Archive for September, 2011


Friday, September 30th, 2011

Breathtaking Skies by Luna McCarthy

I have remarked before how amazing the skies here in Xela can be. I still am blown away when I see the colors, the clouds, the remarkable beauty. I wonder if it has to do with the altitude, the thin air, the fact that we are closer to heaven here in the highlands? Then again, I prefer to think it is simply the magic that surrounds Xela.

Photo has NOT been retouched or color enhanced in any way.

The “Cockpit” of a Chicken Bus

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

In the Cockpit by Luna McCarthy

This is a bird’s eye view of the most important seat on a chicken bus. Although many travelers can tell at least one harrowing story of a bus that drove too fast, had no brakes or had waaaaaay too many passengers, these drivers generally do a very good job of getting people from point “A” to point “B”.

Getting it Done

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Getting It Done by Luna McCarthy

Here construction workers near the centre are hard at work rebuilding roads and checking electrical lines. There has been full on construction all over the city for months now; the road near La Pradera is almost complete after months of work.

Tiny Gifts

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Tiny Gifts by Luna McCarthy

Tiny little gifts wrapped up in purple petals, just waiting to be noticed by someone walking through the park.

Parade for…?

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Firefighter Parade by Luna McCarthy

In May and June there were random parades near Calvario for what seemed to be the local firefighters. There is always dancing and sometimes there are small stalls of vendors selling food. I am not sure why there is a Mario and Luigi leading this particular parade…perhaps this is where I ask Cristina for here knowledge on these tiny little street parades…

My Favorite Things

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

My Favorite Things by Luna McCarthy

There is a song from the 1959 musical, “The Sound of Music” that is titled My Favorite Things:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

This shop (located on 14a Avenida, near 2a Calle) has almost all of my favorite things…imported chocolates, coffees, specialty alcohols and so much more. The owner keeps a delicious stock of wafers, creme filled cookies, crackers and so many other yummy goodies. And the owner herself is a smart cookie too; she has bite sized chocolates for sale, if you don’t have enough money to buy the big boxes, you can sample all of the little delicacies. Yummmmm.

Around the Corner

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Around the Corner by Sergio Dominguez

Life is full of corners and the most wonderful and unexpected thing is that we never know what is around each corner, or when the corner will turn. Life is not static; everything changes and if we wait long enough, there is always the sun, just waiting to peer around the corner at us.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez
Text by Luna McCarthy

Local Talent

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Local Talent by Luna McCarthy

A local band entertains the patrons in El Cuartito (near La Despensa Familiar), with a mix of Latin and English rock songs and ballads. On a good night, the entire bar will sing along with the musicians.

Sitting on the Roof…

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Sitting on the Roof by Luna McCarthy

Years ago there was a television show in the United States called, Funniest Home Videos and the host would narrate videos of animals doing funny things. There was a video of a dog in the yard of his house, pushing a rock…and the voice on the television said, “Pushing a rock, pushing a rock, pushing a rock…” I thought something similar with this picture. “Sitting on a roof, sitting on a roof, sitting on a roof.” Then again, perhaps he is planning what to do when the end of the world comes in 2012.

Dance Exhibition

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Dance Night by Luna McCarthy

These photos were taken by my business partner Katrien Peirs, when she attended a dance exhibition at the Municipal Theatre in July. Once I saw the pictures, I wish I had gone! Xela (and Guatemala in general) is so rich in cultural heritage and the hypnotic, rhythmic dances are just a small part of that.

Colors for Miles

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Colors for Miles by Luna McCarthy

The colors of Guatemala never cease to amaze me. Beans, spices, fruits and vegetables…a luscious buffet of colors for the eye.

Disco Lights

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Sparkly Lights by Sergio Dominguez

In the evening, when the teenagers prepare for a Saturday gathering in Central Park, other people prepare for selling curiosities and gadgets
to those with the money and the desire to bring something new home.

The man in the picture is showing a must-have toy, which many could find fun at parties or just for playing around in the semi-dark discos and bars.

Post by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez

Catching Up on the News

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Catching Up on the News by Luna McCarthy

Everyone needs a little time to catch up on the daily news. Then again, he could just be reading who the winner was in the Miss Quetzaltenango pageant.

A Truck Full of…?

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Truckfull by Sergio Dominguez

In Xela, because we have so many small pueblos close by, it’s wonderful because we have fresh produce, milk and meat everyday. In the city, it’s common to see trucks full of produce, cows, goats and so many other random things!

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez
Text by Luna McCarthy

Whatcha Waiting For?

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Waiting For...? by Luna McCarthy

Sometimes when we look at people, we can see exactly what they are doing and potentially why they are doing it. A group of people standing together at a bus stop, is obviously waiting for the bus. A gaggle of school girls standing on a corner chatting animatedly, will all likely cross the street together and continue on to school.

Here we see three Mayan ladies very obviously “waiting”. For what or for whom, is a bigger question…does anyone have any outrageous ideas/stories as to what they could be “waiting” for??