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US and Colombian jazz groups unite for Medellin festival, Jazzing it Up, www.iLoveLatins.com

US and Colombian jazz groups unite for Medellin festival posted by Hannah Mead     (Photo: Colombo Americano) Medellin is due to host a three-day jazz festival featuring US and Colombian university jazz orchestras for the fourth year running.   The University Jazz Festival, coordinated by language / culture institute Colombo Americano and the Medellin city government, will present three nights of concerts displaying “different interpretations of Jazz, from the classic to modern,” from three Colombia and three American jazz bands. As well as putting on performances for jazz fanatics, the June 14-16 festival involves a foreign exchange program between young musicians...

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International Living Postcards—your daily escape In the U.S., Erin Morris couldn’t afford to live like she does in Costa Rica. Whether she feels like a trip to the beach, an evening meal of fresh seafood, or an excursion to a stunning natural landmark, she can do what she wants when she wants—on just a part-time salary... Erica Mills Managing Editor, IL Postcards P.S. If you haven’t yet reserved your seat for the 2013 Fast-Track Costa Rica Conference, I urge you do to so now. Places are going fast and they won’t be around for too much longer... * * * Costa Rica: A Permanent Vacation Lifestyle By Erin Morris I'm sitting in a few inches of water, eagerly anticipating the next big wave. When it comes, it's far stronger than I expecte...

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Antioquia and Magdalena name Miss Colombia competitors posted by Hannah Mead     Miss Antioquia (L) and Miss Magdalena The departments of Antioquia and Magdalena have both selected candidates over the past week to participate in this year’s Miss Colombia.   Oriana Galofre Charris, 23, fought off competition from seven other Caribbean beauties to be crowned Miss Magdalena. The university student studies international relations and speaks three foreign languages – English, French and Italian. Newspaper El Heraldo described the student as a woman who “confronts life’s challenges with intelligence,” and claimed she was optimistic about her chances at the national competition.  &rdquo...

Jun 7, 2013   Colombia excluded from international labor ‘blacklist’ posted by Johnny Crisp       Colombia is no longer on the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) “blacklist” after the organization published the new list on Thursday, according to Colombia’s Labor Minister. The list is designed for countries that do not comply with the conventions approved by the ILO, and being on it leads to high levels of scrutiny from the international organization, as well as an obligation to create an individual report addressing the observations made by the organization. “Colombia is not in the list” revealed Labor Minister Rafael Pardo on Thur...

The Latin American Country with a European Flavor

International Living Postcards—your daily escape There’s only one country where you can find the flavors of Italy, the culture of France, and the colonial architecture of Spain, all in one place... and it’s not in Europe... Erica Mills Managing Editor, IL Postcards P.S. Have you requested your access password for the boots-on-the-ground virtual guide to Uruguay yet? * * * The Latin American Country with a European Flavor By David Hammond Since becoming an expat, my behavior has changed. I don’t greet friends with a handshake anymore; I kiss them on the cheek. I don’t rush through meals but take my time to enjoy them. I love to meet friends for coffee in sidewalk cafes. And in my idle moments, I often toy with the idea of buying a...

Sail the Amazon on a 5-star luxury cruise ship, four-day cruise through the Amazon on a luxury five-star cruiser, sure to be an unforgettable experience.

Sail the Amazon on a 5-star luxury cruise ship posted by Neda Vanovac     Spanish tour operator Iberostar is offering a unique four-day cruise through the Amazon on a luxury five-star cruiser, sure to be an unforgettable experience. More like a hotel than a boat, the liner offers 72 rooms, two suites, a gym, first aid center, gift shop, library, and two bars. The all-inclusive cruise begins in Manaus, a Brazilian riverport nestled between the Negro and Solimoes Rivers. The most populous city of the Amazonas department, Manaus was known at the turn of the 20th century as Heart of the Amazon, and City of the Forest. What better place to begin a foray into the jungle? The cruise will wind through the jungle along the Solimoes River near ...

Peace Talks     Jun 6, 2013   US expresses ‘enormous respect’ for Colombia’s peace process posted by Julia Myska     John Kerry (L) and Maria Angela Holguin (Photo: State Department) US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his “enormous respect” for Colombia’s peace process at the 43rd Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), Colombia’s foreign ministry said Wednesday.  Kerry met with Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin while both were attending the OAS General Assembly in Guatemala. According to a press release from Colombia’s foreign ministry, Kerry highlighted the South A...

US and Colombia reinforce commitment to bilateral trade pact

US and Colombia reinforce commitment to bilateral trade pact posted by Joey O'Gorman       Colombia and the United States are to reinforce their commitments to the free trade agreement which celebrated its first anniversary in May. The Council of Labor Affairs, intended to ensure that all commitments are being met by both countries, convened for the first time in Washington Wednesday and will continue meeting on Thursday. The council released a joint statement affirming both countries’ commitment to the success of the FTA. Colombian Labor Minister Rafael Pardo was joined by senior U.S. representatives from the Department of Labor and the Department of State to discuss the US-Colombia T...

International Living Postcards—your daily escape A stroll along a beachside promenade on a sunny day, ice-cold gelato in hand ... an evening spent at the opera or the symphony followed by fine dining with friends... stunning architecture on every corner... No, I'm not talking about Europe. This is the lifestyle on offer to the growing number of retirees who move to Uruguay. Though Uruguay is a small country, it’s big on culture. The influence of its Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and French ancestors still shows. Travel to the capital, Montevideo, and you’ll find art galleries, boutique restaurants, bistros and talented musicians (who often give free open-air performances). Head to the coast, to Punta del Este, and you’ll discover a sandy p...

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Valle selects 14 Miss Colombia hopefuls posted by Adriaan Alsema     The southwestern department of Valle del Cauca, traditionally one of the most important players in Miss Colombia, has selected 14 local beauties to compete who will represent Valle at the national beauty pageant in November. The 14 women seek to succeed fellow-Valle del Cauca citizen Carmen Lucia Aldana, who is the current Miss Colombia and the South American country’s representative at the upcoming Miss Universe competition. A jury picked the finalists from a selection of 40 women who had made it to the semi-final of the regional pageant. According to Cali newspaper El Pais, favorites are the representatives of the municipalities of Restrepo...
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