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Having pets neutered might be too costly for an average Guatemalan.
Germán Giordano will be, without a doubt, one of the most charismatic and talented musicians we’ll see on stage for a long time in the guatemalan music scene. He has over forty years making music.
His remarkable musical career was celebrated with a magnificent concert in which he played -with several invited musicians- some of the most iconic and important pieces of jazz of all time. And so The International Jazz Festival was inaugurated a few days ago. Don’t miss the upcoming updates.
There’s a recent boom in digital media in Guatemala, journalism is taking the big leap to Internet or at least that’s what one could hope: There are a few decent sources that are not that focused on getting page views in order to sell big numbers to advertisers, one of them, Plaza Pública is celebrating four years of work. In the main picture, Luis Soto, Deccio Serrano, Jesús Alfonso and Marvin Del Cid.
As a terrible side note: The photographer and journalist Luis Soto was robbed the same day this talk took place, with tears in his eyes he told this awful experience; lost all of his equipment, he said.
This bad experience among others, were shared in this brief talk meant to discuss the pros and cons about their work in Guatemala. Overall, they all agreed in the fact that they are not risking their lives for a front page picture, but they also admit, the adrenaline and passion sometimes makes it hard to draw the line.
I find people was really interested in this subject, which is always good for everyone. They also mentioned there’s a need for support from the heads in the traditional media to recognize the value of their work, and everything that goes with the profession, from fair salaries to psychological assistance.
One of my favorite photographers in Guatemala, Sandra Sebastian was in the audience, supposedly she was invited to be part of the speakers but she refused. I’ll try to reach her in the future.
By the way, sad and terrible news for this profession and the freedom of speech, a few days ago. (Spanish)
Every year we have this wonderful International Jazz Festival hosted by IGA (Instituto Guatemalteco Americano). In this press conference, hosted by Ana Sylvia Ramirez, the festival was announced also for Xela, Cobán and Antigua. Most of the concerts are free and the ones you have to pay, really worth it.
In the main picture, also appears the Guatemalan Musician Juan Carlos Murga, he shared some words with the journalists in the press conference, referring to the Jazz listening experience in general he said: “It is uplifting, is something that perhaps have not felt”.
The festival starts today and we have this all month of Jazz to enjoy. By the way, this is the fifteenth edition. The best of luck to both organizers and musicians!
I love the cultural aspects of Guatemalan heavy traffic.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Big cities, hostiles 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: