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Here is some great meat you can get at La Plazuela, a fine restaurant located on one of the most affluent zones of Guatemala City.
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.
Here is some more of the food available in Guatemala.
For some reason Parrilladas, which I have not come out with a proper translation yet -grillsome maybe? with the connotation of a served dish of variety of meats, chorizo, longaniza and chicken, are very popular in fancy dinning here in Guatemala. Argentinians are the best for their quality as far as I’ve experienced. All this for Q370 or $35.
Ok, I’m Eli, not everything is positive: I had to ask three times to three different waiters to get a glass of water at this place.
It depends on the hour you decide to use the Transmetro to feel in a scene from Schindler’s List but, let’s save that for another time.
The “no weapons” sign in Guatemala City shouldn’t surprise anyone. In fact, I would argue that for capitalinos this kind of stuff passes unnoticed already. We’re so used to it. But, It’s not the only prohibition: You can’t take pictures in the surroundings of the transmetro bus stops, which by the way, I take as a challenge.
I completely understand the firearms prohibition, but the cameras, come on!
Since Guatemala is a predominantly Catholic country, it is not surprising that these references appear everywhere. The visit of Pope John Paul II to Guatemala several years ago was recorded in the next plaque, the place where he stayed during his stay in our country.
Maybe one of the most photographed church in Guatemala City, you can tell why. The construction began in 1927 and ended in 1941 through Felipe Yurrita native of Castilla, Spain, in gratitude to the virgin Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, for saving his life during the volcanic eruption Santa Maria in 1902 in the mountains of western Guatemala.
There are many elements and influences that are part of European constructions, due to the personal taste of Yurrita; Romanesque and Byzantine elements, Antonio Gaudi’s Art Nouveau and Moorish architecture, that seems enough to go and take a look, don’t you think?
Nuestra Señora de las Angustias or Yurrita church located in zona 9 with twenty-five meters high stands out in an environment dominated by a thriving city that requires office workers. The contrast is delightful.
It’s the end of the week and all the party places in zona 10 and zona 1 are full. In the main picture, transit in zona 9 is always difficult at the end of the afternoon and all of the transmetros are on the limit of their capacities.
Es el final de la semana y todos los lugares de fiesta en la zona 10 y zona 1 están llenos. En la imagen principal, el tránsito en la zona 9 es siempre difícil al final de la tarde y todos los transmetros están en el límite de su capacidad.
One of the sites that should not miss when are at Guatemala City, especially for its central location, but mostly for its history. The major attraction of Plazuela España is the fountain (fuente) of Carlos III. This monument was erected in memory of King Charles III of Spain. The fountain was initially placed on the city’s Central Park, front the Palacio Nacional. Was transfer to the Plazuela España in 1929.
The architect Antonio Bernasconi was the designer. Originally, the fountain was made with dolphins and horses, symbols of the Spanish monarchy and an equestrian statue of Carlos III. The statue and emblems were destroyed in Independence age. The fountain is actually decorated with a garden with a lot of flowers that never fail to give a special attraction.
text and photo by Miguel Avila