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Querencia – Glossary Definition

Querencia – Glossary Definition

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Want the definition of querencia? Learn the meaning of querencia, see some examples, and get a better understanding of this travel glossary term!

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Oljato-Monument Valley Utah querencia definition
The gorgeous Oljato-Monument Valley in Utah might be someone’s querencia. Taken by Ganapathy Kumar via unsplash.com. [Public Domain].

What is a Querencia?

Querencia means “a place where one draws inspiration or strength from,” or “the place where one feels most comfortable and true.” Querencia is a Spanish word that has no direct or perfect English translation.

More on Querencia

Querencia comes from the Spanish language, specifically from the verb querer, which means “to want, to desire.”

It is a term often associated with Spanish bullfighting, as the bull may try to find its querencia, meaning the place in the bullfighting ring it feels most safe.

A querencia is a place the bull naturally wants to go to in the ring, a preferred locality… It is a place which develops in the course of the fight where the bull makes his home. It does not usually show at once, but develops in his brain as the fight goes on. In this place he feels that he has his back against the wall and in his querencia he is inestimably more dangerous and almost impossible to kill.

Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

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