Archive for November, 2011

Paying For Clean Air in Guatemala City

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Restricted green areas in a city that closes its streets should not be surprising, right? I do not think I had talked about this place, located in Zone 11 of Guatemala City, is a great place to talk or walk for a while, though, belongs to a museum and has a cost access to the public.

The Names of the Cathedral

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The names that are found around the Metropolitan Cathedral in Zone 1 in Guatemala City, are the victims of internal armed conflict. The name of the columns surrounding the cathedral is: Columns Recount of Historical Memory.

The Portrait of a Child

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

I did not get a smile, but I guess it is another face that we can add to Guatemalan children.

Nebaj York

Friday, November 25th, 2011

First things first, Santa Maria Nebaj is a township in the department of El Quiché,  located at 254 kilometers from Guatemala City.  The first impression of this publicity found in the City is not as nice; looking imitation with foreign, you get the message right? In the end, it may be a good way of saying that the distances are not a problem if that’s your job.

Child Labour

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Reality of thousands of children in Guatemala and Latin America. We can not even think about equality in education, health, nutrition and opportunities. Is common to witness these scenes in each stop sign in most of Guatemala.

Psychedelia in the National Palace

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

In the concerts given in the main square, lighting extends to the national palace offering a show that would shake to the very same Jorge Ubico.

About Carrying Weapons in Guatemala

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

  • Guatemala is the only Central American country in its Constitution recognizes the rights of possession and carrying of firearms.
  • The estimated total number of guns held by civilians in Guatemala is 1,650,0001
  • The rate of private gun ownership in Guatemala is 13.1 firearms per 100 people
  • The number of registered guns in Guatemala is reported to be 393,996
  • The rate of registered firearms per 100 people in Guatemala is 4.80
  • The defence forces of Guatemala are reported to have 148,770 firearms

via gun policy

Street Food: 18 Calle

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The days when I’m feeling invincible, I turn to the 18 th Street from Zone 1 to grab a bite on the street. These street sales are a forgotten tourist destination. Atol de elote, tostadas or chuchitos are among the items on the menu.

Guatemalan Food: Tamales

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

The indigenous origin of tamales gives us an idea of the great variety that you can find (even with different names) around the Americas. They can be sweet or salty and can be stuffed with meat, vegetables, chili, fruit, salsa and more. In Guatemala, for some reason, you can find them more easily on Saturdays.

Cualquier color siempre que sea rojo…

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Cualquier color siempre que sea rojo... by Rudy Girón

The cartoon above is one of my favorites from Marco Augusto Quiroa, one of the most prolific Guatemalan artists. If you can read Spanish, follow the white rabbit to an interview of Marco Augusto Quiroa.

Here’s a teaser summary about Marco Augusto Quiroa from

(b Chicacao, Suchitepéquez, 7 May 1937). Guatemalan painter, sculptor, illustrator and writer. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas in Guatemala City between 1953 and 1960 and was inspired by his rural, working-class background to depict the themes, forms and colour of the life of the Guatemalan common people. In the mid-1960s, together with Roberto Cabrera and Elmar Rojas, he founded the V?rtebra group. His paintings, mainly in oils, tended towards the flashy and to experimentation with varied textures. Subsequently he showed a preference for bright, dazzling colours based on the designs of Guatemalan fabrics. Ironic and highly expressive, his form of realism became increasingly simple and effective, while continuing to stress its origins in popular culture. Bird of Powder (1961), The Jet (1963) and Rebel Angel (1967; all Guatemala City, Dir. Gen. Cult. & B. A.) are typical of his style. He has also worked successfully on book illustrations and excelled as a short story writer, with several literary prizes to his credit.

Home Made Shucos

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Or so it seemed to be happening, these shuco were being sold, in what appeared a family sale on Sixth Avenue. In front of a church that you already know.

Graphic Details of Public Transport

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

A close up to the colorful details of public transport buses, they are heading to different areas of the country and you will see them circulate through the main streets of  Guatemala City.