Archive for February, 2014

Volcano Hiking

Friday, February 28th, 2014

I’ll be hiking up two volcanoes this weekend, Volcan Santa Maria, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Mar%C3%ADa_(volcano)
Guatemala’s 5th highest volcano and Volcán Cuxliquel, a smaller one.
My goals are to take some great photographs of the sunset from the summit of Santa Maria and some night photographs. Last time I attempted stars photographs from the summit of volcanoes, it was very cloudy. Lets hope there is no cloud cover this weekend.
Stay tuned for photos.

Guatemalans love affair with brand names

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Guatemalans who lived in Urban Centers love to display, show off brand names on their apparel, it seems like a cultural obsession with brand names, and this store I saw yesterday captures it with its name. Brandname Charades.
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Pinto Beans

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

I just got my lunch delivered! I was doing some photo work, so camera was ready and I decided to show you what’s for lunch today.
These are Fijoles Colorados -Pinto Beans- with big chunks of Pork Loins.
This is a very simple Guatemalan meal and a very delicious one too.
Pinto Beans

Tecuamburro Volcano

Monday, February 24th, 2014

This volcano is located in the province of Santa Rosa, South/East of Guatemala City, roughly an hour and a half drive.
The summit is covered by large trees, which obstruct most of the view. This, as many other important Guatemalan volcanoes, is inside a private property, surrounded by coffee trees. This month (February) is great for visiting the area. Coffee grains are ripe, and you should try picking them on your way and eating them. They are incredibly sweet and chewing the seed becomes addictive. There is a sulfur lagoon short from the summit of the volcano. This is great to exfoliate your skin, of course, if you don’t mind the smell of rotten eggs. And the lagoon is accessible by car, a few steps on the side of the road. Oh, one more thing; avocado trees are abundant in the area and they give a very delicious fruit. I spent some time collecting a few of them, which where great. Just bring salt, limes and a few tortillas and you’ll have a exquisite snack on your road up the volcano.

Garifuna Food: Tortillas de Harina

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

I spent some time in Guatemala City yesterday and while I was looking for something to eat, I noticed this Garifuna name at a restaurant. Of course, I love Garifuna food. I felt in love with it when I visited the town of Livingston, on Guatemala’s Atlantic Coast. I had looked for Garifuna food here in Guatemala for a while and I was unable to find any: Too bad!
This restaurant came to rescue me! They opened for business only eight months ago. The place is very small, only four tables and a couple of bar stools. They have a decent variety of Garifuna food, to my delight, they had Tortillas de Harina -flour torillas- The name does not imply much, but they are ginormous and usually they come with a healthy spread of mayonnaise, the tortilla is usually topped with your choice of meat, lettuce salad, fried black beans, rices, some chirmol, grilled potatoes, and scallions.
This place had it perfect! and you’ll be shocked! One of these monsters costs: Q20, $2.60 U.S. Dollars.
This is the Tortilla de Harina at: La Buga, a gariguna style restaurant, close Plaza Mayor, Downtown Guatemala.
Enjoy!

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Marimba Day, Guatemala

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In 1995, The Marimba was declared Guatemala’s National Instrument and Feb 20th its commemorative day.
Here are some photograph of the outdoor concert at Plaza Mayor, Downtown Guatemala City to commemorate Marimba Day.

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Marimba dancing

Want to see how to dance Marimba? Check out this handsome couple:

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Dia de la Marimba

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Today is Guatemala’s Day of the Marimba and we are celebrating it with a free Marimba concert at Plaza Mayor.ore pjotos latet today.

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Edecánes

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Ladies, I think those umbrellas are not going to cover much, in fact, I don’t think anything you are wearing is going to cover much.
Edecánes, or Models, are the most common way of promoting a brand or an event here in Guatemala. The more provocative the better.
I got an interesting story about it. Guatemalan Government has an official State Radio station, supposed to promote Culture.
Last year I went to a bicycle event; Vuelta al Mundo Maya, and of course, the chosen way of the State Radio Station to promote “culture” at this event was a tall, blonde female edecán.
Oh, by the way, the word edecán is being misused here in Guatemala, the Castillian definition of the word is not close to the usage given here.
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Free Bicycle Rental

Friday, February 14th, 2014

I love this great idea by the local municipality. I hope they expand the service to other route.

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Cerveza Preparada

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Ok, I am not sure how unique this is to Guatemala, but I have never seen it anywhere else (Have you?).
Cervezas Preparadas are something ubiquitous at cevicherias (a place where ceviche is sold. It is very simple to prepared, but every cevicheria has its own recipe, basically: Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, fresh lime juice, salt and pepper if you may; you stir it a bit and add an ice cold beer of your choice. And that’s it! You got a prepared beer. I once had it with fresh oysters juice and it was delicious too. It is the perfect pairing for any seafood dish. So, don’t forget to ask for a prepared beer when you get your ceviche.
Tchin Tchin..
Cerveza Preparada

Guatemala’s largest WC

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Guatemala’s and probably worlds largest WC/restroom.
I found this while exploring the neighborhood at my vacationing property.

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Riding a Chicken Bus

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

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One of the things I love the most about chicken buses is the fact that you can never go hungry while riding one of them. In fact you can easily assemble an entire meal without leaving your seat.