Saturday, December 15, 2012

Top 10 Latin American cities to live

A list made by EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) ranked 104 cities in the world by taking factors such as economy, climate, population, etc ... To make a list of the best cities in the world to live, in this case, this is the top 10 best cities to live in Latin America.

Here is the list and a brief summary in Spanish:


1. Buenos Aires:
Es una de las más importantes de latinoamérica. Es una gran urbe cosmopolita y multifacética, con evidente influencia universalista, provoca asombro en el turista.
 





En Buenos Aires podremos encontrar numerosos museos, salas de exposiciones y conferencias, galerías de arte, cines y teatros con espectáculos nacionales e internacionales de primer nivel.








2. Santiago de Chile

La capital de Chile se alza como una de las ciudades más recomendadas para turismo y viajes de convenciones y negocios en Sudamérica, con modernas instalaciones, tecnología de punta, acomodaciones de calidad, hoteles y centros de convenciones y empresas con mucha experiencia en la industria de los eventos.


 


La historia, el arte y la tradición cívica se despliegan en sus museos, galerías dearte y centros artesanales. En esta capital, como en Valparaíso e Isla Negra(ambos a un poco más de 100 km.) se puede tener un emotivo acercamiento ala vida y obra de Pable Neruda, Premio Nobel de Literatura, en sus casas museos. 





3. Lima 

Una de las más importantes ciudades de Sudamérica y Patrimonio Cultural de la Humanidad. Tiene un clima suave y fresco durante todo el año, debido a su proximidad a las playas y ausencia de lluvias. 



“Ancestral Ciudad de Reyes, recorrer sus calles es descubrir siglos de tradición e historia oculta tras las puertas de sus hermosas casonas y soberbios palacios; Lima de bellas alamedas y coquetería de sus balcones coloniales, donde será cautivado por el espíritu de las misteriosas tapadas limeñas de antaño”.





 4. Ciudad de México

La Ciudad de México, fundada en 1525 por los conquistadores españoles, fue construida sobre las ruinas de la antigua ciudad azteca Tenochtitlán. Esto hace posible encontrar dentro de la gigantesca y moderna capital construcciones de la época precolombina produciendo una interesante convivencia entre diversas culturas. México DF desde sus comienzos fue pensada como una gran metrópoli, por lo tanto, las sorprendentes construcciones virreinales no son una casualidad. Finalmente, el Distrito Federal está en constante movimiento y crecimiento, siempre a la vanguardia en cuanto a sus ofertas, la novena ciudad más poblada del mundo se encuentra llena de sorpresas y actividades que hacen de ella un estímulo permanente para los turistas. 




Uno de los lugares más visitados de Ciudad de México es el Zócalo, donde también se encuentra el Palacio Nacional, la Catedral Metropolitana y las ruinas de un templo Tenochtitlán.






5. Ciudad de Panamá

Pese a su estatus de país de ingreso medio, Panamá aún se mantiene como una sociedad de agudos contrastes. Su robusto crecimiento económico actual representa una oportunidad histórica para avanzar en la reducción de la pobreza y la desigualdad.


Panamá es más que el Canal. En los últimos años el país se ha convertido en uno de los principales destinos turísticos de Centroamérica, especialmente para los mercados estadounidense y europeo.



 6. Montevideo:


Montevideo es la capital más jovén de América Latina, fue fundada entre los años 1724 y 1730 por el Gobernador de Buenos Aires, Don Bruno Mauricio de Zabala. 


Es una metrópolis contemporánea que aglutina una alta proporción de la actividad económica, el intercambio comercial y los servicios, la banca y el turismo en el país. 


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 6. Rio de Janeiro


Mar, montaña, ríos y lagunas se unieron para crear una geografía variada y hermosa en la que se asentó una urbe que desde el siglo XVI no ha parado de crecer. Hoy es una de las ciudades más hermosas de América: Río de Janeiro. 



Estadio de Maracaná vista aérea



8. Bogotá



Bogotá es la capital de Colombia, está ubicada en el centro del país sobre una extensa planicie en la Cordillera de los Andes a 2.600 metros sobre el nivel del mar, tiene una población cercana a los ocho millones de habitantes provenientes de todos los rincones del mundo.


Es una ciudad tan diversa como el país entero, es el centro cultural más importante de Colombia y un lugar con centenares de sitios por conocer y actividades por realizar.


Esta es una ciudad de museos, puedes encontrar exposiciones permanentes de arte de todas las épocas, también de objetos históricos, museos religiosos, de ciencias naturales, tecnología y hasta espacios interactivos.



 9. San Juan (Puerto Rico)


“La Ciudad Amurallada”, se levanta como una diosa en el caribe. El Morro fortaleza española que lo ha defendido por siglos, nos recibe como inicio e invitación a San Juan, la capital de Puerto Rico.


 Patrimonio de la Humanidad, es toda una joya viva, la ciudad antigua mejor conservada de América, todas las casas han sido remodeladas en su interior conservando siempre la antigua fachada y color.



 10. Asunción 


Asunción es la capital del Paraguay, una ciudad imponente y vanguardista. Estilos arquitectónicos modernos y coloniales combinan en envidiable armonía. Lapachos floridos y una de las metrópolis mas importantes de América del Sur. 



 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

"Nutcracker" will be presented at the Latin neighborhood of Harlem



The version of the work of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), was created by Puerto Rican author Carmen Rivera and brought to the stage by the renowned choreographer Maria Torres.
  
A "Nutcracker" Latino? It may not be liked by the purists, but a version of this famous work, with rates ranging from full Puerto Rican salsa, debuts this week in El Barrio, New York.




"The Nutcracker Latino" is set in the Latin Quarter of Harlem, and is marked by the rhythms of Puerto Rican plena, rumba and salsa fused with classical music.

"The Nutcracker latino" consists of short scenes from various works, led by the popular classic, full version of which was presented in December 2013 at the Poet's Den Thater and still works in music composition, and a tribute women with traditional middle Eastern music, played by Mary Tzur, a belly dancer.  

"I want to bring Broadway to El Barrio, to my roots," said the choreographer, referring to the company will have one year of residence in the Poet's Den Theater, where he taught courses and continue working on the project of "The Nutcracker Latino."

He stressed that the company, which is part of his Maria Torres Emerging Artists Foundation, co-chair with actress Vanessa Williams, looking to see more of his "people" on Broadway.

"I started as a dancer, but to get where I am now had to learn how to work in the American market, out on Broadway and on television, where he always saw very little of our people," said the choreographer.




Apart from the animated film "The Nutcracker" with audio latino. Via Youtube. 


 


Friday, December 7, 2012

Presidential Island, a Youtube Success!

Presidential Island is an animated series created by way of satire by Juan Andres Ravell and Oswaldo Graziani, where the presidents of several Latin American countries are shipwrecked on an island after an imaginary Latin American Summit.



The plot of the series is based on the fight of these leaders for leading the island, leading to very funny situations with high degrees of political satire.In the first season we saw presidents like Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Alvaro Uribe (Colombia), Felipe Calderon of Mexico (dies from eating poisonous fish in episode 6, first episode of the second season), Evo Morales (Bolivia), King Juan Carlos of Spain, Lula da Silva (Brazil) and many more.In the second season, following the change of command in some Latin American countries, the series entering new presidents: Juan Manuel Santos (Colombia), Ollanta Humala (Peru) and Mariano Rajoy (Spain), among others, and in turn also out several characters, some victim of poisoning fish.


The series has been nominated for major awards such as the nomination for Best Web Series of the Geneva Film Festival in 2010, and the award for Best Video Channel by Deutsche Welle.As expected, the series has generated considerable controversy in several conservative sectors of Latin America and Spain. That is why the second season has taken a while to "get on the air" and that although there are millions of views on their YouTube channel, marks feel "a little afraid" to support the project.In an interview Juan Andrés Ravell, one of the creators of the project, gave some details of the series, and the new season. "There is more fear than necessary. If you make a quality product that is fun and laugh, is very little they can do against you, "he said.



Ravell said the goal "is to make people laugh." "Then, we're always trying to make a critique of how he governs a situation either president," he added.Ravell said the goal "is to make people laugh." "Then, we're always trying to make a critique of how he governs a situation either president," he added.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Most influential Latinos of 2012

The major "Time" magazine does every year a list of the 100 most influential people of the year. In this list there are people from all continents, of course there are many Latinos in this list.Then we will see the most influential Latinos in this select list:


1. Marco Rubio: The Republican senator is part of a generation of Cuban migrants who arrived in the United States. He has excelled in their proposals on issues of national interest and foreign policy and economy of migration.

2. José Andrés: It is a well known Mexican Chef in the United States for several celebrities. He owns restaurants in the best cities in the U.S., but it is also a very identified with fundraising for social causes.

3. Dulce Matuz: This woman who came with her mother to the United States illegally, is a community leader who fights for the right of young people entering the country illegally.

4. Eike Bautista: It is the richest man in Brazil, known for its support of the Olympic Games which will be held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 and for its large mining and oil business in their country.

5. Juan Manuel Santos: The Colombian president has distinguished itself as a strategic ally of USA in South America.

6. Portia Simpson Miller: Though not widely known, is the Prime Minister of Jamaica. Their struggle is based on gender equality and rights for gay people in this country who has starred in several crimes of this type.

7. Dilma Rousseft: After being the prime minister of Brazil, during the administration of Lula Da Silva, became the president of the nation, strengthening the objectives Da Silva began his predecessor.

8. Lionel Messi: The football has led him to be a world-class figure, since Spain has been known throughout the world, haste in the United States, a country that does not have a great soccer culture. He has also led several campaigns for poor children in the world.

Friday, November 23, 2012

10 online stores for the best deals of "Black Friday" and "Cyber ​​Monday"

I think there is no doubt that this is the best time of year for shopping, especially online shopping. With offers of "Black Friday" and "Cyber ​​Monday", USA stores capture the attention of millions of customers not only in this country but worldwide.




So, for us to take advantage of all the offers of these days, today we bring you a list of 10 online shops where you will find millions of products at great prices:

Tigerdirect.com: an online store with an impressive array of technology products: PC's, mobile phones, audio and video, tablets, cameras, TV'sy more.
 

Amazon.com: One of the most popular online shops in the world. We can find all kinds of products, from household items, electronics and clothing, to physical and electronic books.
 

Macys.com: find at this online store products from top brands at a great price: clothing, bags, jewelry, baby items and more.
 

Gap.com: online store clothing brand is recognized with hundreds of discounted products. At this same site can also buy products from other brands like Old Navy, Banana Republic, Piperlime and Athleta.
 

Cookieskids.com: a store specializing in children's products are not well known but huge catalog. It has everything from toys to apparel and shoes.
 

Wallmart.com: another of the "heavyweights" of department stores. Thousands of household products, clothes, movies, books, electronics, toys and more.
 

Bestbuy.com: other electronics specialty store (with some additions). Discounted items in categories such as audio and video, office, video games, mobile devices and musical instruments among others.
 

Sears.com: an online store where you can find everything from a refrigerator to baby products. All top brands in one place.
 

Ebay.com: the largest auction site in the world with millions of published products. Many sellers do ship to almost any country in the world for free.
Toysrus.com: is a paradise for children. Toys by thousands at unbelievable prices.
 

Target.com: another department store with thousands of products for the whole family. Clothing for children and adults, electronics, beauty products and more.