Archive for July, 2012

Alternate View

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Alternate View by Jose Moreno

I love this photo for two reasons. One is that it’s a great shot of a not-often taken angle of the Central Park area. The other reason is that it’s yet another shot of the amazing, fabulous, blue skies of my home, Xela. Awww, all warm and fuzzy.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

Mrfhsu Yofufjsd (I Can’t Type)

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Mrfhsu Yofufjsd by Luna McCarthy

Most of the photos on XDP are of the city, the fabulous skies, cultural events, common occurences in the streets, things of that nature. On occasion, I share a brief peek into my world, as a foreigner living in Guatemala. Today is one such day. I often am jealous of the beautiful nails that many Guatemalan women wear and even have tried acrylic once before, in my first year here in town.

I had my nails done this morning and let me say this: To even type these short paragraphs is a HUGE challenge. I have NO idea how women do this…it must be one of those special skills that women acquire here, like being able to walk on cobblestone streets in 5 inch heels. Uffff, que dificil es esto. And although my nails are quite simple, I think if I *ever* do this again, I will opt for the crazy leopard spots or the disco ball nails, just to make it worthwhile. 😉

Payaso Payaso!

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

Payaso Payaso! by Luna McCarthy

This fun clown was in the park with little children gathered all in front of him. Some of the kids even got a little upset with me for trying to get in to take a picture. However, he was entertaining, making silly faces, juggling and getting some of the younger children to help him pick up his props.

More Market Finds

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

More Market Finds by Jose Moreno

What are these? Where can you find them? What can you put in them? And most importantly, why are they so brightly colored? Heh heh…I love the local, tipico stuff that you can buy in the markets, although sometimes I have a hard time explaining to the vendors that I already have a house full of them.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

Yet Another

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Yet Another by Luna McCarthy

I don’t know about you, but I just NEVER tire of seeing the amazing Xela skyline. No matter what anyone says, I still feel like it is one of the homiest skylines in the world.

Buddha in a Dish

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Buddha in a Dish by Jose Moreno

Ahhhh, the random stuff you find in the market. 😉

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

Name These Bells

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Name These Bells by Jose Moreno

These semi-famous bells are NOT found in Xela, but in a town that is a brief daytrip away. Many of the Spanish schools take their students to this location for field trips. Can you name the town?

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

The Other Bookstore

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

The Other Bookstore by Jose Moreno

Many people in Xela are familiar with Vrisa, the bookstore in the center of town. But if you venture off a bit farther, out of the center (down 7 Calle) and turn left at the 15 Ave. bridge (puente de los chocoyos), then you will find this little treasure. Carrying books in both English and Spanish, they also have a very nice selection of art, posters and calendars.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

Repairing the Streets

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

Repairing the Streets by Sergio Dominguez

Good to see some men at work, working on some of the potholes around the city center! Now if they could just finally finish the road construction out by the zoo…

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Classic Landscape

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Classic Landscape by Sergio Dominguez

Just another lovely view of what we see every day from Xela.

Photo by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

Beady Eyed Detail

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Beady Eyed Detail by Jose Moreno

Fabulous close up by Jose Moreno of architectural detail being enjoyed by some of our feathered friends.

**Editor’s note: This is the first post is almost two weeks; due to some server issues, XDP has been down. The missing posts will be posted over the next few days, I just ask for your patience and appreciate your understanding. Thanks everyone! ☾ Luna

I Think There is a Mule…

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

I Think There is a Jose Moreno

…under there somewhere. The people here in Xela and the surrounding areas are not the only ones who work hard!

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

In the Darkness

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

In the Darkness by Jose Moreno

I love the contrast and colors of these balloons against the dark background, not to mention the happy faces just below the balloons.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

Look Up!!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Look Up by Jose Moreno

Since we as humans have a tendency to never look up, can anyone tell me where this is?

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.


Sunday, July 15th, 2012

Frutas by Jose Moreno

Quick!! Name this fruit!

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.