Posts Tagged ‘Zone 1’

La calle donde tu vivias ( The street where you lived)

Monday, April 27th, 2015

La calle donde tu vivias ( The street where you lived)

Many Guatemalans who live in the United States return home during mayor holidays, like Semana Santa or Holy Week. Some are coming back for the first time in decades, others make the effort to come back every year. They bring their children and wives to walk the streets and visit the places they knew as children. One of the first stops is your old house or street. This is a shot of my street in the historic center of Guatemala City. Nothing prepares you for the torrent of emotions that overwhelm you when you recognize your old house.

photo and text by Eddie Deleón

El día que Teco Temió, at Teatro Don Juan

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Teatro Don Juan is conveniently located next to Palacio Nacional on Zone 1 of Guatemala City.
They have featured the comedy El día que Teco Temió for a little while and I always wanted to go see it.
The name of the comedy is a play of words roughly translated as The Day Teco feared, or as The Day Teco Pissed on You.

I have an acquaintance who is an actor who works for a small theater in Zone 1 and he tells me things are not great for them, most of the time there are only a handful of spectators in the audience, but this time, for this comedy the theater had fulled its capacity.

I highly recommend this play, but I must tell you that it will challenge your command of this Castilian language with all its Guatemalan variables.

Astronaut on Parque Central

Monday, October 14th, 2013

They call us “Aliens” back in the States, but NASA took it way too serious…
Astronaut on Parque Central

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?

Campesino March

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Where are you coming from I asked a female on the march. I came from (near) Raxruha, she says. We left the town at 1am to be here at 7 (am). I saw another woman with a Raxruha style Mayan dress carrying a child on her back. On one of the photos you could see another female who walked all the way with high heels.

I asked another person: Where are you coming from? From Huehue (Huehuetenango Province). And what time you left your town, I asked. We left at midnight because roads are bad, he states.  These are people with strong convictions; Hombres de Maiz we called them, Men of Maize.

I rode my bike, they all walked. My bicycle computer tells me it was more than 9 miles from where they started to the renderzvous point at Parque Central. More than two thousand (my count) people walk almost 10 miles to make their voices heard. Their slogans were: We work hard to feed the country and we are excluded from government programs, Our lands are stolen from us to plant bio-fuels (African Oil Palm), The Government says they give us help, but all those are lies, among many others.

It was a very peaceful march, flanked by a light contingent of police forces.

This is the Guatemala we live in, full of injustices and voices not heard.

Marcha Campesina

Scratch Tickets

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Scratch Tickets have arrived in Guatemala!
Great, now we can go spend our money on hopeless odds.
As far as I know, this is the only Scratch Ticket in Guatemala, and it became available two months ago.
Scratch Tickets

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!

Street Fashion

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Street Fashion, Sixth Avenue, Guatemala City.

Street Fashion

Riding the Streets

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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.

Riding the Streets


Il Maestro

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Il Maestro
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.

Beware of the dog

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

One thing is for sure, everywhere you go, you’ll find dogs, all types of them! Here a cute doggie watching the entrance

In zone 1 It’s difficult to find parking places, particulary weekdays after 7pm. I’ve heard people say they don’t go to Zone 1 because there’s no parking next to the place they want to go and they would not feel safe walking the streets.

What’s been your experience when visiting Zone 1? Is parking really a deal breaker?



Café Gran Hotel

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Localizado en la Zona 1, el Café del Gran Hotel abrió sus puertas apenas hace unos meses. Entre las ventajas que tiene el Café es que cierran un poco más tarde que la mayoría de los cafés de la zona y a la par está el Bar del Gran Hotel dónde se promueven diversas actividades artísticas.  Es un ambiente tranquilo y agradable.

Coffee Shop Gran Hotel is located in Zone 1.  It closes a bit later than other coffe shops in the area and it is near its Bar where a lot of artistic events take place. It provides a nice atmosphere.