Wednesday, May 22, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
Here’s your Guatemalan Spanish word for today: Cofre, that’s what we call this type of box, chest or trunk.
We continue our series of Guatemalan handicrafts with this gorgeous and colourful box painted with Guatemalan market and town fair motifs. Would you like to have one of these in your living room to keep all your magazine and travel guides handy?
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
Here are some samples of the typical kitchen utensils made in Guatemala. I don’t know about you, but I prefer wood and glass over the plastic equivalents; how about you?
Monday, May 20, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
At this fruit stand you can get three kinds of mangos: Tommy, Leche (milk mango) and Pashte (loofah mango). I am sure most people have had the Tommy mango, but not sure about the other two mango types. The mango de pashte takes its name because of the large amount of fibers which resemble a loofah. The mango de leche is very juicy; some people take a bite on the skin and then push all the juices through the whole. Both of these mangos are very good, but my absolute favorite is mango de pashte.
The jocote de marañón or cashew mombin or cashew apple, although apple is not a good term for the cashew fruit. I think the English language needs more fruity words.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
This type ceramic heaters are used often in garden and patios to warm up the get togethers during chilly nights. It’s sort of a portable fireplace and in Guatemala we normally call them braseros or chimeneas. What are these things called in English?
By the way, would you like to have one for your patio or garden?
Saturday, May 18, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
Here’s your Guatemalan Spanish word for the day: Tinaja or water jar.
They don’t make things like they used. Take this over hundred years old tinaja for example, and look at the beautiful craftsmanship and details. This was a water jar which was supposed to be kept on the dirt floor on a dark corner, yet the artisans that built them chose to make them beautiful and strong.
I believe people used to build things for a lifetime while now that marked dictates that many things should last between three and five years in the best case scenario. Don’t agree?
Friday, May 17, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
As we can see, sunbathing is among the favorite things to do by visitors to Antigua Guatemala. Why do think that is?
Thursday, May 16, 2013 | by Rudy Girón
That’s right, I said THE rainy season, or invierno (winter) as most people call the rainy season in Guatemala. I thought of the rainy season in other parts of the world, such as England or the winter in Canada, when I saw this girl enjoying the sun with such carefree pleasure and I figured I had to brag about our invierno—rainy season, so I took the shot.
Come and visit us during rainy season too, we make sure you get plenty of sunshine as well!