Posts Tagged ‘Guatemalan Society’

Guatemalan Children

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Don’t you love the innocence of our newest generations. (!?)
This is another of the fine ways our children get some peaceful distractions here in these suburbs.

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.

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.

Guatemalans’ Campfire Stories: UFOs

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

By a respected Guatemalan Mountaineer

I friend of mine and I were on a very long hike on the mountain range. This is a beautiful hike, you get to walk on this mountain pass where to your left and right you have an open view of the low lands.
We were walking here when we noticed a strange shape light on the sky on or right side. It was a cylindrical shape, it was static, it did not move, which seemed very strange for us. We were staring at it for a while and all of the sudden it starts moving away very fast and it disappears in the distance.
We were shock by the experience we had to stop walking and just lay on the grass for a little while.
Later we pickup ourselves and keep on walking. Not much later we once again see something in the sky. This time there we two identical lights, cylindrical in shape too, on the sky above us.
We stare at the lights and we witnessed a beam of light emitted by one of the lights towards the other light. And not long after that event, the two lights disappear.
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Guatemalans’ Campfire Stories: The Guardian of the Mountain

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Guardian of the Mountain
By a experienced Guatemalan mountaineer
We were a small group of hikers, on our way down from the summit; I decided to stay behind the group.
There was nobody else at the summit, just us.
I started walking down and all of the sudden I hear steps behind me. I stopped walking and the steps stopped as well. I continue walking and I hear the noise of the road stones being kicked. I tell myself this is very strange but I continue walking and I continue hearing those footsteps behind me.
I got so scared I had to stop and it just occurred to me to talk out loud.
I know you are the guardian of the mountain and look, we did not cause any harm and did not leave any trash behind and now we are leaving in peace.
I continue walking and the noise, the steps behind me were gone.IMG_7653

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.

Of Tacos and Bastardization of a Language

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

A rather funny story!

Last night I went to a very famous “Mexican tacos” restaurant here in Guatemala City.
I asked the waitress for a drink and then asked her in proper Spanish “Are drinks unlimited”, as free refilling of your drink has become very popular at restaurants here in Guatemala. The waitress excuses herself and asks me what had I said.
¿Las bebidas son ilimitadas? Are drinks unlimited? I asked once again.
She stares at me with a brief pause and says: I’m sorry, I don’t understand you.
I look towards my wife, I sigh and turned my sight towards the waitress and speaking slowly I tell her: “Tienen Refill” Do you have refills. I very mediocre and bastardized Spanish, very common in Guatemala.
It really gets me that proper Spanish would not be understood, and a corrupted form with an anglicism would.
Well, tacos were good by the way.
This is what you get for $7. US. Dollars!

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!

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.

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!

Sexta Avenida in Style

Saturday, December 21st, 2013