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21 Funny And Annoying Things People Visiting Latin America Keep Doing

Travelling is one of the most eye-opening and wonderful experience. Getting to know other cultures makes us less self-centered and empathetic. Of course, you have to be open for this. Traveling in today’s globalized world also produces funny and annoying situations when cultures clash. These are some of the most common when people from the U.S. and white Europeans visit Latin America. The West and Latin America have a long and often adversarial relationship so you gotta be extra sensible when visiting, comprende?

1. Saying “no problemo”

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Repeat after me: “No hay problema.” The dreadful “no problemo” doesn’t make any sense. You are welcome, no hay problema.

2. Asking if people put lime on Corona to disinfect the bottle

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Believe it or not, some people have been known to ask this question. Lime just gives the summery beer some freshness, because let’s be honest: it is kinda bland.

3. Wearing Frida Kahlo paraphernalia

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We get it, you are on a Latin American trip. You don’t have to be too obvious to show your love for the region. Plus, Kahlo was a devout Communist and she would have hated to have her face plastered everywhere.

4. And Che Guevara t-shirts

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Did you know the United States allegedly orchestrated his death? Che is a pop culture icon for many, but for others, it is the materialization of violent political ideals.

5. Pretending as they can really take chili heat

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When waiters warn people that the food is really spicy, they often wave their hands and take a brave bite. They disguise their pain but they are not fooling anyone. Really hot chili can ruin your palate, so refrain from it!

6. And then telling war stories of how everything that comes in has to come out

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People can get a bit too scatological when they narrate their trips. They describe burning butts and fiery poos in excruciating detail. No one cares, really. It gets worse if the culprit is a frat boy coming back from Spring Break.

7. Saying “mi casa es su casa”

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Stop it! It just sounds fake and almost no one says it. Yes, Latin Americans are very generous and hospitable people, but this is not really our region’s slogan.

8. Pontificating on how good the U.S. is to the world

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World history is complicated and many Latin Americans have a complicated relationship with the U.S. and with colonial European countries. Don’t discuss politics unless you are willing to engage in serious political discussions about the U.S. or European interventionism in the region. Be prepared to leave your black and white worldview behind.

9. Using patches with the Canada flag on them to camouflage their identity

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Be proud of who you are. Latin Americans appreciate honesty and pretending to be from Toronto if you are from Wichita won’t really get you anywhere. You will find out that most people will be super welcoming.

10. Booking tours to get to know “the real Latin America”

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Dark tourism to places like the Brazilian favelas is just wrong: people are struggling, they are not zoo animals. Learn to respectfully appreciate cultural differences and try to understand other people’s struggles.

11. Trying to bring down the price when buying from indigenous craftspeople

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Indigenous merchants barely make ends meet. If an old lady is selling you a bracelet for 50 pesos give her the 50 pesos and don’t try to bring the price down. It is unjust and insulting. Just ask yourself what your minimum acceptable wage per hour would be and think that this person probably spent hours making their product. See the point?

12. Being “funny” by quoting The Three Amigos

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Yes, the classic Steve Martin movie is funny, but we don’t appreciate being laughed at… and not all Latin Americans are Mexican.

13. Calling the United States “America”

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Let us get this straight: America is a continent that stretches from Canada to Argentina. The United States is a country. Two very different things. We are all Americans.

14. Fearing Montezuma and his revenge

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If you think you are going to get sick with everything you eat and run to the first fast food restaurant you see (McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc… yes, we do have them in Latin America), you will miss out on a fundamental aspect of traveling: eating. Food is culture, chaparritos.

15. Try to pick up Latinas with silly or gross pickup lines

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Thinking that gorgeous women are gonna fall at your feet just because you are a foreigner is a big mistake and a big misconception. Plus, it perpetuates colonial attitudes that Latinas are just sick and tired of. Woo them like a gentleman.

16. Asking for burritos anywhere South of the Border. Get a taco or an arepa or something authentic for a change.

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Burritos are really a Tex-Mex thing and are only consumed in some regions of Northern Mexico. If you go to Argentina and order one they will probably laugh at you… or worse (Argentinians do take their food quite seriously).

17. Wear ponchos and sombreros… dude, just don’t

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Do not dress up as other cultures. It is in bad taste and it is insulting.

18. Describe Latin American poverty as “exotic” and “interesting”

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If you come back from your Latin American adventures with a renewed sense of responsibility and care for humankind that’s awesome. But if you come back thinking that poverty is “interesting”… then shame on you. Be respectful and don’t just shove your camera on people’s faces.

19. Buy cheap “authentic” souvenirs Made in China

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All the moms and aunties want some memento from an exotic Latin American trip right? So people tend to buy ugly reproductions of Inca and Aztec idols that are made from plastic in China. Do the research and find the authentic souvenirs that help the people.

20. Asking about the drug cartels everywhere they go

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Wouldn’t you be tired if people asked about your country had to do with traumatic experiences and death? Yes, the cartels exist and are a problem, but Latin America is so much more than its violence.

21. Saying they like real Latino music and bring up Ricky Martin

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Nothing against our dear Ricky, but Latin American music is far more than that and reducing it to pop phenomenon of two decades ago is not that nice. Try listening to some Rubén Blades, güeritos. Or some Celso Piña.

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Touching Tributes To Kobe Bryant Fill Social Media One Year After His Tragic Death

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Last year was a wild and often scary time. The world will forever remember 2020 being the year that everything stopped and we all had to isolate. It was also the year that we lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash and that death rattled the world.

Last year started with the shocking news of Kobe Bryant dying in a helicopter crash.

John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Ara Zobayan, Christina Mauser, Kobe Bryant, and Gianna Bryant all died when a helicopter crashed in the hills near Calabasas. The crash was a shock but TMZ reporting the deaths of Kobe and Gianna without Vanessa being notified angered many. Most of the world learned about Kobe and Gianni’s death because of the TMZ article.

People are remembering the Black Mamba as more than a basketball player.

Fans and friends have shared stories of Kobe and what he has meant to them. Social media is filled with fellow athletes remembering times they spent with Kobe and the kindness and wisdom he gave them in those moments. The basketball player was a legend in the sporting world and became a very important member of the Los Angeles community.

The Dallas Mavericks honored Kobe today in a tweet.

In 2007, Kobe requested a trade to leave the LA Lakers. Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, revealed that during that time the Mavericks almost acquired Kobe in a trade. Though Kobe almost went to Chicago, Dallas was in the running to be the next home for the legend.

Kobe was honored throughout the sporting world with some teams retiring his numbers. The sorting world lost a legend and ambassador for athletics that day and his absence is still felt strongly today.

Some people have shared small notes that Kobe sent them.

Kobe always had the reputation of being a thoughtful and kind person. Someone that people were able to connect with professionally and personally. These moments have endeared him to the LA community and why the city mourned his sudden death for months after.

You can check out Kobe with Guillermo in this clip of Guillermo’s NBA Media Day interviews.

Continue to rest in peace, Kobe. You are greatly missed.

READ: People Are Keeping Kobe Bryant Murals Safe

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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