Adventures in Translation

“Translators are the shadow heroes of literature, the often forgotten instruments that make it possible for different cultures to talk to one another, who have enabled us to understand that we all, from every part of the world, live in one world.” —Paul Auster, American writer Ha, ha! Finding the perfect word can seriously beContinue reading “Adventures in Translation”

Poema del Amor

To celebrate the month of love, here is a poem by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Neftalí Ricardo Reyes Basoalto). Scroll down for the English!   “Si tú me olvidas” Quiero que sepas una cosa. Tú sabes cómo es esto: si miro la luna de cristal, la rama roja del lento otoño en mi ventana, siContinue reading “Poema del Amor”

The Time In Between

  This month I began reading The Time In Between by Spanish writer and professor María Dueñas. It’s a fascinating book that my mom passed along to me, and tells a woman’s story of growth and adventures while living in Morocco during the Spanish Civil War. You can read a thorough description on My colleague alsoContinue reading “The Time In Between”

¿Dónde jugarán los niños?

For me, the last few days in the U.S. have been hellish/disappointing/scary. Last Friday I went to hear Maná in Oakland and it was a breath of fresh air. How wonderful to hear people on a stage actually speaking the truth. Your could feel the collective relief and agreement in the arena. Here’s a video with lyrics toContinue reading “¿Dónde jugarán los niños?”

How to order coffee in Spanish

Ordering coffee in Spanish while traveling can be a challenge! Most coffee in Spanish speaking countries is made espresso-style. No watered down Folgers or to-go mugs here! Summer, hopefully, means lazier mornings and perhaps having more time to enjoy a morning coffee. So if you need to order in Spanish, here are the phrases you’ll want to use.Continue reading “How to order coffee in Spanish”

Spanish Wine – in Oregon!

I just got back from a camping trip through Oregon. Despite a bit of rain in Eugene, we had beautiful hikes and hot springs adventures in Umpqua National Forest and in Ashland. For my fellow wine lovers out there, you probably know about the many good things coming out of the Oregon wine industry. However,Continue reading “Spanish Wine – in Oregon!”