3rd Year Anniversary of AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com

Volcán de Agua and Antigua Guatemala

Day one of year four.

On the first anniversary of La Antigua Guatemala I shared my goal with you:

My idea was to show the good, the bad and the ugly of this colonial town. I did not want to make a touristic site for the most popular touristic destination in Central America. La Antigua Guatemala is photogenic, so my goal has been a bit difficult. But I have tried to show other aspects of life which I did not see cover in other sites. Also, I wanted to ‘own’ a venue for practicing my inadequate written English and amateur photographic skills. Three hundred and seventy-six posts later I have improved neither; it’s so pathetic. On the other hand, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about this town and many good friends (even if they don’t see eye-to-eye on the issues we talked about here). What can I say, they’re are all wrong!

On the second anniversary of La Antigua Guatemala I reflected upon the concept of milestones:

Every time humans arrive at a milestone, we tend to review what we have traveled thus far. Two years of consecutive blogging is not much or even important in the big scale of things. Nonetheless, it is a big achievement for me since I have never done anything like this before. I am very happy to have reached this time mark and to have helped others in the process. I thank all my regular visitors for your support, comments, feedback and donations.

For the third anniversary of La Antigua Guatemala, I have come to the conclusion that I am too wordy and nobody cares for long entries anymore… so from this point forward I will make short entries.

One more thing, I have some questions for you, what does AntiguaDailyPhoto mean to you? What kind of themes you care for? Do you prefer entries with lots of information or just the picture and its caption? Do you care for the music or videos that show up every once in a while? Are you tired of food shots? Should I leave out all the controversial and politics out? Should I focus more or less on the people, landscape, animals, idiosyncrasies of Guatemalans? What else should I be asking?

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  • Ham

    HAppy anniversary! I’m never certain whether it gets easier or harder as the years go by. Thanks for the great images, Antigua has gone on my list of places to visit as a result. Hope you keep on enjoying it for years to come.

  • Stephanie

    Felicitaciones! This site is incredible. I don’t know how you’ve kept up the energy for three years, but I am so glad that you have. I help to administer an online discussion group and I know how frustrating it can be to have many people view but few people who post comments. I sense a little discouragement in your reflections today. It’s understandable, but I hope it’s temporary. I know *many* people whom I have sent to this site who view it and are amazed by it — they just don’t post comments here. Your “most viewed” numbers say a lot about how many people value this site.

    As for what I would like — Personally, I love the long commentaries. I have only spent a little time in Guatemala under very particular circumstances, but I hope to return for a more in-depth Guatemalan experience (hopefully many times). Reading your commentaries gives me so much insight into daily life and culture in LAG and in Guatemala more generally. Even when you are explaining history that I have read about elsewhere, it feels very different here where it is being explained by someone who lives it rather than by an academic.

    I’m not so wild about the food photos from an artistic standpoint — but I do like the descriptions and commentary that go with them. I am looking forward to the launch of the recipe site. Music and videos I don’t watch/listen to. It’s the photos that I come here for.

    I like the explanations. I am most captivated by the photos that glimpse the idiosyncrasies, emotions, and daily experiences of people in LAG. I also like the architectural photos. Flowers are pretty, but I prefer them when there is an architectural component or a people aspect included.

    If it doesn’t go against what you want for the site, when you travel outside of LAG I would love to see photos from elsewhere, too. : ) LAG isn’t an island unto itself and I would love to see Guatemala more broadly through your lens — perhaps even some paired photos comparing and contrasting a scene in LAG with a corresponding scene from elsewhere.

    This site is a bright spot for me each day. It shows humor, joy, idiosyncrasy, truth, beauty, striving, struggle, harmony, discord…in essence, there is life here. And while much of it is a common human experience, it also shows a life that is different than in my community. I value having a window on another way of moving through this world. It changes my perspective and reminds me there are other ways of living and being besides my own. That enriches my life immeasurably.

  • emromesco

    Habby Pirthday! Pues you want our opinions? I have plenty but have been a little lazy in expressing them. You know, what I have notice though, is that LAGDP is an oasis among a sea of the same. Everywhere, regardless of the media, we are surrounded by the same messages: the economy, the environment, H1N1… it’s tiring. In the meantime, LAGDP keeps presenting a real image of a real city in a real country. That is its success.

    Also, if anything, LAGDP has given me a great friend, and that is priceless. Echate un tequilazo por mi en este tu aniversario mano.

    PS. I just noticed how the tuberculosis post became the most viewed…. please please, don’t react to that.

  • Eric

    Rudy, this site is a great escape, a relevant commentary, and a great documentary all in one. I think your different and unusual photographs are fantastic – an extraordinary view of everyday life. Please keep the food pictures, because they encourage me to return to Guate. with more and more frequency. And feel free to comment as long as you are able to do so on a daily basis – politics, local customs, and views from <> are always good for everyone to see.
    My favorite entries (other than the food pix — Mmmm!) are about the local residents. Your series on the marching bands and the parades were fantastic, and my personal favorite ? I forget the title, even though I view it often, but it concerned the local lady trying to sell crafts to the group of norteamericanos (?) on the government bus. Good questions, and great answers, even when there weren’t any.
    Keep up the good work, and, como siempre, save me a seat at Fernando’s.

  • sheila

    Thank you Rudy, Keep up the good work. I really enjoy it and i love the marimba . Thank you again

  • Charlene

    Because I have travelled to Antigua twice from the United States and because I have left my heart in Guate, I look forward to your photos. I enjoy the food & recipes; I love the landscapes and the faces of the people of the country; I look forward to the history and even a single breathless photo without words. Thank you.

  • HEG

    Lo que has hecho con este sitio es bastante sorprendente. Es el único blog que he seguido desde hace años y es debido a precisamente el estilo que le imprimes. Todos los diferentes aspectos que has presentado a los nacionales y extranjeros es de gran utilidad, informativo, real, único (por el estilo) y muchas otras cosas.

    Felicitaciones por el ánimo que has mantenido en la dedicación a este photoblog y sigue adelante!

    PS: En lo particular a mi me gustan las entradas largas y los diferentes tópicos que amarrás con la foto del día

  • happy anniversary. I love most about your blog, is that you do capture the essence of Antigua. Plus, since it’s going to be my home city in 2 months, I love to be inspired by it’s beauty, which you manage to get in your pictures!

  • mary

    I love your site! I found it about 2 years ago before traveling to your beautiful country. We adopted a beautiful little girl from Guatemala about 2 years ago. I love your site as it is one way for us to remain connected to Guatemala…and that is/will be very important for my daughter


  • Rudy,
    Congratulations on another fantastic year! Your photos are beautiful glimpses into the daily life in Antigua and your writing brings us the story behind the scenes. Please keep up the great work!

  • Feliz cumpli, I mean, aniversario Rudy. (My best mate’s daughter was 3 today.) Sorry I don’t have so much time or ability to get around and comment these days, but I do look and I read every day. Even the long posts. 🙂

  • Congrats Rudy! For the Wife, your site is a wonderful opportunity to see the city all over again. For me, it’s a great place to steal photos which add meaning to my otherwise pedantic blog entries.

  • Erick

    Congratulations on the Third-Year Anniversary milestone! Although I’m nowhere near retirement age, I always dream of being able to retire in Antigua, or that I could live there now; so, during my lunch break, I always come to the site to see what new picture of Antigua has popped up. It’s definitely a nice break from my usual work routine.

    I definitely enjoy pictures of all the traditional Guatemalan dishes as well as those of people/locals. I, for one, enjoy shorter posts and then read what the other bloggers are posting, but that’s just personal preference. I notice that when someone has a question, either you or the other bloggers will reply, so perhaps a vague description helps everyone jump into the conversation.

    It must take a lot of effort to update this site with a different picture every-freaking-day, so great job and keep up the good work.

  • Congratulations on three solid years! I hope that you don’t stop writing informative entries going into the history and background of what we’re seeing… This has been a very educational site, teaching me about a place I’ve never been and done in such a personal and passionate way that textbooks and wikipedia can’t compete… I wouldn’t ask that you change a thing, or I would ask that you don’t change a thing…

  • Valerie

    Happy Anniversary! Please keep up the good work. My Kids and I look forward to checking it out every day. They get so excited to see their homeland. We love it all!

  • catherine from Oregon

    Rudy – I hope you know how much you are loved! I look at your site every day. Your pictures are how I fell in love with Guatemala. I have learned so much about your country, the people and customs from you. I love each and every picture, comment and ESPECIALLY the politics. Silence is a “win” for oppressors – and we can’t have that!

  • stephanie

    P.S. As for today’s photo — Wow! I actually didn’t get to LAG when I was in Guatemala. Although I’ve seen many, many photos of the volcano in the background I’ve never seen one from this angle. This is the first time that I realized exactly where it is located relative to LAG. I thought it was nearby but a bit more distant. This gives me a whole new appreciation of the locale and topography.

  • Maggie D

    I enjoy whatever you put on the site. You may feel that you’ve already “taken that picture” or “wrote about this or that” in past years, but every year you live you see things differently and then you share with us. Lucky US!
    Food, architecture, people, music, history, politics, holidays, ceremonies, etc. – it is all interesting to us, those of us who want to be there but can’t. It’s like going out in the morning – one never knows what one will see next. I hope you never get tired of surprising us. Thank you for your hard work.

  • Congratulations, Rudy. Three years is a fantastic achievement. You bring us such diverse photographs and interesting commentaries. I, for one, have learned a lot from visiting your marvellous blog. Thankyou. Here’s to the next year.

  • Hi Rudy, Felicidades !!!

    I have enjoyed every photo and the comments of your visitors and the excellent content with the picture.. so all mix well…

    Something I admire from your site is the quality of the comments.. (me including 😉 ) this only confirms what a great job u do.

    BTW I am encouraging a friend of mine that lives in Xela and that is a professional photographer to start a photolog of Xela based on your success… and as a way to make know his art.

    will let u know… I will help him with the technical issue of this.

    congratulations for the 3 yrs.

  • MO

    More alambres and mangos for me. All I request is a few alambres or mangos every once in a while. Congrats on 3rd year of daily pictures/comments.

  • Stephanie

    I often look at photos multiple times — and this one is one of those. So now a question — I see what looks like smoke coming up from the side of the mountain in the lower right side. Is that smoke from a fire that’s burning? Or from the volcano venting steam out of some type of fissure?

  • Coltrane_lives

    BRAVO Rudy!!! Your blog is informational, inspirational, and inhalational (LOL) too. LAG is so lucky to have you as its ambassador.

  • Rudy,

    Happy Anniversary! Many other readers have commented eloquently on how amazing your blog is. I can only agree with them.

    As for your questions to us, I really like how you have a mix of different subjects. That definitely keeps things interesting. I also enjoy your commentary.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Congratulations! What does Antigua Daily Photo mean to me? I adopted my daughter from Guatemala. From the time I was matched with her (May 2006) until I brought her home (May 2007) I viewed your site daily to connect in a way to my daughter. I was anxious to bring her home and missing her so reading your site helped in that long long waiting process. Once she was home with me, your site continued (and still continues) to help me understand more about her birth culture. So I appreciate any information you share about all aspects of Guatemalan life. From you I have learned all sorts of things I would not normally have been exposed to. Once my daughter is a bit older, I hope to visit Guatemala again to share with her things I have learned. And she will also be able to share your web site with me. Thanks! Your web site has meant more to me than you’ll ever know!

  • @Ham, you are so responsible for me reaching the three year anniversary. I followed your advice from the very beginning. THANKS A LOT for all your support through out the years.

    @Stephanie, thanks so much for your thorough feedback. I am keeping notes. 😉

    @emromesco, I think you already had too many Mozas my friend. Thanks for all your support and for being such a good friend.

    @Eric, I am going to take you up on the invitation for lunch and coffee at Fernando’s… just let me know when you’re coming. 😉

    @Sheila, thanks for all your feedback. The comments is my best reward.

    @Charlene, I try to keep the flow moving in all different direction so you don’t get bored. 🙂

    @Heg, muchas gracias por tus palabras tan amables y por este tu primer comentario (creo).

    @Marina, look me up when you get here. Perhaps we can meet for lunch. Also, I am looking forward for you present a different, more real perspective of LAG for expats.

    @Mary, what’s your daughter’s name?

    @Suzanne, thanks for your feedback and support. I promise to keep this website for as long as I can or for as long as people care for its content.

    @Pamela, oh Pam, you are one of my best epistolary friends. It’s my sincere wish for things to be going your way where ever you find yourself nowadays. Tu amigo, rg.

    @Mark, thanks for your kind words, support and wonderful perspective at GuateLiving. See you next week.

    @Erick, that’s exactly the idea and I wish more people help each other here. I DO NOT have the final word on anything even though I am ALWAYS right, you know! 😉

    @Brendan, thanks for all the feedback and suggestions.

    @Valerie, what are the names of your kids?

    @Catherine, I appreciate your kind words so much. I also want to thank you and John for all your economic support through the years. Hope to see you in May.

    @Stephanie, I am glad you like the picture and that was pretty much the idea of showing the relationship between LAG and Volcán de Agua.

    @MaggieD, thanks so much for your DONATION. I appreciated it as much as your wonderful feedback throughout the years.

    @Jilly, I will try to live to your expectations. 😉

    @Norman, I promise I will try to help other people start XelaDP, PetenDP, GuateCityDP and all the different places in Guatemala. I wll be supportive of any new Daily Photo projects. You can count on me to share all my experience.

    @MO, mangos and cables para vos. I promise I will keep both of themes in my viewfinder often. Welcome back my friend; I miss you.

    @Stephanie, Volcán de Agua is inactive. What you are seeing is a controlled fire used to clear the land and get it ready for planting just before the rains of May. This photo was taken in April.

    @Coltrane_lives, oh you are so kind. I am no ambassador of anything. 🙁

    @Holly, thanks for your feedback. I try to mix and match often so you don’t get bored.

    @Karen, thank you so much for your heart-felt comment. You made my day.

    @Everyone, your comments and feedback are all the fuel I need to continue with the daily updates. THANKS SO MUCH for all your wonderful feedback and your frequent comments.

    @Erv, I want to publicly thank you for the DONATION of the 1-year renewal of the Flickr account. My account was up for renewal in May, so your donation comes in very hand right about now.

  • Hi Rudy,
    I’ll definitely look you up! It will be great to meet some new people who love Antigua!
    Thanks again for your great blog!

  • Happy anniversary ! I just discovered you blog today and I love it. I went to Antigua 15 years ago for a holiday and kept a fantastic memory of this trip. I will now be one of your followers.
    Cheers from Paris !

  • Salvador

    Gracias, Gracias, Gracias ……
    For all your effort to keep this beautiful site going for all these 3 years !!!

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