Posts Tagged ‘walk’

To You, Stranger

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

To You, Strangers by Hugo Muralles

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me,
why should you not speak to me?
And why should I not speak to you?

— Walt Whitman

Well, they aren’t strangers anymore, but I remembered the poem and wanted to share it with you all, from left to right: Denis, Daniel, Petina and Kevin.  Lovely, warm people.  At this point, we were taking a walk to the center of Santiago Atitlán from  Chacaya village.  Locals told me it’s ok to walk in the day time, at night, not so much, there might be “bad people” they said.

But, in any case, good luck to them in the rest of their respective trips through Guatemala and the rest of the world.

Guatemalans Don’t Walk On The Streets, Final Part

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

A few days ago we talked about how seems difficult to walk down the street in Guatemala City. The talk of the urbanist Gonzalo Melián Marrero was given last year in Francisco Marroquín University describing the social dynamics that we make nowadays.

The malls, poorly maintained parks, entire areas of housing closed because of the insecurity. There’s not to many creative and exciting environments.

Recently came to me, thanks to the recommendation of a friend, the video “Vivir en Común en Guatemala” and it’s about these issues.  Both videos in Spanish.

There are some solutions on the table, private sector, public administrations working to restore parks and avenues, a decent public transport for all… and so on.

Guatemalans Don’t Walk On The Streets

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

At least in Guatemala City.  If you walk ten blocks by choice people will think is too much or you’re crazy.  But if you do, you will find that streets and sidewalks don’t allow it, as shown in the picture.   But this is not new, last year in Guatemala was the architect Gonzalo Melián Marrero, teacher in the IE University School of Architecture doing a brilliant analysis on this subject, I hope to share with you the presentation in a few days, stay tuned.

In the meantime, let us know how much can you walk in the city were you live.


Por lo menos en la Ciudad de Guatemala.  Caminar diez cuadras por elección propia es demasiado para los capitalinos y parece loco.  Pero, si aún así lo haces, encontrarás que las calles y banquetas parecieran no permitirlo, como se muestra en la fotografía.  El año pasado estuvo en Guatemala el Arquitecto Gonzalo Melián Marrero haciendo un análisis brillante sobre la situación mencionada anteriormente.  Espero poder compartir la charla que ofreció en Guatemala con ustedes en los próximos días.

Mientras tanto, déjanos saber ¿qué tanto puedes caminar en tu ciudad?