Posts Tagged ‘Ciudad de Guatemala’

Guatemalans love affair with brand names

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Guatemalans who lived in Urban Centers love to display, show off brand names on their apparel, it seems like a cultural obsession with brand names, and this store I saw yesterday captures it with its name. Brandname Charades.

Garifuna Food: Tortillas de Harina

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

I spent some time in Guatemala City yesterday and while I was looking for something to eat, I noticed this Garifuna name at a restaurant. Of course, I love Garifuna food. I felt in love with it when I visited the town of Livingston, on Guatemala’s Atlantic Coast. I had looked for Garifuna food here in Guatemala for a while and I was unable to find any: Too bad!
This restaurant came to rescue me! They opened for business only eight months ago. The place is very small, only four tables and a couple of bar stools. They have a decent variety of Garifuna food, to my delight, they had Tortillas de Harina -flour torillas- The name does not imply much, but they are ginormous and usually they come with a healthy spread of mayonnaise, the tortilla is usually topped with your choice of meat, lettuce salad, fried black beans, rices, some chirmol, grilled potatoes, and scallions.
This place had it perfect! and you’ll be shocked! One of these monsters costs: Q20, $2.60 U.S. Dollars.
This is the Tortilla de Harina at: La Buga, a gariguna style restaurant, close Plaza Mayor, Downtown Guatemala.

la buga

Marimba Day, Guatemala

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In 1995, The Marimba was declared Guatemala’s National Instrument and Feb 20th its commemorative day.
Here are some photograph of the outdoor concert at Plaza Mayor, Downtown Guatemala City to commemorate Marimba Day.

Marimba dancing

Want to see how to dance Marimba? Check out this handsome couple:


Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Ladies, I think those umbrellas are not going to cover much, in fact, I don’t think anything you are wearing is going to cover much.
Edecánes, or Models, are the most common way of promoting a brand or an event here in Guatemala. The more provocative the better.
I got an interesting story about it. Guatemalan Government has an official State Radio station, supposed to promote Culture.
Last year I went to a bicycle event; Vuelta al Mundo Maya, and of course, the chosen way of the State Radio Station to promote “culture” at this event was a tall, blonde female edecán.
Oh, by the way, the word edecán is being misused here in Guatemala, the Castillian definition of the word is not close to the usage given here.

Another Great Steak here in Guatemala

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Here is some great meat you can get at La Plazuela, a fine restaurant located on one of the most affluent zones of Guatemala City.
You can get a fantastic meal here for less than $20 per person. There is only a handful of restaurants known for great quality steaks here in Guatemala and this is one of them.
Bon Appétit..

Zoologico La Aurora

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Zoologico La Aurora, Guatemala City’s only zoo, founded in 1924. It was my first time visiting this area of Guatemala City and I have to accept I was very impressed. The specimens available are not many, but the zoo is well design and maintained. The entrance fee is very low for us locals; less than $4.
I loved their wild cats; they have a couple of Bengal Tigers, an amazing white one! their jaguars are spectacular.
I know you can’t compare it to zoos back in the States or European ones but it is worth visiting.

Cons: I was talking to one of the security guards and I asked him: How many international visitors you usually see here?
He tells me: Not many, “de vez en cuando vienen gringos”, once in a while some “gringos” come to the zoo.
this is what I hate: If most zoo visitors are nationals, why the name and slogan of the zoo has to be stated in a foreign language, English, if we are in Guatemala where Spanish is spoken (not mentioning the native languages)!?

Well, enjoy your visit to the zoo, you won’t be disappointed!

Critical Mass, Guatemala

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Here are some photographs of the Critical Mass ride, Guatemala.
Critical Mass, Guatemala started 8 years ago, an event to promote the use of bicycles as primary commuting method.
There is still much to do, specially breaking the cultural barriers. Here in Guatemala if you ride a bicycle to work; you are poor. If you do well, you have to drive to work or the corner store 300 feet away.
Streets are not as bad as one might think. As I say, most of the factors that make people prefer motor vehicles instead of bicycles are cultural.
I’m glad there are events like this and loyal followers.
Keep Riding!

Ice Rink Downtown Guatemala City

Friday, January 17th, 2014

And of course the day I went to ice skate the rink was down for maintenance. I guess I’ll have to wait until Christmas Season to ice skate here in Guatemala.
The rink is open from mid November to the last week of December.
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From Mercado Central

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Here is a beautiful piece I got the other day at Mercado Central, Downtown Guatemala City’s most important market.
This table runner might cost you up to $100 at a department store, but here in Guatemala you can get it as cheap as Q150, less than $19. So don’t forget to visit Mercado Central in Guatemala City.

At Mercado Central

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Aren’t Guatemalans very clever!?

Guatemalan Spices at CENMA

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


San Silvestre

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Guatemala’s San Silvestre Road Race is held on December 31st. Having prices for the best costumes makes it a lot of fun for the entire family.