Posts Tagged ‘gente’

Guatemalans’ Campfire Stories: El Señoron

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

Campfire Stories
Identities omitted to preserve privacy, all told by the people who lived them

El Señoron
Four Hikers, three males, two of them professionals and a female
We hiked up that volcano and we reached the summit very fast. We had some spare time some we decided to cook and eat lunch on the summit.
We were having fun by the fire and the female drops the pot with boiling water on the foot of one of the two professional mountaineers.
We had to rush down the volcano to get the injury treated. He was in so much pain he could not walk. He had to be carried by two of the male hikers, while I (the remaining experienced mountaineer) and the female walk behind the group.
At some point the female next to me asks me: Hey, who is the woman walking along the other three hikers?
You are the only woman here with us I tell her, while I slowly turned my head towards the leading hikers and see a silhouette of a woman walking next to them. I was shocked without noticing it, the silhouette disappears.
Sometime later we came back to the same volcano and the hike up was perfect, the road was clear and weather was nice. On our way back there were hundreds of branches, recently cut, blocking the same clear road we had just passed, impossible for a human to do so much work in so little time.
Later while talking to some locals we tell them about our strange experiences at that volcano and asked them if they had witnessed such thing here before.
One of the locals tells us: Ese es el señoron! That’s the Big Mister, later explaining that’s how they called the Devil in that town. “In fact, there is a cave with a drawing of El Señoron and people come here to worship him and to talk with him..” the local tells.
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Sexta Avenida in Style

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Paseo Cayalá: Guatemalans Ice Skating

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Yes, we have ice rinks here in Guatemala, in fact there is a free one promoted by the central government at Parque Central.
This one is at Ciudad Cayalá. Small in size but full of fun and laughs. Check it out next time you are around.
Oh, if you were wondering: yes, one week I’m drinking pinas coladas at 90F here in Guatemala and next week I’m ice skating.

Honeymooning in Guatemala: The Fisherman.

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

I’ll start a small series with photographs of my Honeymoon. I did not take many photographs but there are a few interesting ones.
The Fisherman. Cast net fishing is a very common practice on the shores of Guatemala. While walking along the beach I saw multiple people in different occasions cast net fishing, and in fact I was able to help some young boys pull their net once, and we did catch some sea bass. I’ll share those photos when I recover from my “vacation”..
The Fisherman

Tres Pueblos, by Proyeccion Folklorica Zoel Valdes

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

First Act depicts the daily life and dancing of the Chorti People, an ethnic group of Mayan origin.

Second act depicts life and dancing of the Garifuna People, brought to the country as slaves during colonial times.

Third act is about Day of the Death and kite flying. For Mayan people, the flight of kites symbolizes the journey of relatives soul to the after life. If the kite flies high; it means the soul is ascending to heaven. If the kite is having trouble gaining altitude and stability; it means the soul is going to the purgatory. And if the kite fails to lift or dives down, it means the soul is going to hell. Think about it next time you see them kites.

The Artists:

Proyección Folklórica Zoel Valdés at Teatro Abril

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Actors of Proyección Folklórica Zoel Valdés, founded by Professor and Folklorist Zoel Arturo Valdés Molina, with 35 years of experience interpreting Guatemalan Folklore and Traditions.
It was a three acts play. I’ll have more photos tomorrow.
Young Casting

Serenata

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

This is how Guatemalans start their birthday.
If you ever wondered what was that live music at 5am, it was a birthday serenade.
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Campesino March

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Where are you coming from I asked a female on the march. I came from (near) Raxruha, she says. We left the town at 1am to be here at 7 (am). I saw another woman with a Raxruha style Mayan dress carrying a child on her back. On one of the photos you could see another female who walked all the way with high heels.

I asked another person: Where are you coming from? From Huehue (Huehuetenango Province). And what time you left your town, I asked. We left at midnight because roads are bad, he states.  These are people with strong convictions; Hombres de Maiz we called them, Men of Maize.

I rode my bike, they all walked. My bicycle computer tells me it was more than 9 miles from where they started to the renderzvous point at Parque Central. More than two thousand (my count) people walk almost 10 miles to make their voices heard. Their slogans were: We work hard to feed the country and we are excluded from government programs, Our lands are stolen from us to plant bio-fuels (African Oil Palm), The Government says they give us help, but all those are lies, among many others.

It was a very peaceful march, flanked by a light contingent of police forces.

This is the Guatemala we live in, full of injustices and voices not heard.

Marcha Campesina

Remnants of Rock Culture

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Rock Culture is dying down here in Guatemala.
In fact, there is no single good Rock radio station anymore, the last one they tell me changed its style more than three years ago; now they play pop music. But there still some loyal young people out here.
By chance I ended up at this autograph signing by Alan Boguslavsky, former guitar player of one of the most renown Latin America rock bands. The Dream of the Dead, by Alan Boguslavsky.
Alan Boguslavsky

Street Fashion

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Street Fashion, Sixth Avenue, Guatemala City.

Street Fashion

Desayuno Chapín

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I know you all have seen more elegant, more sophisticated, more abundant and richer versions of a Desayuno Chapín -Guatemalan Breakfast-.
There is not set of rules nor it is written in stone what a Desayuno Chapín should be, or should contain. In my opinion, the Desayuno Chapín should reflect Authenticness -my word-, devotion to aboriginal ingredients, and the most important; Practicality. Again, in my opinion; Desayuno Chapín is about what’s practical but still tasty, not about presentation or fanciness. And what I show you here is what a Desayuno Chapín is and has been for the largest segment of the population, especially in the countryside.
And I’ll have this Desayuno Chapín go against any at a distinguished restaurant.
Que ricos estan los frijoles -So tasty are them Frijoles- I told the female attending the shop. Es que estan hechos con cariño -It is because they are made with love/passion/affection- she tells me. That’s something you are not likely to get at a fancy restaurant.
Desayuno Chapin

Guatemalan Ingenuity

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

This is something I stumble upon yesterday.
Very inventive way to put to use old bicycles and transformed them into to something useful.
They have the shop in the province of Chimaltenango, the town of San Andres Itzapa. Check’m out sometime.
Guatemalan Ingenuity