Archive for April, 2012

Colors of Xela

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Colors of Xela by Sergio Dominguez

Another fabulous “Xela skies” shot by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez. Ahhh, I love the Xela skies and all the emotion they convey.

A Walk – Reader Photo!!

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

A Walk by Eddy Elias

Remember the days when you used to go for a walk with your mom and either you were bored and hated it…or you loved it and you realized that the world was complete, just you and simplicity?

***Editor’s note – Thanks to reader Eddy Elias for sending in this photo! If you are a reader of XDP, you too can send in your photos and perhaps they will be posted here, for all of your friends to see! You can send your photos to me Luna McCarthy, at:


Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Urbanismo by Arturo Godoy

A small portion of the urban sky of Xela, just above the brewery.

Photo by guest contributor Arturo Godoy.

Fashion Fridays! The GQ Set

Friday, April 27th, 2012

The GQ Set by Luna McCarthy

Two middle aged men were chilling in the park on a sunny Xela afternoon…they both get points for being dapperly dressed; their shirts and slacks pressed, they both look quite professional. The fellow on the left gets extra points for his monochromatic shirt/tie combo. But unfortunately, his companion on the right loses points for the WHITE-socks-with-dress-shoes-look (NEVER good!). Overall, this couple of models get an 8 out of 10 for their fairly pulled together ensembles.

Big Grin

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Big Grin by Luna McCarthy

People’s reactions to seeing cameras pointed at them can vary so much. Some people get very scowl-y, while others give their largest grins and hope that you are capturing them. This fellow caught me, just in time to give a very confident, ear-to-ear grin as my camera snapped, although I think he would have waited for another minute or two, just to be sure!

Another Brick in the Wall

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

The Wall by Luna McCarthy

A small glance through a door of a large wall on the edge of the city.

The Few, The Proud…

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Police Officers by Luna McCarthy

…the female police officers. I am happy to say that female police officers seem to be much more visible than they were even 4 years ago when I came to Xela. It would be interesting to see if the numbers of female officers has actually gone up in the last few years or not…

Whatcha Doing Lady?

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Whatcha Doing Lady? by Luna McCarthy

Children play in the kiosk in Central Parque at a sunny lunchtime last Friday. This little boy ran up to me with wide and questioning eyes, just as I snapped the shot.

On The Go

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

On The Go by Luna McCarthy

The Cathedral as seen by moving car.

All in a Pretty Little Row

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

In a Row by Luna McCarthy

Out near Parque Telma Quixtan, there are some beautiful little houses, surrounded by gardens and a fountain. The upkeep on the property is immaculate and the houses are completely hidden from the street. Far from the center of town, you can’t even really hear any city noises, just the voices of children playing and the occasional doggie barking.

New Series! Fashion Fridays!

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Lady in Red by Luna McCarthy

XDP will be running a new series every Friday, on the fashion and non-fashion seen here in Xela. There is so much “fashion” that happens here, that is very different than the trends seen in Antigua or in Guatemala City. Now every Friday, you will be able to sneak a peek at the fashion trends (and some “What Not To Wear”) here in Xela.

Today’s model was just hanging out in the park today, facing 12 Avenida as though waiting for someone. I like the red and black cut-out blouse on her, combined with the snazzy heels, it’s a sort of snappy look, especially considering the jeans are not TOO tight (good move!). Her structured haircut and daytime-appropriate makeup also lend to a very put together look. I personally might have changed the cut of the top, to be a little more flattering around the midsection, but over all, this model gets a 7 out of 10 from me 😉


Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Loner by Arturo Godoy

A lone street dog meanders down 4 Calle on a busy Xela afternoon.

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

Dreamy Skies

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Skies by Sergio Dominguez

There are limitless variations on the skies over Xela. Sky watching could be a national hobby here, the skies can be so beautiful.

Photo by Sergio Dominguez; text by Luna McCarthy.

Simple Pleasures

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Simple Pleasures by Luna McCarthy

I have been captivated as of late with happy families in Parque Central. Forgive me for one more photo like this, but this young boy caught my eye as he was mesmerized by his stripey ball.


Monday, April 16th, 2012

Memories by Luna McCarthy

For anyone who has been to Xela and left…and misses the city ♥