Tag Archives: Latin America

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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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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Ecuador: A dramatic journey on the Tren Crucero

There is something rather special about travelling by train abroad. Perhaps it is the ability to sit back and watch the changing landscape roll by, or maybe it is the inherent cultural snapshot of a nation’s people and places. Sadly, … Continue reading

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela: Taking the Hispanic scene by storm

Rodrigo y Gabriela are one of the most distinctive musical duos of recent years, with their classical guitar-based popular music based on an eclectic assortment of styles. Their music truly evades categorisation under one genre, but rather draws on new … 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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Latin America: For the love of books

Latin Americans are a distinctly literate bunch. Names like Borges, Allende, García Márquez and Neruda tend to sit atop the lists of national heroes – political leaders are often polemic but authors universally cherished. The Latin American novelistic tradition really … Continue reading

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London: Latin American restaurant hotspots

Long gone are the days when it was acceptable to joke about the cuisine on offer in London. Not only has home-grown grub enjoyed something of a ‘gastropub’ renaissance, but the diversity of international food on offer has continued to … Continue reading

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The world’s highest waterfall: The Angel Falls in Venezuela

Thanks to our inherent obsession with trivia relating to the biggest, longest, oldest, most famous things on the planet, everyone that has endured a geography round in a pub quiz will be able to tell you that the world’s highest … Continue reading

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Havana, Cuba: Timelessly seductive

We often associate the Caribbean with tiny palm-fringed islands that are home to exclusive beach resorts and little else, but the region is also home to buzzing cities that pulsate with cosmopolitan Latin American culture. Beautifully situated in a wide … Continue reading

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Santander: El Capricho de Gaudí

Many of our students are intrepid explorers, which incites them to learn Spanish in the first place. Being able to speak the language while travelling in Spain or Latin America gives them a distinct and much richer perspective on their … Continue reading

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