Archive for June, 2013

Alta Verapaz (Part 1)Semuc Champey

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

Alta Verapaz is a northern department of Guatemala. The land here is very fertile, corn fields are abundant, the area is famous for its coffee, Cardamon is grown here, cacao which is send to Guatemala City and often ends up in European markets. Besides all that; it’s forests are luscious with life and full of Natural Wonders. One of them is Semuc Champey, which means Where the River Dives or Hides in the Mayan local language Q’eqchi’. Semuc Champey is a complex Natural Water System. The Cahabón River hits the rock and is forced to go underground, some remnants of that water, along with water coming down from the mountains around, accumulates on the surface, forming these pools. The water is cold, perfect for refreshing yourself after a hike to El Mirador, where you have a great view of the Cahabón River and the Karstic formations.
Cobán, Alta Verapaz capital city is a four hours drive from Guatemala City. From Cobán is another hour and a half to the town of Lankin, the last 10 kilometers to Lankin are on a unpaved road. The last leg of the trip is from Lankin’s town center to Semuc Champey, a four kilometers drive, accessible on a four wheel drive vehicle.
More Tomorrow: Ask the locals. Stay tuned.
Semuc Champey

Rain Over the City

Friday, June 28th, 2013

This is how we deal with rain in Guatemala City. Aren’t Guatemalans very clever?
Rain over the city

Street Art: Graffiti, The Artists.

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

Meet them Brave young Men and Women who dare give some color, character and life to these otherwise plain, insipid soulless walls of this City of ours. Their Art called my attention since I moved back to Guatemala City. I got to love their styles, their themes, colors, Their Message. I was glad to have stumble upon them today. I got so excited when I saw them Painting, we hit the brakes and reversed to get a glance of them at work.
Street Art: Graffiti

Worry Dolls

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Got your Worry Dolls? I first got mine a few months ago at a restaurant in Peten and then I started noticing them all over the place in Antigua. And they are very inexpensive. I don’t know where this dolls come from; if you have trouble sleeping, you are to tell your worries to the doll before going to sleep, place the doll under your pillow and the doll is supposed to take your worries away so you can sleep well. Well, I got four of them, so sure I’ll get a good night sleep tonight.
Worry Dolls

Pitaya

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

I took a few minutes off at work and went for a walk around the block and found this street vendor selling this strange fruit. What are those Eli asks. These are Pitayas the vendor says. Wait, don’t leave, let me go get my wallet and I’ll buy some from you. Eli walks quick back to work to grab his wallet and when he come back the street vendor has walked away. Eli runs to catch up with him and try this frui Eli does not recall seen before. So, here they are Pitayas. Running to get my Pitayas was worth the effort. They are delicious! Too, Pitayas are a Native Fruit to Central America, now grown on other parts of the world, specially Indochina. Oh, by the way: Q5 each or 5 for Q20 ($.65 cents or 5 for $2.57 US of A Dollars).
Pitaya

La Soledad

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Aldea -small village- La Soledad, Acatenango, Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
Yesterday I ended up going solo on an spontaneous trip to Volcan de Fuego -Fire Volcano-. I was completely shocked by the beauty of this area of the country. In fact: one can easily mistake these fields with the country side you see when riding the train on Bratagne, France. You got to go see it for yourself: San Miguel Dueñas, Yepocapa, Parramos and all around. La Soledad

Parramos, Chimaltenango

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

I went out exploring the towns around Antigua and I was amazed by the beauty all around. This is Parramos, a 6 minutes drive from Antigua.
Parramos, Chimaltenango

Cubiletes

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

Cubilete (de mantequilla), of the French word Gobelet, in reference to the container where it is molded. In essence, the same connotation as the English name “Cup” cake. And the ingenuity of the Guatemalan People to make an honest living -in this case, a very tasty one indeed-.  I heard the sound of the loud speaker for so long, so I had to come downstairs and ask for them Cubiletes.
Cubilete

Bicycle Ride on the Streets of Guatemala

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Bicycle Ride on the Streets of Guatemala.

I love riding my bicycle, which I call: La Poderosa. Not long ago, it occurred to me; why not film one of my rides. I improvised a mounting for a camera on the handlebar of La Poderosa and this is the result. Once the Rainy Season is over, I’ll do this more often and with a better camera. 😀

Rear-ended.

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Rear-ended by a Drunken Driver in Guatemala City.
After recovering from the jolt, we approach the window of the Drunken Driver.
D. Driver: Please don’t call the cops. We can solve this here.
He reaches for a satchel bag.
D. Driver: Look, I can pay you with telling you your future.
He produces a Deck of Tarot Cards.
See! I can read you your future. I see in few years you’ll have love issues… He states.
Don’t you know who I am!? I’m a Eucharistic Minister!
Later: I’m also a Layer.
And Later: I’m “Ministro de Gobernacion”, something like Minister of the Interior, He exclaims.

Rear-ended

Convite

Monday, June 10th, 2013

I lived my childhood in Guatemala and I have no memories of “Convites” and I still don’t fully understand the concept, but by chance I found this one close to work last Friday. Its a Parade, a Fair, you can find foods, live music and lots of people. Convite

Majunche

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Let me introduce you Majunche. They are a hybrid between Plantain and Banana. They are very common on the hot climate areas of the country, and if you -as I do all the time- carry a Machete with you, you can cut the bunch out off these short Plantain Palms yourself. Usually they are cooked over charcoal with the skins on, but I do like to eat them just raw. Majunche