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¡Lunes papas! »

By studying a year abroad, I did not imagine how much food would affect my homesickness. Just like Popeye´s song claims, in the film version with Robin Williams, “Everything is food”, food is an important factor that concerns our daily habits. What I miss the most about food at home is the role it plays [...]

Ecuador: con las marcas del catolicismo »

Giggling nervously over films where naked people are shown is common in high school classrooms in Ecuador, as well as in some college level classrooms. Ecuador is a Catholic country as a result of the Spanish tradition. From colonial times up until Ecuador became a republic, Catholic religion was imposed as the only and true [...]

¡Vamos a bailar! »

Although it is a common stereotype to assume that all Latin Americans dance, it is true that music and dance play a significant role in Latin American culture. Starting with Salsa, probably one of the best known Latin American dances around the world, there is a significant variety such as Tango, Cumbia,Vallenato, Merengue, Mambo, Danzón, [...]

¿El Arte en Ecuador? ¡Toda un Historia! »

Usually when I tell people what I study, I get a similar reaction: wide eyes and inquisitive eyebrows. I study Art History. Art History? What´s that about? How does that work after you graduate? What types of jobs can you get with a degree on Art History? These are the types of questions I usually [...]

iHolà Willamette! »

Hello Willamette Community!
My name is Emmanuela Ulchur-Rota and I am an exchange student from Quito, Ecuador, a tiny but beautiful country in South America! I study Art History and plan to do a Minor on Translation once I go back home. Ecuador, as its name suggests, sits on the equator, and therefore, right [...]