Here is something every Guatemalan knows, Jocotes with a ground and roasted squash seeds, limes juice and salt.
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.
While living in the States, a couple of years ago I was following the news of a former Guatemalan President being detained and sent to prison for several charges. One of the images on Guatemalan TV news was one that really called my attention. It was this congress man going to visit former El Presidente to jail, congressman brings a couple of bags of something I could not distinguish. I asked my now fiance if she new what that was, she tells me “That’s Pollo Brujo!”. Since then, I’ve been craving to try that.
And here it is! It is very tasty and healty, not over seasoned and it is chard broiled. Very simple but tasty, got to top it with some lime juice and it is perfect. Good enough for an imprisoned Presidente, good enough for Eli.
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!
Don’ t you love third world countries burocracy!?
I lost my state ID and had to come to the registry to get a new one.
I came Tuesday and they tell me they weren’t giving line numbers for any of the services, you have to come back tomorrow they say. Came back early Wednesday and staid in line for 8 hours to be given a bill to go pay at a bank near by, went to the bank inmediatly and paid the bill, came back to the resgistry right after and when i arrive they tell me they are not taking any new people in line: you have to comeback tomorrow, they say. I come back early Thursday and they put me in a line for 30 minutes where i was given a piece of paper to write down my personal info. After that I have to join another line where they have one slow person attending the line, which has only move 3 spaces in two hours, ans there are 45 people before I, where they (hopefuly) will attend my request for a new ID.
This is the fast food available for us here in Guatemala.
Entrepreneurs, restaurateurs have failed to adapt autochthonous foods to Guatemalan fast food industry.
At malls I’ve only seen very few places offering authentic Guatemalan foods. Guatemalan cuisine is very rich in styles and flavors and it is very depressing not to see it easily available.
Here is a great opportunity for you entrepreneurs out there…