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Childrens Bicycle Parade in Panajachel

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Rudy Giron: Guatemala &emdash; Childrens Bicycle Parade in Panajachel

It’s encouraging to see children being taught the culture of using bicycles as an efficient and ecological means of transportation. Now, let’s hope the institutions and government can catch up by providing parking spaces for bicycles and stop discouraging those who prefer to ride bikes instead of cars.

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.

The Typical Colors of Guatemala City’s Skyline

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Rudy Giron: GuatemalaDailyPhoto.com &emdash;

Here’s an interesting vista of the typical colors of the buildings in Guatemala City as seen through polarized glass. This is photograph was taken from the 11th floor of a building on Zone 10 looking south, parallel to the Aurora International airport. This floor is the call center of one of the banks in Guatemala City. Next week I will share with you a view from the inside of the cubicle world of Guatemala City. Stay tuned!

Sunrise in Guatemala City

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Rudy Giron: GuatemalaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Sunrise in Guatemala City

If you know where to go, you can find the beauty behind Central America’s largest city and metropolitan enclaves. Guatemala City is also one of the most violent cities in the American continent with crime rates similar to Washington, Chicago, and New Orleans, just to name a few. In fact, it is Guatemala City that gives the bad rap to Guatemala the country. However, there are many things to see and experience in Guatemala City; just follow the archives to see some of the possibilities.

Chinese Food Restaurants in Guatemala

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Rudy Giron: GuatemalaDailyPhoto.com &emdash; Chinese Food in Guatemala City

My two favourite Chinese restaurants in Guatemala City are China Queen and Lai Lai, both located on zone 9. Another favourite is Mongolia BBQ, a sort of buffet that is prepared by the raw ingredients one chooses.

Guatemala City has to be the city with most Chinese restaurants in Central America. I have joked about making chow mein the national dish of Guatemala since it seems that you can find it anywhere in Guatemala, even the remote lands of Petén. What do you think?

The business of ridden used cars from the U.S.

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

There’s a big business in riding old used cars from the U.S.A. to Guatemala where they are fixed enough to be put on sale. I have no idea what’s the percentage of cars in circulation Guatemala that were brought down from the U.S. and Canada to lesser degree, but it has to be huge. Oftentimes, the ridden vehicles or carros rodados as we call then here, are sold right at the border or near border towns such as in this case where a fleet of trucks is put on sale on the side of the road near the Mexican border by town of Pijapita. As I have mentioned before on AntiguaDailyPhoto, Guatemalans recycles a lot of discarded stuff from the United Statians; I call it the Second Life.

Skyline of Zona 14 in Guatemala City

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Skyline of Zone 14, Guatemala City by Rudy Giron - <a href="http://www.rudygiron.com" >www.rudygiron.com</a>

Here’s a window view of the skyline of zone 14, where most of the skyscrapers in Guatemala City are located. Even though Guatemala City is located in a zone prone to seismic activity, the building just keep going up and up and up.

Art and Design in Maya Times

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Rudy Giron: GuatemalaDailyPhoto.com &emdash;

This picture of a replica of a Maya stella was taken on the campus of the Universidad Francisco Marroquín (UFM) in Guatemala City. A swift look at this replica of a Mayan stella reveals the design principles used by the Maya in the creation of their writing, stellas and architecture. Pre-Columbian art and architecture is not my cup of tea, but I certainly can appreciate the beauty and the design that went into the Mayan artwork. I wonder if anybody has done a study about the Mayan design principles and used of space, color and proportions. This would make a great thesis for studying design in Meso America right now; don’t you agree?

We’re Men of Maize

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Maya women making fresh tortillas on a clay comal over a wood fire by Rudy Giron

As I have said on AntiguaDailyPhoto.com before, “it is impossible to think of the Guatemalan, Mexican and Mesoamerican diet without maize. From the Popul Vuh (Popol Wuj in modern spelling), the Mayan equivalent of the Bible, which states that humans were literally created from maize, to Miguel Ángel Asturias‘ novel Hombres de maíz (Men of Maize) which is one of the best novels to understand Mesoamerica and its people. Guatemala and Mexico share the birth place of maize, which was and is the most important crop in human history. The richest diversity of maize can be found in Mesoamerica!

Many of the dishes of the Guatemalan cuisine are based on the milpa crops. The term milpa refers normally to a maize field, but it is so much more. In a milpa field there a dozen crops at once: maize, avocados, multiple kinds of squash, chiles (hot pepper chilli), beans, tomatoes, tomatillos, camotes (sweet potatoes), jicama (a tuber also known as sengkwang, yam bean, singkamas, Mexican turnip), amaranth (also called pigweeds) and mucuma (a tropical legume). “Milpa crops are nutritionally and environmentally complementary.” said Charles C. Mann in his book 1491. H. Garrison Wilkes, a maize researcher at University of Massachusetts in Boston is quoted in the same book, “The milpa is one of the most successful human inventions ever created.”

Typical Vista from the Highlands of Guatemala

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Typical Vista from the Highlands of Guatemala by Rudy Giron

Here’s a typical view of the altiplano guatemalteco, Guatemalan highlands, taken somewhere between Huehuetenango and Cuatro Caminos, Totonicapán. I need to take a photographic trip through the highlands; I will soon, I’ll put it on my to do list.

What other photos or places would you like to add to my to-do list?

Río Negro, Baja Verapaz

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Río Negro, Baja Verapaz by Rudy Giron

Here’s an entry for you to practice your Spanish. Please leave a comment with what you understand of the story or better yet, leave an English translation.

“A nosotros jamás nos despertó el sol. Cada día, lo fuimos a buscar. Y lo encontramos. Esto es para toda la vida,” —Erick Barrando, first Olympic medalist for Guatemala.

Esa mañana del domingo desperté con el murmullo de la lluvia y un recuerdo de vacaciones de niñez y amaneceres en una aldea cercana, Niño Perdido; tenía tanto tiempo de no aspirar ese aroma de tierra húmeda de las Verapaces, que no me pude esperar y salí a disfrutar de la madrugada antes que apareciera el sol, cámara en mano por supuesto. A los pocos minutos se apareció Sebastián, Boj’o en Achí, antes que el sol rompiera con fuerza detrás de uno de los cerros. Eran como las 5am y él ya estaba listo para una caminata por la montaña que no sucedería hasta varias horas después. Ahora entiendo muy bien la cita de Erick Barrondo, allá la gente salé a buscar el Sol.

Río Negro guarda una historia que usted debe conocer…

El Centro Histórico y Educativo “Riij Ib’ooy” Río Negro

La cuenca media del río Chixoy o Río Negro tiene mucho que contar:

Es un eslabón importante para comprender los vínculos que conectaron a los Mayas antiguos de las Tierras bajas con los del Altiplano. Aquí se identificaron 45 sitios arqueológicos de hasta 2,500 años de antigüedad. Algunos de ellos están mencionados en el Popol Wuj y otras fuentes históricas mayas.

Es uno de los lugares más indicados para dar testimonio de las atrocidades del conflicto armado y conmemorar el sufrimiento de sus víctimas. Asimismo, es uno de los más apropiados para enseñar a las y los Guatemaltecos, cómo se lucha por la justicia, la dignidad y la paz.

Es una estampa particular de la cultura maya por la convivencia pluricultural y multiétnica de las comunidades lingüísticas Achi’, Poqomchi’, K’iche’ y Q’eqchi’. Debido a su ubicación lejana ha conservado hábitos y técnicas tradicionales que no se encuentran en otras partes del país.

Es el lugar donde actualmente se genera el 30 por ciento de la electricidad que demanda el país. La hidroeléctrica Chixoy es la más grande de Guatemala. Forma un lago artificial de 14 kilómetros cuadrados, similar al de Amatitlán. Contribuye a la independencia económica del país, reduciendo la dependencia del petróleo.

Más información en: Centro Histórico y Educativo “Riij Ib’ooy” Río Negro

Contemplating the rain

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Contemplating the rain by Rudy Giron

Normally, Guatemala’s rainy season lasts for about six months which give Guatemalans plenty of opportunities to contemplate the rain. Often one falls on the contemplating state without even realizing it. As shown in the picture above, the woman gently takes the man out of his enchanted state, I can hear her saying, “honey, here’s the key, go get the car…”

What kind of story can you create for this couple?