In Defense of Cheese

Since the late nineteenth century, the word “cheese” has most often had a positive connotation. For example,  in John Camden Hotten’s The Slang Dictionary (1863) it, or the word “cheesey” means “Anything good, first-rate in quality,...

The Trill of It All

Remember your high school Spanish? Remember how hard it was to make the “r” sound? It’s easy, we were told. Sure, it was: you just had to make the tip of your tongue vibrate against the back of your front teeth 587 times in 0000.4 seconds, and you...

Everybody Loves a Parade

If I feared moving to the countryside might be boring, I was wrong. It seems there is a fair, celebration, or “espectáculo” in the works somewhere on any given weekend (or weekday, for that matter). Most recently we caught an event in Braga, and once again it was all...

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