It’s winter in South America but here in North America it’s officially the first day of summer! For most, this translates to hot weather, humid conditions, beach trips, “vamos a la plasha!,” lemonade, and the looked-forward-to opportunity to bare it all and sport that bikini (the way South Beach does every day).

For others, today’s solstice marks a very gloomy day: the 6 month mark to the winter solstice, to be exact. That’s the day the world’s going to end. You know, our compatriots in El Sur declared it epochs ago. I was personally taught by a professor who was more than into Mayan history, culture and language that the encroaching December 21st date marks the end of a cycle in time.

And so another cycle starts. I wouldn’t worry too much about the end of the world. I would choose instead to celebrate the beginning of a new cycle by enjoying the most lively, lovely, dance filled summer everrrrr. Salud!

Oh and by taking a peak in our summer guides NYC, MIA, CHI, LA, SF and making epic plans to party and bullshit.

Leaving on a positive note, with my favorite summer song every verano:

And, also the people–Battles–who ripped off El Guincho’s video:

A few questions for you: (1) do you think they ripped off El Guincho? (2) What is your favorite song of this summer? (3) Which of the two songs above do you like better?

That’s a lot of questions. Feel free to answer as many as you like.