Archive for May, 2012

This Little Piggie

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

This Little Piggie by Sergio Dominguez

This (not so) little piggy is likely on his way somewhere that will not give him such a happy ending. There is something very profound to be said for not only knowing where your food comes from, but being closely connected to it, to the land and to the animals which provide sustenance. Living here, I personally have such a different appreciation for those who work the land, whether with crops, flowers or animals, not only for the work they do and how difficult it is, but for the outcome it produces.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez; text by Luna McCarthy

3rd Hardest Working?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Working Hard by Luna McCarthy

I have mentioned before that I think the Xela Limpia guys are the hardest working crew around town. After those fellows, I think that the maintenance crew of Parque Central also works pretty hard. I wonder sometimes about all the guards though. We see them everywhere, guarding pharmacies, banks, jewelry stores, McDonalds and the occasional tienda. I think often times we think that guards have it easy. Standing around all day, usually not much of anything happens. But imagine IF something did…the guard would be responsible to do his best to terminate any dangerous situation; that’s a pretty big responsibility. I find that usually the guards that look serious and like they are truly ready for anything seem the most impressive. And then there’s the guy in the picture…who’s probably on break…

Architectural Detail

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Close Up by Luna McCarthy

The architectural detail of many of the buildings in Xela, especially in El Centro is too lovely to describe. I’m not sure if the locals still stop in wonder to look at the detailing, but many a traveler stands in awe (and takes lots of pictures) of the beauty of the edifices of the past.

Lust and Faith

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Lust and Faith by Sergio Dominguez

When contributor Sergio Dominguez sent me this photo and captioned it “Lust and Faith”, I thought it was perfect. There seems to be so much of both in this country. Deeply religious, whether it be Catholicism, Mormonism or Evangelicalism, there exists profound faith here in Guatemala. Having said that, there is also a deeply running appreciation for beauty and passion for love; which at times could certainly be perceived at lustful. Any time spent in Parque Central will glean you the experience of many young couples fervently making out in public in broad daylight, perhaps because they aren’t allowed to be doing so in their houses. Interesting paradigm to say the least…


Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Too Many Birds by Luna McCarthy

So many people like to hang out in the park to see and feed the birds; little children chase them around and for the most part that’s all okay. Unless you have a bird phobia, like I do. When I first came to Xela, I loved sitting in the park (still do), but the constant group-swooping of the birds freaked me out a little (still does). They fly in huge flocks from the park to the Casa Noj’ building…aaaand circle around the park and do it all again and again and again. I do love watching the children chase them and I enjoy seeing the elderly throw their breadcrumbs to them…I just won’t be sitting nearby when it happens.

Dog Day Afternoon

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Three Dogs by Sergio Dominguez

Great shot of some dogs just chilling out in Parque Central by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Fashion Fridays! Perfect 10

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Perfect 10 by Luna McCarthy

Today’s model is the first to receive a score of Perfect 10. From the square corners of his grey suit to the pressed light blue shirt to the fabulous yellow tie that pops with color, this gentleman is rocking business wear and looking sophisticated (albeit preoccupied with business-y stuff). And, not a white sock in sight!! (Gentlemen take note.) Congratulations to Fashion Fridays first Perfect 10!!

The Other “Funny” Bridge

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

The Other Bridge by Luna McCarthy

So many travelers know of the funny little bridge (punte Dos Chocoyos) that runs parallel to 15 Avenida. But there is another little bridge, similar in structure, just off of 5 Calle, about 3 blocks away from the park. What gets told to the tourists is that those bridges were built for the flooding that can occur on those streets. They certainly seem built for that, but as sometimes the story is more “story”…perhaps a local could verify that for us? Cristina or Orlando (or other local readers)…do you know why those bridges are there?

More Bragging

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Champions by Byron Girón

Xela is still abuzz with the big win from last weekend and I received these fantastic photos from reader and Xela photographer Byron Girón and couldn’t resist joining in on the bragging…again!

Gallery Vesica

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Gallery Vesica by Jose Moreno

Jose Moreno mentioned that he found a lovely little art gallery, close to Parque Bolivar a few days ago. Displaying local art from Xela and Salcaja and surrounding areas, Jose says that it is definitely worth a visit!

Photo by Jose Moreno.

One of Our Own

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Jose Moreno Self Portrait

XDP and all the “DP”s are usually of photos around the city or around Guatemala. But I remember about a year ago when GDP photog Hugo Muralles posted a picture of me (The Other Side of the Screen), stating, “Rules were made to be broken, right?”.

I feel the same way about this picture. I think that the guest contributors here at XDP are very worthy of being bragged about and this reflective shot of Jose Moreno is a great picture of a man at work.

Xelajú are the CHAMPIONS!

Sunday, May 20th, 2012


Wooooot!! Club Xelajú kicked some futbol butt last night in the futbol game of the year! All the details of the game can be found here in the Prensa Libre article. The city went wild with parties in the streets and celebrations were heard all over town!

***Press Photo used.

Truly Hard at Work

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Hard at Work by Luna McCarthy

I’ve always said that the Xela Limpia guys are the hardest working men in town. The second most dedicated (if not tied for first place) are the fellas that clean and maintain the park. These guys actually work pretty hard, making sure the park is spotless and flower-y and green all year round. If you’re passing through the park and thinking how beautiful it is…it’s because of these guys.

Fashion Friday!! Half-Traje

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Half-Traje by Luna McCarthy

There is a unique fashion trend, perhaps not only to Xela…women wearing “half-traje”. The skirt is the cultural norm worn in full traje, but the tops seem to vary. Sometime you see regular blouses, sometimes name brand sweatshirts on the younger girls. Here, today’s model sports awesome red shoes and a fancy little sequined tank top. This woman gets a 9 out of 10, as I really like the matchy-matchy-ness of this outfit, but she loses a point, because her bag wasn’t included in the ensemble.

Mental Snapshots

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Mental Snapshot by Luna McCarthy

Do you take “mental snapshots”? I have met people who do this. They pause when they see something memorable and sometimes will even say, “I’m taking a mental snapshot”. Often or first the scene is captured in the mind, but my memory is not good enough to “keep” albums of these mental snapshots and I knew that in my young days. Perhaps that was why I originally picked up a camera…

I have also heard it said that photographers are the ultimate collectors, collecting memories and people and places in their cameras. In a very general sense, why do you think people take photographs?