Calm Before the Storm?

Calm Before the Storm by Luna McCarthy

It has been a visually beautiful experience being here during election time, with the flags displayed everywhere. I have mentioned in previous posts, Guatemalans LOVE their country and that patriotism is heart warming. This picture was shot yesterday afternoon, while many people were out voting and the city was fairly quiet, missing the (lately) usual noise pollution of the election trucks.

As of early this morning, Reuters posts the election results (counted as of midnight) as Perez leading with 37% of the votes, Baldizon at 23% and Suger with 17%. Although this is a smaller lead than anticipated for Perez, it looks as though the final round will go to Perez and Baldizon…either way, as with many elections, it will be very interesting to see what the final outcome is.

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  • Cristina

    Luna, I bet it´s your first year in Xela.  The flags are actually up because we consider ourselves the most  “Central American” of cities.  Our fair is dedicated to the independence of Central America, and is full of activities which start today, with a parade to kick off the festivities.  This one has the primary school kids in it.  As I write, they are probably already leaving Parque Benito Juarez and heading towards the fairgrounds (CEFEMERQ).  We have the beauty queens from the rest of Guatemala, plus some international ones as well, visiting us, and getting ready for the Reina Nacional pageant.  Several parties, concerts (be sure to check out the one on the night of the 14th in front of Templo Minerva), sports, parades, and all kinds of visitors from all over the country. 

    • Anonymous

      Cristina 🙂 Actually, I have lived here for 3 years now and I love Independence Day…but don’t you think there have been more flags than normal with the elections PRIOR to Independence Day? I have seen such lovely displays of patriotism for months now, seemingly much earlier than usual…or for the last 2 years anyway.  I wasn’t here during the last elections, but as I mentioned, I feel like the “Vamos Guatemala” attitude has been much stronger for longer than usual this year.  What do you think?