GUATEMALAN GENES

This blog is the description of my country, Guatemala. A description of its people, its traditions, its folklore, its food, etc. The inspiration came from the desire of giving my friend and her two adoptive children from Guatemala a source to explore their roots. I am writing this for her, for her beautiful children and for all the many other American families like hers. (also find me at www.shoes-and-books.blogspot.com/)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Expressions: SACANDO LOS TRAPITOS AL SOL

The expression "Sacar los trapitos al sol" is what this man is literally doing taking his rags out to the sun. The expression is an equivalent to the expression "airing out your dirty laundry". Meaning that things, usually ones you don't want anybody to know, are revealed to the public.
In this electoral year  the media will make sure that all the trapitos (rags) of the politics salgan al sol (are taken out to the sun ).
This picture was taken last Sunday on 9th street and 12th avenue Zone 1. The faded sign painted on the wall says Fabrica de Piñatas Nery - Nery´s Piñata Factory-. Directly under, on the first floor, you can see the ears of a Piñata in the storefront.  

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter Bunny and Mickey Mouse @ a Guatemalan Easter.

Apparently Mickey Mouse is a cargador (bearer) of the Good Friday procession and the Easter bunny is a cucurucho of Candelaria.
They were both at a mobile cart that sells the tunics, gloves and other garments needed to bear the procession.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Oysters - Ostras

Oyster was the appetizer we had by the side pool at our friends. We are enjoying the pleasure of having friends with a weekend beach house!
Their house is at San Marino, a weekend gated community, at about 2km east of Puerto Quetzal.

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MANGO TREE

This mango tree is happily showing off its mangos decorating it as Christmas Ornaments. The tree is 500mts from the ocean waking up to a temperature of 80F at F at 600 am to a 60% humidity aprox.
Mangoes definetly a tropical fruit!!
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Banana Dolphins!

Pero mira como beben los peces en el rio!
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Firefighters bearing the Procesion de Jesus de las Palmas

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Romans and Cucuruchos

The romans are a new addition to the vendor repertoire.
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