Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala City’

The International Jazz Festival at Guatemala City Begins!

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

The International Jazz Festival at Guatemala City II by Hugo Muralles

Every year we have this wonderful International Jazz Festival hosted by IGA (Instituto Guatemalteco Americano).  In this press conference, hosted by Ana Sylvia Ramirez, the festival was announced also for Xela, Cobán and Antigua. Most of the concerts are free and the ones you have to pay, really worth it.

In the main picture, also appears the Guatemalan Musician Juan Carlos Murga, he shared some words with the journalists in the press conference, referring to the Jazz listening experience in general he said: “It is uplifting, is something that perhaps have not felt”.

The festival starts today and we have this all month of Jazz to enjoy.  By the way, this is the fifteenth edition.  The best of luck to both organizers and musicians!

Guatemala City

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Guatemala City
This is Guatemala City,
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Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Silhouette by Hugo Muralles

The picture above shows two ladies taking their respective portraits in one of the lake decks at Atitlán. After capturing this moment, I was left thinking on why do we take pictures, and it was inevitable to think of time as the answer, like expressed in the song attached to this posts.

“The clock may not mean much to rabbits and owls”

Anyways, the clock, means -and much- to Guatemala this year:

The Guatemalan Government reports positive progress regarding several issues in the country in its most recent annual report to which, relatively well informed people, qualify fake and insulting.

On the bright side, this week Guatemala City starts officially as Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2015, a title given in previous years to cities like Bogotá and Montevideo. You can check the ongoing cultural agenda that this distinction brings to the city.

Hangman in the Shadow by The Gentle Waves on Grooveshark

Guatemala City

Monday, December 15th, 2014

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Guatemala’s Zone 10 at night.
Beautiful isn’t?

Bike Lanes and Where are the Bicycles?

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Ciclovia La Reforma
Most modern cities around the world are betting on putting in place infrastructure for bicycle transit. The environment, demographic growth and a lot of economic factors demand it.
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Farmer’s Market at Paseo Cayalá

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Picture of the Farmer's Market at Paseo Cayalá by Elí Orozco

The Farmer’s Market at Paseo Cayalá is a private initiative to atrack quality products to Guatemala City’s most luxurious and exclusive neighborhood.

Well, I’m happy I found artisan’s San Marcos Cheese, one of the purest one can get in Guatemala.

I’ll have more of Paseo Cayalá on tomorrow’s post.

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Guatemala City’s Business District

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

I am loving more and more Guatemala City’s Business District, it looks impresive, modern, organized and yeah; clean.
And Weather is giving us some beautiful days.

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Keeping Guatemalan Fit

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Local municipalities have implemented these free aerobics classes on the barrios and neighborhoods of Guatemala City.  Instructors use local parks, they show up six days a week and usually start at 5am and the sessions last about two hours.
How’s yout local government keeping you  fit.

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Museo Numismatico de Guatemala

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Today I went to run some errands and on my way back, staring through the metro’s window at one of the stations I see this big sign saying “Free Entrance”, and of course I had to quickly get out of the metro and check out this numismatic museum.

The museum is a bit small, you can walk the entire expo in less than 15 minutes, perfect for a quick stop. You’ll love that the expositions has the information in Spanish and English as well.

Too bad there were no photographs allowed inside. And no free samples: Damn Bastards! Oh, one of the displays is missing a 50 Quetzals bill, you know you are in Guatemala!

To get to the museum is very easy; its in front of the Banco de Guatemala stop of the metro system.

Oh, something I learnt at the museum; when the country became independent from the Spaniard Crown, we kept the existing governing structure, in fact the same personnel was running the institution. So much about independence….

Museo Numismatico de Guatemala

Museo Numismatico de Guatemala

Cycling

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Cycling is the new trend in Guatemala.
Every week there are about a dozen events for cyclists, from beginners to advance and pros. Some of these events are organized by local municipalities and some others are small private efforts.
Last night there was a fast ride for advance and pro riders, organized by Ciclovida Urbana -a small and independent bicycle store- a good 35ish miles ride going from side to side of Guatemala City.
A lot of the cycling events are design to promote bicycle riding as a safe commuting way, something much needed in this gas-vehicle saturated city of ours.

There are a few infrastructure project for bicycle riders too; bicycle path are popping out in a lot of place, in fact, there is one being built right outside my neighborhood, a good 1.5 miles one.

The bad

Yes, it is a step on the right directions to have these bicycle paths, but they are just independent patches of cycling infrastructure. The one outside my neighborhood is about 1.5 miles and it connects nowhere. There are much larger paths recently inaugurated on the affluent areas of Guatemala City with the same mistake; connecting nowhere. A lot of times I see these infrastructure plans as plain aesthetics projects.
One more thing, if you stand on the side of one of these bicycle paths, you’ll rarely see bicycle traffic, except for that sporadic rider.

And: One of the things a lot of these campaigns and events to promote the use of bicycles have failed to address is the Guatemalan middle class logic.
I’ve been to dozens of these events and a lot, and sometimes the majority of riders arrive at the event driving their gas consuming vehicles. Come on! if you drive your car to one of these event you are defying the logic of it!
But the worst thing about it is that most of the people who arrive by car live just a few miles from it. Guatemala City and the suburbs aren’t very large, you can ride from any of the suburbs to Downtown Guatemala City and it won’t take you more than an hour.
A couple of months ago I went to one of these event at night, we finish the ride around 10 pm and I rode my bike back home, a good 10 miles. On my ride back I see about a dozens vehicles pass by me with their bikes on their roof rack or trunks. And that’s the logic of the Guatemalan middle class. I honestly think they go to these events not because they really sympathize with the cause or understand its logic, no, they just want to show off or socialize.
Oh, let’s not forget that a car represent social and economic Status in the mind of a Guatemalan. Bicycles were/are the transport of the poor, the peasants and lower classes, fortunately this perception is changing.
And I would even dare to say that these events have not convince 1% of the participants to leave their car at home and ride to work one single day. I hope I’m wrong!

El Gallito

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Here is a photograph of something no one dares to.
El Gallito is Guatemala City’s most infamous neighborhood; access streets have been barricaded, there are only a handful of access points, no even Guatemala’s army would dare venturing inside. The neighborhood is said to be controlled by narcotraffickers and gans, in fact; it is said to be split in two areas: Las Calaveras, the area controlled by gans and on the other side the traffickers, a much safer one and discreet.

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El día que Teco Temió, at Teatro Don Juan

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Teatro Don Juan is conveniently located next to Palacio Nacional on Zone 1 of Guatemala City.
They have featured the comedy El día que Teco Temió for a little while and I always wanted to go see it.
The name of the comedy is a play of words roughly translated as The Day Teco feared, or as The Day Teco Pissed on You.

I have an acquaintance who is an actor who works for a small theater in Zone 1 and he tells me things are not great for them, most of the time there are only a handful of spectators in the audience, but this time, for this comedy the theater had fulled its capacity.

I highly recommend this play, but I must tell you that it will challenge your command of this Castilian language with all its Guatemalan variables.