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30-Minute Delay

It’s 3:34pm on Sunday, June 4, and I’m sitting at the train station directly under Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. I have 2 hours before my flight back to Madrid and I’m being detained by armed guards who aren’t letting anyone pass. How did I get here you ask?  

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Barcelona, jo t’estim/Barcelona, yo te quiero

A todo el mundo le gusta Barcelona. Es prácticamente imposible no encontrar algo que te interese en esa ciudad a menos que seas un ermitaño total, y aún así te gusta. Simplemente es la ciudad en la que pasa todo. Tiene una vida social y cultural envidiable y todos los

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A Cheese Cave Pilgrimage in Asturias

Asturias, one of Spain’s autonomous communities, is located in the northwest portion of the Iberian peninsula, bordered by Cantabria to the East, Castille and León to the South and the Bay of Biscay to the north. The region includes an extensive coastline, and several mountain ranges, most notably a large

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Messy Reflections after a trip to Brazil

This summer I had the incredible fortune of spending a month in Brazil taking an intensive language course. I arrived in Rio de Janeiro with a fairly set speech explaining my presence in the city and my desire to learn Portuguese. I’d discussed it with my mentor and typed it

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Viajes Vagabundos del Verano

Durante mis viajes de este verano he estado dentro y fuera de los espacios académicos, desde Connecticut a Cancún. Poco después de haber acabado mis ensayos finales del semestre pasado, viajé al nordeste para asistir al programa del verano inaugural del Caribbean Philosophical Association (CPA) en el campus de la

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Poverty Tourism and Gabo in Yoknapatawpha

Recently, Jessica Carey-Webb wrote about “Favela Chic,” a Paris nightclub built on a favela theme which, as she puts it,  “exploits the colors, sounds and sites of Rio for the client who can spend a mere 9 euros on a caipirinha.” Jessica aptly diagnoses the problems that come from repackaging

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Colaboradora Invitada: Dra Gabriela Polit, Aeropuertos

Aeropuerto de Tocumen Panama

Invitamos a Dra. Gabriela Polit, profesora en el programa de español y portuguesa, a escribir sobre sus viajes de investigación. Aeropuertos es la primera de dos contribuciones. Más allá del anonimato y del movimiento de las ruedas que producen un equivocado sonido a tren cuando siguen la carrera diligente de los hombres,

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Colaboradora Invitada: Dra Gabriela Polit, Medellín 2014

Invitamos a Dra. Gabriela Polit, profesora en el programa de español y portuguesa, a escribir sobre sus viajes de investigación. Medellín 2014 es la segunda de dos contribuciones. Se puede leer la primera aquí. Las comunas de Medellín están encaramadas en las montañas, se aposentan sobre barrios de clase media, trazados como el

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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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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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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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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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Happy Hour in Havana

  I’ve written about travel envy before, but I’m feeling it acutely right now, as my friends are off researching, leading study abroad groups and awesome community projects, jetting all over the world and posting the sort of pictures that Megan writes about in this post. All while I’m facing

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Vacation Photo Opportunities: Consuming Travel

As many of us head off for summer research, or for a well-deserved summer vacation, our cameras  are never far from reach. We snap pictures of our food, our friends, people we meet, and interesting places we go. Some of us strive to navigate away from these usual subjects in

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