Archive for January, 2015

Guatemalan Traffic

Friday, January 30th, 2015

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I love the cultural aspects of Guatemalan heavy traffic.
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Gated Communities

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

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Guatemalan middle class has found sanctuary living within gated communities.
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Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Silhouette by Hugo Muralles

The picture above shows two ladies taking their respective portraits in one of the lake decks at Atitlán. After capturing this moment, I was left thinking on why do we take pictures, and it was inevitable to think of time as the answer, like expressed in the song attached to this posts.

“The clock may not mean much to rabbits and owls”

Anyways, the clock, means -and much- to Guatemala this year:

The Guatemalan Government reports positive progress regarding several issues in the country in its most recent annual report to which, relatively well informed people, qualify fake and insulting.

On the bright side, this week Guatemala City starts officially as Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015, a title given in previous years to cities like Bogotá and Montevideo. You can check the ongoing cultural agenda that this distinction brings to the city.

Hangman in the Shadow by The Gentle Waves on Grooveshark

The Simple Pleasure of the Guatemalan Life

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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Most Guatemalans work a 6 days shift, 9 hours a day.
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La Esquina Jazz Café

Monday, January 12th, 2015

La Esquina del Jazz por Hugo Muralles

This is the first time I’ve been at La Esquina Jazz Café, and I’m sure people told me about this place at least a year ago, located at 6ta avenida 0-15 zona 2, Guatemala City. It’s a great place to hear live Jazz and have a drink after work. The melody below was part of the restaurant’s playlist that night, according to my friend Luis, thank you for the reference!

Offerings for Mayan Ceremonies

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

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Here is an illustration of what’s allowed at Mayan Ceremonial sites for the sacred fire. What I noticed missing is hard liquor, a genuine offering poured over the ceremonial fire.
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Coffee Shops With High Ceilings

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Una Tarde en Café León por Hugo Muralles

High ceiling coffee shops should be my next photographic hunt, don’t you think? Also, I’m a fan of low light places like the one in the picture, that is Café León, located at zona 1. If you want to know where’s located go to the previous review of this place.  As the afternoon progress, the place gets more people accompanied by a book or friends catching up.

In this kind of buildings, I think I’ll always enjoy to zone out thinking about the original building, the first inhabitants and the sumptuous life they had. Most of them politicians or the first tradesmen that the city came to know.

How About Swimming in Guatemala City?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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Guatemalan athletes seem to be having a recent boom in all kinds of disciplines and I just think that in a country so small like ours, this spreads and inspire a lot of people faster than a bigger city. Just to mention a few of them: Mirna Ortiz, Mayra Herrera, Erick Barrondo. Eli has covered a lot of activity with biking and hiking in Guatemala City, but what about swimming?

The cheapest option in Guatemala City probably would be the olympic pool at San Carlos University, is open to the public and I hear it’s not expensive. But I guess if you’re serious about it, you can always consider to enroll in the official national institution: National Federation of Swim, Diving and Water Polo.

There’s always gyms, probably the most expensive of all the options but if you need flexibility related to the location or schedule, this is your best option.

I ignore the exact definition of “open waters” but since Guatemala it’s a country with so many natural resources, I’m sure (and I’ve heard of this) several lakes in the country are used to train this discipline.  In the picture above, a guy swimming in the Lake Petén Itzá.  I hear there’s fear to overcome when swimming in open waters, and from all my fears, this is the greatest one, I think.  Maybe I’ll do a few interviews related to this discipline in the future.

There was no Holocaust!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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The people in charge of security in the Ghettos were often Jews, and how and why would they turn in their fellow Jews to the Nazi killing machine.
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Cedarwood Road

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

A flower for Petina by Hugo Muralles

Big cities, hostile as they are, offer even more chances for you to be more empathetic and kind.  It’s fine if you fail at first, after all, we all grow thinking our future is the one that matters right?, our school, our projects, our home, our car, our T.V. and so on.

The picture above got me thinking… when was the last time I gave somebody flowers, or the last time I kissed the hand of a lovely lady.

I hope you enjoy the song, beautiful lyrics:

To You, Stranger

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

To You, Strangers by Hugo Muralles

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me,
why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

— Walt Whitman

Well, they aren’t strangers anymore, but I remembered the poem and wanted to share it with you all, from left to right: Denis, Daniel, Petina and Kevin.  Lovely, warm people.  At this point, we were taking a walk to the center of Santiago Atitlán from  Chacaya village.  Locals told me it’s ok to walk in the day time, at night, not so much, there might be “bad people” they said.

But, in any case, good luck to them in the rest of their respective trips through Guatemala and the rest of the world.

Efraín Recinos

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

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Guatemala’s most recognized architect, author some of the most beautiful contemporary buildings in Guatemala; among them the Teatro Nacional, (more…)