Well, the art festival at zone 1 it’s over; what could be better than a cello concert in the Presidential Palace? I had the chance to see this guatemalan musician before; Ricardo del Carmen Fortuny also directs choirs, for example.
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He always has been this sort of ghost for me, I’ve see him at night, always at night… really late in the night and then he disappears. That’s more than enough for me, I’m pleased with the legend, with his ability to slip away and move something inside of you. And that’s what I really want you to know about his persona: The mysticism and the caliber of his words.
He’s a great poet and performer, the best I’ve ever seen live. Just today, I had the chance to see him for the second time ever, I don’t think he does much performances this days, but I’m not sure, he has been doing it for over fifteen years now.
So, if you have the opportunity to catch him someday in a live performance, don’t miss him, he may be without notice in the evening’s program.
Several months ago I was writing about how many people and myself was actually using a few coffee shops in the city as a (co)working space, chances are you don’t get to see how this is not the standard but, let me tell you, moving around the city with expensive equipment (cameras, computers and other gadgets) it’s for adventurous and fearless people. That being said, not all the battles are lost.
El Qüid it’s one of the two co-working spaces I’ve come to know in the city. The other one it’s called “Chamba” each one a few steps away in zone 4. This area in the city once was also know for having the best partys but also for its decline from a comercial point of view; now, another story begin, involving hard working people. But that’s not the only thing… tonight, actually, I’m gonna stay here (at El Qüid) for a documentary projection; they have cultural activities which as you may know by now, I’m all for it.
This is my first time in El Qüid, there’s good music in the background, coffee and beer, although, is a bit empty right now. The idea may be great, and the price is certainly fair. It’s for the people to choose if this it’s a good idea or not. Ernesto, one of the heads of this place, was kind enough to let me stay today for the rest of the afternoon, at this point they offer weekly and monthly plans. There’s still some construction and noise going on, but you just have to be patient I guess.
Kudos for El Qüid, good lighting, background music, reasonable prices, frendly people, interesting events, keep up the good work!
There is only one Toll Road here in Guatemala. I’ve travel this route by bicycle several times and last Sunday I had to travel by car. The price was around $1.94. Not a big deal right? Well, this stretch of road is not more than 18.5 miles, the average price per mile: ¢.10 U.S. Dollars. Almost as expensive as those toll roads in the U.S.A. (¢20 U.S. Dollars per mile). Not a big deal right, except for: the average income in the U.S. is around $2,300 monthly and the Guatemalan average monthly income is around $350.
Don’t you love our Corporatocracy!?
OK, for this one I’m going to require assistance.
I’ve been to many towns, big and small throughout the country and I’ve seen this Water-Jar style sculpture. This particular one is at a park on Sixth Avenue, Zone 1, Guatemala City.
Is there a social context about this theme? I’ve asked people around the parks where I’ve seen them but everyone is as clueless as I am.
Can Anyone elaborate on this?
Quetzalteca Rosa de Jamaica.
This is a very delicious Hibiscus infused liquor. There is an interesting story behind this.
When I left Guatemala, there was just one Quetzalteca -the unflavored one-. I come back and find Rosa de Jamaica, and later a Horchata infused Quetzalteca.
Quetzalteca unflavored was a very inexpensive alcoholic drink, not so great tasting and known to be the drink of choice of the poor, uneducated and your last resort; sort of the Cossack or Popov vodka equivalent in Guatemala.
Not long ago they change their strategy and created these new flavors, gave the brad a more refined appeal and targeted the young crowds.
It did work and to be honest, it is quite delicious. Have a glass next time you are in Guatemala.
My bicycle was in the shop for more than two weeks and finally I got it out today.
To test its performance I went on a quick ride from Villa Nueva to Down Town Guatemala City, a healthy 10.5 miles and back.
A red sedan honks at me, passes me and makes a right turn two feet in front of me.
There is an obstacle on my way, I quickly look over my shoulder, there is a car behind me but it is far back enough for me to swirl a little bit to avoid the obstacle, but he honks at me!
I got to Sexta Avenida (Sixth Avenue) and several times people cross the street without looking and I almost bump into them.
But it was a lovely ride. Downtown looks nice, clean, Sexta Avenida is full of life and weather was perfect.
I’ll have to do it again soon.
As I promised: I got to save photographs I had on my ruined camera and I’ll share some stories captured by these photographs.
Most tourist take the Izabal route to get to Petén. I choose to take the route from Coban, Alta Verapaz. It takes a little bit longer but more tranquil than riding on the traditional route.
From Coban, Alta Verapaz you hop on a bus heading to Raxruhá, around 4 hours drive. A few miles before the town of Raxruhá you get off at the crossroad to Petén. At this crossroad you start to try to get a ride, standing on the side of the road. If you are luck you’ll catch one of these minibuses. When I arrived here, there was one minibus about to leave. It was packed with people, local farmers and peasants, in fact, people couldn’t fit inside anymore, they were climbing to the roof of the vehicle. Not a big deal for locals. Well, Eli is not patient and will not stay here waiting indefinitely for another transport. Eli is rough too, so does not mind traveling like the locals do. Somehow you have to hold to your stuff and grab onto something on the roof. And do this while trying to take photos going at 50mph.
I felt the ride from Raxruhá to Sayaxché took forever. But the distance is not so great. On your personal vehicle it should not take more than two and a half hours.
The minibus leaves you close to the river crossing. They charge you Q2 for a person to cross, Q10 for a vehicle. On the other side of the river there is a fine road that leads to Flores Petén and the rest of the Petén everyone knows.
At this crossing station you can find launches taking tourists to ancient Mayan site of Aguateca. There are some other Mayan sites in the area and you’ll always find a person willing to take you there for a moderate price.
A 2-3 hours up Rio La Pasion will put you at Laguna Petexbatun, home to the Mayan Aguateca Site. The jungle surrounding the lagoon is home to hundreds of species of birds and mammals. Often you’ll see spider monkeys and howler monkeys close to the shore.
Amphibian on my way, road from Aguateca to Sayaxche. If you pay attention, the mud you see in the photo is what I talk about on a previous post about a jungle trek from Aguateca to Sayaxche.
Here is another of my spontaneous trips here in Guatemala City. Weather was good so I drove to Parque Naciones Unidas, an easy 10 minutes drive from my house, or 35 minutes from Guatemala City.
The park has replicas of the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Zaculeu. There is a life size replica of Central Park of Antigua Guatemala too.
This scene lasted for more than 4 minutes. In fact we couldn’t change lanes right when we needed. We had to wait for the group to pass .
No, it was not a motorcycle parade, just a regular morning traffic here in Guatemala City.
I ride my bicycle to Guatemala City often enough and many times with dense traffic I opted for riding together with the motorcycle groups because they (we) move much faster than cars. I named this ridding in group Rudeltaktik (in reference to the U-boot tactics), what the english connotation would be Wolfpack.