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“Until I come back, Lord” – A Great Quito Legend

Quito Legend

This is the sixth part to our series on Myths and Legends. Now in Ecuador, here is the legend of father Almeida, the most popular Quito legend.  One day during the colonial period in Quito, Manuel de Almeida, a catholic young man, renounced all in life to become a monk at the San Diego monastery. […]

Touring in Peru just Got a Lot Cheaper

Cheap domestic flights in Peru

Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar talks about how the arrival of a low-cost airline has opened the door for really cheap domestic flights in Peru.  Thanks to the arrival of the first low-cost airline for domestic flights in Peru, touring in Peru just got a lot cheaper. If you would like to visit Machu Picchu, you would […]

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The Rooster of Barcelos

The Rooster of Barcelos

This is the fifth part to our series on Myths and Legends. Now in Portugal, here is the legend of the rooster of Barcelos One day in a northern town of Barcelos someone stole silver from a landowner. No one knew who the thief was, but they were all eagerly looking for him. When the […]

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Immersion in Indian Culture – Sights, Smells and Spirit

Indian culture

Global Volunteers on our India Service Program remark on the many opportunities to take in Indian culture on the streets, in the classroom, and sharing conversation in a local family’s home. Our day began early to make time before breakfast to visit the flower, fruit and veggie market, the largest in all of Asia. The size […]

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Dracula Wasn’t a Bad Guy, He Was Just Misunderstood

Dracula in real life

This is the fourth part to our series on Myths and Legends. Moving to Romania, here we discuss the legend of Dracula and Dracula in real life. We have all, if not seen, at least heard of movies and novels about Dracula, the blood-sucking monster of Transylvania. This is of course one of the most […]

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Gnomes Invade a Polish City

Gnomes Invade a Polish City

This is the fourth part of our series on Myths and Legends. In this case, we present a 100% historical fact happening right now: Gnomes Invade a Polish City.  If you walk around the streets of Wroclaw, you will stumble upon little creatures doing their own thing and minding their own business. Some are guarding building, […]

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All Saints’ Day in Poland

ALL SAINTS’ DAY IN POLAND

This is the third part to our series on Myths and Legends. Here we present All Saints’ Day in Poland and what’s behind this Polish national holiday. In Poland, just as many other countries like Mexico or Peru, All Saints’ Day (Wszystkich Świętych) or the Day of the Dead,  is a national holiday. Yes, that means a day off for […]

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A Polish Legend of Bravery and Heroism

the trumpeter of Kraków

Continuing with our series on Myths and Legends, here is one of the most popular legends in Poland: The Legend of the Trumpeter of Kraków. There is beautiful Gothic church in the middle of the city of Kraków, the former capital of Poland. Everyday a trumpeter plays a fanfare four times consecutively each hour from the […]

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It’s Not Halloween in Peru, but Peruvians Still Party

criolla music

Actually, Peruvians do celebrate Halloween. But Peruvians also celebrate something else on October 31st: “El día de la canción criolla” (Criolla music day). Día de la canción criolla is a celebration of Peruvian music that makes us Peruvians really proud and ready to party. But party in a way that’s different from what you may think. […]

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Obama to visit Lima, Peru on Last International Trip as President

APEC Peru Summit

Within days, Peru will host world leaders for the 2016 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC) CEO Summit in Lima. This is the last stop on the President’s last trip abroad.  As of today, 21 countries participate in these bi-lateral talks, including most of the largest economies in the world, such as the U.S., China, Russia, Japan, […]