Posts Tagged ‘Guatemala’

Vice-president Resigns

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

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Guatemalan Vice-president has just resigned after social and political pressure due to a corruption scandal involving high ranking officials including the assistant secretary of the V.P.’S.
Guatemalans turn to Plaza de la Constitución to celebrate the announcement.

Guate Pride

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Guate Pride by Eddie Deleon

As I previously mentioned, many Guatemalans living in the United States return home during holidays. Many come with their whole families, including some with sons and daughters who are visiting Guatemala for the first time. This year one of them was Hector, my nephew, who was born and lives in Wisconsin. It was great to see him in his “natural habitat” and his Guatemalan pride in full display.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

Corruption

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

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How would you react if the private secretary of the Vice-President was involved (allegedly of course) in a criminal organization? (more…)

How About Swimming in Guatemala City?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

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Guatemalan athletes seem to be having a recent boom in all kinds of disciplines and I just think that in a country so small like ours, this spreads and inspire a lot of people faster than a bigger city. Just to mention a few of them: Mirna Ortiz, Mayra Herrera, Erick Barrondo. Eli has covered a lot of activity with biking and hiking in Guatemala City, but what about swimming?

The cheapest option in Guatemala City probably would be the olympic pool at San Carlos University, is open to the public and I hear it’s not expensive. But I guess if you’re serious about it, you can always consider to enroll in the official national institution: National Federation of Swim, Diving and Water Polo.

There’s always gyms, probably the most expensive of all the options but if you need flexibility related to the location or schedule, this is your best option.

I ignore the exact definition of “open waters” but since Guatemala it’s a country with so many natural resources, I’m sure (and I’ve heard of this) several lakes in the country are used to train this discipline.  In the picture above, a guy swimming in the Lake Petén Itzá.  I hear there’s fear to overcome when swimming in open waters, and from all my fears, this is the greatest one, I think.  Maybe I’ll do a few interviews related to this discipline in the future.

There was no Holocaust!

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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The people in charge of security in the Ghettos were often Jews, and how and why would they turn in their fellow Jews to the Nazi killing machine.
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Guatemala Inspired Art

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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A few weeks ago, a friend from Argentina came to visit. Of course I had to take him to this beautiful peaceful and serene place.
He took some photographs and his mother being a skillful painter, was inspired to draw this scenes.
Do you know where this is?

Guatemala

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

I’ve come across a small relief map of the country of Guatemala at a small shopping center here in 6th avenue, downtown Guatemala City.
What is really interesting is that it shows 50% of Belize’s territory as  belonging to Guatemala.
Here is something for an international crisis!!
Oh by the way; yes that land was stolen by the British.. Shhh…

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Circo Rey Gitano

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

I went for a second visit to the circus, Circo Rey Gitano, Guatemala’s oldest and most famous circus.
This time I went a little earlier to take a better look at the animals.
Do visit your local circus, they take great care of their animals and they are very enthusiastic of their performance, despite all difficulties.
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Stormy night

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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Quetzalteca

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Quetzalteca Rosa de Jamaica in a can!
This is something I noticed recently and and I have no clue since when it has been available, and finally I bought it and tried it.
It is very tasty and easy to drink with a 16 proof, perfect for a hot day.
And just a $1 would get you one of these cans.
Tchin Tchin…
Oh, one more thing: Most Guatemalans call Quetzalteca “Indita”. I personally avoid that term because the word “Indita” is a diminutive of the word “India”, which Guatemalans constantly use a a pejorative and a racist insult, a word that is constantly used to refer to the indigenous people of the country.
So, whenever you can, I advise you to use the real name “Quetzalteca” and avoid the Guatemalan’s name “Indita”.
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Food

Monday, October 21st, 2013

This is a Transmetro, a very large version of a Shuco
Almost fourteen inches of off the grill mixed meats (sausage, chorizo, longaniza, and grilled beef) on a slightly toasted bread, with a healthy spread of Chimichurri, steamed cabbage, ketchup, mayonnaise and mustard. ¡Bueno Probecho!
Oh, all of it for just Q26 or $3.30.
One more thing: the name Transmetro comes from the large articulated buses we use as a metro system.
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October 20th

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Here is a gallery of a October 20th march, commemorating The revolution of 1944. The revolution of 1944 overthrew and bloody dictator and embarked us on a brief democratic period and deep political reforms, until a CIA backed coup d’état overthrew the elected president of Guatemala, which put in place another dictator. For a brief history, checkout AntiguaDailyPhoto.com and an interesting post on the 1944 revolution.
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