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piñata: an intergral part of mexican culture

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bbc.com/Diane Selkirk – The piñata is a ubiquitous aspect of Mexican culture. Yet how it got to be that way is somewhat of a mystery.

However, piñatas are a ubiquitous ingredient of life in Mexico. Part of the cartonería or carton piedra (rock cardboard) tradition ‒ which also includes mojigangas (giant puppets), masks and dolls ‒ the piñata is as vital to Mexican celebrations as mariachi music. Traditional fiestas, such as the Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration in mid-December, call for donkeys, fish and birds. For birthdays, kids gravitate toward cartoon and action figures.

The piñata is as vital to Mexican celebrations as mariachi music.

Typically created in small cottage workshops, piñatas can be made to order or bought from shops or market stalls. When my 15-year-old daughter, Maia, and I set off to buy a piñata to celebrate our successful circumnavigation, I started at a Bucerías neighbourhood dulceria, a shop devoted to piñatas and a dizzying (and stomach-churning) variety of sweets with which to fill them. Read Full Article

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How to understand the meaning of time in Mexico

IINTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THE BOOK bbc.com/Susannah Rigg – When someone from Mexico says ‘ahorita’, they should almost never be taken literally; its definition changes dramatically with context. As Dr Concepción Company, linguist and emeritus researcher at the Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, told me, “When a Mexican says ‘ahorita’, it could […]

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Ecuador: A look at feminist history

In this op-ed, writer Bani Amor explains how Ecuador’s feminist past built its present and contributes to its future. teenvogue.com In May of 1944, when fascism was a malignant threat around the world at the height of World War II, a young Ecuadorian feminist writer named Nela Martínez led a takeover of the Government Palace […]

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Heritage of Eating Insects in Mexico

INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED SPANISH VOCABULARY – READ THIS BOOK Whitney Eulich/csmonitor.com / Mexican chefs are embracing entomophagy, or bug eating, amid heightened interest in their country’s heritage. But the high-protein, low-impact cuisine could have lessons for the rest of the world, as well…….. The Mesoamerican diet has long included hundreds of species of insects. Although many […]

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Olimpo Cárdenas, Bolero Singer from Ecuador

Without doubt the most famous singer and performer from Ecuador and known worldwide is Julio Jaramillo. However, there are some who argue that Olimpo Cárdenas may have been the better singer despite not reaching international stardom. Olimpo Cárdenas (1919, Vinces – 1991) was an Ecuadorean singer. He toured Colombia a great deal, giving concerts in […]

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Ecuador will not disappear because of earthquakes but by bad governments (prophecy)

Ecuador no desaparecerá por los terremotos sino por los malos gobiernos. Ecuador will not disappear because of earthquakes but, by bad governments A phrase and or prophecy that runs deep in the culture of Ecuador and is often credited to Santa Mariana de Jesús. Saint Mariana of Jesus de Paredes, O.F.S. (Spanish: Mariana or María […]

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Ecuador: LGBTI groups throw support for leftist presidential candidate Moreno

telesurtv.net…. The LGBTI front says they have to be consistent with the gains achieved for the community during the government of President Correa. The Ecuadorean Federation of LGBTI Organizations announced it support for leftist presidential candidate Lenin Moreno, saying the ruling party government has been the only one to protect their community and their rights. […]

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Ecuador: The infamous train from Guayaquil to Salinas now only a memory

eluniverso.com/(machine translated) Back in 1940, on the streets of Lizardo García y Vélez, near the Vicente Rocafuerte school, the first railroad station operated, the tracks of which linked Guayaquil with Salinas and the whistles like that of locomotive No. 8, woke residents of that neighborhood. When the wooden bridge on the Salado estuary deteriorated, which […]

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Castles in Quito Ecuador at risk of vanishing

miamiherald.com/ Jim Wyss reported for more than 80 years, this Andean capital has been guarded by a strange array of kitschy castles — brimming with turrets and towers, spires and faux drawbridges, Moorish cupolas and sweeping staircases. In a city internationally renowned for its colonial architecture (its historic center has been a United Nations World […]

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Ecuador: Study Regarding Young Women’s Sexual, reproductive health and rights

Young women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Ecuador. HUVUDOMRÅDE: Nursing FÖRFATTARE: Evelina Persson & Linnéa Englund HANDLEDARE: Malin Lindroth JÖNKÖPING 2017 01 An empirical study Introduction The absence of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is the greatest health problem among women aged 15 – 44 in developing countries. Gender inequalities, lack […]

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Salasaca Ecuador: An Ancient People Maintain Traditions

Maintaining traditions in Salasaca of Ecuador’s Andes aljazeera.com/ Here, men and women wear traditional clothes, hold festive rituals, and make handicrafts. Salasaca, Ecuador – Sisters Martina Masaquiza Sailema and Luz Maria Masaquiza Sailema trot towards the outskirts of Mangiua village in Salasaca district, in the Ecuadorian Andes, exchanging a word in Quichua here and there, […]

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100 Most Popular Names in Mexico

M. Cruz / A. Rodríguez / M. Gómez / A. Herrera (verne/elpais.com If you live in Mexico, surely you know at least one Lupita, a Mari, a Juanito or a Pepe. No coincidence, Juan, José Luis, José and María Guadalupe top the list of the most common names in Mexico for more than a century. […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Nearly 500 year old street reopens after being closed for 50 years

SPEAK LIKE AN ECUADORIAN – READ THE BOOK – SPANISH SLANG ECUADOR eltelegrafo.com.ec reported the small artery is located in the historical center. There are still pending work to be done by the Municipality of the city. Regional Writing South The reopening of Santa Ana Street in Cuenca was not attended by the municipal authorities. […]

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Puerto Limón, Ecuador: Montuvio Traditions Live On

Maria Victoria Espinosa Editor (F- Intercultural Content) Elcomercio.com Puerto Limón still retains the traditions of its Manabi ancestors. This rural parish of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas was founded more than 60 years ago by montuvios de Chone, Santa Ana, Olmedo, Flavio Alfaro, Montecristi and Portoviejo. Asisglo de la Cruz arrived in the parish 60 […]

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Ecuador: Government Implicated in Public Works Corruption

panampost.com/Ysol Delgado reported the Nuevo Herald recently interviewed journalist Fernando Villavicencio, who is in hiding after revealing confidential information that uncovered an important network of corruption, through a website called Focus. After the journalist’s information came to light, Rafael Correa asked the Attorney General of Ecuador to investigate him, and soon after an arrest warrant […]

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Ecuador: Monkey Meat staple of diet for Huaorani people

dailymail.co.uk REPORTED There are no fast food restaurants or grocery stores in the rainforests of eastern Ecuador, so if the Huaorani people want to eat they go out with a blowpipe and shoot a monkey. They are experts at shinning up trees and lying in wait for the primates, which they kill with poisoned darts […]

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Ten Foods You Should Try In Ecuador

These are our 10 favorite famous foods of Ecuador not to miss. NOMADIC BOYS.COM 1. LLAPINGACHOS: fried stuffed potato patties Llapingachos are one of Ecuador’s most famous dishes. They are fried potato omelettes stuffed with cheese, cooked on a hot griddle until crispy and commonly served with a fried egg, avocado, meat and peanut sauce. […]

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Facebook Survey shows citizens in Latin America frustrated with bureaucracy

iadb.org/ Novel Facebook-based survey measures citizen frustration with bureaucracy in Latin America and Caribbean – The IDB has launched two studies on quality and innovation in public services The Inter-American Development Bank launched two studies that show the low regard citizens have for the quality of public services they receive and how innovation can help […]

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Ecuador: Waorani people use chambira for artesan products

lahora.com.ec reported the chambira palm is a tree native to the Amazon in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It has many uses. The fruit serves as food. The fiber from the leaflets is used to make a number of items such as fishing nets, hammocks, bracelets, shigra bags, and earrings. The use of the leaves has […]

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Analysis of Suicide in Ecuador: 71.27% were men, 28.73% women in 2011

Deaths by Suicide in Ecuador: A Quantitative Data Analysis Narcisa Marisol Sarmiento Sarmiento Ana Maribel Paredes Proaño Efstathios Stefos School of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador 2 Proyecto Prometeo, Quito, Ecuador Correspondence: Efstathios Stefos, School of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Exact […]

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Social and Educational Characteristics of the population in Ecuador’s Amazon region

The Ecuadorian Amazon: A Data Analysis of Social and Educational Characteristics of the Population Gina Valdivieso, Efstathios Stefos, Ruth Lalama / ccsenet.org Abstract The present study describes the social and educational characteristics of the Ecuadorian Amazon population. For this purpose, the data obtained from the National Survey of Employment, Unemployment and Underemployment of 2014 was […]

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Ecuador: Día de Reyes January 6, 2017 celebrated with roscas

BAKERIES BUSY PREPARING FOR THREE KINGS DAY IN GUAYAQUIL eluniverso.com reported the celebration of Three Kings Day (Día de Reyes) takes place on January 6. Tradition states the Magi visited and brought gifts to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Roscas are very popular for this celebration and is called Roscas de Reyes. The round or […]

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Ecuador’s April’s Fool Day equivalent is not on April 1st

lahora.com.ec reported every December 28 there is no lack of practical jokes or hoaxes’ between friends, so stay very attentive and do not fall for them. The 28 of December is a day marked by the Christmas dates and to be near the end of year. He always identifies it with jokes and being a […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: City is preserving landmarks of its ancesetral beginnings

elcomercio.com / Giovany Estudillo / Cuenca is based on the Cañari cities of Guapondelig and Inca of Tumipampa . Its original layout evoked the figure of a cougar . This contribution was published in the book ‘Guapondelik / Tumipampa / Cuenca, Cultural Footprints and Territorial Transformation’. This study reflects the conception of the organization of […]

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Ecuador Culture: Lessons for the expat and Christmas with Indigenous neighbors

“Papa Noel” or “Plata Noel”? Twelve Questions for Expats this Christmas written by Russ Reina /gringotree.com / expat/opinion Let’s talk about the Christmas messages, we the expat community, may be sending to our Indigenous neighbors, and in turn, how some of them may be embracing negative aspects of our North American culture without even realizing […]

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Quito Ecuador: Center Historic Area Losing Population

In the Plaza de San Francisco, where the church and convent of the same name stand, fences have blocked off the construction site for the Quito subway for months, as work has been stalled while archaeological finds are assessed. Quito’s historic centre is the biggest in Latin America. QUITO, Nov 30 2016 (IPS) author- Mario […]

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Cuenca Ecuador: Building wins prestigious architecture award

thecitypaperbogota.com / After deliberating for several months, on October 27, the 2016 Rogelio Salmona Latin American Architecture Prize was announced in the main auditorium of the Virgilio Barco Library in Bogotá. Four jury members, divided among four regional zones (Brazil, Southern Cone, Andean, Mexico/Central America and Caribbean), analyzed 62 architectural nominations from all over Latin […]

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Calderón, Ecuador: Guaguas de pan and Colada Morada, deep cultural roots

npr.org reported In Ecuador today, All Saints Day (Día de Todos los Santos) is celebrated on Nov. 1, and is a smaller holiday focusing on children who have passed away. All Hallows Eve, on Oct. 31, is not observed religiously, although American-style Halloween celebrations have started to gain in popularity in recent years. Día de […]

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Mexico: What lies ahead for mezcal as conglomerates want a share

theguardian.com reported, Mezcal, tequila’s stronger and smokier relative, has become a staple spirit in trendy bars across Mexico and the United States in recent years, and the agave-based drink has inevitably attracted the interest of global alcohol giants. In the process local growers are worried a unique spirit is under threat. Traditionally produced in small […]

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Quito Ecuador: Man finds trove of master tape recordings of musicians from the 1950′s

nytimes.com reported: QUITO, Ecuador — When Daniel Lofredo Rota began clearing out the apartment of his dead grandfather here in April 2014, he found several tons of newspaper, stacks of letters, broken typewriters and about 300 magnetic reel-to-reel tapes, almost perfectly preserved after 45 years in a cool, dry place. His grandfather, Carlos Rota, started […]

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Ecuador: Funding Available for the arts to revive culture in Earthquake area of Manabi, Esmeraldas

culturaypatrimonio.gob.ec announces Call for Competitive Fund ventures performing arts, Manabi and Esmeraldas 2016 RotativoWeb Quito, 9 September 2016 – The Ministry of Culture and Heritage issued the call for the Competitive Fund ventures performing arts, Manabi and Esmeraldas 2016, which seeks to revive local cultural artistic economies in the provinces that were affected by the […]

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Ecuadors Culture of Narcissism (Opinion)

Eluniverso.com Ivan Sandoval Carrión Narcissism and Ecuadorians MACHINE TRANSLATED “You, Ecuadorians have a big problem: his narcissism”. I agree with the diagnosis of my dear foreign colleague about us, “the most friendly and hospitable people in the world”. Narcissism refers to a child’s development when all speaking beings, which constitutes for our identification with the […]

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Ecuador: Many citizens receive their news through alternative media

In Ecuador’s polarised media landscape, community media outlets that operate outside the private media space can offer a real alternative to the mainstream. Here are some of them. aljazeera.com reported the so called “radio schools” have been covering stories outside of Quito in the Chimborazo province ever since 1962. They matter because they give indigenous […]

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Guayaquil Ecuador: New Movie “Without Deaths there is no Carnival”

‘No dead no carnival’, reflecting cruelty and realism One of the great qualities that covers the film phenomenon in Latin America is to bring the ignorant, without reservation, what happens in territories with a less bitter face in tourist postcards. Thus, rejection of an unknown situation has practically become an ignored event aims cinema print […]

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Zika Virus Reignites Abortion Debate in Brazil

Rondoniadinamica.com reported the effects of Zika virus with regards to Brazil’s rigid anti-abortion laws. Zooming in on the Atlantic coastal city Recife, the hardest hit region in the country, the source examined situations women can expect to face now that the abortion debate has re-surfaced. Zika virus has been linked to microcephaly in newborn babies, […]

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The Real Ecuador According to Don Nadie, expats and future expats take note

In 35 years of studying the “emerald of the Andes”, Ecuador, I have been fortunate to learn a few things about this beautiful yet very complicated country and I am still learning. One thing that is important to note is that friendships take a very long time to develop in Ecuador. I am not talking […]

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Brazil: Tourists Complain of Violence at Rio Carnival

According to Jornal do Brasil, Carnival festivities escalated to violence and crime in downtown Rio de Janeiro this Saturday, leaving one person injured. The Cordão da Bola Preta, one of Brazil’s most historic, highly anticipated street parties, was plagued with assaults, thefts, and fights. The Cordão da Bola Preta is a Carioca (pertaining to Rio […]

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Brazil: Financial Crisis Prompts City Governments to Cut Funds for Carnival

Folha de São Paulo reported the decision of many local governments in Brazil to cut public funding for Carnival this year. Due to the economic crisis currently unfolding, there are at least fifty-three cities across the country that have decided to make major cut backs or de-fund entirely the two-week national holiday. In Minas Gerais […]

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Ecuador: Nomads of the Rainforest -Waorani Indians- NOVA documentary

NOVA visits the Waorani Indians of Eastern Ecuador less than 30 years after their first contact with Western civilization. Left largely undisturbed because of their traditional hostility toward outsiders, a few families remain deep in the rainforest hunting game with blowguns and spears. They also cultivate gardens, make weapons and tools and maintain traditions that […]

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Ecuador gets first Kosher food restaurant to serve small Jewish community

Forward.com reported a kosher fast-food restaurant believed to be the only one of its kind in Ecuador opened in its largest city to serve the tiny Jewish community and more. “We Jews did not have a place to eat. So I have persuaded the local Jewish community leaders” to open the restaurant, Israeli businessman Ofir […]

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Ecuadorian cuisine making inroads into UK

producebusinessuk.com reported all too often South American food is lumped into the same menu bracket in British restaurants, meaning a multitude of unique dishes from countries like Ecuador are yet to be discovered. Produce Business UK takes a look at the mountain of opportunities out there for future fresh produce supply from the Andean nation […]

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Otavalo Ecuador: Hospital pioneered ‘vertical birth’ method for Indigenous women

oxfordjournals.org / Maternal mortality continues to claim the lives of thousands of women in Latin America despite the availability of effective treatments to avert maternal death. In the past, efforts to acknowledge cultural diversity in birth practices had not been clearly integrated into policy. However, in Otavalo (Ecuador) a local hospital pioneered the implementation of […]

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Icemen of Chimborazo Ecuador (Old Video)

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Ecuadorians rank sixth among sixty nations in lack of trust in dealing with others

Infobae – Albavisión News Network By: Dario Mizrahi World Values ​​Survey 2010-2014 ElComercio.com reported Ecuador ranks sixth of the countries less confident in the other 60 who participated in the global research project World Values ​​Survey (World Values ​​Survey 2010-2014) In the first index lower interpersonal trust are the Philippines and Trinidad and Tobago, with […]

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Peru: Bulls Charge, Attack Crowds at Festival (Video)

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New Year’s Traditions in Ecuador

NBCNEWS.com reported In my Ecuadorian American household we have New Year’s Eve traditions that haven’t changed much over the years; many of these are familiar in different countries. Even though my parents have tweaked a few things from their homeland traditions and superstitions – now we also include watching the Times Square ball drop – […]

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Spanish Pick-Up Lines — Spanish Piropos

If you love and adore Latina women, this is the book for you. A unique aspect to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture is the use of flirtations and phrases by males for women. These are referred to as piropos. In English they may also referred to as pick-up lines. This book provides the reader […]

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Colombia: Men and Manicures, part of the culture

bbc.com reported Colombian men are much more likely than any of their regional neighbours to get their hands and/or feet done. According to the survey, more than 27% of Colombians get manicures, while only 14% of Brazilians, 11% of Mexicans, 9% of Argentines and 5% of Chileans are likely to do so. Fabian Ojeda of […]

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Ecuador makes history, father to be carrying baby of transgender partner

lgbtqnation.com reported a couple in Ecuador are making history with a unique pregnancy: The father-to-be is carrying the baby of his transgender partner. Fernando Machado and Diane Rodriguez announced their pregnancy, believed to be the first of its kind in South America, on social media earlier this month, and it’s received widespread attention on a […]

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Tumbaco Ecuador: Historic Church Damaged by Fire

latino.foxnews.com reported a fire broke out on Christmas Day in the Tumbaco parish church, part of the Ecuadorian capital’s cultural heritage, and damaged some of its religious art, though no victims have been reported a yet, The blaze specifically hit the Chapel of the Third Order of St. Francis in the historic Church of Tumbaco, […]

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Ecuador: 14 ancestral languages spoken

eltiempo.com.ec reported in Ecuador fourteen native or ancestral languages ​​are spoken. In the coastal region, the Awa nationality Awapit; Chachi, Cha palaa; Epera, Siapede; Tsáchila, Tsa’fiquí. In the Amazon, the Cofan nationality, ingae; Secoya and Siona, the Paicoca; Huaorani, Huao Tedeo; Shiwiar, Shiwiar Chicham; Zápara, Zapara; Achuar, Achuar Chicham; Andoa, Andoa; Kichwa, Kichwa; Shuar Shuar […]

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Ecuador: The minister in charge of buen vivir (good living)

fastcoexist.com reported in Ecuador, the man in charge of buen vivir is a former TV journalist named Freddy Ehlers. Sixty-nine-years-old, Ehlers heads his own happiness ministry, a department of 30-odd people, and enjoys direct access to President Rafael Correa. “He asked me to coordinate with all the government to see if our actions are really […]

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Telling Time in Mexico

csmonitor.com/ Whitney Eulich – Time is one of the stickier issues facing anyone living or working abroad. Whereas an American in the United States might know that “just a second” could mean up to a five-minute wait, how should that same person interpret “right now,” ahorita, in Mexico? (Look out: You might be waiting over […]

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Citilcum Mexico: Kots Kaal Pato, the killing of innoncent animals in the name of celebration

vice.com reported Every year, without fail, the locals in the Yucatán city of Citilcum,celebrate a tradition known as Kots Kaal Pato. Basically, it’s a day when the whole town puts on their best clothes, gathers around a huge city center scaffolding and then proceed to kill a whole bunch of innocent animals, mostly for the […]

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Ecuador: The Madness of John Harned, “gringos are barbarians”

The Madness of John Harned by Jack London (First published in Lady’s Realm, May-Oct, 1909)(Short Story) I TELL this for a fact. It happened in the bull-ring at Quito. I sat in the box with John Harned, and with Maria Valenzuela, and with Luis Cervallos. I saw it happen. I saw it all from first […]

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Venezuela: How to Stand in Line

bbc.com reported a combination of woeful economic management – or mismanagement – and the steep fall in oil prices has left the government with a serious cash flow problem. And it’s left the people of Venezuela standing in queues across the country every single day, often for hours at a time. People are given time […]

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El Baile del Cuy, Ecuador

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Life in Ecuador, 1940′s (video)

This is a video of a broad spectrum of life in Ecuador during the 1940′s. GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF ECUADOR’S CULTURE – READ THIS BOOK‘

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Ecuador: six dead from methane poisoning during healing ceremony

standard.co.uk reported six people including a family of four have been found dead after being poisoned by methane during a healing ceremony in northern Ecuador. Police found the seven-year-old son of the couple that died along with their two daughters in the family car near the scene of the tragedy after he fell asleep while […]

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Ecuador: Study shows high rate of “bullying” in schools

Abstract disde.minedu.gob.pe reported: Fifty-seven private schools in Quito (n = 7,992) participated in the present research; a questionnaire on bullying was administered in order to obtain general information, to get a global index of bullying and intensity, and to measure specific subscales of be- havior. The results show very high percentages of victims (52%), viewers […]

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Ecuador: Discarded Plastic Bottles being used for thatch roofing

takepart.com – David McNair / Five years ago, strategic management professor David Saiia traveled with his students from New York’s Ithaca College to Ecuador for a project creating sustainable livelihoods in conservation regions disrupted by logging and poaching. But the team noticed another problem that was all around them: plastic bottles. “I would find them […]

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San Antonio de Ibarra Ecuador: Woodcarving Village

visitecuadorandsourthamerica.com reported…Whether you are looking for a calm charming place to spend the day near the city of Ibarra, or are in search of some gorgeous wooden decorations and furniture for your home, San Antonio de Ibarra is the village for yo to visit. Having spent most summers as a kid going to visit my […]

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Last Ice man from Chimborazo Ecuador (Vide)

Deep in the Chimborazo volcano is hidden an ingredient to which people attribute healing and sacred power, Baltazar is the last man on earth who knows how to find it.

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The Ice miners of Chimborazo, Ecuador (Videos)

The Hieleros Chimborazo is a documentary that was filmed from 1977-1980 by Igor Gustavo Guayasamin and shows the hard work of the men in the mines of 5000 m high ice exploit our biggest snow. In colonial times , Chimborazo Hieleros walked five days to reach Babahoyo , Pueblo Viejo and Vinces . The Hieleros […]

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Words of Wisdom for Current and Future Expats in Ecuador

Advice to current and future expats according to Coronel Borja told to Walker Lowry from the U.S. in the 1940′s. By Nicholas Crowder I first heard about Ecuador when I was 12 years old. My mother and father had given me a GE shortwave radio so I could listen to broadcasts from around the world. […]

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Socialism in Ecuador, why it is not what it seems

Why Latin American socialism isn’t what it seems (Opinion Piece) By Ananda Paez / Tufts November 3, 2014 Ananda Paez Ananda Paez is a junior majoring in economics. She can be reached at Ananda.Paez@tufts.edu. “The Citizen’s Revolution moves forward!” These words, which I have heard countless times enounced passionately on TV, whispered like a prayer […]

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Mexico considering move to include black identity on census survey

NYTIMES.com reported an official survey of around 4,500 households this month asked about African descent and preferred terms as part of plans to include the question on a national housing and population survey of 6.1 million households next year, a broad snapshot of the country in between the main censuses. It has not yet been […]

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Chefs gather in Quito Ecuador showing new fusions of cacao and other foods

latino.foxnews.com reported Famous chefs gathered at the University of the Americas School of Gastronomy in Quito for an international fair showcasing new dishes of national and international cuisine in which the main feature was the inclusion of cacao in the recipe. Chocolate, the gods’ brew in indigenous Latin American religions, is not limited to desserts […]

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Ecuador: Taxi passenger confronts driver over price (video)

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How Many Cuy (Guinea Pigs) are there in Ecuador?

How Many Cuy (Guinea Pigs) are there in Ecuador? agronegociosecuador.ning.com reported The guinea pig production in Ecuador is generally a rural activity located in the Ecuadorian highlands, where the traditional farming system predominates – familiar to produce meat for consumption, with low production levels. The estimated population is 15 million head of guinea pig, the […]

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How Many Cuy (Guinea Pigs) are there in Peru?

You know how many there are guinea pigs in Peru? elcomercio.pe reported according to the National Agricultural Census conducted in 2012, more than 12 million of these species throughout the country. According to the latest National Agricultural Census conducted in 2012, in our country there are over 12 million guinea pigs. The regions have the […]

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Charreria Horses, part of Mexico’s heritage take on new life after retiring

msahable.com/AP reported Mexico’s national sport, charreria, is a kind of rodeo made up of different equestrian competitions — complete with glamorously dressed horses. Since their arrival from Spain in the 1500s, horses have been a rich part of Mexico’s history. And there is perhaps no better representation of the country’s unique culture and national identity […]

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Ecuador’s government issues new rules on television content between certain hours

telegrafo.com reported that the government has issued new rules on the content permitted for broadcast by Ecuadorian TV stations between the hours of 06:00 to 18:00. All programmig must be deemed suitable for all age groups including children. Regulators say the rules do not prohibit the broadcasting of telenovelas (soap operas), as long as they […]

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Havana Cuba: Short Supply of Violins

pinerivertimes.com/AP reported In a light-filled workshop cluttered with tools and pieces of old string instruments, three men carve strips of imported wood and silently measure the angles of violin pegs and viola necks bent out of tune by years of use. Here in the heart of old Havana, Andres Martinez and his two apprentices wage […]

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Gallup Survey results, Latin Americans least likely to say women treated with respect and dignity

gallup.com reported Latin Americans were the least likely in the world in 2012 and 2013 to say women in their countries are treated with respect and dignity. A median of 35% of adults across 22 Latin American countries said their women are treated this way — about half as high as percentages in any other […]

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Ecuador: 50 Percent of all music content on radio must be Ecuadorian produced, composed

lahora.com.ec reported as a “tool that ensures” Ecuadorian musicals contained a space of broadcasting on the radio, the Council’s regulation of communication (Cordicom) approved the regulations that rule the application of 1 X 1. The Council determined the mechanisms so that 50% of music content produced, composed, interpreted and executed in Ecuador are broadcast in […]

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Mexico: Five ways Mexicans avoid using the word no

Written By Susana Riggs Ahorita Literally meaning “little now,” ahorita generally means that something may or may not happen in the near or distant future. For example, if a child is told to do their homework, rather than say no, they might say ahorita. When I first arrived it confused me to no end. I […]

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UNESCO Recognizes Panama Hat Important Part of Ecuadorian Identity

telesur.net reported..Hats and hat-making recognized by UNESCO as an important part of Ecuadoran identity. Hats and hat-making have formed an important part of Ecuadorian identity, in times pre and post conquest. Since 1920, the family of Luis Lopez has been making hats, and since the 1940s, his been working out of La Ronda, a historic […]

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Mexico City Modern: A Review Essay

Raymond B. Craib – scapegoat.org – Mexico City Modern: A Review Essay “Overcrowded, polluted, corrupted, Mexico City offers the world a grim lesson.” 1 Thus proclaimed Time Magazine in 1984. Never mind that it could just as easily have been describing any number of cities in the world, including a number of metropolises in the […]

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Buenos Aires Argentina: Residents try to save “Paris” of South America from bulldozers

theguardian.com reported Buenos Aires has not traditionally been concerned about preservation. Only a handful of buildings remain from the colonial years after the city’s founding in 1536 in what is now the old San Telmo tourist district. The Parisian architecture of the early 20th century has also been shrinking because of the property boom that […]

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Chile’s love of names using double entendre

globalvoicesonline.org reported the Chilean National Holidays, popularly known as “el Dieciocho” (The Eighteenth), take place every year on September 18 and 19. In this land of poets, one of the most amusing and deeply rooted traditions is the use of double entendre when naming diners known as fondas, improvised eateries, and dance halls that pop […]

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Status of Same Sex Unions in Mexico

wikipedia.org reported in Mexico, only civil marriages are recognized by the law, and all its proceedings fall under state legislation.[1] Same-sex marriage is legally performed in Mexico City and in the states of Quintana Roo and Coahuila, but explicitly banned in the state of Yucatán[2] (although the prohibition is limited to its performance within state […]

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Ecuador: Some Etiquette Tips

huffingtonpost.com/kathleen peddicord reported First off, always start with “Buenos días” (Good morning). People in this part of the world don’t jump right into the issue when addressing each other. When you get into a taxi, for example, don’t start with, “Take me to _____.” Start with “Good morning.” When entering a store, smile at everyone […]

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What Defines Middle Class in Latin America (study)

MEASUREMENT AND CHARACTERIZATION OF THE MIDDLE CLASS IN LATIN AMERICA 1 Maria F. Cortés Public Policy Consultant Econometría Consultores Nancy A. Daza Researcher at Directorate of Economic Studies National Planning Department of Colombia Abstract The present research aims to compare and improve the measurement and, therefore, the definition of what “middle class” represents, for a […]

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Argentina to construct tallest building in Latin America

telesurtv.net reported the building called Polo Audiovisual, will consist of 355 meters, surpassing to the Chrysler Building in New York, although without reaching the Empire State. After two years of bidding, saw the project which presented the company Riva on the construction of the so-called pole of production of audiovisual and cinematographic content. It was […]

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Ecuador awarded honorsfor literacy project by UNESCO

panamericanworld.com reportedEcuador’s literacy project has been named the winner of UNESCO’s Rey Sejong Literacy Prize. The prize was received on Monday, August 8, in Bangladesh by Ecuador’s Minister of Education, Augusto Espinosa. Espinoza said that 325,000 people have benefited in 2012 and 2013 from its program that not only teaches reading and writing, but also […]

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Bolivia: 9 year old blind jazz prodigy (Video)

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Mexico, an exceptional culinary culture

huffingtonpost.com reported Mexico is undoubtedly a nation with an exceptional culinary culture that reflects its Mesoamerican and European influence, from popular dishes like burritos and ceviche, to the national dish of Mole; a savoury chocolate and chilli sauce. Top chef Enrique Olvera – behind Mexico City’s restaurant Pujol, which came in at number three in […]

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Venezuela: Fox 21 spy tv show denounced as “hostile” and “imperialist

theguardian.com reported critics have mostly ignored the new US spy drama Legends, but it’s creating a furore in Venezuela. Officials in the South American country are denouncing the show for portraying the socialist government stockpiling nerve gas to quash dissent. The telecommunications commission opened an investigation on Tuesday into the series over an episode in […]

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Peru: UN criticizes television show for using racial stereotypes, disappears

theguardian.com reported Peru TV slammed by UN as racial stereotypes paraded for cheap laughs La Paisana Jacinta loses prime-time slot but racism against indigenous people and African-Peruvians far from eradicated. Peruvian comedy is brusque and rough-and-tumble, but few outsiders would be prepared for so many casual racial stereotypes paraded for cheap laughs. Now, following a […]

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56 million people have left the most impoverished levels in Latin America

nssoaxaca.com reported there were 190 million poor in 2000; in 2012, it was reduced to 134 million United Nations explains that citizens in extreme poverty are those who receive up to four dollars a day. Latin Americans in this situation were 189,9 million in 2000, 41.7% of a population of 454,9 million people. In 12 […]

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City in Brazil with total popluation of 600 frustrated women looking for single men

telegraph.co.uk reported Women of Noiva do Cordeiro, deep in the countryside of south-east Brazil, where men are scarce or work far away in the city, are left to shoulder the town’s burdens alone. It sounds like a tale from Greek mythology: a small rural town hidden in the rolling hills, populated by beautiful women who […]

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Tungurahua Volcano Ecuador, the unsung heroes who save lives

A group of citizen scientists have been saving people’s lives around the “Throat of Fire” Tungurahua volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes for nearly 15 years now. A new report details the success of this network of volunteers as they struggle to preserve the lives of people who chose to live around active volcanoes. A group […]

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Ecuador: An Extinct Train From Guayaquil to Salinas

The train of this city to Salinas Estampas porteñas Evocation of Gustavo Cáceres Castro, physician and Professor. eluniverso.com reported Back in the year 1940 Lizardo García and Velez, close by the school streets Prosecutor Vicente Rocafuerte, worked the first railway station whose Rails joined Guayaquil with Salinas and the whistles as the locomotive No. 8 […]

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St. Lucia, Crazy for Country Music

theguardian.com reported the Caribbean island of St Lucia is so crazy for country music, its buses are named after Jim Reeves songs and its radio stations blare out Tammy Wynette. St Lucia isn’t the only Caribbean island with a liking for the sounds of Nashville (last year, Kenny Rogers told the Guardian about his popularity […]

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Ecuador: Divorces increase 87 percent in nine years, marriages down 14.7%

andes.info.ec reported divorces increased in Ecuador to 87%, while marriages decreased to 14.71% in the last nine years, according to data provided by the National Institute of Statistics and Census. During this period divorces went from 11,251 to 21,122. In 2013, on average, marriages that end up in divorce lasted around 15 years. This period […]

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The Man Who Put Peruvian Cuisine on the World Map

Theguardian.com reported Gastón Acurio, the super chef who put Peruvian cuisine on the world map From culinary festivals to cookbooks, the Lima restaurateur has rebranded his nation’s food into a highly successful export. In the kitchens and cafes of the food-crazed Peruvian capital, history is divided into two epochs: Before Gastón and After Gastón. The […]

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Substantial Numbers of Hispanic Americans Believe in Magic, Witchcraft, Spiritual Beings

theatlantic.com reported a new study shows that 57 percent of Hispanics believe in otherworldly beings—and the percentage is even higher among evangelical Protestants. Modernity be damned: It’s 2014, and the spirit world is alive and well. Even in secular life, mild superstitions loom; just look at the popularity of Paranormal Activity, haunted-house tours, and teen […]

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Going to Brazil? Be sure you understand Gerson’s Law

From Wikipedia: In Brazilian culture, Gérson’s Law (Portuguese: Lei de Gérson) is an adage in which those who “like to take advantage of everything” have no concern for ethics. This expression came into use because of a TV commercial from around 1970 for the cigarette brand Vila Rica, played by Brazilian footballer Gérson. While he […]

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Mexico’s Infamous Anti-Gay Slur Used for Opposing Soccer Team’s goalkeepers

slate.com reported if you listened closely during Mexico’s match against Croatia on Monday, you might have heard fans of El Tri shouting the Spanish word puto during goal kicks. Despite how it sounds, puto does not mean point or punt. In fact, the word is a clear, if somewhat semantically sophisticated, anti-gay slur, which is […]

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