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Guatemalan Slang: Chamusca

Chamusca is the Guatemalan-Spanish word for an informal football match. All you need is a few friends, a dirt field and a …

Familia Gaytán Durán Sign

This is another tradition which is disappearing from the façades of La Antigua Guatemala. Having a tiled-sign with the family names on …

Marimba Orquesta AVE LIRA Sign

The Marimba Orquesta Ave Lira Sign is so small that you may have trouble finding their home-base. I have published a photo …

Room for Rent, Ring Bell 1

I guess we can continue a mini series of signs… here’s the most common sign seen in La Antigua Guatemala. Sometimes you …

Niños de Guatemala Sign

If I started a series about the NGOs (Non Governmental Organizations) headquartered in La Antigua Guatemala, one per day, I could probably …

Pues sí­ tú, Manolo!

Pues, what better way to explain one of the most confusing word-expressions in the Spanish language than to tell you about Manolo, …

The French are Coming!

Did I miss a fútbol (Soccer) game today, or what? I know Bistrot Cinq is a French bistro on 4a calle oriente …

Wood Texture from a Beam

The wooden texture from beam which appeared in Holding Up the Heavens. Sometimes you just need to let time do its magic.

Arches in Sync

An interesting find in La Antigua Guatemala, a town full of arches at every turn; but how often one comes across an …

Antigua Guatemala Funeral

When I was eighteen I worked for a senile old man who had been a famous race driver in the 1940-70. Very …

I Am Fofo!

I am the Walrus… I am Fofo… I am the Walrus. Honest. Fofo is short in Guatemalan Spanish for Rodolfo, which is …