Archive for April 30th, 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.