Posts Tagged ‘6 Avenida’

Tasso who?

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Guatemalan writers, poets, singers, famous people walk through Centro Histórico, if we pay attention to people around us big surprises can happen. This time I was gladly surprised to see Tasso Hadjidodou. I had finally the opportunity to know more about him. I had heard he encouraged cultural activities in Guatemala and I saw his statue in 6 Avenida but it was not until I took him a picture that I decided to do a little research. His name is Anastasio but he uses the abbreviation Tasso. His Last name is Greek but he was born in Belgium. After World War II he came to Guatemala and started to work as a cultural attaché of the French Embassy in Guatemala. He was very enthusiastic and soon he was one of the enterprising who collaborate to found “Alianza Francesa” in Guatemala, a language academy that also supports all kind of cultural activities. Tasso has worked in some many cultural activities; he is honorary member of several Associations, supports Festival Centro Histórico and so on. He is now 91 years old and is appreciated for his devoted work.

In this picture you can see him with my friend Omar (former student of Julio Verne School). After greeting him we went to see his statue and guess what we found? The statue was carrying a bag of bread! I wonder if statues help us remember and respect people or are seen just as an ornament.


Human statues

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

One of my favorite place is Zone 1; recently I walk every day through “La Sexta” (Six Street of Zone 1) and I see so many things happening: people walking fast, couples slowly, encounters, children playing around or elderly people getting together, there´s an amazing feeling I can touch Guatemala at a glance.

One of the entertainments and ways of collecting money now is by representing human statues. I am amazed by how people really enjoy it. Sometimes they see a cowboy or an elegant lady, others a pirate or an artist; when the statue comes to life (if someone leaves money) people start laughing, particularly children. Sometimes the audience looks at the human statue with a suspicious look as in “What is he going to do now?!”