Regina's Blog

The True Beauty of Spring

Starting today, we will all wake up a happier. Spring begins the prettiest prelude any summer can have. Joy explodes in every corner of the planet, but there are some countries in which the occasion is especially well received.Beginning in April, Holland is transformed into a huge flower garden. Tulips are the kings of this explosion of color and a busy spring agenda in botanical gardens and…

Saint Nicholas, the real Santa Claus

Santa Claus is not a character who was completely made up to fit the Christmas spirit Santa Claus has its origin in a saint who really existed and was a generous bishop.Santa Claus is, in a way, the modern representation of Saint Nicholas of Myra, a saint who lived in the 4th century. Nicholas was originally from Asia Minor, where Turkey is today. He was known for his generous and cheerful ch…

Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving, and What We Should be Thankful For

Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving, and What We Should be Thankful ForThanksgiving is a unique date of American culture, which recalls when the pilgrims at Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts gathered for the first Thanksgiving in the autumn of 1621 in which God was thanked for the abundance of crops in the new world. According to chronicles of the time, a group of settlers (possibly of Dutch origin,…

JUAN DIEGO AND THE APPEARANCES OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE

JUAN DIEGO AND THE APPEARANCES OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPEAccording to tradition, on December 9, 1531, the first of four appearances of the "Patroness of Mexico" occurred to an indigenous man on top of a hill. What happened in those meetings?Shortly after the conquest of Mexico, in the hands of Hernán Cortés, period known as the Spiritual Conquest was held. During this stage, the first indigen…

The Earthquake in Mexico: An insider's look.

Original post at The Travel TattleEveryone has their eyes on Mexico lately.And yes, the help has been amazing, international aid has been vital, and the society has seen unity like never before. But there’s a lot more that’s cooking below the surface. Stories of crooked politicians, robbery and unsuspected heroes. This time, it also affected me. While nothing happened to my house, it was…