Archive for August, 2011

Guatemalans Love Fast Food

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

In the hectic life of capitalinos (Guatemala City residents) there is no time to eat healthy; fast food chain “Pollo Campero” is everywhere, they offer fried chicken, among other things. Once a year does not hurt or maybe it does.

In the photograph one of the many restaurants located in La Florida, Mixco that belongs to township Guatemala.

World Photography Day

Friday, August 19th, 2011

It seems that today is World Day of Photography and this photographer was putting together all his photographs before starting the day. All the best for all those soul catchers ;-)

Voices in the Cathedral

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Finally there is an activity in the metropolitan cathedral that I like and has to do with music. Whenever there is a band or choir is an experience that worth it.

The audience was always very excited and the cathedral was almost full, considering it was a weekday and at a time not so convenient.

Guatemalans Don’t Walk On The Streets, Final Part

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A few days ago we talked about how seems difficult to walk down the street in Guatemala City. The talk of the urbanist Gonzalo Melián Marrero was given last year in Francisco Marroquín University describing the social dynamics that we make nowadays.

The malls, poorly maintained parks, entire areas of housing closed because of the insecurity. There’s not to many creative and exciting environments.

Recently came to me, thanks to the recommendation of a friend, the video “Vivir en Común en Guatemala” and it’s about these issues.  Both videos in Spanish.

There are some solutions on the table, private sector, public administrations working to restore parks and avenues, a decent public transport for all… and so on.

Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil Municipal

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

If you are in Guatemala or are planning to come, you should schedule a concert by the Municipal Symphony Orchestra. These guys were presented yesterday at the end of the historic center festival and was a pleasant surprise listen to them again.

The musicians smiled all the time and the work of the conductor was as exciting like the one by the young musicians, a great work by everyone.

The crowd was excited during each performance, each one with a lovelier melody than the last. In the video: Noche de Luna Entre Ruinas from Mariano Valverde, also born in Quetzaltenango.

Life On Hold For Three Seconds

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Meet Vania Vargas, Guatemalan poet, writer and cultural journalist. She was born in Quetzaltenango, is currently director of Luna Park Magazine and copy editor.

You can find her poetry in the books “Cuentos Infantiles” and “Quizá ese día tampoco sea hoy” and some other contributions for independent collections.

Once again the night was the perfect setting to discuss poetry, death, days in which everything remains the same, artists and writers that inspire even the historical background of cats and creative people, Xela and other improbable stories.

Be sure to read the woman who breathes in the neck of death and gets home to immediately start writing.

Dame tiempo
y te hablaré de sobrevivir
sin que se me quiebren las palabras – V. Vargas

You’re Not Alone

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

The girl on the right of the photograph was heading to his young audience, indicating the following activity: Each one of them should find one child on the street, take them to a separate location and offer them their friendship, letting them know they are not alone and can count on them.

I heard that and it seems exciting, more people should be doing exactly that. What do you think about the activity they were about to perform?

In Motion

Saturday, August 13th, 2011

If you’re arriving to Xela you’re happy to get there, if you’re saying goodbye will be sad to leave.

Shadow Of Your Smile

Friday, August 12th, 2011

It is not all that bad, some people smile and have to save the moment. Do you know the song who gives the title to the post? Have a nice weekend!

Se Abrió Paca

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Pacas in Guatemala are sales of used clothing. They come from other countries and sold more cheaply as you can imagine. Reducing the price tenfold. They are formal businesses nowadays and have evolved into stores like the one in the picture. The largest of them is even bigger than any other brand you can think of.

Guatemalans Don’t Walk On The Streets

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

At least in Guatemala City.  If you walk ten blocks by choice people will think is too much or you’re crazy.  But if you do, you will find that streets and sidewalks don’t allow it, as shown in the picture.   But this is not new, last year in Guatemala was the architect Gonzalo Melián Marrero, teacher in the IE University School of Architecture doing a brilliant analysis on this subject, I hope to share with you the presentation in a few days, stay tuned.

In the meantime, let us know how much can you walk in the city were you live.


Por lo menos en la Ciudad de Guatemala.  Caminar diez cuadras por elección propia es demasiado para los capitalinos y parece loco.  Pero, si aún así lo haces, encontrarás que las calles y banquetas parecieran no permitirlo, como se muestra en la fotografía.  El año pasado estuvo en Guatemala el Arquitecto Gonzalo Melián Marrero haciendo un análisis brillante sobre la situación mencionada anteriormente.  Espero poder compartir la charla que ofreció en Guatemala con ustedes en los próximos días.

Mientras tanto, déjanos saber ¿qué tanto puedes caminar en tu ciudad?

About The Presidential Divorce

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

There was a general perception (at least for the most informed people) that the presidential candidacy of the Guatemala’s Ex-First Lady Sandra Torres was a violation of the law. This has been finally decided and the constitutional court determines it can not be formally registered as a candidate.

In the main picture a college student carrying a sign saying: Presidential Divorce = Election Fraud.

For more information you can visit the following link.