? London residents take note – the Argentine Film Festival is back for its third outing from 27th to 30th … Continue reading

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Argentina: Madres de Plaza de Mayo

Buenos Aires, a political and cultural megacity, is a place that wears its diverse history very much on the surface. Whether in the form of grandiose European-inspired architecture, the sultry sound of tango, or imagery relating to Eva Perón, the … Continue reading

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Mexico – El Día de los Muertos

As people have migrated over the centuries, so too have their cultures and religions with them. This has led to similar festivals and observations occurring in different countries, albeit with distinct variations from place to place, reflecting the unique cultural … Continue reading

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Oaxaca: Mexico at its most Mexican

In Mexico, as in the UK, it is often the smaller cities that make the most rewarding destinations, offering more tranquil surroundings and greater exposure to historic traditions. Oaxaca is a noteworthy example: tucked away in misty mountain valleys in … Continue reading

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Argentina: Happy 50th Mafalda!

This week, on September 29th, one of Argentina’s most cherished daughters turned 50. I use the word daughter in the literal sense, as she still stands just a few feet high, and continues to bear the youthful appearance of a … Continue reading

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South America: A mate obsession

In today’s globalised world, tea and coffee drinking have become near ubiquitous. Although there are fairly marked continental and national variations in beverage preference, tea leaves and ground coffee beans in their various guises are both enjoyed in all corners … Continue reading

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The uniqueness of Argentinean Spanish

Here at Friendly Spanish we are rather proud of the fact that we offer courses specifically in the Spanish of Argentina, so thought it might be wise to give a little bit of background on this variant of Spanish, and … Continue reading

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Argentina: La Boca, Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires dominates Argentina in many senses: population, commerce, cultural amenities and tourism are all heavily concentrated in this somewhat dauntingly large metropolis. However, scratch beneath the surface and you find a city of intimate and extremely diverse neighbourhoods: historic … Continue reading

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Colombia: Bogota’s pioneering car-free ciclovias

Here in the UK, the arrival of this year’s Tour de France to our own shores inspired a wave of two-wheeled enthusiasm and a visible increase in leisure cycling. This is perhaps part of a wider trend that has seen … Continue reading

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