Closing down the shop, Downtown Guatemala City.
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You won´t believe the diverse foods available in Guatemala, but what´s most amazing is the price-quality ratio. (more…)
Guatemala is well known for its great variety of fine coffee.
This is the first time I’ve been at La Esquina Jazz Café, and I’m sure people told me about this place at least a year ago, located at 6ta avenida 0-15 zona 2, Guatemala City. It’s a great place to hear live Jazz and have a drink after work. The melody below was part of the restaurant’s playlist that night, according to my friend Luis, thank you for the reference!
World Car Free Day, Guatemala.
I was very impressed by the amount of people who showed up.
This time, I’ll let photos speak for themselves.
I rode from my house in Villa Nueva, a good 10.8 miles to the event, plus a 5 miles loop we did around downtown Guatemala and back to Campo de Marte, and I rode back to my house.
Campo Marte is accessible on a short 30-45 minutes bicycle ride from any of Guatemala City’s Zones and some people showed up driving their motor vehicles with the bike mounted. Come on! It was an event to encourage you to ride your bike to it. Failed!
Besides that, everything was great. I felt an amazing sense of camaraderie.
My bicycle was in the shop for more than two weeks and finally I got it out today.
To test its performance I went on a quick ride from Villa Nueva to Down Town Guatemala City, a healthy 10.5 miles and back.
A red sedan honks at me, passes me and makes a right turn two feet in front of me.
There is an obstacle on my way, I quickly look over my shoulder, there is a car behind me but it is far back enough for me to swirl a little bit to avoid the obstacle, but he honks at me!
I got to Sexta Avenida (Sixth Avenue) and several times people cross the street without looking and I almost bump into them.
But it was a lovely ride. Downtown looks nice, clean, Sexta Avenida is full of life and weather was perfect.
I’ll have to do it again soon.
Sexta Avenida or Sixth Avenue has change a lot since I used to frequent the area more than 16 years ago.
When I was young, we used to come here because the cheapest (and one of the few available) cinema was located here. Pizza was cheap here too, you could get two slices for Q2 or $.25 cents and they were very tasty.
The Avenue was a mess; there were street vendors all over, improvised street shops were the only thing you could see. In fact, one was not able to see the buildings, street shops and shacks blocked the view.
Now the street has been rebuilt, the buildings remodel, Cine Lux, the oldest in Guatemala (I think) has been turned into a theater -a fancy one- and classy business have become establish here.
When I used to walked these streets, no one from the upper social classes would dare stepping here. Now they are the ones frequenting this location. Fancy dinning, international brands stores, chain restaurants among other amenities. One can easily mistake this street with Newbury Street, Boston or an European Street.
Sixth Avenue is becoming a cultural magnet (excluding somewhat the lower classes of society); musicians playing at restaurants, playing on the streets too, street artists are abundant.
I stopped to watch this group of kids break-dancing. The choreography became exiting and entertaining; I had to produce my camera and start shooting.
The kids call themselves: The Sixth Avenue Crew.
A thought: Good or Bad? The old Sixth Avenue was a mess, but the lower classes identified with it. Now the architecture is impressive and inviting in the sense that a charming Expensive Store would be. How can we modernize, without loosing the essence of what the entire society encompasses? Example: How would one feel if traveling to India and finding its streets empty of traditional foods restaurants, no tuc tucs, not thousands of people bumping into you, no bicyclepacks, etc. It wouldn’t be India: Right? Well, I think that’s what is happening here. We are changing our architectural style, or foods or clothing, everything that define us as what we are. How can we go into Globalization and Modernization without loosing our cultural identity?
Let me introduce Lenin Barrera, also known as Rey Pulpo. Guatemala is full of talented people and he is a good example of it. I saw him when I went for a walk on Sexta Avenida -6th Avenue- of Zona 1.
In case you were wondering: No, the paint if nor for sale. He says this one is a work dedicated to his fiancée.