Watching the World Go by…

Watching the World Go by...

If you are a fan of people watching you are hard-pressed to find a lovelier place than La Antigua Guatemala to enjoy the lazy hobby. Whether you find a bench in Parque Central, Tanque de la Union, Cerro de la Cruz… or perhaps, you simply prop yourself against one of the many boldly-colored walls that line the calles and avenidas, like this man… the scene before you is always beautiful. I don’t think a day has gone by where I haven’t outwardly expressed my fascination with the beauty that abounds in this city. She’s like a diamond. You can look upon her faces, her edges, her corners from different angles and each time you will find a new hue to appreciate.

text and photo by Laura McNamara

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  • Erick

    I can appreciate this photo because I’m definitely a people watcher. I can grab some ice cream or a soda, sit down somewhere and just watch people go about their everyday lives, especially when I’m in Antigua.

    I wish I was that dude right now, instead of being stuck in a cube at work.

  • Rudy Girón

    @Laura, I would never admit in public of being a people watcher, although I think the archives of AntiguaDailyPhoto betray me. 😉

    @Erick, “I wish I was that dude right now, instead of being stuck in a cube at work” this is the main Raison d’être of the existence of AntiguaDailyPhoto.Com, to bring you daily doses of a colorful and remote alternative reality. As Milan Kundera wisely published La vida está en otra parte, Life Is Elsewhere. 🙁

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  • Luis Samayoa

    Erick wrote: “I wish I was that dude right now, instead of being stuck in a cube at work”.
    Careful what you wish for, the “dude” like you despectibly call him, most likely is without a job and waiting for a potential employer to come by so he can ask for a job. Maybe Rudy could ask some of theses “dudes” what are they doing sitting on the sidewalk.

  • Erick

    @Luis: No disrespect was meant by referring to the guy sitting down as a “dude.” It was just a very informal and casual way of referring to him. Your assumption that the guy is unemployed simply because he’s sitting down is ridiculous and more than likely incorrect. For all you know, he’s just taking a short break from back-breaking work and watching uptight people such as yourself walk by. Enjoy your day, dude.

  • @Rudy: I think your secret isn’t such a secret Rudy. 😉

    @Erick: I’m with you… dude. 😉

    @Luis: The “dude” seemed so content and at ease in what he was doing that I didn’t want to disturb him. I’m a journalist and ask way too many questions way to often by nature, but sometimes it’s best to just let a moment be and observe it for what it is. Whether or not the dude is employed or not is still an elusive fact. But, either way, I appreciate that he can just settle upon the sidewalk, chill out, and watch life go by…