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Having pets neutered might be too costly for an average Guatemalan.
Cuatro Grados Norte (Four Degrees North) used to be a very prominent area of Guatemala City.
Guatemalan middle class has found sanctuary living within gated communities.
Necessity is the mother of all inventions,
Pasos y Pedales is an activity organized by Guatemala City’s Municipality and its has been implemented in other towns and municipalities.
Maximón is a deity worshiped by followers of Mayan religions.
The exact origin of the cult to Maximón is unclear, but it seems to be an adaptation of a Pre-Columbian Mayan Mam deity to the Christian Judas Iscariot.
Guatemalan Modern Society does not show many traces of an independently developed culture, many of the religious rituals, celebrations, etc. are offspring of the colonizers. When you attend a Guatemalan birthday, a graduation, a wedding, you’ll feel like it could be in any European, Western country; the music, the food, the ambiance: true, in Guatemala City, middle class Guatemalans rather sign the happy birthday song in English.
I’m glad there are the indigenous people who refuse to leave their customs.
They’ll attend a wedding wearing their regional güipil (Mayan Dress), despite the rest of the attendees wearing formal Westernized clothing.
I attended a wedding this last Saturday and I was a witness to this cultural phenomena, and in fact, I saw an elderly man carrying his belongings in a “Sute” a large colorful fabric that wraps around them.
If it wasn’t for these little details, many times unnoticed, the even’t would’t have had that Guatemalan touch.
Security measures are very tight here in Guatemala.
Most (all?) formal business usually have armed personnel guarding their entrance; you’ll see them everywhere.
Security measures are so strict, even at your local supermarket you’ll have four watchtowers, one at every corner, keeping an eye over the parking lot.
Yes! Your groceries are safe here in Guatemala!