Archive for January, 2014

Of the Guatemalan Business logic

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Signs stating “Not allow to remain inside your vehicle.” are obiquitous at shopping malls here in Guatemala. Logic?


Ixtepeque, Ipala and Monterrico Volcanoes

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

I’m leaving tomorrow at dawn, on a three day volcano hiking trip.
Thanks to the tips of R. Giron of AntiguaDailyPhoto, I’ll put to use some techniques for Astrophotography. So, if we have clear skies I’ll have some great photos to share with you all.
Oh, by the way. Guatemala has in impressive cellphone coverage: I might be able to upload the photographs during the trip.

Of Tacos and Bastardization of a Language

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A rather funny story!

Last night I went to a very famous “Mexican tacos” restaurant here in Guatemala City.
I asked the waitress for a drink and then asked her in proper Spanish “Are drinks unlimited”, as free refilling of your drink has become very popular at restaurants here in Guatemala. The waitress excuses herself and asks me what had I said.
¿Las bebidas son ilimitadas? Are drinks unlimited? I asked once again.
She stares at me with a brief pause and says: I’m sorry, I don’t understand you.
I look towards my wife, I sigh and turned my sight towards the waitress and speaking slowly I tell her: “Tienen Refill” Do you have refills. I very mediocre and bastardized Spanish, very common in Guatemala.
It really gets me that proper Spanish would not be understood, and a corrupted form with an anglicism would.
Well, tacos were good by the way.
This is what you get for $7. US. Dollars!

Bike riding on Monterrico

Monday, January 27th, 2014

By pure chance I bumped into these bicycle riders on the swamps of Monterrico. I’m trying to find out more about this event and maybe I can join them next year.

Caldo de Mariscos

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Caldo de Mariscos, sea food stew, along with Ceviche, are a must whenever Guatemalans come to the sea shores. So don’t hesitate to try them yourself whe you decide to bake under the Guatemalan sun.

Fasion on the beaches of Guatemala

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Low 90s year round, great scenery, refreshing sea breeze and waters and cheap beer, sorry for those of you who aren’t here..

Fasion on the beaches of Guatemala

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Low 90s year round, great scenery, refreshing sea breeze and waters and cheap beer, sorry for those of you who aren’t here..

Zoologico La Aurora

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Zoologico La Aurora, Guatemala City’s only zoo, founded in 1924. It was my first time visiting this area of Guatemala City and I have to accept I was very impressed. The specimens available are not many, but the zoo is well design and maintained. The entrance fee is very low for us locals; less than $4.
I loved their wild cats; they have a couple of Bengal Tigers, an amazing white one! their jaguars are spectacular.
I know you can’t compare it to zoos back in the States or European ones but it is worth visiting.

Cons: I was talking to one of the security guards and I asked him: How many international visitors you usually see here?
He tells me: Not many, “de vez en cuando vienen gringos”, once in a while some “gringos” come to the zoo.
this is what I hate: If most zoo visitors are nationals, why the name and slogan of the zoo has to be stated in a foreign language, English, if we are in Guatemala where Spanish is spoken (not mentioning the native languages)!?

Well, enjoy your visit to the zoo, you won’t be disappointed!

La Aurora Zoo

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

I’ll have more photos later today.

Circo Rey Gitano

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

I went for a second visit to the circus, Circo Rey Gitano, Guatemala’s oldest and most famous circus.
This time I went a little earlier to take a better look at the animals.
Do visit your local circus, they take great care of their animals and they are very enthusiastic of their performance, despite all difficulties.

Instameet Guatemala

Monday, January 20th, 2014

First Guatemalan meeting of Instragram users, at Edificio de Correos, Guatemala City.

Critical Mass, Guatemala

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Here are some photographs of the Critical Mass ride, Guatemala.
Critical Mass, Guatemala started 8 years ago, an event to promote the use of bicycles as primary commuting method.
There is still much to do, specially breaking the cultural barriers. Here in Guatemala if you ride a bicycle to work; you are poor. If you do well, you have to drive to work or the corner store 300 feet away.
Streets are not as bad as one might think. As I say, most of the factors that make people prefer motor vehicles instead of bicycles are cultural.
I’m glad there are events like this and loyal followers.
Keep Riding!