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Inspiring, Beautiful Latinas

Submitted by on March 31, 2010 – 7:29 am2 Comments

Editor’s note: March is Women’s History Month, which ends today. We hope you have taken the time to celebrate the women in your lives, the ones who have inspired you, challenged you, loved you.

This guest post by travel writer Julie Schwietert Collazo celebrates the interesting Latina women she has met on her journeys.

Who are you honoring today?

This woman waits on the Mexican side of the border in Tijuana. Her husband will meet her… on the American side. They’ll talk and touch through the small holes in the fence.

Aura Trespalacios, the matriarch of the Trespalacios family in Mompox, Colombia, helps maintain the tradition of making filigree gold jewelry, a craft they’ve nurtured over generations.

We spent hours talking with this woman in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, but I realize only now that we never asked her name. She roasts coffee and gives demonstrations at the Hacienda El Jibarito, Puerto Rico’s first agritourism inn.

Julie Schwietert Collazo is a bilingual writer and editor who’s always interested in stories about overlooked people and places — especially when they’re in Latin America. She is a contributing writer to Fodor’s Puerto Rico and Fodor’s Caribbean, and is a writer and the managing editor of MatadorNetwork, the world’s largest online travel magazine.

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