Archive for March, 2012

Chillin’ in the Sun

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Chillin' in the Sun by Sergio Dominguez

Sometimes that’s all you need…a good rest in the sun, especially on a sunny, Saturday afternoon.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Grandma’s Kitchen

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Grandma's by Luna McCarthy

There is a little spot in the Calvario end of Xela, that has the BEST home cooked tipico food in all of the city. For years I didn’t actually pay attention to the name of the place, because when I met the owner, she was introduced to me simply as “Abuelita”. To this day I still don’t know her name, but the name of the comedor is “Tienda de Leon”. And in every sense of the word, this woman is a Grandmother. From her affectionate, genuine pleasure to see you and ask how you are, to her home cooked rice, beans, and milanesa, to her enormous bear hugs as you come and go, this woman represents love, affection and all that is heart and home. Not to mention the awesomeness of the “beer girl” dining rooms and the great prices on litros of Cabro!!

The Storyteller

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The Storyteller by Luna McCarthy

A lovely local man tells guest contributor Arturo Godoy and I this afternoon, how the cemetery in Calvario is the 2nd oldest cemetery in all of Central America. Yet another thing about the people here in Xela, they are always willing to share a story or a little history about our city.

Sunset in the Mountains – Reader Photo!!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Sunset in the Mountains by Eddy Elias

The amazing skies of Xela, over the mountains towards Almolonga.

Sent in by reader Eddy Elias, thanks Eddy for sending in your photo!

Plentiful Pleasurable Plantains

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Plátano by Arturo Godoy

Steaming hot platanos, covered in creme and served up fresh at the corner of 14 Avenida and 1a Calle, at the corner of the Municipal Theatre.

Photo taken by guest contributor Arturo Godoy.

A Relaxing Afternoon

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Newspaper by Luna McCarthy

An elderly gentleman studies the newspaper with great concentration in Parque Central on a windy Xela afternoon.

Mothers These Days

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Mother and Babes by Luna McCarthy

Moms these days have it tough all over the world, especially single mothers or women raising their children while the men are off at war, working in far away places or absent for other reasons. Images like this prompt me to think of all the moms out there and to be grateful for them as often as possible, certainly not just on Mother’s Day.

In Any Direction

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

San Bartolome by Luna McCarthy

In Xela, in any given direction that your eye wanders to, there is so very much to see. Postage stamp, multi-colored houses, lush green hills, dilapidated buildings, gorgeous old colonial architecture, even clean washing on the clothes lines on the roofs. This is my city ♥

3 Things

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

3 Things by Sergio Dominguez

In this photo taken by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez, of a young man setting up a loom, can you spot 3 interesting things and/or tell me where this photo was taken?

Gallons and Gallons

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Gallons and Gallons by Sergio Dominguez

Love the colors, love the composition, love the subject of the photo.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Pondering by Jose Moreno

I always enjoy seeing the little windows in time that photographs capture. What is the woman on the left looking at, perhaps it is only her phone, but perhaps not. The man on the right looks deep in thought, is he waiting for someone, perhaps the woman of his dreams? While the young lady in the middle seems engaged in listening to something…but what, we will never know. Ahh, the curious world of voyeurism that is the not-so-secret advantage of being a photographer.

***10 Bonus points if you can tell me what the title is referring to.

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

What 25 Cents Will Getcha These Days

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

25 Cents by Sergio Dominguez

To be correct, 25 centavos. This will still get you a phone call from a “publico”, located all over town. I appreciate that there are payphones here in the city, now that I live here, if I am ever out of saldo for my cell, I would have no issues using a payphone. I remember the days in the US, when I was a kid, the payphones were a dime. My mother never let me out of the house without a dime in my sock, just in case.

But that change always got you one local call. Here, I am not so sure how it works, so I need to defer to our resident expert, Cristina…to ask: When you put a 25 centavo piece in a publico, is it a complete call to a local number or cell number or HOW does it all work? I know people who have to call cell numbers from public phones and need to load the phone with change…any answers?

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez; text by Luna McCarthy.

Round and Round

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Round and Round by Sergio Dominguez

Rotundas (also called “round-a-bouts” in other parts of the world) are popular here in Xela. There are a few of them dotted throughout the city at key traffic points. This is the rotunda out by Minerva Terminal, as captured at sunset by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

*** Editor’s note: Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, due to some severe stomach issues, I wasn’t able to get to the computer all day. But now, all is well again, thanks for understanding everyone!

Calvario in Motion

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Calvario in Motion by Sergio Dominguez

People walking, shopping and talking outside of Calvario Cemetery.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Back in Time

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Back in Time by Arturo Godoy

In my head, I know all the reasons why I love Guatemala, and more specifically Xela. It’s one of those funny things though, when people ask me at a cocktail party or in passing, “So why do you like it here?” Aaah, it always seems to stump me a little. Not because I don’t have {many} reasons, but mostly because it is one of those questions like, “How are you?”…that usually we just politely answer with “Fine”. The problem is, for me, the question of why I like {read:LOVE} it here is so much more than a 2 minute “polite” conversation. In those moments, I quickly assess the situation and try to determine if the asker is indeed genuinely interested/has the time to hear my answers, or if the question was just a polite conversation builder.

If the asker does have time or truly seems interested, then I might explain how I love the mix of the stunning colonial architecture and the dirt and grit and the hard “city-reality” of Xela…but one thing I would certainly mention, is how much I love the proximity of some of the most beautiful landscapes I have ever seen, just outside of town. You can step back in time to visualize the Garden of Eden or see lush green plants so large they seem to be from prehistoric times. There is an awe inspiring, yet stunningly simple beauty to this country, the further you get from civilization…which here, means only minutes from the city.

Photo by guest contributor Arturo Godoy; text by Luna McCarthy.