Saints for Sale – Countdown to One Year Anniversary

Buy my Crafts

Many artisans come to La Antigua Guatemala to sell their crafts. The streets are for anyone who wants to sell, just watch for the tourist police or they might confiscate your work, give you a ticket and send you home with empty hands. On the streets you can buy tortillas, handicrafts, textiles, furniture, watercolors paintings, orchids, ice cream, charcoal broiled meats, ceviches (shrimp or sea food salad) and a very long et-cetera. Please, make this old man happy —buy his wood-carved saint.

Countdown side note: Last year on May 1st, the La Antigua Guatemala Daily Photo was started as a way for me to express my opinions about this particular colonial town embedded in the Sierra Madre mountain range in Central America. Inspired by the fabulous work of Eric (a friendly Parisian —yes, they do exist!) from Paris Daily Photo and others around the world who choose to document life as they see it in their home towns and cities.

The challenge seemed overwhelming since I can barely keep an activity for a week (yes 7 days is often too much for me). But I decided to give it a try figuring I could probably hold on for a month. It was also a challenge because La Antigua Guatemala is a tiny town (about 10 x 10 blocks) and I did not know if I could find enough material to keep up with the big cities like Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, et-cetera.

There are over two hundred and forty-six cities now in this world-wide community, yet La Antigua Guatemala remains the only city in Central America (yes most people did not know about Central America). La Antigua Guatemala DP was also one of the first in Latin America, even before Mexico City or Santiago de Chile.

I am happy to say that I only see friends in many of those 246 cities and to me Lisi is Hong Kong, Pamela is Tenerife, Lessie is Anderson, Jing is Shanghai, Edwin is Kuala Lumpur, Dsole is Madrid, MarieMc is Alexandria just to mention a few names.

Also, there are the regular visitors and commentators who enrich the whole experience for all, like Sompopo and Jerry. Sorry, I wish I can name everyone here, although I am very grateful for all your wonderful feedback, but this side note is already longer than the post (it almost feels like the post-signatures of Sub-Comandante Marcos).

Anyhow, please, I urge you to come along this ride of seven days before the one-year anniversary. If you are one of those SM Guatemalans who visit this site regularly, please stay away on May 1st, I will have a photo that might make you wish you had an airplane ticket in your hand.

Can you still see monks in your home town?

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  • He looks a little worried. I wonder if it was you taking his picture or a visit by the police?

    As for your one year anniversary, congratulations. You have done a mighty fine job showing life in Antigua and I look forward to seeing the next post everyday with my morning cup of coffee. 🙂

  • I really thought of a nun when I saw the wood carving. I didn’t realize the man was selling his work. I hope he sold it too.

    Abraham Lincoln

  • ¡Uf!, pensé que hablábamos del Vaticano, donde ahora se hacen santos a la carrera y por encargo. (Sorry, no me aguanté hacer este comentario). Saludos.

  • congregation on your almost one year.
    I want to tell how much I appreciate your site. I think it is the best on the web and Will be here every day. God willing.

  • Oh WOW, I didn’t realize that you, I mean the blog, shared a birthday with my best friend‘s little girl. 🙂 She will also be one year old on May 1st. How time flies so fast, when you’re having fun. Thank you for the mention Rudy. I don’t have the words, in either language, but I’m honoured, truly. I had the same doubts as you when I started this, yet, somehow I will reach 600 photos on May 7th. You are doing a fine job of bringing us closer to an area that is so little known to the outside world and I don’t know about Guatemalans, but you already make me with I had a plane ticket!

  • Can’t wait to see the May 1st photo!

  • Santiago Durham

    As you know, I live here in Antigua yet I look forward to your photos and commentaries every day. Congrats on the upcoming anniversary. I hope you continue to find the time to keep up the great work.

  • Simply I loved Guatemala and this is thanks to its people, men and women with an unique history, a vibrant (but hard) present and I hope a bright future… Maybe we have been able to transmit this feeling through our blog!

  • Mary-Kate

    i love this blog and check it most days so that i can feel ‘connected’ to antigua!

    i have told all my friends about it too


  • Jerry

    One year, Wow. I think I have been here almost since the beginning and still love this DP. Congrats on this milestone. I am always wishing for a plane ticket to Guatemala. I love your beautiful country and I love to see the photos. They are a great graphic of life there. Not always beautiful, and a wide variety of topics. I don’t always agree with your point of view, but that makes this DP even more interesting. I very much appreciate your intelligence and good command of the English language. Perhaps someday I will have a decent command of Spanish…(not likely), but one can always dream. All the best, Jerry

  • juanfran

    Congratulations in advance. I´m a guatemalan who feels proud of all of the beauty of Antigua.
    I use to visit the place for four to five times a year, and every time I go there, I feel like if it was the first.

    I´m also eager to see your anniversary photo.
    Have you read José Milla’s books? Most of them tell enchanting words about Antigua.

  • Muchas gracias for the mention. Antigua has been one of my very favorites both for the excellence and artistry of your photographs and for the interesting insights you provide of this magical ciudad colonial. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for almost a year!!!

  • Hi Rudy, I’ll be counting down with you 🙂

  • A one week countdown! Let’s go for it. You must be excited cos I am 🙂