Archive for March, 2011

Riding around town

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Hop on!

I don’t know about everyone else, but riding around Xela in a Micro is one of the most interesting experiences one can have. The way the Ayudantes find space for more people is just amazing!

Always good to have these ready

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

be prepared

With the few small earthquakes and Volcán Santiaguito spewing some ash this morning AND with the short power outages the Parque Bolivar area of town has had recently I just wanted to throw out a reminder to always have Candles and matches. Never know when they might come in handy!

Where Giants Sleep.

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Even these buses need to rest

At a gas station on 5th Calle one of the many buses that run between Xela and the smaller communities around Xela, gases up and waits for its next day of work.


Monday, March 28th, 2011


I’ve lived here for a little over 5 1/2 months and I took some time yesterday and this morning to remind myself of the colors here in Xela.


San Andrés Xecul

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

San Andrés Xecul a quick bus/pickup ride away from Xela. You can grab a bus at La Rotunda. I suggest you head that way next time you have a few hours. The town is more than just the Beautiful Church. I spent some time walking around the town, stopping to chat with farmers and kids.

Cooking it up!

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

Rosie one of the Black Cat Staff

Hit up the Black Cat Hostel when you can all the staff there is friendly and amazing. This is Rosie she is an amazing person!

Soft Focus

Friday, March 25th, 2011

Soft Focus on the Mist

A misty afternoon here in Xela.

Scared of her own Shadow

Thursday, March 24th, 2011


This poor pup was literally scared of everything. Just me stepping close to her and she jumped. The Chucos are all pretty calm here in Xela. I was in San Lucas Last week and I have to tell you those dogs much jumpier, I even had two chase me down a street trying to bite me. Maybe its the lake water?

The Thumbs Up

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011


As I walked through Demo and snapped photos, this driver was handing out leaflets about Chichi. Instead of handing me a leaflet he gave me the thumbs up. I’m still curious what was on those little pieces of paper.

Through the Window

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Watching out the window

Anytime I find myself in a bus I end up looking out the window like most people do. I shot this near Minerva as I was heading to the Lake .


Monday, March 21st, 2011

Oink! says the pig.

As I was walking around Central Park tonight I walked past “Tacos Mary” and saw this guy sitting there. Pig heads I find comforting in a weird way. I remember being a kid and going to the meat market with my parents and seeing these guys on top of the refrigerators. I am currently sick, but the food smelled great and lots of people seemed to be enjoying the food there.

I want to thank Pinar for taking over posting duties this past week. I have been working on a photo essay at Lake Atitlan for the past three months and this week was my last week of shooting. So a big old “THANK YOU!” goes out to Pinar for sharing more of her images from Xela.

Virgin clouds

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Virgin clouds

There is child labor, wars, pollution, crime, murders, drug wars etc. When you think about all these, the world is nothing but a depressing place to be. However, if you just look up to sky, nature still endures human cruelty with its glory. The earth is actually a beautiful place to be as long as we come to the realization that we are a part of it not its governor. Trying to stay in harmony with it could be great, right?

Shiny shoes

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Shiny shoes

The whole time I lived in Guatemala, I was kind of obsessed with the shiny shoes that indigenous ladies use. It is such a different and remarkable sense of style and fashion. They stick with their traditional trajes and somehow most of them make the clothing even more appealing with these kind of shiny, brightly colored high heels. Personally I probably can’t wear these shoes, however I have to admit that some ladies look gorgeous with them.

By the way this was shot at La Demo market.

Food coloring

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Food coloring

In my opinion, one of the most remarkable things about Guatemala is the amount of food coloring used in candies. Even though, I was totally attracted to these saturated colors in the markets, honestly I have never had the guts to taste them. Food coloring creates some health related questions for me.

However, they look so much fun. Candies are almost the same colors as the umbrella. If I were a little girl, I would totally cry for hours to be able to get one of those pink ones, and my mom would just ignore me.

Child labor

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Child labour

“In 1999, the ILO estimated that 14.6 percent of children between the ages of 10 and 14 in Guatemala were working. Three out of four working children in Guatemala work in rural areas and child labor rates are highest in areas with a large indigenous population. Children work on family farms and helping harvest commercial crops such as coffee and sugarcane. Children are also employed as domestic servants, shoeshine boys, beggars, street performers, construction workers, in the fireworks industry, and in quarries where they chip and carry stones to make gravel.” (For further reading please visit this link.)

In 2009, this number went up to %16.8.

10 years apart, we are still exploiting children who are supposed to be in the classrooms for a better future for themselves and for their country.