Archive for the ‘Families’ Category

Llano del Pinal families visiting central park

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Llano del pinal families visiting central park by José Moreno

In llano del pinal are living mayan families like this, every celebration like “Virgen del Rosario”, “Semana Santa” “Dia de Muertos” they visit the central park with all their family.

Do you want a ranchera?

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Do you want a ranchera? by José Moreno

In Xela’s street you can find this Family of Mariachis playing songs for 1Q. What you think?

Do you want a ranchera? by José Moreno

Tell us a history

Monday, October 20th, 2014
New History

New History

We have no story to tell about this photograph so we leave it to your creativity.

Family Portrait

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Family Portrait by José Moreno

Almost every time I take photos by xela I like that people want them to take pictures, it’s great … if anyone of you know this family and all diganle that are famous for XDP

Casí siempre que voy tomando fotos por xela me agrada que personas quieran que les tome fotografías, es muy bueno…si alguien de ustedes conoce a esta familia diganle que ya todos son famosos por XDP

Ideal to rest

Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

Ideal to rest by José Moreno


Famous, quiet and cheap to sleep … What do you prefer hotel or hostel?

Lugares famosos, tranquilos y baratos para dormir… ¿Que prefieres tú hotel o hostal?

Casa Aparicio

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
Casa Aparicio by José Moreno

Casa Aparicio by José Moreno

Built by the family of Don Juan Aparicio and Limon in the early eighteenth century, one of the managers of the Sixth State of the Highlands, this house was built between 1.860 and 1.871 is one of the most important buildings of Quetzaltenango, is believed to architect in charge was Alberto Porta, Aparicio family there had presentations Opera and Operetta Theatre.

The Aparicio family was promoting the economic development of Quetzaltenango and his greatest legacy was formerly called the Banco de Occidente, the first hydroelectric plant in Zunil, shares on the NY Stock Exchange, etc..

The history of this house and its founders is increiblemete extensive, what else do you know about this house or its founders?

Construida por la familia de Don Juan Aparicio y Limon a principios del siglo XVIII, él uno de los gestores del Sexto Estado de los Altos, esta casa fue contruida entre 1,860 y 1,871 es uno de los edificios mas importantes de Quetzaltenango, se cree que el arquitecto a cargo fue Alberto Porta, la familia aparicio alli tenian presentaciones de Opera, Teatro y Zarzuela.

La familia Aparicio fue promotora de del desarrollo económico de Quetzaltenango y su mayor legado fué el antes llamado Banco de Occidente, la primera Hidroeléctrica en Zunil, acciones en la Bolsa de NY, etc.

La historia de esta casa y sus fundadores es increiblemete extensa, ¿Que más sabes a cerca de esta casa o sus fundadores?


Today and tomorrow Fiambre and Cemetery!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Today and tomorrow Fiembre and Cemetery! by José Moreno

Well, today and tomorrow many people are visiting the cemetery, and also eat Fiambre, so come to Xela, meet some Guatemalan traditions.

And also can buy kites and participate.


Bueno, hoy y mañana muchas personas estan por el cementerio visitando a los difuntos, y tambien se come fiambre, así que vengan a xela, conozcan un poco de las tradiciones Guatemaltecas.

Y también pueden comprar barriletes y participar.


Happy Children’s Day Guatemala

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Well in Guatemala today 1st. October is the “Children’s Day” (Día del Patojos, Niños, Chirices, Ishtos, Guiros, Ishocos) although many may not have the good fortune to celebrate it, but hopefully in the future to see all our children as happy as we see in this photo.

Hopefully the government will implement celebrations and how are you to all children and thus have a future with great memories 🙂

What do you think of children who do not have this opportunity?

Bueno en Guatemala hoy 1ro. de octubre se celebra el “Día del Niño” (Día de los Patojos, Niños, Chirices, Ishtos, Guiros, Ishocos…) aunque muchos quizá no tengan la dicha de que se lo celebren, pero esperemos en un futuro ver a todos nuestros niños tan felices como este que vemos en la foto.

Ojalá y el gobierno implementara celebraciones como estas para todos los niños y así tener un futuro con muy buenos recuerdos 🙂

¿qué piensas de los niños que no tienen esta oportunidad?

One Last Look

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

One Last Look by Luna McCarthy

Sunday gives us a last look at Parque Central, all decorated and dressed up for Independencia.

All the Colors, All the People

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

All the Colors, All the People by Luna McCarthy

Just a few shots of the 2012 feria.

Just Enjoying a Light Snack

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Just Enjoying a Light Snack by Jose Moreno

Lovely little elderly couple just enjoying a snack while taking a bit of sun in Central Parque.

Photo by guest contributor Jose Moreno.

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.

Chi Chi – Reader Photo!!

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Chi Chi by Salvino Terranova

Daytrips are so lovely and easy to take when there are so many villages with interesting things to see around Xela. This photo was taken at the semi-famous market (in front of the church) by reader Salvino Terranova on one such trip to the town of Chichicastenango.

No Convenience – Reader Photo!

Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Hard Work by Eddy Elias

Here and most often in the pueblos outside of the city, work is work. There isn’t much “modern day” convenience of machinery or gadgets that “help” the users do what they need to do. Work is hard and honest. Trees and crops are cut with machetes, handcarts are often used to haul things from place to place and people work HARD. Many houses and apartments, even in the city, don’t have microwaves, washing machines/dryers and sometimes don’t even have refrigerators. Yes, sometimes it is a matter of economy. These things are expensive and there just might not be enough money to go around.

But the flip side to this in my opinion, is that life is much more simple, honest and real. I have spent every week I have lived here (approximately 182 weeks by my count), washing my clothing by hand in the pilla. Of course there have been times I have taken some things to the laundromat, but for me, these situations are more like “emergencies”, if I am ill or something. I LIKE washing my clothes by hand; gives me time to think. I know people that wouldn’t be into that. But one of the reasons I chose to be here in Guatemala, is to have a simpler life. To have a clarity and quality of life.

That doesn’t mean that “modern day conveniences” like washing machines are bad. But in a day and age when in many countries, there are SO many “conveniences”, from machinery to computers to fast food AND people still feel like they have NO time to be with their loved ones and mountains of stress, WHAT is to be gained by all the “convenience”??

While you’re pondering that, I’ll be at the pilla, pondering life and being grateful 😉

***Photo by reader Eddy Elias; text by Luna McCarthy.

Busy Afternoon in the “Other” Park

Monday, June 18th, 2012

"Other" Park by Luna McCarthy

Although no one is in the kiosk/gazebo in the center of Benito Juarez Park, lots and lots of people buzz around, enjoying a sunny but windy afternoon.