Program 619: Paprika; Silver Sword and Stone; Galicia

Release Date: 11-07-2020


Tour guides from Hungary set us straight on their country's love of paprika and what a good goulash is supposed to be. Author Marie Arana looks at how a thousand years of history can help explain the differences between the countries of Latin America and the US. And we'll explore why Galicia — a lesser-known corner of Spain — is where Spaniards like to escape from the heat and the crowds.


  • Budapest-based tour guides George Farkas and Anna Lénárd
  • Marie Arana, author of "Silver Sword and Stone" (Simon and Schuster)
  • Spanish tour guides Federico García Barroso and Agustín Ciriza

Additional Info

  • Anna Lénárd is the founder of a tour guide collective in Budapest, where she offers themed walking tours.   
  • George Farkas offers custom walking tours of Budapest, and is an Air BnB superhost there.
  • Marie Arana wrote "Silver Sword and Stone" to examine the fundamental influences on Latin America, from its pre-conquest empires to today.  It was reviewed by the New York Times.
  • Marie has published a biography of Simon Bolivar, an autobiography of growing up Peruvian-American, and novels set in contemporary Lima, Peru. Information on those titles is available on her website. She also writes on occasion for the Washington Post
  • The Rick Steves guide to the Camino de Santiago. It ends in Galicia, either at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, or at the Cape Finesterre "Land's End" on the Atlantic coast.
  • Agustín Ciriza offers guided tours and assistance on the Camino de Santiago, and hiking tours of Basque Country.
  • Federico García-Barroso offers a number of themed history and art tours in Madrid.