Before it became the world’s most-produced crop, corn in Spanish-speaking countries started out as just another wild seed. It looked nothing like the modern corn you see today!
We’re going to take a dive into Mesoamerican history to uncover the real origin of this popular crop and discover why it’s so important.
The Many Uses of Corn Today
You probably eat corn multiple...Read More
The history of Cuba, as well as the history of most of Latin America, is messy and complicated. You may know a little bit about Cuba—mostly what the media and the school system teach—which, in reality, is just the tip of the iceberg of its history.
Some people think the history of Cuba began the moment the Spanish “discovered” the island, but that’s really far from the truth. Cuba’s...Read More
The meaning of chancla in the Latin culture has a long and interesting story behind it. A story that, at first sight, sounds funny and colorful, but under a closer review it’s hurtful and embarrassing.
In this article I’ll discuss the meaning of chancla in Spanish, how it became a famous feature of Latin culture, and what the “chancla culture” is. Then, I’ll explore the differences...Read More
Today’s gringo meaning can get a little complicated. You’ve probably heard this word at least once or twice, but what does it mean? If you get called a gringo, should you be offended?
There isn’t a simple yes or no answer. But with just a little bit of history and explanation, this word won’t seem so foreign anymore!
History and Origin of the Term Gringo
Taking a look back at...Read More
Our Lady of Guadalupe, better known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, is Mexico’s most important Catholic figure. Her importance has transcended borders and oceans, and she is considered miraculous and relatable in many ways.
Read this article to learn the history and cultural elements around her, as well as the religious background of this crucial Mexican apparition. Discover how the...Read More
You don’t have to be from Spain to know about its infamous paella. People from all over the globe associate this country with this warm versatile food. But how did one dish manage to dominate Spanish cuisine?
What is Paella
Spanish paella is sort of like a kitchen sink cookie: it’s made up from leftover odds and ends. The key ingredient is rice, but other than that paella can come...Read More
The Yucatan Peninsula, or La Península de Yucatán in Spanish, is one of the most amazing places to visit and tour around in Latin America.
As you may know, a península or peninsula in English, is “an area of land almost completely surrounded by water except for an isthmus connecting it with the mainland.” The Yucatan peninsula is located in southeastern Mexico and it serves as a way...Read More
Truth and Justice Day is arguably the most important day of the year for Argentina. You can’t truly appreciate Argentina’s stunning landscapes and rich culture without first understanding the hidden history behind its Truth and Justice Day.
What is Truth and Justice Day?
Truth and Justice Day, or el Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia, is a national holiday in...Read More
Impressive Spanish architecture has the power to leave you breathless. The intricate details, designs, and majestic structures make Spanish architecture world-renowned and a solid base of Spanish culture and history.
If you’ve had the opportunity to visit Spain or plan to do so in the future, I’m here to prepare you with everything you need to know about Spanish architecture! Join me on a...Read More
I remember when I first celebrated the birth of Benito Juárez (March 21). It was 2011, and I had been living in Mexico for a few months. I was teaching in an International school and just getting used to new national holidays.
Benito Juárez’s name was not completely unknown to me since I graduated from Spanish Philology, but he was simply one of so many important, historical figures. Not...Read More