Americas (English Edition)

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 5, September-October

An Aroma of Mystery
The recipe for Angostura aromatic bitters is so closely guarded that it is practically a synonym for "secret," says Suraj Bachan, a taxi driver in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "When you don't want to tell somebody...
A Storied Museum
FEW CITIES IN THE United States celebrate their heritage as enthusiastically as Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the recent opening of the New Mexico History Museum, speeches and ribbon-cutting were the prelude to two days of joyous festivities. An overflow...
Brazil's Little Switzerland: Nestled in the Mantiqueira Mountains near Sao Paulo, This Charming European-Style City Attracts Lovers of Food, Art, Music, and the Great Outdoors
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN THEIR CHALET in the mountains high above the town, Ana Lucia and her family and friends are gathered around their table enjoying cheese fondue and drinking wine. With the warm tire blazing in the fireplace, it is cozy and...
Chile's Rural Heritage: This Country's Diverse Agrarian History Is Agriculturally and Economically as Rich as the Soil
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A country of splendor and solitude, Chile occupies a long sliver of South America wedged between the Pacific Ocean and the earth's longest mountain range, the Andes. Because of these natural borders, Chileans often joke that...
Don Quixote Still Lives
It may come as a surprise to many, but Don Quixote is still alive, and in a most unlikely place. Don Quixote is now living in Tucuman, my hometown in Northern Argentina. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] He is not dressed with body armor but rather, despite...
Enigmatic and Enchanting Guatemala: A Visit to This Picturesque Central American Country Reveals Its Colorful Culture Eclectic History, from Maya to Post-Modern
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Some countries you just have to go back to, and one of them is Guatemala. You have to go back because your retinas are full of so many images the first time around that it all ends up feeling like a beautiful dream. It's impossible...
From the Editor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Americas recently made an extensive journey through Guatemala and discovered a country of endless surprises, a land where the spirit of the Maya is still very present, not only in the great ruins of yesteryear, but also in...
Great House Gallery
A GRAND OLD plantation house that hosted meetings of the Barbados Legislature back in the early 1700s and later was nearly destroyed by a hurricane has been given a new lease on life as one of the eastern Caribbean's most prestigious art galleries....
Guilt Free and Green
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Teaching foreign tourists about coffee production in Guatemala is translating into increased schooling for some Guatemalan children. Guatemala-based tour company Viaventure has teamed up with charity "As Green as it Gets"...
Historical Session in San Pedro Sula
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE 39TH Ordinary Period of Sessions of the GAS General Assembly held June 2-3 in San Pedro Sula (Honduras) ushered in a new chapter in the history of inter-American relations. In a historic session, the heads of delegation...
Partnerships That Sustain Life: International Organizations Are Collaborating with Corporations and Private Enterprises in Efforts to Combat Malnutrition and Hunger by Improving Food Production and Supply Systems Management
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It's September in Cusco and you can feel the excitement on the terraced slopes of the Sacred Valley of Urubamba. Dark, fertile soil is lying ready for the farmers of Cuyo Grande to plant potato seeds once again in the style...
Path of the Panamanian Drums
Drums have "always seemed magical to me. Three years ago at the Jazz Festival in Panama, I felt that magic as I watched an eight-year-old girl move her hands over the drums so skillfully that what emerged was a deep and moving rhythmic conversation....
Purses from Plastic
THE UBIQUITOUS plastic grocery bag--used for lunches, garbage cans, and groceries--is one of the most prolific sources of pollution in modern-day society. Scientists estimate that people use 500 trillion plastic bags each year worldwide. The United...
Remembering the Alliance for Progress
The years 2008, 2009, and 2011 mark the 50th anniversaries of three events that led to the formation of the Alliance for Progress, an ennobling program that left behind an impressive record of physical good works. More importantly, it fostered the...
Spanish Language Authority
IN 1713, THE ROYAL Academy of the Spanish Language was founded in Madrid with the objective of stopping Gallicisms and other corruptions threatening the Spanish language. The stated purpose was to "clean up, define, and give splendor" to Castillian...
Spinning Tales, Creating Encounters: Nostalgia and Identity Are Some of the Themes Featured in Cuban-Born Artist Ruben Torres Llorca's Works
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In the visual world of Cuban-born artist Ruben Torres Llorca, a painting is always a painting, a sculpture is always a sculpture, and an installation is always an installation. But an experience is something altogether different....
Synergies in Favor of Haiti
GAS ASSISTANT Secretary General Albert R. Ramdin has called for stronger synergy and better coordination in the work of hemispheric organizations in regional cooperation with Haiti. In his capacity as president of the Haiti Working Group, Ramdin...
The Best of Times Is Now
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Since its beginnings in 1976, GALA Hispanic Theatre has had two primary goals: to bring Spanish and Latin American theater to the attention of Spanish-speaking people in Washington, DC; and to make the English-speaking public...
Women Characters of Alicia Yanez Cossio
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Considered one of the best known Ecuadoran writers both in and out of the country, Alicia Yanez Cossio published works in all of the literary genres: novel, short story, poetry, essay, theater, and even children's books. She...
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