Archive for August, 2012

Santiago Atitlan

Friday, August 31st, 2012
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Visitando siempre lugares, en esta ocacion me gusto la idea de ir a Santiago Atitlán, un pueblito con muchas tradiciones, su principal atractivo "MAXIMON" entre otras cosas.

En la foto pueden ver la hermosa vista que se tiene desde el muelle.

Photo by: Jose Moreno
Website: www.flickr.com/photos/deguatemala

The Small House Movement in Guatemala

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

The small house movement is a popular description for the architectural and social movement that advocates living in small homes. It is particularly vocal in the USA, where the book “The Not So Big House” is credited with starting the backlash against supersized homes. +wikipedia

I’ve been thinking seriously about starting one of these projects. All this social nonsense about having a huge house to live isn’t my cup of tea.  So, I remembered this construction that I found a few months ago in Xela.  I don’t even know if there’s people interested in Guatemala City, living already with all this philosophy.  Maybe it’s time to find out.  What do you think?  Do you know someone with this lifestyle?

Mejorando.la: Geeks all over the place

Monday, August 27th, 2012

We had this fabulous event over the weekend called Mejorando.la Conferencia. Talented people in technology and Internet, mainly from Central America, arrived at Guatemala City to share their successful projects.

In the gallery: Luis Von Ahn, Cristian Cambronero, Alejandro Corpeño, Gissela Peralta, Christian Van Der Henst, Stephanie Falla; in the main picture John Freddy Vega, talking about the major brands and how to create them.

Flowers and Security

Friday, August 24th, 2012

The first time I saw this picture I thought: Can these beautiful flowers cover the fact that razor wires are meant to inflict serious cuts
on anyone who wants to climb through? Well, I think Nature does not care about security, they just want a place to blossom.

How close are you from your dream?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

A cello in the street is a dream you can’t wait for.

On August 18,  we had the opportunity to live a beautiful Cello Concert experience. Eight cellists made the place resound. It started with a Sebastian Bach composition and ended with Guatemalan compositions by Ricardo Castillo and Paulo Alvarado.  The place was full and we enjoyed not only the songs but the way the masters Mr. Vinicio Quezada and Paulo Alvarado explained  each song in a dynamic way, and you could look in their eyes the passion of doing what they love. We heard difficult plays and a great variety of compositions. We could’ve stayed all night listening to them. Paulo Alvarado urged young composers to create new music, I think they’re already doing it, what do you think? 

I think if you find passion in something you must commit with it, and if you haven’t found one yet, maybe it’s closer than you think.

here a song called Cancion de Cuna from the master Ricardo Castillo.
http://youtu.be/3S5UtC7OG4Y

Why are we the way we are

Monday, August 20th, 2012

I recently visited the interactive exhibition “Por qué estamos como estamos” which addresses ethnic relations, prejudice, racism and discrimination. It provides a historical overview about the social groups and how it has change our current social relations, the effects of armed conflict and the peace agreements leading to a great deal of human rights challenges.

A friend once told me: Honestly I don’t feel threatened when I see army soldiers in the City. I think it is a different story for each of us depending on our experiences. But one thing is sure: A  post-war armed conflict has left us a great deal of work. A need to rebuild our social fabrics, to start living as a community without barriers of a still systematic colonial thought. We need a country where education and culture Ministries get bigger budgets than Army Ministry.

 

Guatemala what a week!

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Guatemala has lived a lot of important events this week. The famous one was Erick Barrondo celebration.
Although most of us don’t know anything about race walk we were all very happy to see a Guatemalan won a silver-medal in the Olympics in London 2012. Companies and government supported Erick Barrondo after he won the medal but it is a fact that  Ministry of Culture and Sports manages a very small budget.  However for Guatemalans it was a symbol of hope and triumph, as people say, good news for this country full of bad news.

On August 15th we had Virgen de La Asunción Holiday in Guatemala City with the traditional feria, food, and Serenade in the Cathedral

Another event was Festival of Centro Histórico from August 9th to August 19th we were able to attend different concerts, workshops, exhibitions, museums, etc. All part of the efforts to recover Central Histórico values. Now it is easier with the 6 Avenida being always crowded and new places to hang out it is easier to gather people from all places to be in Zone 1 and appreciate all the good things that are happening there.

I’ll keep you posted!

 

Traffic jam?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

If you wish the car could fly to get you on time for work, take a deep breath. Try listening to good music.

Honking your horn excessively is not gonna clear the traffic, nor yelling or using hand gestures to show your anger.

In a violent society like Guatemala, it is important to try to do one’s bit to make changes in society.

What do you do to calm down when there’s a traffic jam?

 

 

 

Timeless place, Chichicastenango

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Chichicastenango (Quiché) is the trading hub for the Guatemalan Highlands, therefore visiting their Thursday or Sunday markets is a must if you find yourself in Guatemala. The best local produce, a pair of rubber flip-flops, the latest Hollywood production in DVD, a hand-woven Mayan outfit; they have it.

Due to this role Chichi has, many consider it the center of contemporary Mayan culture. You can’t avoid feeling slightly surreal in place where within the same glimpse you can spot a Blackberry and a parishioner burning copal (ceremonial incense) on the Santo Tomás Church’s doorstep. K’iche’ and Catholic hybrid traditions, the young and the old, the new technology and the millenial traditions, it all converges in this one timeless place.

Photo and Text by guest contributor: Alejando Echeverria

Bar Central

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

This place is a whole different experience, not a regular bar but a place with a creative feeling around it. There are several varied activities from live music, poetry, to El bosón de Higgs visita el Bar Central.
One of the activities that I find particulary interesting is miércoles Ipodero. We owed this fresh breeze of new things in Guatemala to Chejo and Ale,  two young entrepreneurs that take this place into another level (not to mention the artists, writers, poets and other interesting people you meet there).  If you have ever heard of #MiercolesdeCumbia let me tell you it was there that the first Cumbia party idea was borned and I still remember the first cumbia parties there. Eventually because it was too crowded it had to be moved to a bigger place.
My favorite is @cantinerogt : “Hoy es viernes y @elcantinerogt tiene todas las ganas de aliviarles las penas y la sed, claro en #BarCentral”  follow him on twitter if you want to know what’s new in Bar Central. Suddenly I’m craving pizza and a beer 🙂
Have you ever visited this place or attend one of its activities? Tell us!

Conservatorio Nacional de Música

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

El Conservatorio Nacional de Música “German Alcántara”  despite the low budget and poor wages to the teachers, was able to celebrate their 137 Aniversary!! Activities were held from August 1th starting with a Jazz Mass, composed by Steve Dobrogosz followed on August 2th wtih an Orchestra and silent movies and finally on Friday 3th  the operatic singing students showed their progress and above all enjoyed the passion for music. At the end of the event we all sang the National Anthem and ended with cuetes and rosa de jamaica 🙂

 

Dinner at Casa Roja

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

So I was at Casa Roja by chance and discovered there’s a foreign group called “Familia Disfuncional” (interesting name) they cook different delicious food, usually on Fridays, the price is moderate. I have to gather more information to let you know the details about this underground activity, kind of home-made style. Shrimp and great wine, perfect combination!