Archive for September, 2011

Public Transport: Decorations

Friday, September 30th, 2011

One of the unsolved mysteries in public transport would be, the eccentricity in decorations. There are elements that, lets say, reveal us ourselves and says a lot more than you might think and see at first.

Find the item out-of-place in the picture.

Healthy Homemade Lunch: Tortitas de Carne

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

What a difficult life we have Guatemala Daily Photo editors! sometimes we met to discuss what we can do better to bring you better daily photos and grab a healthy homemade lunch, of course.

City ​​Behind Bars

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

In times of insecurity and lack of freedom, we live behind security gates. Nowadays you can see them expand in all places. It doesn’t create a community atmosphere but rather restrictions, regulations and often hostility. Is this person aware of the fact that their freedom has become a very small space? Has this violence locked us? Or have we taken this measure to locked us apart from violence: “Let there be violence, but outside my home”.  Inaction and force of habit rules.

Text and photo by Myrna Hernandez

Positive Messages in Guatemala City

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

It’s easy to see bad things and there’s a lot of it. How about to search for positive messages on the streets? The first one’s  paid: advertising, but the message has value.  Is kind of refreshing bump into this sort of ads while you walk around.  Could be translated as:  “Putting together the peace”.  How convenient is that?  Incidentally, the effort comes from North American Organizations, mostly.


Bob Porter And His Orchestra

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Finally, I can bring you some of the pictures of the event. You saw the rehearsal but I must say that the presentation has exceeded expectations.  The audience excited all the time and the grand finale has been with the assembly between marimbas and the orchestra.  A memorable day.

Lunch Hour: Shucos

Monday, September 26th, 2011

My theory about street food in Guatemala City is that it’s so important (mainly because is cheap) that you can’t ignore the fact that is crucial for our society. I would say that thousands of people including office workers, executives and entire families eat on daily basis on this kind of places. There’s a whole economy moving around of it.

Shucos (hot dogs) are a must if you are visiting Guatemala. The ones in the picture are located in zona 13, also known as Los Arcos.

The Paiz Marimba Festival

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

The Paiz Marimba Festival took place at The National Theatre Miguel Angel Asturias, the event was a success and the experience proved to be unique. In the photograph, the lobby of the Hall Efraín Recinos, where was exposed the elaboration process of marimbas.

Online Reading Community in Guatemala

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

This fantastic group of people gather to discuss mainly about books. Lectores Chapines focuses its activities on the Internet.  It isn’t a traditional reading club but very fun and friendly one.

They have several activities, one of them is the book of the month in which all share a reading and later they meet to exchange ideas. Writers are part of the meetings as well and all the members have the chance to talk with the author; a pleasant experience, believe me.

The guest of this month has been the journalist and writer Haroldo Sánchez with his book Vendo Mi Caja, Me Quiero Morir.  He recommended some of his favorite books, discussed his work in one of the major TV channels in Guatemala, drug trafficking and everything related to his work as a writer.

Calzada Roosevelt

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

One of the main streets connecting Guatemala City to the west area of the country.  Thousands of vehicles pass through this area daily; weekends is not as crowded as one would expect, at least in the day time.

Signage for Visually Impaired People

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Guatemala City clearly has not been prepared for the mobilization of disabled people. But there are important efforts that we have to mention and applaud to keep them growing, like the Braille addresses found in some streets of zona 1. Don’t forget to tell us, what considerations are in the city where you live for people with disabilities.

Tasso Hadjidodou

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The alley where Tasso Hadjidodou lives also bears his name; he is a intellectual and active promoter of culture and art in Guatemala; arrived with his wife in the late 50’s from Belgium, since they got here he became involved with the best artists of that time in the country. Has always lived in the historic center.

In interviews always keeps a positive attitude, constantly talks about the hope that he remains in many aspects of his life and the situation of the country. We have lots to learn from him.  There is another monument to him in the center of the city that I hope to show in a few days.

Treasure Revealed: Pergola

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The structure in the image must be a direct reference to the golden age of Avenida Simeon Cañas in zona 2. If you remember, was known for being an exclusive area to live for government officials. 

I’m assuming because of the deterioration of it, might be even recent by the way it’s built.

Found at the end of the 10th Street, still open to the public, but I wouldn’t be surprised if sooner or later that changes, closures of residential areas are common in Guatemala City because of crime; below you can see how some of the houses have the kind of protection that Rudy shared with us several weeks ago.

I knew this place thanks to the talented Ana Jacobo.