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The Growing Presence of English in Latin American Spanish

Perhaps one of the most attractive things about the Spanish language is just how far reaching it is. Mexico, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and more than 15 other countries recognize it as their official language, with some 350 million people around the world speaking it every day. Anyone with even the most elementary knowledge of Spanish knows(…)


6 Top Hostels in Ecuador –Ready to Welcome You With Open Arms (and a Comfy Bed!)

In many aspects, Ecuador is a backpacker’s dream. This is one of the countries in Latin America where you’ll be able to put your skills in thriftiness to good use and can make your dollar go far. In fact, you will literally be using dollars while vacationing in Ecuador–they dropped the native sucre and made(…)


The Gringo’s Guide to New Year’s Traditions in Latin America

Every holiday comes with its own traditions around the world, and New Year’s is no different. For most people in the United States, the festivities include watching the ball drop in Times Square, a final 60-second countdown, and kissing someone as the clock strikes midnight. With a glass of champagne in hand, everyone sings–or more(…)


4 Hostels to Consider for Your Paris Vacation

Few people think of Paris as a budget-friendly vacation destination, so any chance to save a few dollars is welcomed by travelers. Luckily, hostels are sprinkled throughout the city and offer vacationers the opportunity to stick to a budget (because, let’s face it–wouldn’t you rather spend that extra money at a wine bar?). Here are(…)


One Couple, Two Languages: How Modern Families Handle Linguistic Differences

They say relationships are hard, and those of us with partners who speak another language may be in some of the most difficult relationships of all. While love is universal, so are other fundamental human emotions. And when it becomes difficult to express those emotions in words that both parties can equally understand and appreciate, things(…)


4 Jaw-Droppingly Beautiful Destinations to Visit in Peru

Peru is a land of tradition and ancient beauty. Can you find trendy restaurants, rooftop bars, chic hotels, and other contemporary staples of cosmopolitan cities around the world? Yes, of course, particularly in a few of Lima’s most developed neighborhoods. But chances are, if you’re coming to Peru, you’re not looking for the shiniest, newest(…)


Eat Your Way Through São Paulo at These 6 Local Eateries

If a Brazilian vacation is on your horizon, there’s no doubt you’re at least passing through São Paulo, if not spending a few days exploring this diverse and lively city. And if you’re going to São Paulo, be prepared to eat well. From the local tradition of meat served by the skewer at churrascarias to(…)


Spanish in Latin America – You Might Think It’s All One Language, But Then You’d Be Wrong

If you’re studying the Spanish language or are thinking about doing so, get ready for limitless opportunities for adventure and excitement. Yes, learning the language will take lots of time and hard work, but speaking Spanish will open doors to explore the world and meet people from different cultures. While you can always make friends(…)


4 Kid-Friendly Activities for Families Vacationing in São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil, is an eclectic, fast-paced city that offers visitors lots of things to see and do. Parents who are eager to show their kids a different type of lifestyle will love this city that blends the traditional with the contemporary, the upscale with the modest, and has a never-ending energy. There’s no shortage(…)