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Un Peso billet

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Un Peso billet

Un Peso billet

This “Billete” issued in the “Banco de Occidente” in 1914.

Karin Eli

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Karin Eli by José Moreno

These drawings find them in the strangest places, for example, this was on a sidewalk and measured as 3 inches, and is so detailed and beautiful, and heard much lately of Karin Eli and two Saturdays ago was in “Tilde” giving a course of drawing (I could not go: () but I promise that the next time this will be the first to arrive, right this cute picture?

Estos dibujos los encuentro en los lugares mas extraños, por ejemplo este estaba en una acera y mide como 3 centimetros, y es tan detallado y bonito, e escuchado mucho ultimamente de Karin Eli y hace dos sabados estuvo en “Tilde” dando un curso de dibujo (no pude ir :() pero prometo que la proxima vez que este seré el primero en llegar, ¿verdad que esta lindo el dibujo?

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.

Colorful Profile

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Colorful Profile by Arturo Godoy

Stunning profile shot of an indigenous woman, taken by guest contributor Arturo Godoy.

People Watching

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Crowd by Luna McCarthy

There is something fascinating about “people watching”. For anyone who has ever sat in the park and watched people walk by or watched the other people-watchers, you know exactly what I mean. Photos catch tiny moments in time and expressions that flash by so quickly, we don’t even realize they have happened. What do you think each of these people are thinking?

Voces De Cambio

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Voces de Cambio the organization I have volunteered with helps young women develop leadership skills that help them build a more just society. The Class I had was wonderful, the young women shot some amazing projects. I am providing a link to the Voces de Cambio KickStart proposal in hopes that some of you will be able to help fund this amazing project and keep the doors open for these wonderful young women. The VDC proposal.

Mario Anibal González

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Mario Anibal Gonzalez

This weekend I was honored to meet this amazing person, Mario Anibal González. Mr. González, 84, from Quetzaltenango, is the founder of the University of San Carlos in Quetzaltenango. His grandson, Giovanni González commented that Mr. González is an economist, politician, columnist for La Hora, the author of the municipal law and most importantly a humanist, who is recognized in the country.

Additionally he is the owner of a big library, that he already donated the half of it to public library in Xela and Guatemala City. Currently, where he lives he only has half of his books, which fill a room. Among those, he has books as old as 154 years old.

Mario Anibal Gonzalez Mario Anibal Gonzalez

TRAMA textiles

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011


Xela is surely one of the hot spots of volunteer work in Guatemala. TRAMA Textiles , which is a worker-owned women’s weaving association, will be more than happy to have you volunteer for them.

The Spanish word “trama” means “weft” or “binding thread”. However, the association’s perception of “trama” is extends beyond the definition itself. According to their website: “Our weavings clothe us, warm our families through highland winters, and carry our babies on our backs. They unite our people from generation to generation and sustain us as much as any food”.

As a response to the devastation from the civil war, TRAMA was established in 1988 as CENAT (Centro Nactional de Artesania Textile) with initial support from the Netherlands and Belgium.

As a member of the Association of Women for Artisan Development in Backstrap Loom Weaving, the goal of TRAMA Textiles is to support Gutatemalan women and increase their income by selling their textile products, while preserving the textile tradition of the country. Sololá, Huehuetenango, Sacatepéquez, Quetzaltenango and Quiché are the main regions that TRAMA is involved in.

Amparo de León de Rubio, 53, and Oralia Chopen, 34, are the only staff members at TRAMA textiles. Neither of them have a specific job description. According to Amparo, who came up with the idea to start an association, TRAMA has volunteers all year long. There are two or three volunteers at a time, and they are responsible for publicity, translation, website maintenance, or producing new ideas for marketing. Emanuelle Graciet, the current volunteer coordinator, said that, “TRAMA is basically run by volunteers”.

Applying for a volunteer position is simple. An e-mail stating your intentions to volunteer with your dates and duration of stay will be enough. Volunteer opportunities can be from one week to six months. There is no set work schedule, since your help is seen as a big favor. TRAMA can’t afford to provide room and board. They need Spanish speakers, but if you are not fluent in Spanish it is a good opportunity to practice.

Apart from the volunteering opportunities, you can also learn how to weave at TRAMA textiles and go back home with a piece of Guatemalan textile that you produce by yourself or you can shop from the store and contribute to the fair trade.





Siglo Viejo

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Siglo Viejo

“En el Siglo Viejo, no hay teléfono, no hay television, no hay internet, solo se escucha el tic tac de los relojes”.

“In Old Century, there is no telephone, there is no television, there is no internet, only tic tac from the clocks can be heard”.

This note will welcome you at the house of Alfredo Erasmo, 72, of Quiche. Mr. Erasmo, who has lived all his life here in Xela, has the last telegraph office in the city. After working as radiotelegraphist for 20 years, he worked on ships for 10 years.

Currently, he is the owner of a house, full of antique objects, that he has been collecting since he was a child. He said that he has never bought any of these objects. They are all presents from family and friends or from donations. He also commented that he has been collecting them for family heritage and tradition. That’s why the house is named as Siglo Viejo- Old Century.

Personally, to visit Mr. Erasmo’s house was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It feels like going through a time tunnel. It’s a place, full of recent history.

Thanks to Mr. Erasmo for sharing this amazing treasure with us.

Siglo Viejo Siglo Viejo

Siglo Viejo Siglo Viejo

Siglo Viejo Siglo Viejo

Siglo Viejo Siglo Viejo

Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta

Monday, January 10th, 2011


Xela has been hosting an exhibition by Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta, 45, an Argentinian painter. He visited Guatemala in 2009 for the first time and came back in July, 2010 upon an invitation from other Argentinian artist who live in Guatemala. After spending couple of months in Guatemala City and having an exhibition there in July and August, he came to Xela in November. Currently he has an exhibition during month of January and probably February at Efrain Recinos Centro Cultural in Zone 2. The show has paintings both in black and white and in color.

Related to art scene in Guatemala, he commented that he appreciates the quality of the artists here in Guatemala and he also pointed that “Hay un cambio en mi arte aparte de venir a Guatemala. Me estimula a ser mas precioso en el dibujo”. (Since I came to Guatemala, there is a change in my art. It stimulates me to draw more precisely.) About his personal work, he said, ” Pinto lo que me gusta visualmente. En el hecho de pintar está la voluntad de ser parte de lo que pinto”. (I paint what I visually like. In fact, act of painting is to be willing to become a part of the painting itself.)

After Guatemala, he is planning to visit Barcelona, Spain. But it seems like he will have another visit to Guatemala on his way to South America back from Spain. Juan Manuel said, “No se van a librar tan facil de mi”. (I don’t know if they are gonna let me go that easy.)

If you would like to see some beautiful art, you should definitely take a short walk from the center and visit this art show. Definitely, vale la pena! (it’s worth it!) Juan Manuel has his studio at the art gallery, therefore visitors can be lucky enough to see him painting, too. The gallery is located at Avenida Jesús Castillo 3-24 Zone 2. Exhibition hours: Monday-Friday 9-12 and 2-6 and Saturdays 9-12.

To see more of his work, visit his website.

Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta

Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta

Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta Juan Manuel Díaz Puerta