Wednesday 18 January 2012: 20. se habla español
one of my personal favorite aspects of living in texas is the unique connection we have to mexico and hispanic culture in general. yes, there's a lot of contentious BS going on related to immigration right now, but honestly, texas has a pretty decent relationship to the border. but that's a story for another time.
point being, i grew up with a wide exposure to hispanic culture: food, holidays, and even the language. i can't speak spanish (aside from the basics) but i can usually understand it pretty well if the speaker is speaking slowly (and i never took spanish - the french skills do help somewhat, though).
the two cultures are so intertwined here that it actually created a special subculture - tejanos.
there aren't many other states that have such a bicultural and bilingual makeup across the state - louisiana being the one that comes immediately to mind, followed by arizona and new mexico (though their politics are much more anti-immigration than texas at the moment).
tuesday - 19. bbq