Latin America & Caribbean

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Opening Wing in the Carnival of Brazil – Origins & Definition

A carnival parade in Rio Brazil is made up of a series of conventions and criteria, which somehow regulate the amazing show watched by millions of people around the globe. Some of the evaluated criteria include the size of floats, parade timing, and harmony within the samba-school members, which are […]

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Finally, Rio Blocos De Carnaval Explained – Rio Street Carnival Bands

In this article we will review how the first Rio street carnival bands were organized in Brazil and why they became a tremendous success over the last 3 years! Rio Street Carnaval bands, also called “Blocos de Carnaval”, “Blocos de Rua” or simply “blocos” – (pronounced blo´ku sh in Portuguese) […]

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How to Make an Authentic Mexican Pozole Soup

A wonderful smell comes from the kitchen when Pozole is on the menu. It is a traditional Mexican dish that is cooked in three different styles, depending on which State of Mexico it comes from. White Pozole comes from the State of Guerrero, which can be found in the Southern […]

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5 Reasons Why You Want to Have a Mexican Wife

Having been married to a Mexican girl for the best part of 17 years, I guess that I am lucky enough to be a bit of an authority on the subject. Mexican girls are a lot different to other nationalities, and I guess I could think of a 100 or […]

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Teaching English in Mexico – Your Four Options

As a foreign English teacher in Mexico, you really only have four different teaching options open to you. However, first you will need to ask yourself some serious questions about your abilities to speak Spanish, and answer them with the up-most honesty. Do you speak Spanish? What level is your […]

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Can a Foreigner Open a Bank Account in Mexico?

As a foreigner in Mexico you have the same rights to open a bank account as a Mexican. If you are living in Mexico legally, and you hold either the visa “residente temporal” or the visa “residente permanente” you will not have a problem. As a tourist you will not […]

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Acedemicos Da Rocinha Samba – School Review

When we talk about samba-schools in Rio de Janeiro, we normally think of traditional names like Portela, Estação Primeira de Mangueira, Salgueiro and Unidos da Tijuca Samba-Schools. But a relatively new samba-school in Rio de Janeiro has emerged in the last Carnivals of Brazil because of its creativity and structure: […]

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Baterias in Samba – Schools in Brazil – Full Definition and Characteristics

Since the first signs of life, still in our mother’s womb, humans start to exist within rhythms: our own fast heart beats and naturally, of our mothers. Artur da Távola (1936-2008) distinct writer and poet in Brazil once remarked: “the rhythm is definitely the most primitive of our censorial experiences. […]

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Portela Samba School – Brazil All Time Carnaval Contest Winner

Today we will take a look at the samba-school which is the all time champion of the Brazilian Carnival, legendary Portela Samba School. We will review their foundation, their innovative spirit which helped them amass 21 Rio Carnaval contest since 1932, some of their talented musicians who honored the samba-school´s […]

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The Flag Bearer Or Porta Bandeira Element in the Carnival of Brazil

In this article, we will describe a marvelous element within the parades and Brazilian Carnaval festivity: the “Porta-bandeira”, pronounced (porta bandayeera) and translated here to Flag-Bearer. Below, you will understand why this magnetic parades figure is able to symbolize the essence and honor of the Carnaval culture. The Porta-Bandeira, along […]

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