Posts Tagged ‘streets’

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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Shuco Eating Contest

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Yesterday was Guatemala’s first Shuco eating contest.
What are shucos? Shucos are a variation of hot dogs; they are much larger and are prepared with different meats and or cold cuts.
Shuco is a Guatemalan slang word for dirty, and there is a story behind the name.
A young female who used to frequent this area of Guatemala City, where shucos are sold in every corner, was once invited to try them “hot dogs” or “panes”, she replied with disgust: I’m not eating that, they are so “shucos” dirty!
Every time she was in the area, the people who sold them shucos asked her if she wanted to try them shucos, and eventually she decided to try them and she loved them! From them on the name Shuco was used to refer to them.
It was a difficult fight! The winner ended up eating ten of these fully loaded shucos. There were 10 people on second places, they managed to eat 9 of them.
How many can you handle?
Oh, by the way, shucos for the contest came fully loaded with steamed cabbage, guacamole, mayonnaise, mustard and the sausages.

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!

This is how we roll

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

I do love a country where there is no proper entity to enforce regulations.
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San Silvestre

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Guatemala’s San Silvestre Road Race is held on December 31st. Having prices for the best costumes makes it a lot of fun for the entire family.

Christmas Season Guatemala

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

One of the beauties of Guatemala is that you can get most of your Christmas shopping done without having to get off your vehicle.

Goat Milk?

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

I spent yesterday’s morning at Zone 1 Guatemala City and I bumped into a herd of goats and of course I had to have a glass (cup) of their milk. Delicious and nutritive for just Q5/$.63 cents.
tchin tchin..
Goat Milk?
Goat Milk?

This is how we roll

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

This is how we roll, how a lot of Guatemalans move around in the city.
If only there was an alternative, only if….(?)
This is how we roll
This is how we roll

Paint it Orange

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Here some politics to get you bored.
My childhood province is being governed by X political party for which Orange is its emblematic color. And of course, everything around town is being painted orange, same tone as the political party. Even the traffic police vehicles have been labeled orange.
Paint it Orange.

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Piñatas

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Piñatas, you can find hundreds of different designs and colors and you can even have them custom made.
This is on Zone 1, Guatemala City adjacent to Parque Colón, an entire street allocated to piñatas business.
Piñata

Remnants of Rock Culture

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

Rock Culture is dying down here in Guatemala.
In fact, there is no single good Rock radio station anymore, the last one they tell me changed its style more than three years ago; now they play pop music. But there still some loyal young people out here.
By chance I ended up at this autograph signing by Alan Boguslavsky, former guitar player of one of the most renown Latin America rock bands. The Dream of the Dead, by Alan Boguslavsky.
Alan Boguslavsky

Street Meal

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

One of the beauties of the Streets and Parks of Guatemala is that you can assemble a full meal with no difficulty.
You can start with a fruit antipasto,
Street Meal
a drink of your choice, including local beer,
Street Meal
your main course; in this case, a perfectly season steak and some scallions,
Street Meal
and as a dessert: Your choice of a Guatemalan Granizada -slush-
Street Meal
or a variety of ice-cream flavors.
Street Meal
Bon Appétit!