Sunday, August 29, 2010

The "Lunch Truck" less the truck.


Here is the lunch that was dropped off by the truck. A corner in Zone 12 where in a few hours a vendor will soon be surrounded with factory workers buying lunch. The menu perhaps meat on a tortilla, sausage in a tortilla, rice and some cooked veggies.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

LENGUA



Lengua is Spanish for  tongue and the name of this sweet bread that takes me back to my childhood.

The Lengua  is a baguette type dough with sugar on top. More crunch than dough since it is flat. It costs Q1.75 and cost Q0.15  when I used to run out to the bread delivery blue van which came every afternoon at 4:00pm to our block.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Puente de las Vacas

Puente de las Vacas is the train bridge (not in use anymore), built in 1907 and the car bridge is Puente Belice. Road to the Atlantic.

RICARDO ARJONA NEW RELEASE

Like my friend Ruben apparently Ricardo Arjona is also infatuated with Cuba.....

The first release of his new album Poquita Ropa is the single Puente (Caribe) a song about Habana, Cuba.

Ricardo Arjona is the most successful (measured by fame and money) Guatemalan singer and composer in history. HE REALLY IS OUTSTANDING!



  

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Uncle Sam, The Statue of Liberty and Elvis at the Mall

A campaign for CITI bank.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

OUR GUATEMALAN GIVERNY


This is Nicole painting in our Guatemalan 'Giverny Garden', sponsored by my mom´s green thumb!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

MONUMENTO A LA MADRE: JOCOTENANGO, SACATEPEQUEZ


 Monumento a la Madre in Jocotenango Sacatepéquez

I had thought about doing a series of Monuments to the Mother for a long time, I have even thought about doing a picture book. I was reluctant to do it because the reason most of them have grabbed my attention is for how unattractive they are (with some exceptions), nonetheless I did it  it because I couldn't hold it anymore and I am sure they are all done with great love!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MONUMENTO A LA MADRE: LIVINGSTON IZABAL


  Monumento a la Madre in Livingston Izabal. 1965

I had thought about doing a series of Monuments to the Mother for a long time, I have even thought about doing a picture book. I was reluctant to do it because the reason most of them have grabbed my attention is for how unattractive they are (with some exceptions), nonetheless I did it  it because I couldn't hold it anymore and I am sure they are all done with great love!

Others from the series:

Monumento a la Madre Jocotenango, Sacatepequez

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New monument: Plaza República

@ 11:20: Zone 4. Don't know much. I'll find out...

Later in the day...... Ok, here is the scoop. This monument was created by Guatemalan sculptor, and olympic athlete, Max Leiva. It is an obelisk raised by three human figures. The sculptures represents  unity and strength, a collective effort that seeks the construction of a better life. The work of art talks about the human being equilibrium.

The sculpture is 19 meters high, weighs 5 tons and  was installed in Plaza República: 7th avenue Zone 4 the 1st of June 2010.

Centro Civico

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SAN PEDRO LAS HUERTAS, SACATEPEQUEZ

South of Antigua, tucked  between Ciudad Vieja and San Juan del Obispo is San Pedro Las Huertas. There I took this picture of one of the various water fountains along main street. People come to fill containers with water for personal use.
There might be  no running water set up at their houses  or if there is water might run only on certain hours, thus the need to go get water at the "chorro público", public faucet. ACTUALLY  I STOOD CORRECTED BY ANTIGUADAILYPHOTO who explained that in the case of San Pedro Las Huertas  the public faucets are preferred  by the locals because the water from the public faucets comes from a spring vs the running water at home.

Monday, August 16, 2010

YOUR STUFFED ANIMALS AND DOLLS EXTENDED JOY


Have you ever wondered how far can a donation of your used clothes or toys  might travel?

At this corner in Villanueva a municipio of the department Guatemala (municipio is to county what department is to state). A woman is arranging her Sunday sale: used stuffed animals and dolls that she bought from a "Paca" vendor.

Paca is bale, bale of articles. Donations are tightly packed in bales and sold by the pound.  Bale sizes start at 100 pounds all the way to 1000 pounds.  From what I researched the price per pound to importers starts as $0.20 per pound and can go to $1.00 or more. The price will vary  depending on the type of 'paca': only women`s clothes, only kid's clothes, mixed clothes, only toys, casual, jackets, shoes, grade A, grade B, winter, summer etc.  In country pacas are re sold also by the pound with a margin above the cost of the bale itself and the cost to import it. Importers are not usually the retailers, they sell complete or broken down bales to people who in a garage, market, small shop or the street, reach low cost communities. The retailers will sell articles depending on condition, brand name, location of the shop, etc for Q0.50 to Q50.00 a piece.


Sunday, August 15, 2010

KFC in Guatemala.

This is the second KFC in Guatemala, inaugurated today. There was a line wrapping around the building and a 20 car line at the drive thru, so we decided to drive to the other one but as you can see in the picture the line was equally long!
I can't report the taste of the chicken since I am vegetarian but the sides were great.

SAN MIGUEL PETAPA - GUATEMALA-


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San Miguel Petapa all municipios of the department of Guatemala. Municipio is to county what department is to state.
These municipios are now bedroom communities offering low cost homes. They are highly populated and growing in services and houses.

Driving by the central park of San Miguel Petapa I took the picture above. It caught my eye for what it says. "WELCOME TO SAN MIGUEL PETAPA DR. RAFITA`S ADMINISTRATION".  Rafita is the nick name for  Dr. Rafael González mayor of the city.  (Rafaels are called Rafa or even sweeter "Rafita").

San Miguel Petapa is about 8km from the Volcan de Pacaya and was extremely affected by the recent ash rain and Agatha Hurricane.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Flea market Villanueva

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Friday, August 6, 2010

I, Guatemalan Genes, in Amiga Magazine, August 2010


It reads:
Cynthia Rothwell describes herself as a hardcore Chapina, in love with
her country. That is why in her blog, written in English, she has been
writing since 2008 about cultural aspects in a wide spectrum of
topics: gastronomy, the reality of our everyday life or our impact
the US Culture, to even assessments about our future. If you know
English this a must read it will give you a different perspective
about Guatemala. www.guatemalangenes.com
Page 49. Revista Amiga Guatemala. August 2010