Program 619a: Paprika; Silver Sword and Stone; Galicia

Release Date: 10-14-2023


Tour guides from Hungary discuss their country's love of paprika and set us straight on what makes for good goulash. Then the literary director of the Library of Congress and bicultural author Marie Arana examines the cultural divide between the US and Latin America, and explains its thousand-year-old historical roots. And we learn why the lesser-known region of Galicia, in Spain's northwest corner, is where Spaniards go to escape from heat (and tourist crowds).


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

Additional Info

  • Anna Lenard 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's newest title, "LatinoLand," is scheduled for release in February 2024.  She has also 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.
  • 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.
  • Agustin Ciriza offers guided tours and assistance on the Camino de Santiago, and hiking and recreational tours of Basque Country.
  • Federico Garcia-Barroso offers a number of themed history and art tours in Madrid, plus live-streamed art history tours from Spain.