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Food

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

More of the foods available to us here.
A couple of months ago, two friends of mine came to visit me. One of them was told by a friend who came to Guatemala before her, that food was bad, there were no options and only rise and beans was her diet for several days. My friend was expecting something like that, but we ended up having a great food experience. Here in Guatemala you can have a fabulous meal for Q100 or les than $15 U.S. of A. Dollars. (Well, out of the range for the Guatemalan working class.) But for those of you used to the First World currencies, restaurant prices are a bargain.
Yesterday the Chef prepared this special dish for me: a 12oz chicken breast with red wine sauce, fruit salad, and some of the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever tried. Oh man, this dish was to die for, specially that wine sauce. and to top it of; a delicious freshly made Red Sangria.

All this for Q50 or $6.40 U.S. of a Dollars.
Pollo Asado
Sangria

Wild Flower

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

To see a world in a grain of sand and Heaven in a Wild Flower, hold infinity in the palm of your hand and eternity in an hour. William Blake.
Wild Flower

Pork Loin

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Lomo de Cerdo Asado.

By chance I ended up at this restaurant. I wasn’t expecting much really. But I was very impressed by the elegance and the quality of the loin.
It was very juice and delicious.
If you are around San Miguel Duenas, I recommend stopping by.
Prepared to be shocked!
Q17 plus the drink or $2.18 U.S. of A Dollars. (!)
My meat was served right off the grilled. I suggest going there early so you can get the same.
Grilled Pork Loin

Mercado de San Lucas

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

I am a person who always likes to try new things. I try to avoid going to the same restaurant too often, that way I’ll be forcing myself to try something different, something new. Mercado de San Lucas, a local market on the road to La Antigua Guatemala, offers a great selection of restaurants, with a great selection of grilled meats and poultry. I’ve tried many of the food stands but I keep coming back to the same one. Their meats are grilled to perfection, the Atol de Elote is delicious and the chicken is to die for.
I started my meal with a cup of Atol de Elote, followed by a Tortilla con Adovado, and then a Tortilla con Carne de Res (with grill beef) and top it off with a Tostada de Guacamol. All this for less than $6.50.
One thing: Everyone I know calls it “Mercado de San Lucas”, which for some time I did too. Until not long ago, walking the streets of San Lucas I found the Real “Mercado de San Lucas”.  And upon paying more attention I saw the name of the  “Mercado”  with the food stands, but I can remember it right now. Again Guatemalans not calling things by their right name.
Atol de Elote

 

 

Street Performers

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Street Performers
Another very talented Street Performer I found on the Streets of San Lucas, Sacatepequez, Guatemala. Gabriel performs on the streets to try to make an honest living.

Le Tour

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Le Tour
Vuelta Ciclistica a Guatemala.
Despite its difficulties, there is a small number of people who practice Cycling. I’ve done routes where you can reach 45mph on perfect pavement, and I’ve encountered Steep Hills that have proven too much for me -yet-. And as you can see, there is a large Cycling event every year. I was lucky enough to be walking on the road where Le Tour happen to pass today.

Barriletes Gigantes de Sumpango

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Well, Sumpango was a lot of fun.  Every November 1st, you’ll find this festival in Sacatepéquez, where among other things you can see giant kites made exclusivly for this day. And for a few Quetzales you can fly one on your own, which never fails to entertain.  Each giant kite takes several months of preparation, creativity are rewarded.  The event has existed for some time now and was recognized as a cultural heritage of Guatemala by the Ministry of Culture.

In the main picture, a couple of girls trying to get a photograph on one of the kites.   So, there it is, that’s my particular view from The Giant Kite Festival, Myrna also has published about it, dont miss it.

Hip Hop Draws Youth Away from Violence in Guatemala

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Hip Hop Draws Youth Away from Violence in Guatemala by Leonel -Nelo- Mijangos

In Guatemala hip hop is not just a dance or lifestyle; hip hop is a way out; a way out of gangs and violence, a way out of red zones and dangerous neighborhoods.

A quick Google search about hip hop in Guatemala took me to the website GuatemalaHipHop.com from where I grabbed the song above. Also, in the results I found this interesting article about Trasciende, an organization who teaches youth about hip hop and promotes peace, love, unity and enjoyment. Below you can find a fragment of the article and an overview video clip about Trasciende and hip hop in Guatemala.

… In the context of this reality one would not expect the youth to organize nonviolent actions, workshops or, as we shall see, an academy that teaches the principles of nonviolence. Yet, if we were to take a stroll down Calle 12 and 6ta Avenida, of Zone 1 in Guatemala City, we would find a group of mostly young men who celebrate the spirit of nonviolence every day.

Trasciende, an organization founded in 2009 by a group of five B-boys (break dancers), is a hip-hop academy that offers art workshops as a means to draw the youth away from violence and into a peaceful environment. Mr. Fer, the head of the academy, meets regularly with those who attend the workshops to discuss the four values Trasciende promotes—Peace, Love, Unity and Enjoyment… continue reading the entire article at Waging Nonviolence.

photo by Leonel [Nelo] Mijangos.

Sunrise Over Guatemala City

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Amanecer en Guatemala City

This shot of the sunrise over Guatemala City was taken from the mirador (lookout point) in San Lucas Sacatepéquez. Sometimes it pays to get up before the sun. 😉

Esta foto del amanecer sobre la Ciudad de Guatemala fue tomada desde el mirador de San Lucas Sacatepequéz. A veces, sólo a veces, vale la pena levantarse antes que el sol. 😉

Hip-Hop Is Alive in Guatemala

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
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Hip hop is having a strong come back in Guatemala. The photographer Morena Pérez-Joachin is documenting it. Check out Morena’s hip hop portfolio at La urbe

An Exercise of Balance and Concentration

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Walking around Antigua Guatemala in high heels is a great demonstration of balance and concentration.

Topless

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Topless by Rudy Girón

This photo represents the meeting point between the fantasy of advertising and the harsh reality of Guatemala.

What do you think of it?


Esta foto representa el punto de encuentro entre la fantasía de la publicidad y la dura realidad en Guatemala.

¿Qué opinan?