The Most Beautiful Lake in the World

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | by

IMG_20150504_222013
Visit Guatemala and you decide. Read the rest of this entry »

San Juan La Laguna

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | by

IMG_20150504_221945
If you are interested in escaping from the noise and crowds of Gringolandia, I’m sorry I meant to write Panajachel. Read the rest of this entry »

Remnants of the pre-Columbian Diet

Monday, May 4, 2015 | by

Tacuazín

When the Spaniards arrived in the New World, they witnessed a great variety of wild game and semi domesticated animals used in the local cuisine. Read the rest of this entry »

Guate Pride

Friday, May 1, 2015 | by

Guate Pride by Eddie Deleon

As I previously mentioned, many Guatemalans living in the United States return home during holidays. Many come with their whole families, including some with sons and daughters who are visiting Guatemala for the first time. This year one of them was Hector, my nephew, who was born and lives in Wisconsin. It was great to see him in his “natural habitat” and his Guatemalan pride in full display.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Only in San Lucas!

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | by

Only in San Lucas by Eddie Deleon

Semana Santa is celebrated in San Lucas Tolimán with the same fervor as the rest of the country and a few peculiarities. One significant change is the use of pine needles for the preparation of most procession carpets, or alfombras, as well as the construction of arches made out wood poles. Hanging from these arches are decorative lights as well as a number of contraptions filled with confetti which is dropped over the passing procession by pulling on a cord. This Duffy Duck Cucurucho is one of the most fun ones I have seen in the last few years.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Nothing like home

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | by

Nothing like home by Eddie Deleon

In Guatemala nothing beats the taste of a home cooked meal. My family lives in the small town of San Lucas Tolimán, in Lake Atitlán. After a quick visit to the Guatemala City, my travels always take me home to San Lucas Tolimán and to the old kitchens of my grandmother and aunt. Not matter what time of the day it is, you can always find tortillas and fresh pots of coffee and black beans. The perfect compliment to such a traditional plate is the tomato and onion sauce kown as chirmol, which you can spread over the beans and eggs. My aunt prepares her chirmol by roasting the tomatoes in a comal over a wood fire. In San Lucas Tolimán, most home still use these old-fahioned stoves known as poyos. You can catch up on family news while waiting for the tomatoes to be ready. The result is an amazing gastronomical experience that feeds your tummy and soul.

Photo and text by Eddie Deleon

Say Pepián!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 | by

4 caminos pepian by Eddie Deleon

No Guatemala vacation can be complete without the long anticipated visit to restaurants that serve traditional Guatemalan dishes, or Comida Tipica. The most adventurous head straight to the street vendors and stalls in the Central Market. Others prefer the pleasant atmosphere of restaurants like Arrin Cuan. Located in the historical district of the city, the restaurant spreads over five large rooms of a colonial house. Here you can enjoy a variety of stews, Pepián being one of the favorites, while listening to live music. The Cuatro Caminos, or Four Roads, plate seen in the picture is a perfect starter. The adorable smiles are courtesy of my nieces Rebeca and Deborah.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

La calle donde tu vivias ( The street where you lived)

Monday, April 27, 2015 | by

La calle donde tu vivias ( The street where you lived)

Many Guatemalans who live in the United States return home during mayor holidays, like Semana Santa or Holy Week. Some are coming back for the first time in decades, others make the effort to come back every year. They bring their children and wives to walk the streets and visit the places they knew as children. One of the first stops is your old house or street. This is a shot of my street in the historic center of Guatemala City. Nothing prepares you for the torrent of emotions that overwhelm you when you recognize your old house.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Corruption

Sunday, April 26, 2015 | by

IMG_8952
How would you react if the private secretary of the Vice-President was involved (allegedly of course) in a criminal organization? Read the rest of this entry »

Starbucks Guatemala

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | by

Champurrada

Starbucks Guatemala has included some Guatemalan elements on its menu. Read the rest of this entry »

Guatemalan Telecommunications Technology

Saturday, April 18, 2015 | by

Technology
One Time when I used to live in the U.S. of A. a young girl asked me if we had microwaves in my country. Read the rest of this entry »

Mam People

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | by

Mam People
Mam, one of the Mayan languages spoken on the Mesoamerican territories.
Etymologically, Mam connotes “Ancestors” or “Deities”, Read the rest of this entry »