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The World Food Travel Association, an organization promoting culinary tourism, has added Cuenca to its Culinary Capitals network. Cuenca is the first city in Latin America named to the network. Ecuadorians recognize Cuenca as the food capital of Ecuador. And while the entire country has great food, if travelers want the best of the best,...
By Stephen Vargha Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France had the famous Dutch painter. Cuenca has Diego Sánchez. “I love van Gogh and Rembrandt,” said Sánchez. “I love to show the spirit if the people of Cuenca.” Sánchez, 47, is a self-taught impressionist artist. The Cuencano loves the artform, which was developed in France in the nineteenth century. The...
By MikeTrebilcock With cobble-stone streets, colonial architecture, tree-lined parks, and historic churches, this quaint, overseas gem just beckons visitors to explore on foot. Cuenca is clearly meant for walking. Not only is the temperature a perfect cool for exercise, and the people genuinely congenial, the combination of flower-filled balconies, and tree-lined walkways – some along...
My recent Amigos Falsos article about the pit and pratfalls of false cognates unleased a landslide of comments and funny examples of more awkward expat Spanglish errors. A person called Wonder Woman reminds us that tercero y trasero are easily confused. The first means third, the second means derriere, pardon my French. Your trasero  may be a tesoro, but make sure you know...
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series. Part 2 posts February 26. Chatty Anglophones learning Spanish often make the acquaintance of amigos falsos, false cognates or words that sound the same but have different meanings. In addition to near-miss translation errors, the Pan-American Highway is littered with instances where the same Spanish words means...
One of the many pleasures of living near Paute is the heartfelt encouragement the city’s Office of the Mayor offers to participate in the many celebrations that sugar-coat the calendar. This generosity of spirit encourages those who might otherwise feel left behind to experience the liberating joy of expressing one’s personal identity while uniting with...
By Stephen Vargha Thia Megia, the Filipino-American singer and television actress, once said, “You’re never too young for something you really want to do, never too young to go after your passion. The age doesn’t matter at all. If it’s something you want to do, it depends on your will.” Cuenca’s newest band, Lizamett, has...
By Viv Groskop I am standing on the sand at Scheveningen, The Hague’s most famous beach resort, in the act of niksen, the Dutch term for doing absolutely nothing. I try not to think about whether I am really doing nothing if I am standing on a beach. Maybe I should be sitting down? But then...
An innovative Art Exhibition at idiomART February 15 to March 1 tells the story of Cuenca’s shelter dogs and the humans who love them. Cuenca is invited to attend the opening reception of the exhibit on Thursday, February 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. with Wine to the Rescue and music by Noel Batista from...
By Sydney Lupkin Sparks flew on Capitol Hill Thursday as the CEOs of three drug companies faced questions from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions about why drug prices are so much higher in the United States than they are in the rest of the world. The executives from Bristol Myers Squibb,...
By John Olson and David A. McTier Neil Simon was indisputably the most successful and prolific playwright for the Broadway stage in the 20th Century. As a lifelong New Yorker, most of his plays were set in the “Big Apple” and Simon appears to have had a love-hate relationship with his city. Nowhere is that...
By Jeri Clausing Not long after I posted my first picture from Quito on Facebook, the comment I was expecting came in: “Isn’t Ecuador blowing up right now?” Hardly, I thought, slightly amused as I sat in my room in the historical Casa Gangotena hotel here, listening to children gleefully chasing pigeons and puppies in...

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