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Day of the Dead Dessert Sampler






Here are many traditional Guatemalan desserts and sweets to take to the cemetery on Day of the Dead and All Saints’ Day. …




El Grito






If there were an unofficial anthem for Guatemala, that would be El Grito. Most Guatemalan grow hearing El Grito and even dancing …




Feria Food: Manzanas encarameladas






These caramelized apples are a good example of the syncretism found in the Guatemalan gastronomy. As Pascu mentioned yesterday, “I find Guatemalan …




Feria Food: Plataninas






If you want to know what plataninas, papalinas, poporopos and churros are, just follow the white rabbit! Guatemala’s rich gastronomic heritage is …




Club Fotográfico de Antigua






Back in June, a few photography enthusiasts from La Antigua Guatemala, myself included, funded the Club Fotográfico de Antigua (Antigua’s Photo Club). …




How to make Guatemalan Chicharrones






I was explained by these chicharroneros how they make their chicharrones, chicharrines, carnitas and costilla. First buy the best quality pork skin, …




The Giant Kites Are Coming






If you are planning to leave Guatemala before November 1, you will certainly miss the Giant Kites of Santiago and Sumpango. You …




Strong Winds Are Coming






The “strong winds” begin making their way to Guatemala; Vientos fuertes would say Miguel Ángel Asturias. With the vientos fuertes also appear …




A dance of fire and joy






Tuesday the 13th, a day of much superstition, was the day of the a fundraising event at JP’s Rumbar for the non-government …




The War of the Worlds






Play this song before continuing: We know now that in the early years of the twentieth century this world was being watched …




Produce Delivery






I know that one can go every day to the mercado, market, in La Antigua Guatemala for fresh produce and that if …




Green Gleen at Panza Verde






Photographing green is an obsession for me. There is something about the way green looks when it’s captured by camera. I will …




Where is this Sign?






Okay, so I’m going to need some help with this one. I know Rudy has an abundant sign collection and I thought …




Portal to An Ancient World






The whimsical, timeless allure of La Antigua’s colonial architecture, peacefully protected ruins and cobbled streets is a common theme of which I’ll …




No Photos of the Art Please






The warning came from behind: “Please, we’re really not supposed to be taking photos of the art here.” I had just snapped …




Stop, watch and observe






Sometimes I forget that I should simply disconnect from the Internet and go outside. This time Rudy Girón took me out, and …




Men at Work






The vista cotidiana (quotidian vista) of men working throughout La Antigua Guatemala is more and more refreshing and assuring each day. We …