Archive for March, 2014

El Ishto, Second Round

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Ishto Juevez por Hugo Muralles

I write this as I listen the new Ishto Juevez album, and you can as you read too:

I wrote about him more than a year ago, and just last week he launched his new album in a fabulous concert.  If you’re curious. this is more like a concept album, the ongoing latin american migration.  But that’s not all, I really like the poetry, spiritual messages and sharp observations.

By the way, do you have an idea about what “ishto” means in Guatemala?  have you heard this word in other hispanic countries?

Guatemalan Sculptor: Sergio de Gandarias

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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I came to know Sergio as a client, and today I want to share some of his work with all of you.  One of the greatest satisfaction of carrying a camera has to be the people you meet, the artist you admire or a brief moment that you want to capture.  This was not the exception.  Sergio was always kind and open, even sharing life-related wisdom, here and there.

Gandarias’s work has been shown in more than a dozen solo exhibitions, also his work is in several private collections and museums, he says he has exhibitions every two years or so.

Find out more in his website.

Plaza Mayor

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Guatemala City’s Playa Mayor becomes like a town’s fair on Sundays. Lots of different foods and local beverages available.

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Argentine food in Guatemala City

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

My wife watches a TV show every night and they constantly announce an Argentine restaurant. Well, we decided to go check it out, and here is the verdict: First we tried their “Empanadas”, Latin American style pasties. They feature two kinds; beef or chicken, we tried them both. They are incredibly tasty, stuffed with egg yolks and other spices. In my opinion, the best were the chicken ones, and the sauce they come with is the perfect combination.
Next we had a side of the barbecue chicken wings, they were great too, though I rather not focus on USA style foods.
And I as a main course I decided to try their Milanesa a la Parmesana, Chicken Parmesan, Oh man, this really hit the spot!
You just have to have it with a bottle of wine and that’s all you’ll need to start a great night.
Oh, by the way, I really love the decor at this restaurant, check’em out next time you are craving something tasty around Guatemala City’s Zone 10.
And the empanadas are 3 for Q30/$3.90. If you have a small appetite you’ll only need the empanadas, and they come with a green salad. The Milanesa a la Parmesana was Q40/$5.20 and a bottle of wine for less than $10 dollars. What else do you need?

Bon appetite at La Salteña!

Argentine Empanadas in Guatemala

Friday, March 21st, 2014

I’m on the run right now, but I’ll have a full review of the place where I had them tomorrow…

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Guatemalan Children

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Don’t you love the innocence of our newest generations. (!?)
This is another of the fine ways our children get some peaceful distractions here in these suburbs.
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Photographic Overview of Los Cafres concert in Guatemala City

Monday, March 17th, 2014

Rudy Giron: Los Cafres en Guatemala 2014 &emdash;

What better way to give you an overview of the fabulous concert of Los Cafres in Guatemala City this past March 17, 2014 than with a slide show of some of the images captured. Check out the photos and let us know what’s your favourite. Enjoy!

Aquí les compartimos una pequeña reseña fotográfica del concierto de Los Cafres en Guatemala, marzo 14, 2014.

Guatemala

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I’ve come across a small relief map of the country of Guatemala at a small shopping center here in 6th avenue, downtown Guatemala City.
What is really interesting is that it shows 50% of Belize’s territory as  belonging to Guatemala.
Here is something for an international crisis!!
Oh by the way; yes that land was stolen by the British.. Shhh…

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Juego de Pelota

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Last month by chance I was in the right place, at the right time to witness a short exhibition of Mayan Ball Game.
I found out they actually have tournaments late September and there are efforts to have it recognized as a national sport.
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Bicycle Riding in Peten, Machaquila to Naj Tunich

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

I previously showed a gallery of the Naj Tunich cave system. Well, let me tell you the ride to the caves was nothing easy. It was one of the most demanding ones I’ve ever ridden.
The distance is not great, barely 20 miles each way. You ride through remnants of the jungles once covered this province. There is no shade 99.99% of the ride and temperatures did not go below 90f all day. The first mile or so the terrain is not so demanding, and there are a couple of small tiendas were you can stop to get some beverages. After that there is no single soul for about 10 miles until you arrive at Sabaneta, a small village where you can get some more refreshments. After this village, the real challenge begins!
Ride Elevations
Ten miles of steep uphills, riding under 90+ degrees heat with no shade and not one single time during the ride to the caves I saw a single vehicle! The last two miles are to prove ones determination!
Don’t you love cycling!?

Bicycle Riding in Peten

Monday, March 10th, 2014


Here is a small photo gallery of he ride:


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Highway Food

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Here is a sample of what you can get on the roads to Petén. By chance we stopped at this restaurant on the side of the road; we were so impressed by the breakfast, we had to come back to try more of their food offerings.
Breakfast:

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And for dinner: Pinchos mixtos, camaron, res and cerdo.

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These at Villa Habibi, no more than four kilometers from downtown Poptùn, Petèn, on your right.
Oh, the cheff happenes to be from the state where I lived for 17 years; Massachusetts… what are the odds!?