Archive for the ‘Guatemala’ Category

Danza de los Diablos

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Today I went to an independence day celebration held at Guatemala City’s Teatro Nacional.
To my surprise, the Ballet Moderno y Folklórico of Guatemala performed my favorite Mayan Q’eqchi’ Dance.
This dance can be traced to before colonial times, and its meaning is quite exquisite. Each of the dancer is to represent a demon, the interesting part is on the name of each of the demons; each one representing ills affecting the local population and the main character of the dance, the Mayor Demon’s name Laj xik’ translates as “Bat”. There is a large bat population on the areas around where this dance originates, and some how, Mayans knew these bats were the carriers of the diseases affecting them.

Too bad tonight’s version did not come with the pyrotechnics.

And yeah, Mayans where playing with fire on the stage before Rammstein.

Danza de los Diablos

Danza de los Diablos

Guatemalan Ironies

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

You can find anglicism used everywhere in Guatemala. What makes this ironic is that it is being used by a member of the Guatemalan Culture Department.
Ironic to see that the Department of Culture prints their shirts with the D. C. logo and an anglicism instead of the proper Spanish word Equipo or Personal.

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Guatemalan Health Care

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Believe it or not, Guatemala has some great doctors, a lot of them specialized in the U.S. of A.
In fact, my doctor treating me for a severe throat infection, was a doctor a respected hospital in Houston Texas, where he used to charge $200 for an apointment. Here you get him for Q100 ($13).
Dental work, or specialists aren’t expensive either. You can go to Guatemala’s best dentist and you won’t spend more than $30 on your apointment.

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21k Guatemala

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Today was Guatemala City’s 21k race, one of the most important sporting events on the region.

And of course, the runners who win are always the Kenyans.
I saw them after they had run half of the track (10.5 Km.) I took a couple of photos of them and I ran to take second shots but I couldn’t catch up with them!

This event is well recognized, there are runners from all over the world and today there were more than 11 thousand runners; about 8 thousand registered runners and a whole bunch who just do it for fun.

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Museo de Arqueología

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This was a short spontaneous visit to Guatemala City’s Museo de Arqueología
I am always at awe when I see the beautiful art Mayan Civilization created.

Katok

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Today by chance I happened to stop for a quick bite at Katok.
Katok was a landmark restaurant on the highway to Guatemala’s Highlands. It was a lonely restaurant for decades, and now, after their great success, there are about a dozen restaurants on the highway around them.
And this success led them to open new locations all around Guatemala City and its suburbs.

You got to try this!
Their Hamon Serrano, a Spaniard style cured ham, cured at on the dry highlands of Guatemala, is served on thin slices and that’s all you need.
After you try this, trust me, you’ll be coming back as often as you can.

Hammon Serrano

Hammon Serrano

Solar Power

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Though it is not widely spread yet, there are some houses and business that have adopted this alternative power source.
Lets just hope it becomes more common.

Solar Power

Solar Power

Kaminaljuyu

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Kaminaljuyu or City of the Dead was an important Mayan City located at the intersection of the trading routes of the Mayan Cities of the North, South, and the Highlands and there is evidence of trade with the Mexican City of Teotihuacan, more than 650 miles away.
This Mayan urban center was more than 5 square kilometers. Most of it was assimilated by the modern city of Guatemala and of its 200+ identified structures only 33 remain.
The protected area of this ancient Mayan City is only a couple of street blocks.

The site still sacred for followers of Mayan Religions and rituals, you can see Mayan Ceremonies being performed every day and if you pay attention to detail, you’ll see offerings of flowers and pine needles (to cleanse the site) next to trees.
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Feeling Wrath and Awe
You are at awe when you imagine the wealth of this city and you can see this wealth on the thousands and thousands of pieces of fine Mayan Pottery scattered on the soil. And for modern society this is worth crap!

Conveniently located, it is very easy to get to and bypassed by many tourist, nationals and foreign. Don’t miss a chance to visit the site. If there is no traffic, it won’t take you more than 15 minutes from the airport or Downtown Guatemala City.

Guatemalan Mariachi

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

I’ve always wonder: Why is always the shortest mariachi who gets to play the largest instrument? Is it a rule?

Guatemalan Mariachi

Guatemalan Mariachi

Housing

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Land in Guatemala has become increasingly scarce.
Agricultural land: in places like the U.S.A. at the most fertile regions of the country, you can get an acre for about $5 K.
If you are lucky, for that money you can get a 10th of an acre here in Guatemala.
Prices are even worse for commercial or residential real state; In places like La Antigua Guatemala, a house might be as expensive (or more!) as buying property in a wealthy suburb of N.Y. City or Boston.
This scarcity and high prices for land have pushed Guatemalans to use every inch available as we can see here.

Housing

Housing

Even residential complexes are forced to construct smaller and smaller houses, at least this one is colorfully charming.

Housing

Housing

Art

Monday, July 14th, 2014

You can find beautiful forms of art at the most unexpected places.
This image is at an outer wall of a house in the suburbs of Guatemala City.

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Chinese Food

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Chinese Food is popular in Guatemala (where it is not?) and there are all kinds of options.
And you won’t believe prices!
For example, you can get a plate of this for less than $8 U.S.A. Dollars.

Chinese Food

Chinese Food