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Rosanna West

An ongoing legacy of brave journalism

BristoLatino editor-in-chief Rosanna West interviewed prize-winning Colombian journalist Diana Carolina Durán about her new role as Judicial Editor of El Espectador, and what made her want to follow in the footsteps of her legendary predecessors, who have long made the daily national a highly-respected newspaper. When hit US Netflix series Narcos hit our laptop screens this summer, many […]

Getting expats moving

BristoLatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West tells us how one Bogotá-based dance school opened her up to salsa. In an empty office on the busy Calle 85 in Colombia’s capital Bogotá, salsa teacher Jorge Orozco is demonstrating the art of what an English gentleman might describe as hip wiggling to two curious English girls. During the economic boom […]

Can Argentina’s land-grabbing prevention laws be used as an example?

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West, while working as a reporter at Colombian national newspaper El Espectador on her year abroad, interviewed one Colombian and two Argentine experts about the foreign acquisition of land in their countries. This is a translation of an article that first appeared in El Espectador discussing whether government efforts to limit […]

The outcry of the Chilean students

Bristolatino’s joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West discusses the significant student movement that has rocked Chilean government and society since its beginning in 2011. The Chilean student movement demands a free and higher quality education, as well as an end to the privatization of schools and universities. The Government’s free-market approach to education, implemented over 20 years ago […]

Pioneering Brazilian rap from Criolo

Bristolatino’s joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West tells us why the star of Brazilian rapper Criolo just keeps on rising. Singer-songwriter, rapper and urban poet Criolo (born Kleber Cavalcante Gomes), is one of Brazil’s most acclaimed artists, and is fast becoming a big name around the world. His parents, migrants from North-Eastern Brazil, moved to São Paulo in […]

An insider guide to Colombian cuisine

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West gives us the low-down on what to eat and drink in Colombia. Colombian cuisine is sadly not as widely known as that of other Latin American nations such as Peruvian and Brazilian. However, its diversity is quite exceptional. The country’s cooking varies quite dramatically between its many distinct regions, offering a wide selection […]

Dressing and dating come hand in hand on Taquile Island, Peru

Finding love online… revolutionary? Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West tells us why the dating scene amongst the ancient community living on Taquile Island, Peru, suggests not. It never before occurred to me that the dating game on Lake Titicaca in Peru could be similar to our modern-day, technology fuelled one here in the UK. However, after […]

Is the first Latin American Pope substance or symbolism?

Bristolatino joint editor-in-chief Rosanna West discusses whether the election of the first Latin American Pope marks any real change for the Catholic Church The man who cardinals chose to take over from ‘exhausted’ Pope Benedict XVI marks a number of firsts: Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the first Pope from Latin America; he is the first Jesuit Pope; […]