Latin America in Words and Pictures


The New York Times currently has a special series that highlights Latin America in words and pictures. “Latin America Through a Lens” takes you to five locations: Mexico, Nicaragua, Chile, Colombia, and Guatemala. I especially like the article and photos about Bogotá, Colombia, as it ties in with a documentary I recently saw called Urbanized. Part of the film highlights the improvements in public transportation, bike lanes, and pedestrian areas that Bogotá now has.

Overall, the articles in this series seem to be well-rounded and have great details about each place highlighted. One of the features – in which the writer describes what she seems to feel is a slightly torturous drive to an off-the-beaten path spot – is a little overdone and does not take into account the real experience of local people and how they may experience their home. Well, some travel writing can totally miss the mark. Overall, though, I like that the NY Times has given us a series of photos and articles that show the diversity of people, places, food and more that is Latin America. It makes me want to explore more.

Photo courtesy of pedrosz via


“Al fin y al cabo, somos lo que hacemos para cambiar lo que somos.”
“After all, we are what we do to change who we are.” So says Eduardo Galeano, Uruguayan writer and journalist. There are some changes here at Life, Translated. My blog recently turned 1 and I had time to reflect on where the content is heading.  I’ve moved the blog here to WordPress. Originally I focused a lot on people and events in California, and now am adjusting to broader coverage. I’ll be updating my Twitter feed more and will write fewer but more detailed posts on the blog. Here we go!
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