Cuban Salsa History

Salsa music is born from a mixture of music from the Spanish conquerors, the African slaves and the American jazz. One of the musical is the contradanse, danced in Versailles, France and then passed on to the Spanish Court. From there it went to the Caribbean during colonisation. Another big influence for Cuban salsa is […]

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Myths and Perspectives on Colonialism

Context Colonialism was a revolution that lasted for 3 centuries. It was radical because it changed everything: culture, language, technology… Since Pangea divides into the “old world”; Europe, Asia and Russia, and the “new world” into America, life is developed with differences. We can see colonisation as the encounter between two worlds. In both worlds […]

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Slavery in Spain

From: Gurumbé, Documentary (2016) The Beginning… During the 14th century, Europe was doing a lot of slave trafficking. At least 95,000 slaves from Africa were registered in two centuries. 10% were sent to America. The rest would stay in Spain. In Seville, people would wait for the slaves boats and would make slaves auctions. The […]

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Newbie in Vietnam?

So… I booked a flight to Ho Chi Minh from Taiwan because it was cheaper to go through Vietnam and then back to Spain than it was to fly from Taiwan to Spain. However, it was not a backpacking adventure in South East Asia, it was a stop by destination for me. Bear in mind […]

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Taiwanese Cultural Shock

As a Spaniard going to Asia for the first time, you are bound to encounter not only a different scenery or food, but also another culture. Even though I had studied Chinese at university and knew stuff about Taiwanese culture, I had quite a few moments where I felt really alien to the rest of […]

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