Just yesterday I told you about the paint jobs that many houses and buildings undergo for the Holy Week Celebrations. Also, every time a king, a queen, president or prime minister decides to take visit Guatemala or La Antigua Guatemala, this old town undergoes a rejuvenating process of new paint, fixing the cobblestone streets, painting the parks, et-cetera. The whole thing is ridiculous; the work should be done regardless who ever is visiting and because taxes are being paid to beautified the cities. Actually, once a year Guatemalans are forced to paid a small tax called ornato (to beutify) their town of residence.
The face-lift works being done in and around Antigua Guatemala are due to the fact that King Don Carlos and Queen Doña Sofía from Spain are visiting Guatemala this Friday. Their timing could not be more wrong since Guatemala is also hosting the III Continental Summit of Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities.
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