Archive for November, 2011


Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Futbol by Luna McCarthy

Club Xelajú. Need I say more?

Construction Time

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Pase by Sergio Dominguez

In Canada there is a joke, they have two seasons, “Winter” and “Construction”. Actually it bears a serious resemblance to the truth, during the late-spring and summer and into the fall, there are road construction workers everywhere, especially everywhere you want to be.

Here, this worker is guiding the traffic at the construction near the Minerva Zoo, where they have completely redesigned and rebuilt the intersection. The new intersection even has an underpass, to funnel the plethora of cars that are going to Cemaco and La Torre, in the right direction. I am happy to see that the traffic will flow more easily at this juncture, but I’m sure the people who actually drive this road every night during rush hour are even more pleased.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez. Text by Luna McCarthy.

Getting In and Out

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The Road by Sergio Dominguez

Sometimes getting in and out of Xela can be a challenge. Between landslides, strikes and roadblocks, coming to or leaving Xela can often present a challenge, depending on where you’re headed. But usually, as with life, there is a road to where you’re going, it’s just a matter of finding it.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez. Text by Luna McCarthy.

Sin Rostro

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Sin Rostro by Luna McCarthy

Nuevos Horizontes had an benefit event last night, here at Moonkat…promoting “Sin Rostro” a photo exhibit that was done by previous XDP contributor Josh Bachman, while he was here in Xela. The photos are emotionally moving and a small glimpse into life that the survivors of domestic violence have as they start to rebuild. The exhibit will be on show for the month of December, so come and see what Nuevos Horizontes is all about!

A Good Idea

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

A Good Idea by Luna McCarthy

With Christmas right around the corner, many shops are already in the spirit, highlighting their best wares in the shop windows. For you fellas who aren’t sure what to buy…jewelry is always a good idea 😉

Always Hope

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Sunny Sky by Luna McCarthy

As I have said before, Guatemalan skies can be so breathtaking. A random rainbow at the end of rainy season shows us the promise and hope that comes when we wait for it (usually with the end of the rains!).


Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Waiting by Luna McCarthy

The long lines at the ladies room, didn’t seem to discourage the women in Calvario from putting up with them, then again…there is nowhere else to go to the bathroom down at the Calvario Park. The funny thing is that there were about 25 women in line waiting to use the 3 stall facility and only one or two men waiting to use the men’s room. A few of us ladies actually asked if we could use the men’s room since the line was so long and there were no men waiting. The attendant told us that she couldn’t allow that, it just wasn’t “right”. The mother of a very young girl was insistent that it would be fine with us and many of us agreed, but the attendant was not to be moved, which led us all to a rampant discussion about how there should be 5 times the public bathrooms available for women than for men, since usually it is also the women who take the children to use the washrooms. I don’t think the attendant was very happy with our conversation.

A Shame

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Before by Jose Moreno

The shame of this photo is that it might be one of the last photos taken of this beautiful property, before it was demolished by fire. It used to be a quaint little hot chocolate restaurant, decorated with a “cinema” theme. Apparently there was a fire on Halloween night that devastated the entire building, leaving nothing left but the brick wall and the structure itself. In the next couple of weeks, perhaps I will try and get down to the site and see what is left…and take a few pictures!

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno and text by Luna McCarthy.

Navidad, Navidad y mas Navidad!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Christmas Tree by Luna McCarthy

Since the Christmas desfile on Sunday night, the holiday season is officially here. The Gallo tree is up at the Terminal and there is a beautiful new Christmas tree in Central Parque. Perhaps a month of festive Christmas carols playing from the sparkling lights that are sold in the Demo isn’t actually too much. Do you love Christmas and all that comes with it, or do you just enjoy the day itself and think the rest of it goes on far too long??

Desfile de Navidad

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Santa by Luna McCarthy

The Christmas Parade was last night and although I was working still, I managed to sneak outside for a few shots. The parade started in Parque Central and continued all the way to the Minerva Terminal area. I can’t imagine how cold and tired some of the marchers must have been by the end of the night! There was Christmas music and Santa Claus, the police were handing out candy to the children and there were too many marching bands to count. The Christmas season is officially upon Xela!

Tejido Social Part Two

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Figurines by Luna McCarthy

Generally a photographer has the patience of a saint. One must in order to get the “good” shots. Then again, there are always times that you know a shot is gone, or that you have missed the moment. This happened to me this weekend with the Tejido Social. My apologies for not having more pictures to post; I erroneously thought there would be more public events today and chose to wait until today to take the bulk of my photos. It seems that most of the amazing events took place yesterday while I was working for Moonkat. Que lastima! Next event, I promise to try to be more on the ball.

Tejido Social Part One

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

Tejido Social Kids by Luna McCarthy

This weekend in Xela there is the Tejido Social event. There are fashion shows, concerts, children’s presentations, weaving demonstrations and much, much more. Events are being held in Parque Central, the Teatro area and on 14th Avenida. These shots were taken on 14th Ave. throughout the day and I will be taking some more from Parque Central and el Teatro tomorrow. Find out more about Tejido Social here: Tejido Social Facebook Page

Beauty All Around

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Beauty All Around by Arturo Godoy

No matter where you live, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life. Often I try to remind myself to look around and see the volcanoes, the mountains, the clouds and all the marvelous scenery in and near Xela. At times, when my business partner Katrien and I need to get out of the city, we play “Chicken Bus Lottery”, which means we take a small amount of money and go to the bus terminal and hop on whatever chicken bus comes first. We let that bus take us to an unknown pueblo and we usually have lunch, look around and take some pictures. We get to have the wonderful experience of “seeing” our surroundings with fresh eyes. This photo, from my friend and photographer Arturo Godoy does just that.

Photo by guest contributor Arturo Godoy. Text by Luna McCarthy.

It’s Patio Time!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Patio Time by Luna McCarthy

This is the time of year many people in Xela look forward to. Although the nights get increasingly colder, the daytime is quite beautiful and has a mild temperature, in the low 20’s. This photo is of the patio at the Black Cat Hostel…it’s perfect patio and terrace time in Xela!!

Night Lighs

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Night Lights in Parque Central by Jose Moreno

The beautiful night lights of Central Park shimmer in the mid hours of the evening.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno. Text by Luna McCarthy.