Thursday, September 30, 2010
What is most interesting to me is the lingering controversy over the valor of his actions. Was Che Guevara a villain or martyr? Any thoughts?
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
If anyone is interested in reading the article, here it is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mundo/america_latina/2010/09/100924_huracan_matthew_nicaragua_honduras_az.shtml
p.s. i'm pretty sure BBC Mundo has a translator if you need one.
After we had our Capoeira demostration on Newcomb Quad where we learned a few rules to capoeira, I got a text from one of my friends asking me what I was doing in the middle of the quad with a woman with Rafiki's stick. Needless to say, I chuckled at the reference, but it did kind of shock me that not that many people knew about capoeira.
I saw a group performing it at Reily Rocks during welcome week, and I thought everyone jsut knew about it. Apparently, I was wrong, however, becfause I had to explain to all of my friends at lunch that day. They're all intrigued, but still kind of in the dark about it. I think it should be more well-known and I'm kind of sad that it's not. I know when I go home for Thanksgiving and for winter break that I won't be able to tlak about it as freely as I do here, and that's a shame. I'll just have to introduce all my rural friends to it, I guess. :]
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
EDIT: Here is the beginning of Autumn of the Patriarch. It is a direct example of Marquez's ability to create a vivid setting where the reader can feel the experience and life that has taken place there.
But within the resorts it seemed like everyone who worked at the resorts absolutely loved their jobs and would do anything for you if you just asked. We read on some website that they expected tips (the resort was huge, so they had guys that drove around golf carts to taxi you everywhere) but every time we gave them a few pesos, they all looked genuinely surprised and ecstatic that they were being rewarded for their job. All-in-all, my vacation was amazing, between bungee jumping and zip lining and scuba diving and even the days where we just laid around our suite, everyone was so nice and wouldn't hesitate to help you out with directions or help you out of the vehicle. Although I did see some stereotypes upheld, I saw others broken down and realized that the only reason the other stereotypes lived on was because that's what made money - that's what the Americans coming to visit expected and wanted to see. It's our fault that the stereotypes live on; if we could look past them, then they wouldn't be forced into them.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
The city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is well known for its stunning beaches, such as Copacabana, Ipanema or Leblon, and its gorgeous landscape, like Pão de Açúcar or the Corcovado with the statue of the Christo Redemptor, considered one of the new Seventh Wonders of the World. Aside from its gorgeous and touristic assets, Rio is also known worldwide for its carnival, known as the biggest party on Earth. As in New Orleans, the Brazilians have re-modeled and created a unique way of celebrating the pre-Lent festivities by adding their own touch and heritage such as the samba music considered Brazil’s national identity. Compared to Rio’s Carnival, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras could be perceived as amateurish. For two whole days, gigantic parades are held in the Sambadrome, which has been specifically built for this purpose. To get a better understanding of this Brazilian celebration, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3mYDwRTALo
Or go on Rio’s Carnival web page: http://www.rio-carnival.net/
Friday, September 10, 2010
Brazil is celebrated for being the birthplace of Samba. Samba is a musical genre with manifest origins from many places over the African continent. Bossa nova is a style of Brazilian music that evolved from Samba. Although they are very similar, Bossa nova tends to have less emphasis on percussion and rhythm, focusing on complex chord progressions and harmonies.
One of my favorite songs is written by Brazilian guitarist/ composer João Gilberto featuring himself, his wife Astrud, and Stan Getz on Alto Sax. When first recording the song in the studio Gilberto convinced his wife Astrud to sing along in English. Astrud, a native Brazilian Portuguese speaker who knew few words in English annunciates the unfamiliar words in a way that makes her delicate female vocals an essential contribution to song.
When thinking of Latin America and the country of Venezuela in particular, the idea of an organized Jewish community and their collaboration with Hugo Chavez would probably not ever come to my mind. Some Venezuelan Jews have been concerned with the possibility of government supported antisemitism since Hugo Chavez recently cut all ties with Israel. Chavez will be meeting with Venezuelan Jewish leaders sometime in the next couple weeks. Check it out.