Tag Archives: Chile

today’s holiday: Fiestas Patrias


Fiestas Patrias

Fiestas Patrias is the national two-day holiday in Chile celebrating Independence Day, September 18, and Army Day, September 19. In the days preceding the holiday, fondas (fairs) pop up throughout Chile, and it is a popular time for Chilean rodeo. Huasos (cowboys) compete against one another by attempting to pin a calf against the wall of the medialuna, or arena, with their horse, and are awarded points based on which part of the horse is touching the calf. Because September marks the beginning of spring in Chile, Fiestas Patrias is also a popular occasion for kite flying. More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Wavy Gravy (1936)


Wavy Gravy (1936)

Born Hugh Romney, Wavy Gravy is a peace activist known for his whimsical hippie appearance and clown persona. After being repeatedly arrested at political demonstrations, he adopted his flamboyant look in the hopes that police officers would be less likely to arrest someone dressed as a clown. Gravy was a master of ceremonies during the first Woodstock Festival and the two subsequent events and is now the official clown of the Grateful Dead. Who gave him his unusual moniker? More… Discuss

Le Pere Goriot … Honore de Balzac LIVRE AUDIO FRANCAIS ( AUDIOBOOK FRENCH)


 

Le Pere GoriotHonore de Balzac LIVRE AUDIO FRANCAIS .. FULL AUDIOBOOK FRENCH

 

How to Prepare Gaucho Mate (powdery yerba mate)


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How to Prepare Gaucho Mate (powdery yerba mate)

Claudio Arrau. ” Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 “. Franz Liszt . * , great compositions/performances


Claudio Arrau. ” Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 “. Franz Liszt . * Pinturas de Catrin Wels Stein *

California missions – Los Angeles Times


California’s famed 21 missions were all built to be exactly a day’s journey apart.  

via California missions – Los Angeles Times.

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***Additional images (not from The LA Times), from internet research (Yahoo)

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California Mission Monterey (click to enlarge)

 

 

today’s holiday: Hostos Day (2015)


Hostos Day (2015)

Eugenio Maria de Hostos (1839-1903) was a Puerto Rican philosopher and patriot who became a leader of the opposition to Spanish colonial rule in the 19th century. He campaigned for the education of women in Brazil, and his books on law and education triggered reforms in other Latin American countries. He even sponsored the first railroad between Chile and Argentina, across the Andes Mountains. The anniversary of his birth is observed as a public holiday in Puerto Rico on the second Monday in January. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón (1883)


Peru and Chile Sign Treaty of Ancón (1883)

The Treaty of Ancón ended Peru’s involvement in the War of the Pacific, which broke out between Chile and the joint forces of Bolivia and Peru in 1879. Victorious, Chile annexed the Peruvian province of Tarapacá and gained substantial mineral-rich territories, leaving Bolivia without access to the sea. The loss of the coast remains an emotional issue for many Bolivians, who attribute their country’s problems to being landlocked. What items stolen during the war did Chile return to Peru in 2007? More… Discuss

Tentipi presents – Time Lapse 2 Chile


Tentipi presents – Time Lapse 2 Chile

Stunning timelapse photography taken of the skies over the Atacama desert, Chile. The Paranal Observatory uses a combination of huge telescopes to achieve this, and it is quite simply BRILLIANT. The laser is used as a calibration device to allow for curvature of the Earth’s atmosphere and produce higher resolution images.

Please let us know what you think of the footage.

Credits:

ALL IMAGES: (eso.org) Taken on location by Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado, at the VLT (Paranal), ALMA (Chajnantor) Observatories and the E-ELT Site (Armazones) in the Atacama Desert, II Region, CHILE.

ESO/S. Guisard (http://www.eso.org/~sguisard)

ESO/José Francisco Salgado (http://www.josefrancisco.org)

MUSIC SCORE: “Post Mortem” – God Is An Astronaut (2008)
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EDITION: Nicolas Bustos

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: VIÑA DEL MAR INTERNATIONAL SONG FESTIVAL


Viña del Mar International Song Festival

The seaport of Viña del Mar in Valparaiso, Chile, is the site of one of the continent’s biggest music events, the Viña del Mar International Song Festival. Established in 1960, this annual weeklong festival takes place at an outdooramphitheater called the Quinta Vergara. From its inception, the festival has held a song competition that traditionally features performers from about 10 Spanish-speaking countries. There is also a program featuring folk musicians and an international show that includes English-speaking as well as Latinperformers. More… Discuss

 

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: THE WAR OF THE PACIFIC BEGINS (1879)


The War of the Pacific Begins (1879)

For much of the 19th century, the mineral-rich Atacama Desert was the object of conflicts between Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. Tensions boiled over in 1879, when a dispute over nitrate fields progressed to all-out war between Chile and a united Bolivia and Peru. Chile defeated both countries and took control of valuable mining areas in each. Bolivia lost its entire Pacific coast and was left landlocked, and Peru foundered economically for decades. What were the long-term effects of this outcome? More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: SEVERAL YEARS ON, LOS 33 STRUGGLING


Several Years On, Los 33 Struggling

Digital representation of the note sent by the...

Digital representation of the note sent by the miners (English: “We are well in the shelter, the 33”) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 13, 2010, the world collectively held its breath as 33 brave miners trapped for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine were painstakingly hauled to the surface one by one. However, after the news crews moved on, the miners, promised all manner of support at the time of their rescue, found themselves in many ways abandoned. It has been over three years, and the men have yet to see any compensation from the mine’s owners. More than half never got thepensions they were promised. A civil suit against the mine owners is still pending, but in the meantime, the miners are struggling to cope. More…Discuss

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News: WINE AND DINE, MINUS THE WINE


Wine and Dine, Minus the Wine

The world is in the midst of a wine shortage, and it does not look like it will be letting up any time soon. Global wine production has been on the decline since it peaked in 2004. Last year, the demand for wine exceeded the supply by 300 million cases. Part of the problem is that European wine production has plummeted 25 percent since 2004. Winemaking in other parts of the world, like the US, Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and New Zealand, has been stepped up, but it is not yet able to keep up with global demand. More… Discuss