Archive for April, 2011

Hands of Peace

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

On a cloudy afternoon in zona 1 of Guatemala City the sculpture “Manos de la Paz” rests reminding residents of the City the signing of peace agreements in 1996 after the civil war in the country.

I wish you were here

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

I wish you were sitting here by Rudy Girón

Starting on May 1, GuatemalaDailyPhoto will widen its scope to include quotidian vistas from different cities from Guatemala and from different contributors. We want GuatemalaDailyPhoto to be a polyphonic community like a diamond, hard, solid and beautiful with many different facets of the Guatemalan life. Also, GuatemalaDailyPhoto will bend the rules a little by allowing more than one daily post as long as it is not from the same contributors. In other words, in one day you may see daily posts from Flores, Peten, from Guatemala City, Guatemala, from La Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepéquez, from Monterrico, Santa Rosa, et cetera.

Guatemala is divided into 22 departments (departamentos) and sub-divided into about 332 municipalities (municipios). Guatemala is heavily centralized. Transportation, communications, business, politics, and the most relevant urban activity takes place in Guatemala City. Guatemala City has about 2 million inhabitants within the city limits and more than 5 million within in the urban area. This is a significant percentage of the population (14 million, source: Wikipedia). We will try to bring you everyday life images from all 22 departments. Stay tune and watch the Categories list on the sidebar.

The picture above was taken from Cerro de La Cruz (the hill of the cross), a hill overviewing the most beautiful city in Central America: La Antigua Guatemala, of course. The truth is this hill is NOT in reality Cerro de La Cruz; it is Cerro de Santiago (Saint James hill). In colonial times, in Spanish American cities and their surroundings followed a strict pattern, God and the its church were always on the east side. That’s why the churches and cathedrals on the main plazas were always located on the east side. The real Cerro de La Cruz is therefore located on the east side, it could either be the hill behind Ermita de La Santa Cruz or Santo Domingo del Cerro hill; both located on the east side of town. Of course, truth and reality are two different things; we only need to take a long look at history for confirmation.

Without further ado, welcome and welcome back to the new and improved GuatemalaDailyPhoto!

text and photo by Rudy Girón

ReflejadoAbout Guest Contributor: Central American, music lover, content creator, photographer, art director, graphic & web designer, epicure in progress, living in Antigua Guatemala, C.A. and editor for AntiguaDailyPhoto.com, GuatemalaDailyPhoto.com & XelaDailyPhoto.com sites.

Waiting for the bus

Friday, April 29th, 2011

This is a presidential election year in Guatemala, it is inevitable to recall that the answer to the problems of our countries is not in politicians or elected officials. The change and the real power is in the hands of the technical students in vocational careers; people who can really make things happen.

So you will understand the special thrill to see people preparing and investing in their education, the chef in the picture was waiting for the bus in zona 1 at noon.

Palabras huecas y palabras preñadas

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The title could be translated in the following way: Empty words and pregnant words. In the renewed and restored Sexta Avenida in zona 1 you can still find people checking the trash for food, and if you remember well, a few weeks ago was one of the messages (a bit distorted by classism) that gave the university students in the Huelga de Dolores.

In words of José Milla y Vidaurre Guatemalan writer of the nineteenth century: “Así como suele decirse que hay palabras duras y palabras blandas; palabras dulces y palabras agrias; palabras huecas y palabras preñadas; […]”

“It is commonly said that there are harsh words and soft words, sweet words and bitter words, empty words and pregnant words, […]”

The reality is there, available to everyone, people are buying empty words, words are pregnant with that dose of reality.

Incidentally, the article in which José Milla speaks of these words is called: Un amigo… A friend.

Sunset in zona 1

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

The light that can be appreciate at sunset in zona 1 really contrast with the architecture and the sloppy cables that seem to support the buildings of el centro in Guatemala City.

Playing in zigzag

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

These gardens are located just in front the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura in zona 1, today you could find several children playing on them.

Did you know that today it would be impossible to build the Palacio Nacional with the money that was made ​​at the time? two and a half million quetzales.

Another important factor was that the labor force that was used in that time was public employees and prisoners. The best known artists of the country were responsible for decorating with accessories such as balconies, floors, ceilings and many other details that you can find today.

The main photo is a representation slightly ironic but true, is a representation of our reality. Today is possible to play in front the Palacio, in another era, the military prisons that were in the building was not a matter of game, believe me.

You knew that the virtues of the man and of good government are represented in the presidential balcony?

Taking the pulse of society: Development of Guatemalan Children

Monday, April 25th, 2011

In Guatemala and other Latin American countries should notice the environment in which children develop and grow.

These realities are present in our country, very close to us. The child in the country (in almost all departments) is impacted by a avalanche of colors from which it grows. Can you imagine all the potential and visual stimulation they receive?

In the Guatemala City does not happen that way, already given birth in a hospital (do not get me wrong, modernization is amazing and great but there are aspects that we lost on the way) something that is modern and there is no much color, children are born and grow in an environment almost gray with little stimulation or at least not the same as the child in departamentos.

The city reflected

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

During Holy Week the musicians must play next to each procession carry their instruments for hours, is easy to assume that there should be shifts even for them but I’m not sure because I did not notice a single change for them, and if you remember, processions last several hours.

The drama of each musical piece they perform is amazing.

More processions during Holy Week

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

During the week it was possible to find in Guatemala City really flashy and colorful processions. The faith of the audience is most evident in a country like ours.

The streets are difficult to navigate in zona 1 and zona 2 during Holy Week but if you move in the blocks surrounding the main path, you have no problems.

Jesús Nazareno de Candelaria

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

People are the most important factor of all traditions as you might notice in the entry posted previously. Jesús Nazareno de Candelaria procession was a very remarkable and one of the biggest in the Guatemala City.

From one generation to another

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

It is fascinating the transfer of a tradition from one generation to another, is inspiring to think that somehow seeks to perpetuate a message that goes beyond making a carpet.

Processions in Guatemala City

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

For the capitalinos Semana Santa Holy Week started it a few days ago and finish the following Sunday, is common to find processions and many people are mobilized by the major areas of the Guatemala City.

The tours for the religious images in zona 1 and zona 2 can take all day, usually are back to the temple at midnight. During the holy week, christians celebrate the events surrounding the death and resurrection of Jesus. The one you can see in the picture is called Jesús Nazareno del Rescate

You can also find out what is happening during Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala in AntiguaDailyPhoto.com and Quetzaltenango in XelaDailyPhoto.com