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Life and Culture

Life and Culture

This weekend, BBVA Compass celebrated professional football’s biggest event in Houston, Texas and Birmingham, Ala., throwing super-sized celebrations that featured such celebrities as country music artist Jake Owen, NBA legend Robert Horry and lifestyle expert Sandra Lee.

In 1939, composer Steve Reich was a boy taking a train from New York to Los Angeles to visit his divorced parents. Meanwhile, other children in Europe – Jews, just like him – were taking trains to Nazi extermination camps. Fifty years later, the contrast between his childhood memories and the horror of the Holocaust inspired Different Trains. Beatriz Caravaggio offers a video re-creation of the musical piece.

Garbiñe Muguruza in Australian Open

Garbiñe Muguruza is ready for the first Grand Slam of the season. Still recovering from the adductor strain that forced her to retire in Brisbane, the Spaniard will take to the court for the first time in this year’s Australian Open match on early Monday morning to play against New Zealand’s Marina Eracovik. BBVA’s brand ambassador has fond memories of the Melbourne courts and feels that she is in a great position to in the first big event of the year.

A tennis player’s life is strange that way. When you’re in the pre-season training, stuck in the same place, you start missing the airplanes, hotels and specially the competition. I had only two weeks’ vacation, when, as you know, I went to Egypt –which was something I really wanted to do and was on my “to do” list– and then I spent some time just lazing on the sofa. I made the most of those days to follow the treatment for my ankle. Everything went fine and we began training straight away.