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Gabriela García Calderón

Lima-based Peruvian-born, I live two blocks away from the Pacific Ocean. I'm a lawyer, lefty, short-sighted. I am able to read from right to left, as a mirror. I love Limean winter, yes, the winter. I like reading, watch good movies, getting letters (unfortunately outdated now), writing on my blog Seis de enero (January 6th) and sharing an ice cream all around the year (as long as it's not chocolate).

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Latest posts by Gabriela García Calderón

9 November 2019

What the door knockers in Colombia's Cartagena de Indias tell us about the city's history

Add beautiful door knockers to your list of reasons to visit Cartagena de Indias in Colombia.

2 November 2019

For the first time ever, a doctoral dissertation was defended in the Quechua language in Peru

"In 468 years, no one had defended a doctoral dissertation in any indigenous language in our country. Roxana Quispe did it this year. She wants promote Quechua in academia."

5 July 2019

Spanish town challenges its residents to lose 100,000 kg in two years

The small Galician town of Narón launched the campaign in January 2018. By February 2019, the population had lost a total 46,000 kilos.

28 November 2018

‘The Little Prince’ now speaks Tsotsil

"Ch’in Ajvali" was released in November 2018 by the independent Argentinian publisher Los Injunables, which published an Aymara translation of the same book in 2016.

1 July 2018

Peru bids untimely farewell to World Cup Russia 2018 with heads high and a smile

"Peru is disqualified from this football world cup [...but is] backed by one of the best group of fans ever seen..."

29 June 2018

Q'eswachaka, the last Inca bridge that keeps communities together

Every year in June, four Peruvian rural communities from Cusco get together to renew Q’eswachaka, the last Inca bridge.

7 June 2018

‘It's not life's plan. It's machismo': Outrage in Peru over 22-year-old woman's murder

"We convene ourselves for Eivy, for all of us. We'll take the streets to protest against a sexist system that dehumanizes us..."

1 May 2018

After a 36-year absence, Peruvians qualify for the World Cup and a trading card frenzy ensues

"For about 25 years, I've collected the Panini album, and it's the first time I paste a card of a Peruvian player."

26 February 2018

The Untimely Death of Sports Journalist Daniel Peredo Provokes Outpouring of Grief in Peru

"If [Daniel Peredo] had to wait for 36 years to see Peru in a World Cup, heaven could certainly have waited before taking him. May he rest in peace."

28 December 2017

Difficult Moments, Alleged Negotiations and Protests from the Latest Political Crisis in Peru

References to comic characters and underhanded dealings during Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski failed impeachment process that ended up in ex-President Alberto Fujimori being pardoned has marked recently Peruvian politics.

23 November 2017

The Young Musicians From “Symphony for Peru” Touched Souls at Madrid's Royal Theater

The organization, created by renowned Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flórez to take music to disadvantaged youth, expanded its work to Spain, to show how they "sing, play, grow!"

16 November 2017

“Cementazo” Scandal Tarnishes Costa Rican Presidential Election

The "cementazo", roughly translated as "huge cement blow", is a corruption case tarnishing the presidential election in one of the most institutionally stable countries in Latin America.

21 October 2017

The Femicide in Mexico by a ‘Cabify’ Driver That Shook Latin America

"#IfTheyKillMe I'm sure it will be for having been to a concert or to the theatre at night, I'm sure it will be my fault for enjoying my life."

3 October 2017

Peru’s World Cup Chances Cause Stir As Some Fans Hoard Tickets to a Qualifying Game

"It all depends on us" it's heard all over in Peruvian streets and networks, with rising chances to qualify to Football World Cup after decades of watching them from afar.

2 October 2017

Peru’s Inti Currency Is Just One Reminder of When Peruvian Economy Went Crazy

"Alan, do you remember this banknote? Indeed, 5 "million" intis. Today they could get you a modest breakfast with six pieces of bread, butter and jam!"

28 September 2017

Peru's Clever Social Media Campaign Raises Awareness About Human Trafficking

Peruvian Ministry of Interior Affairs launched the campaign "Que no te encuentren" (Don't let them find you) to counter human trafficking in Peru.

14 September 2017

The 17th-Century Peruvian Saint With a 21st-Century Social Media Presence

"We have more than 100,000 likes and 100,000 followers on Facebook! Let's keep sharing!"

13 September 2017

Automatic Speech Recognition Project Seeks to Revitalize the Quechua Languages

Rising Voices

Can you imagine computers, smartphones and robots that speak Quechua? A Peruvian engineer’s work aims to do just that.

31 August 2017

Amid a Teacher Strike, a Powerful Image Shakes Up Peruvian Social Media

"The single gesture of caressing this petite lady on the face makes him –magically– a tender giant".

9 August 2017

Young Peruvians Trade Weapons for Shears and Razors

Ingenious solutions to big problems. Barbering becomes an alternative to crime for Peru's youngsters.