Archive for December, 2013

Circo Rey Gitano

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

Circo Rey Gitano is one of the oldest circus here in Guatemala.
The founder of the circus lived in my neighborhood when I was a child, in the same street block in fact.
When I was a child I remembered that family. Often we’ll see them doing stunts on motorcycles. Once in a while they would bring circus animals to their house, they would bring elephants to graze to the forest in front of my house.
I came to Guatemala early in 2005 and spent a few months living in my childhood’s home. One of my neighbors asked me to help her children with their English homework. I helped them for a couple of months and then I left once again for the States.

Circus is in town

The circus moved to the town where I’m living, a month ago. I’ve seen it on the side of the highway and didn’t have time to stop by until yesterday.
The circus starts the show at 7:30. I got there very early to try to take some photos of the animals. I arrived around 6:15. When I arrived, I stared at a young boy close to the entrance. He looked very familiar. And then I tell him: I do know you.. and it hit me: You are the boy who I helped with his English homework.
Ah yes, I do remember you, he tells me.
After a small chat, I could deduce his mother had inherited the circus. He invites me to go see the animals, of course, to an area not open for all visitors. It was too dark so no good photographs could be taken. But he invited me to come tomorrow (today) earlier in the day to have better light.

Since I was I child I’ve always admired Bengal and Siberian Tigers. One of my dreams is to see them in their habitat.
Last night, of the Siberian Tigers at the circus had its paw sticking outside the cage while he (she?) was asleep. Eli dares reaching for its paw and caress it a couple of times (Don’t you dare doing the same!). I’m a cat lover and that was a wonderful feeling, been so close and able to touch that amazing feline.

Circo Rey Gitano

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

One of tonight’s performers at Circo Rey Gitano.
I’ll have a very interesting story for you later today, so stay tuned.
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Circo Rey Gitano

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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Circo Rey Gitano

Monday, December 30th, 2013

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A day at La Reunion Golf Resort in Alotenango

Saturday, December 28th, 2013

First I have to clarify: people who recommended me this location for breakfast told me it was in La Antigua Guatemala. No! It is not in La Antigua Guatemala, is on the neighboring municipality; Alotenango.
Breakfast is nothing that would blow out your taste buds, it is just another “Pastiche” Guatemalan Breakfast.
And it is way overpriced. But, but, the view, the location makes it worth the price. Shhh, or you can just go in and don’t consume anything and enjoy the installations, they will not notice.

As I say all the time: Do talk to the locals. I spend some time talking to a local landscaper and he offered a ride on his “mule”, a landscaping vehicle. He tells me about the local fauna around the resort. We’ve seen skunks, armadillos, coaties, wild boar, deer, etc.
And have you seen Quetzals? I asked.
Yes, we have seen Quetzals in the area he replies. Quetzal are very rare and usually you have to go a a reservation to see them, if you are lucky.
Hector even invited me to go hunting with him sometime. He lives very close to the resort, in the neighboring village.
Overpriced Breakfast

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Driving the ball

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The golf course

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Great location for breakfast at Alotenango

Friday, December 27th, 2013

Breakfast at La Reunion has an amazing view. Meals are way overpriced but the atmosphere makes it worthed. I guess the view is not free here..

Sexta Avenida in Style

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Quetzalteca Horchata

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Here is another of the beauties unique to Guatemala: Quetzalteca Horchata.
I’ve seen it several times in stores and supermarkets and finally I decided to try it (maybe because it was on special at only Q45/$6.00). It passed my test! You ought to try it next time you come to Guatemala. Cinnamon stick is optional.
Tchin Tchin..
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Bici Tour, Guatemala City, Complete Gallery

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Bici Tour, Guatemala City

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

A nightly bicycle tour of Guatemala City is among many recent initiatives by Guatemala’s Municipality and private enterprises to promote the use of bicycles as primary method of daily commute.
I believe I was the person who rode the most to get to the event (anyone out there who did more?). I rode around 16 miles to get to the event, plus the event’s ride which was around 8 or so miles and 15 miles back home. And of course I get a flat a kilometer before getting home at 11:45 pm. Great!

Free Trolley

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Free Trolley tour of Down Town Guatemala City.
Trust me, you’ll enjoy the ride!
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Food: Guatemalan Breakfast

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Here is another example of a Guatemalan Breakfast. Very simple and tasty!
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