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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 I like reading, watch good movies, getting letters (unfortunately outdated now), writing on my blog Seis de enero (January 6th) and sharing an ice cream all around the year (as long as it's not chocolate).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

5 February 2016

Kuelap, the Ancient Fortress That Aims to Become the Second Biggest Tourist Destination in Peru

"The old occupants of Kuelap abandoned their city before the Spaniards arrived, for reasons that remain unknown."

1 February 2016

What Kicked Off in Uruguay that Lasts for 40 Days?

It lasts for 40 days and is considered the longest carnival in the world. The Uruguayan Carnival brings together traditions born Europe and Africa, and offers a whole lot more.

27 January 2016

Don't Be Confused. The Panama Hat Is an Old Ecuadorian Tradition

Don't let name confuse you: the Panama hat comes from Ecuador and its manual crafting is a tradition and source of pride among its rural manufacturers.

21 January 2016

Two Separate Acts of Kindness Demonstrate the Best of Humanity in Peru

"Thanks, Brando, because without knowing you weren't just returning a wallet... you were returning hope to the country!!"

Venezuela's Indigenous Pemón Community Waits for the Day Germany Returns Their Grandmother Kueka

Grandmother Kueka is the genesis, the first mother in the Pemon culture, but the huge jasper stone was never returned after it was taken for an art exhibit.

13 January 2016

Matt Damon Was Right. NASA Is Studying Peruvian Potatoes for Possible Farming on Mars

There are 4,500 varieties of potato in Peru, whose International Potato Center has been tasked with helping NASA find the best one for potential farming on Mars.

2 January 2016

Traditional Pre-Hispanic Peruvian Dance Declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO

Wititi is the most characteristic cultural expression of the people that live in the River Colca valley, in Arequipa, Peru.

31 December 2015

A Look Back on the Stories We Told About Latin America in 2015

From the anniversary of the disappearance of Ayotzinapa's students to the controversy surrounding the inauguration of Argentina's new president, we review the stories we shared on Latin America during 2015.

22 December 2015

This Is What It Looks like When Thousands of Migratory Birds Descend on Peru

"Franklin's gull isn't native to Peru, but we Peruvians have adopted it as ours as it visits us for centuries during spring and summer."

11 December 2015

First Sustainable Crowdfunding Platform Launches in Ecuador

The United Nations Development Program has launched the Small Grants Program, the first crowdsourcing platform in Ecuador.

8 December 2015

Jaqaru Speakers in Peru Aim to Save Their Endangered Language

Speakers of the endangered language Jaqaru in Peru may be few, but there's nothing small about their efforts to preserve the community's tongue.

2 December 2015

A Day for Mate, A South American Culinary Infusion

Argentinians consume up to 100 liters of mate per year, however, there was a time when this popular South American infusion was banned.

28 November 2015

Life for Bolivian Children in Prison Is Rough, But It Might Soon Improve

Bolivia is possibly the only country in the world that sometimes imprisons children and teenagers with their parents, while the latter serve out sentences for criminal convictions.

26 November 2015

Stranded Migrants, Syrian Refugees and Street Sexual Harassment Hit Costa Rican Headlines

Three events have caused Costa Rica to hit the headlines in Central America in mid November. Let's see what it was about.

19 November 2015

Revitalizing the Yekuana Language With an Academic Perspective

Rising Voices

A Yekuana indigenous student prepares his senior thesis about the relation between orality, information, and communication technologies.

17 November 2015

Peruvian Journalist Is Awarded Prize in Climate Change Contest

The Peruvian journalist Pilar Celi Frías is one of the winners of the Voices2Paris contest, being selected from among 130 articles about climate change submitted from 40 countries.

14 October 2015

‘Symphony for Peru’: Educating Children Through Music

Based on a belief that music can transform people's existence completely, a famous Peruvian tenor launched Symphony for Peru to help the country's disadvantaged children.

28 September 2015

Text-to-Speech Software Teaches How to Pronounce Words in Quechua on Social Media

Rising Voices

Hinantin is a project aiming to develop Quechua-related software that spreads the indigenous language online through various social networks.

27 September 2015

Latin American Authors ‘Help’ to Rescue Andean Indigenous Languages

Works by Latin American writers, including Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez, will now be available in Quechua, an Andean indigenous language, thanks to a government initiative in Cusco.

11 September 2015

Fake Weddings Set a Trend in Argentina

Nowadays, fewer and fewer couples are getting married in many parts of the world, and a group of Argentinian entrepreneurs has introduced "fake weddings" to fill the vacuum.

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