Kings, Queens, Presidents and Prime Ministers Wanted

Remozando La Antigua

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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  • It’s nice to see that the city’s well looked after.

  • I love facelifts! (err…the painting kind) 🙂 What an interesting blend…the Spanish royalty and Summit of Indigenous Peoples and Nationalities. May make for some good press. 🙂

  • You’re right Rudy, this work should be done anyway and not have to wait for some dignitary to come.

  • If that’s the case, this ppl should come more often lol.
    also they’re paying for the trip though.. more money for us.