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‘Amigos falsos’: When using your Spanish be careful not to embarrass yourself

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 different things in different countries. Don’t worry. “Amigos falsos” can be a source […]

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‘The wild female spirit’ in the storytelling tradition of the Afro-Ecuadorian community

Editor’s note: In an ongoing project, photographer Johis Alarcón explores identity within Ecuador’s African diaspora through the lens of ‘Cimarrona’ – the wild female spirit. The photos were part of the July exhibit at Latin American Foto Festival 2019, at the Bronx Documentary Centre. By John Huck The term ‘Cimarrona’ refers to what Johis Alarcón […]

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Weren’t those diseases eradicated? No! Measles, now mumps are spreading. Is influenza next?

In November of 2018, an outbreak of measles in in the Orthodox Jewish community in the Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods in Brooklyn, New York foretold the beginning of an epidemic. Throughout the remainder of the year health ministers of countries including Ukraine, Romania, France, Greece, Italy, and yes, the U.S. continued to report outbreaks […]

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What’s a calorie anyway? And how many do you need daily?

By Amy Gorin You hear about calories all the time. But what are they really? A calorie is technically the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one gram of water 1°C, per Merriam-Webster. Confused? No worries. In plain speak, calories provide energy in the food you consume—and when you exercise, you burn calories as […]

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Partaking of Cuenca’s culinary adventures

A friend of mine occasionally invites me over to her house for dinner and the ritual is always the same. Shortly after I arrive I am confronted with, “Well, I really want to make a pork roulade with ‘pomme frites’ and roasted vegetables, but I don’t know where to begin. Do you have any ideas?” […]

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Forget Diets, Live It! Top Tips for losing weight without dieting

One of the reasons many of us fail at weight loss is that we try to use a short-term approach to solve a long-term problem. We secretly believe we can begin a diet, lose weight and then resume all our old bad habits. Weight management is a lifestyle challenge that can be achieved with permanent […]

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Surfer dudes of Ecuador’s Gold Coast

Hawaii has ‘em and so do California and Florida … but, Ecuador? You bet your bottom dollar! And before I’m headed off at the pass by those seeking to point out equality of the sexes … yes! There are not only Dudes but Surfer Dudettes to boot. It seems not only men and women but […]

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Liberation Day

On my last morning in Paris, I was slowly infused with sadness while walking across the Champs de Mars toward the Eiffel Tower. At first, I blamed my rum mood on early nostalgia for the end of another journey. Having traveled six of the last twelve months, maybe I was feeling just a little weary. […]

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How often do you bathe… never? But is it healthy? Let’s see.

By Amy Fleming David Whitlock has not showered or bathed for 15 years, yet he does not have body odour. “It was kind of strange for the first few months, but after that I stopped missing it,” he says. “If I get a specific part of my body dirty, then I’ll wash that specific part” […]

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What did you notice?

Tell me about your visit to Vilcabamba What did you notice? The caterpillars; the low-flying sparrow; the sweet-hungry ants; the uproar of mice in the underbrush; the tin music of the cricket’s body; What did you hear? The thrush greeting the morning; a breeze brushing reeds, Gravel underfoot, The deep valley of silence. What did […]

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