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Crossing the Darién Gap

My friend Marcos and I first started talking about the idea of driving our motorcycles from Austin to Argentina during conversation practice in a Portuguese class at UT Austin. From the beginning we knew that we’d have a limited time schedule, but we knew about the Pan-American Highway, and our

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Lengua de los Ingas, Runasimi, and Quechua

A few weeks ago, I was briefly speaking with an elderly woman in the Southern Peruvian Andes, and told her I was on my way to study Quechua in Cusco, upon which she remarked, “ah Cusco, por ahi habla la quechua pura” (Cusco, there they speak the pure Quechua). Although

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Now that the dust has settled: 7-1 and beyond

  Nothing felt right the day of the game. After weeks of clear and sunny skies, an ominously dark cloud had extend its way over Rio de Janeiro. Everyone was trying to fake optimism in the wake of Neymar’s injury. Maybe because relatively few German fans made it to Rio before

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Soccer and Solidarity

It has been delightful traveling through Mexico and Central America during the World Cup. I normally don’t follow soccer, although it has been impossible not to do so during the last month. The one element that has completely surprised me has been the dedicated regional solidarity with Latin American teams.

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The «Chic» Favela

As I continued to ruminate on my experiences in the “The ‘Eco-Favela’” and watch the World Cup, I traveled from Brazil back to my hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan and then on to Europe, stopping to visit friends in Paris before I present at a conference in London.

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Mexico by Motorcycle

I am a recent graduate from the master’s program at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT, and this summer a group of friends and I are traveling from Austin to Argentina by motorcycle. I consider this summer ride to be an unofficial capstone course to my Latin

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Peru: Tierra de los Inkas….

Hi! I’m an historical anthropologist and archaeologist studying Spanish colonialism and religious encounters in the Southern Peruvian Andes. And, I’m ecstatic to be contributing to Pterodáctilo! Guiding these current entries is the fact that I will be studying Quechua in Cusco throughout the coming weeks and months. The past few

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The «Eco-favela»

I’ve spent the last month living in Rio, taking a course on the African diaspora through UT’s department of African Studies. We’ve been staying in Copacabana, in the wealthy, heavily touristed Zona Sul of Rio. If you walk to the very end of Copa, into a neighborhood called Leme and

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Who needs the World Cup anyway?

Very few people trust my intentions when I tell them that I will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro this summer to learn Portuguese, at the very same time that Brazil will be hosting the World Cup. They put air-quotes around words like «research» and «language classes», assuming that I

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Cuba, Cars and Cultural Tourism

Back in 2012, while still dealing with the mental processing that comes after a research trip, I found myself in the backyard of a Brooklyn bar, re-acclimating myself to the familiar faces around me.  When the topic of my work in La Habana came up, a friend-of-a-friend asked me a

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Dissertation Spotlight: Christina McCoy

This is the first post in what I’m hoping will become a semi-regular series of dissertation spotlights. I’ve got two purposes in mind with this series. First, obviously, I want to highlight some of the Spanish & Portuguese Department’s most talented and smartest grad students, and give their projects some

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Penelope Casas, 1943 – 2013

  My parents married in 1977. Shortly after that, my dad, a naval officer in the JAG Corps, got sent to the base in Rota, in southern Spain, where my parents stayed until 1981. For part of that time they lived in base housing, but when I was born in

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Seeking La Maligna in La Chascona

Following in the long line of Pablo Neruda love on this site, I wanted to share some thoughts from my recent trip to one of Neruda’s restored ‘casa-museos’, La Chascona. In fact, I’m spending the next month here in Santiago winding my way through the numerous Neruda-related libraries and tourist

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Feliz HemingDay!

  (photo via Brazos Bookstore) Tomorrow (July 21st) is Ernest Hemingway’s 114th birthday. Which means that right now in Key West the annual Hemingway Days festival is going on, highlighted by the world-renowned Sloppy Joe’s Hemingway lookalike contest. If you want to celebrate, but want to stay a little closer

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Crianças Guatemaltecas 2013

Visitar as escolas primárias em Antígua, Guatemala, constituiu um despertar para uma realidade distinta da ocidental. A falta de recursos didáticos e pedagógicos contrasta com a alegria de viver dos pequeninos e a imensa paciência e zelo dos adultos. Saber que do orçamento estatal apenas 2,5% é dedicado à educação

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John Kerry en Casa Herrera

El secretario de Estado estadounidense, John Kerry, visitó Antigua, Guatemala, el 4 y 5 de junio para participar en la 43ª Asamblea General de la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA). La Asamblea General de la OEA estuvo centrada en la discusión de políticas sobre la lucha contra las drogas

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Entre libros, periódicos y estantes

Así como Hannah es adicta a archivos digitales, yo lo soy a hemerotecas y bibliotecas antiguas, de esas que acumulan toneladas de documentos en edificios con arquitecturas espectaculares o en modestas colecciones privadas; de las que te reciben repletas de libros, periódicos y estantes impregnados de olor a madera, a

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