Archive for the ‘Landmarks’ Category

Inside View of the Biblioteca Municipal

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Inside View of the Biblioteca Municipal Building by José Moreno

Here’s an inside view of one the oldest buildings in Quetzaltenango, the Municipal Library of Xela, which is located a few steps from Parque Central or the Main Square.

Una vista desde el interior de uno de los edificios mas antiguos de Quetzaltenango, la Biblioteca Municipal, ubicada a pocos metros del Parque Central.

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.

The Coolest Thing Ever

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The Coolest Thing Ever by Luna McCarthy

This WAS one of the coolest things I have ever seen for feria. The park of course, was FULL of people and music and food and people laughing and dancing and children eating cotton candy. But THIS projection on the bank…made my night!

Afternoon in Xela

Monday, September 10th, 2012

Afternoon in Xela by Jose Moreno

Exactly that. Tan linda. Thanks to guest contributor Jose Moreno, for such an amazing shot.

A Little Peek Out

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

A Little Peek Out by Luna McCarthy

Just a little glance out of the Minerva Temple into the gardens behind the Zoo, on a peaceful Xela afternoon.

A New Angle

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

A New Angle by Jose Moreno

I quite like this angle of the Cathedral {shot taken by guest contributor Jose Moreno}…and I am trying to figure out where it was taken from. Jose, don’t tell us quite yet…does anyone have any guesses where this was shot from?

With the Times

Monday, August 27th, 2012

With the Times by Sergio Dominguez

Xela is now officially on Google Earth and now you can see some of your favorite spots from the sky! Such as this cool aerial Central Park shot, sent in by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez.

It’s That Time of the Year

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

It's That Time of the Year by Luna McCarthy

It’s odd living in another culture and “feeling” the signs of seasons that may or may not be accurate; in Guatemala, we really only have two seasons, Summer and Winter. Then again, this beautiful country IS called the Land of Eternal Spring.

When I think of “back to school” season, I think of Autumn, not January. It’s only 40 years of my conditioning and customs. Also, when I see the parades start and the huge, colorful signs for the upcoming Queens of the area, to me it feels like Spring. I’m not sure why, perhaps a lifelong association of those kinds of activities with the beginning of summer, although here, that doesn’t really happen the same way. Regardless of what season it is here or in other parts of the world, here is where I’d rather be!

A Side View

Monday, August 6th, 2012

A Side View by Jose Moreno

Guest contributor Jose Moreno has a fabulous eye for catching things from a different or unusual perspective. This shot is such a great example, thanks Jose!


Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Solemn by Jose Moreno

For me, there might not be a photo that is so impactful as a shot from the Calvario Cemetery, in black and white.

Photo by 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.

Statues Everywhere

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Statues Everywhere by Luna McCarthy

I love all the small green spaces in Xela, the undefined or unnamed parks that pop up in little corners. There are also often beautiful, detailed statues that commemorate something…perhaps reader Cristina (or one of you other local readers) can help us to identify what this statue is for…? It is located in the park at the top of 12 Avenida…

The Other End – Reader Photo!!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

The Other End by Manolo Romero Escobar

This end of the park can be a little perilous, the traffic can come screaming around the corner SUPER quickly and if you don’t watch out…cuidate!!

Photo sent in by reader Manolo Romero Escobar, thanks Manolo!

But Why…?

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Why? by Sergio Dominguez

We’re all voyeurs…admit it, so are you. Those of us who take photos and those of us who enjoy the emotion and the questions a good photo raises, yes…we are voyeurs. This shot by guest contributor Sergio Dominguez raises so many questions for me. Is the girl of the couple crying with her head in her lap and if so, why is she crying? Did her boyfriend tell her something awful or has she just lost someone she loves? We will never know, but I find this photo extremely moving.