Travel to Spain, Central and Latin America

28
Sep

Visiting Cuba – getting to know Afro-Cuban culture

Cuba is a fantastic mix people and cultures from Spanish and African origins, which is portrayed all over Cuba’s towns of Matanzas, La Habana and Santiago de Cuba, among others, with their colourful European style architecture and sizzling Afro-style music and flavour. It’s definitely worth a visit! Here I’m going to highlight one of Cuba’s many fascinating religions, known as

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22
Sep

Cuban Revival

It appears that Cuba is changing significantly both socially and economically, in order to provide a more modern lifestyle for its citizens and increased growth and opportunities in the economy. This is partly due to the revised relationship between President Obama and government officials in Cuba as well as the fact that Cuba is now vastly widening its public use

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20
Sep

Beyond Capital Federal

So you’ve tasted all there is to taste, seen all there is to see and spoken all the Argentinian Spanish you can in Buenos Aires – now its time to explore the rest of this vast and plentiful country. Take a glance at my tips on where not to miss outside of the great Capital Federal de Buenos Aires. Mendoza

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15
Sep

The Concept of Time in Latin America

A topic that is widely discussed when talking about the cultural differences between Latin Americans and Europeans is the concept of time. When I say time, I mean a number of factors. Firstly, the notion of preciseness; for instance, how late is it acceptable to turn up to a meeting with a friend or at work? The second factor is

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15
Sep

Castellano Argentino

Mastering Argentinian Spanish is certainly an art! Not only do they have their very own expressions, colloquialisms and an accent as thick as glue, but they also conjugate verbs in a way in which you were definitely not taught at school. If you’re considering a trip to Argentina, getting the hang of the local jargon is essential for your survival!

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8
Sep

Colombians and Britons – Cultural Differences

To follow on from my discussion on languages and translation from last week with my Colombian and British family, this week I’d like to highlight some interesting cultural differences that I’ve noticed throughout my Colombian family’s stay here in England. Keep reading to have a glance at the differences that I found most striking. Expressing emotions Firstly, I’ve noticed that

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8
Sep

Buenos Aires – Where Not to Miss

To continue on from last week’s blog, which discussed the food and beverages of Buenos Aires, now we’re talking places to visit. Buenos Aires is one of the most visited cities in South America, and the reason why can’t just be down to its sizzling steaks. Buenos Aires is a fantastic mestizo of South America and Italy in many of

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1
Sep

From Aloha, Bogotá to Fiddleford, Dorset

This weekend my Colombian in-laws met my British parents, brothers and sisters for the first time – an unforgettable experience for many reasons but particularly from a linguistic point of view. I realised (not for the first time) how crucial knowing a foreign language can be in order to transmit beautiful and meaningful messages, thoughts and feelings. Without this skill,

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31
Aug

Steak and Tango, anyone?

Ché, if you’re planning a trip to South America, make sure Buenos Aires is high up on your list of places to visit.  With an energetic scene of steak, wine and tango, an intriguing Italian inspired culture and a Spanish that will throw you, Buenos Aires cannot be missed. Keep reading for the ins and outs on the Argentinean food

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24
Aug

Enjoy the sabor de latinoamérica in London!

With around 200,000 Latin Americans estimated to be living in London, it’s no big surprise that the city has its fair share of Latino culture. For us Spanish speakers, there’s no better place to impress the natives with our brand spanking new expressions than at London’s very best Latino dance classes, film festivals, concerts, performances and conferences, just to name

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