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    Ali Primera

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Ali Primera is one of the most popular musicians of South America; his talent and social commitment have overrun all the borders. He was born in Venezuela in 1942, and died in 1986.

    Ali Primera es uno de los músicos más populares de Sudamérica; su talento y compromiso social rebasaron todas las fronteras. Nació en Venezuela en 1942, y falleció en 1986.

    Fondest memory: "¡Pare primo la canoa!
    Que me parece que llora
    El pescador allá en la orilla
    Si le matan la semilla
    Que la vida le dará
    No hay flores en la ribera
    Sólo peces muertos hay
    Qué molleja primo
    Tan cristalino que estaba
    El lago ayer
    No es palafito lo que está matando
    Todo lo que hay en él..."
    (Coquivacoa - fragmento)

    Ali Primera

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    Violeta Parra

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Violeta Parra was born in Chile in 1917; since she was 12 years old, she composed her songs. Subsequently she ranged all her country and investigated the folklore. She was not only an exquisit musician, but also a plastic artist. Violeta died in 1967.

    Violeta Parra nació en Chile en 1917; desde que los 12 años compuso canciones. Posteriormente, recorrió su país e investigó el folklore. No fue sólo una exquisita compositora sino también una artista plástica. Violeta falleció en 1967.

    Fondest memory: "Gracias a la vida, que me ha dado tanto.
    Me ha dado la marcha de mis pies cansados.
    Con ellos anduve ciudades y charcos,
    Playas y desiertos, montañas y llanos,
    Y la casa tuya, tu calle y tu patio.

    Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto
    Me dio el corazón, que agita su marco.
    Cuando miro el fruto del cerebro humano,
    Cuando miro al bueno tan lejos del malo.
    Cuando miro el fondo de tus ojos claros.

    Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto.
    Me ha dado la risa, y me ha dado el llanto.
    Así yo distingo dicha de quebranto,
    Los dos materiales que forman mi canto,
    Y el canto de ustedes que es el mismo canto...."
    (Gracias a la vida - fragmento)

    Violeta Parra

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    Alfredo Zitarrosa

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Alfredo Zitarrosa was born in Montevideo (Uruguay) in 1936, but he spent his childhood inland; this circumstance would influence his music. His deep voice, the sweet melancholy of his milongas and his social commitement made him the most popular Uruguayan singer. Zitarrosa died in 1989.

    Alfredo Zitarrosa nació en Montevideo (Uruguay) en 1936, pero pasó su infancia en el interior; esta circunstancia influenciaría su música. Su voz profunda, la dulce melancolía de sus milongas y su compromiso social lo hicieron el cantante uruguayo más popular. Zitarrosa falleció en 1989.

    Fondest memory: "Mire Doña Soledad, póngase un poco a pensar
    Doña Soledad, cuántas personas habrá que la conozcan de verdad
    Yo la ví en el almacén, peleando por un vintén
    Doña Soledad, y otros dicen haga el bien, háganlo sin mirar a quién.
    Cuantos vintenes tendrá sin la generosidad
    Doña Soledad, con los que pueda comprar el pan y el vino nada más.
    La carne y la sangre son de propiedad del patrón
    Doña Soledad,cuando Cristo dijo no usted sabe bien lo que pasó.
    Mire Doña Soledad, yo le converso de más
    Doña Soledad, y usted para conversar hubiera querido estudiar.
    Cierto que quiso querer, pero no pudo poder
    Doña Soledad, porque antes de ser mujer ya tuvo que ir a trabajar.
    Mire Doña Soledad, póngase un poco a pensar
    Doña Soledad, que es lo que quieren decir con eso de la libertad.
    Usted se puede morir, eso es cuestión de salud
    pero no quiera saber lo que cuesta un ataúd..."
    (Doña Soledad - fragmento)

    Alfredo Zitarrosa

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    Atahualpa Yupanqui

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Chavero) was a composer, guitar player, singer, writer; he is the most outstanding folklore musician of Argentina. He was born in 1908 and died in 1992.

    Atahualpa Yupanqui (Héctor Chavero) fue compositor, guitarrista, cantante, escritor; es el más destacado folklorista argentino, sin dudas. Nació en 1908 y falleció en 1992.

    Fondest memory: Porque no engraso los ejes
    me llaman abandonao ...
    Si a mí me gusta que suenen,
    ¿pa' qué los quiero engrasaos?
    Es demasiado aburrido
    seguir y seguir la huella,
    demasiao largo el camino
    sin nada que me entretenga.

    No necesito silencio,
    yo no tengo en qué pensar.
    Tenía, pero hace tiempo,
    ahura ya no pienso más.

    Los ejes de mi carreta
    nunca los voy a engrasar ..."
    (Los ejes de mi carreta)

    Atahualpa Yupanqui

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    Tango

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: One of the most famous musical styles of South America is tango. This rhythm was born at Rio de la Plata at the end of 19th century, at the underworld, bawdy houses... Subsequently, the large accordion and the lyrics were incorporated to the music. The expansion to the whole world and other social classes began at the early 20th century, and it keeps on untill now.
    The picture shows the most popular tango singer of all the times, Carlos Gardel.

    Uno de los géneros musicales más famosos de Sudamérica es el tango. Este ritmo nació en el Río de la Plata a finales del siglo XIX, en los bajos fondos y los prostíbulos... Posteriormente, a la música se le incorporó el bandoneón y la letra. La expansión hacia todo el mundo y hacia todas las clases sociales comenzó a principios del siglo XX, y continúa hasta hoy.
    La foto muestra al cantante de tango más popular de todos los tiempos, Carlos Gardel.

    Fondest memory: "Volver,
    con la frente marchita,
    las nieves del tiempo
    platearon mi sien.
    Sentir, que es un soplo la vida,
    que veinte años no es nada,
    que febril la mirada
    errante en las sombras
    te busca y te nombra.
    Vivir,
    con el alma aferrada
    a un dulce recuerdo,
    que lloro otra vez..."
    (Volver - fragmento - Música: Carlos Gardel; letra: Alfredo Lepera)

    Carlos Gardel

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    Bossa Nova

    by andal13 Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Another South American rhythm famous all over the world is the bossa nova; this style was born in Brazil at the middle of 20th century, and innovated the Brazilian popular music. Musicians like Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Jo?o Gilberto, brought some fresh air and began a new history; from bossa nova, new musical rhythms arised, and nowadays musicians like Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia and Djavan, stand out.

    Otro ritmo sudamericano famoso en todo el mundo es la bossa nova; este estilo surgió en Brasil a mediados del siglo XX, e innovó la música popular brasileña. Artistas como Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, João Gilberto, trajeron aire fresco y comenzaron una nueva historia; de la bossa nova surgieron nuevos ritmos musicales, y actualmente se destacan artistas como Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethânia y Djavan.

    Fondest memory: "É pau, é pedra, é o fim do caminho
    É um resto de toco, é um pouco sozinho
    É um caco de vidro, é a vida, é o sol
    É a noite, é a morte, é um laço, é o anzol
    É peroba do campo, é o nó da madeira
    Caingá, candeia, é o Matita Pereira..."
    (Aguas de março - fragmento - Antonio Carlos Jobim)

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    Jorge Luis Borges

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Inspired, controversial, the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) is one of the best in Spanish language. He wrote short stories, essays and poetry; some of his works are "Universal history of infamy", "Anthology of fantastic literature" and "Fictions".

    Genial, polémico, el escritor argentino Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) es uno de los mejores en lengua española. Escribió cuentos, ensayo y poesía; algunas de sus obras son "Historia universal de la infamia", "Antología de la literatura fantástica" y "Ficciones".

    Jorge Luis Borges

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    Gabriel García Márquez

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia, 1928) probably is the most famous South American writer; he has written novels, short stories and chronicles. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982. Some of his works are "Leaf storm", "One hundred years of solitude", "No one writes to the colonel", "Love in the time of cholera".

    Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia, 1928) es probablemente el escritor sudamericano más famoso; ha escrito novelas, cuentos y crónicas. Ganó el Premio Nobel en 1982. Algunas de sus obras son "La hojarasca", "Cien años de soledad", "El coronel no tiene quien le escriba" y "El amor en los tiempos del cólera".

    Gabriel Garc��a M��rquez

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    Mario Vargas Llosa

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú, 1936) is another outstanding South American writer; he is also a journalist and politician. Some of his works are "The time of the hero", "Aunt Julia and the scriptwriter", "Conversation in the Cathedral" and "The feast of the goat"

    Mario Vargas Llosa (Perú, 1936) es otro destacado escritor sudamericano; también periodista y político. Algunas de sus obras son "La ciudad y los perros", "La tía Julia y el escribidor", "Conversación en la catedral" y "La fiesta del chivo".

    Mario Vargas Llosa

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    Pablo Neruda

    by andal13 Updated Dec 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Pablo Neruda is the pseudonym of Ricardo Reyes (Chile, 1904-1973); writer, poet, diplomat, tireless fighter for the rights of his people, he won the Nobel Prize in 1971. Some of his works are "20 love poems and a song of despair ", "General song" and "I confess that I have lived".

    Pablo Neruda es el seudónimo de Ricardo Reyes (Chile, 1904-1973); escritor, poeta, diplomático, incansable luchador por los derechos de su pueblo, ganó el Premio Nobel en 1971. Algunas de sus obras son "20 poemas de amor y una canción desesperada", "Canto General" y "Confieso que he vivido".

    Fondest memory: "Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.
    Escribir, por ejemplo: " La noche está estrellada,
    y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos".

    El viento de la noche gira en el cielo y canta.

    Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.
    Yo la quise, y a veces ella también me quiso.

    En las noches como ésta la tuve entre mis brazos.
    La besé tantas veces bajo el cielo infinito.

    Ella me quiso, a veces yo también la quería.
    Cómo no haber amado sus grandes ojos fijos.

    Puedo escribir los versos más tristes esta noche.
    Pensar que no la tengo. Sentir que la he perdido.

    Oír la noche inmensa, más inmensa sin ella.
    Y el verso cae al alma como pasto el rocío.

    Qué importa que mi amor no pudiera guardarla.
    La noche está estrellada y ella no está conmigo.

    Eso es todo. A lo lejos alguien canta. A lo lejos.
    Mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido.

    Como para acercarla mi mirada la busca.
    Mi corazón la busca, y ella no está conmigo.

    La misma noche que hace blanquear los mismos árboles.
    Nosotros, los de entonces, ya no somos los mismos.

    Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero cuánto la quise.
    Mi voz buscaba el viento para tocar su oído.

    De otro. Será de otro. Como antes de mis besos.
    Su voz, su cuerpo claro. Sus ojos infinitos.

    Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero tal vez la quiero.
    Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido.

    Porque en noches como ésta la tuve entre mis brazos,
    mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido.

    Aunque éste sea el último dolor que ella me causa,
    y éstos sean los últimos versos que yo le escribo."
    Poema Número 20

    Pablo Neruda

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    Jorge Amado

    by andal13 Written Nov 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Jorge Amado (Brazil, 1912-2001) was the novelist who "painted" his hometown with the best colours. Some of his works are "Gabriela, clove and cinnamon", "Donha Flor and her two husbands", "Tieta of Agreste", "Captains of sand".

    Jorge Amado (Brasil, 1912-2001) fue el novelista que "pintó" su ciudad natal con sus mejores colores. Algunas de sus obras son "Grabriela, clavo y canela", Doña Flor y sus dos maridos", "Tieta de Agreste", "Capitanes de la arena".

    Jorge Amado

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    Candombe

    by andal13 Written Dec 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: During colonial times, a large number of African people were brought to South America as slaves; they brought their language, their culture, their religion; the mix with the Spaniards, the creoles and the natives produced outstanding movements, especially musical ones. The candombe is the rhythm that the Africans developed in my country (Uruguay), and it is our most representative musical style; you have to feel powerful sound of the tamboriles (drums) and the sensuality of the dance.

    Durante la colonia, un gran número de africanos fueron traidos a América como esclavos; ellos trajeron su lenguaje, su cultura, su religión; la mezcla con los españoles, los criollos y los nativos produjo notables movimientos, especialmente en lo musical. El candombe es el ritmo que los africanos desarrollaron en mi país (Uruguay), y es nuestro estilo musical más representativo; no se pueden perder el poderoso sonido de los tamboriles y la sensualidad de la danza.

    Candombe

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    When you come by CRUISE to Montevideo

    by globetrott Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Favorite thing: What to see ? Should I book a guided tour ?
    Well, it depends on your expectations, BUT in Montevideo you will dock directely in the centre of town and an easy walk of just a few minutes will take you to the first tourist-sight .
    When walking to town dont miss to take a look at the anchor of the german WW II - battleship "Admiral Graf Spee" and when you are interested in a traditional tall ship, walk a little further behind the admiralty-building in order to see the sailing-school-ship of the army of Urugua.
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    I felt perfectely safe, when walking around Montevideo !
    Everybody was friendly, no scams in the streets, almost no beggars, but of course it is still always best to be carefull, where-ever you go !

    Fondest memory: I came to Montevideo on a cruise onboard the Celebrity Infinity and I had made just a little walk of 3-4 hours because I still felt a bit of "Montezuma's revenge" that had caught me 2 days before my arrival in Montevideo.
    So, all you can see on my page about Montevideo can easily be done in just a few hours.

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    When you come by CRUISE to Puerto Montt

    by globetrott Updated Aug 31, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Should I book a guided tour onboard?
    or can I do sightseeing on my own ?
    In Puerto Montt the main tourist-sights are in quite some distance to the ship and Puerto Montt and so it eighter makes sense to book the tours onboard, OR, when you are daring enough, you could also take one of the many taxis waiting at the entrance to the port, and most of them have a perfect catalogue of tours they can offer you for a prefixed price !
    Share such a taxi with other passangers and you might save a lot of money, IF you are lucky to catch one of these taxis, because it might happen, that there are several cruiseships there at the same time with a total of 3000 or 4000 passangers and there might not be enough taxis there for everyone !

    Fondest memory: I came to Puerto Montt onboard the cruiseship "Celebrity Infinity", a ship of 90.000 GRT with 2000 passangers and 980 crewmembers onboard. The cruise was great in many ways, BUT such a giant ship is maybe not the right size for the small port of Puerto Montt, because tenders had to be used in order to go ashore and on the way back to the ship there was a waitingtime of more than 1 hour at the tender-service.
    Smaller ships of less than 1000 passangers might dock in the port and that way you will save a lot of time, when going ashore.
    I felt perfectely safe all the time in Puerto Montt, where I just took a little walk in the city, because I could not catch any of the rare seats for the tour to the Osorno-vulcany.
    Walkingtime from the port to the city is about 10 minutes !

    monument of german Settlers in Puerto Montt the Osorno, seen from Puerto Montt
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    When you come by CRUISE to Punta Arenas

    by globetrott Updated Sep 2, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Should I book a guided tour onboard?
    or can I do sightseeing on my own ?
    In case that you have around 4-5 hours in Punta Arenas, you can do all sights of interest IN the city of Punta Arenas easily on your own, by taking a walk from the port, and within about 10 minutes you will see the first sights.
    As soon as you plan to explore the wider area around Punta Arenas, it will make sense to take the guided tours organized by the cruise-ships, even though they are mostly quite expensive !
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    I felt perfectely safe, when walking around in Punta Arenas !
    Everybody was friendly, no scams in the streets, no beggars, but of course it is still always best to be carefull, where-ever you go !

    Fondest memory: Be careful when booking a cruise to Punta Arenas : The pier of that port is too small for giant ships like M/S Infinity of Celebrity Cruises with 90.000 GRT.
    So they have to take you ashore by small tenderboats, a time-consuming procedure that will cost you a lot of extra-time. So you have to deduct at least 2 hours from your time ashore.
    Take a look at my pictures :That is the waiting-line for the people queuing up for the tenderboats to get back to the ship. A security-check with x-rays onboard added some extra inconvenience, but that seems to be standard nowadays, especially on US-ships.
    In order to leave the ship, you have to register for a tender, the first people allowed to leave the ship are the ones , who have booked a tour-ticket, the others have to wait.

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