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The Modern Maya






The Maya represent a culture that demonstrates how tradition and technology can thrive together. This Maya woman, dressed in the traditional Mayan …




Colorful Guatemala Revisited






I am completely ruined. After having spent so much time around rich, intense colors, textures, idiosyncrasies, how could I ever live again …




It’s Coffee Time!






In La Antigua Guatemala we are so lucky to be able to get excellent coffee just about everywhere. Cafetenango in Finca Filadelfia …




al Macarone Pizza y Pasta Sign






Trust me, do no trust your nostalgic memories; they will mislead you. 🙁 Today’s sign of al Macarone is a very good …




What time is it?






Yo creo que es hora de regresar a nuestras clases de español (I think it’s time to come back to our Spanish …




Life Is Good!






Split a life in two; then in decades; the decades in years; the years in days and so on. Life is just …




Making Pilas: Setting the Mold






The first step of making the Guatemalan washbasin is to set the concrete mold pieces and then filling it with concrete. The …




Making Pilas: Removing the Mold






Actually, I should say removing the mold pieces. Basically, to manufacture pilas, washbasins, there four basic steps: Set the mold pieces and …




Making Pilas: Adding Color






These pilas go for a little over Q500/$60 because they use higher quality paint and more cement in the concrete mixture. Cheaper …




It’s Refa Time!






There are two ‘official’ snack times in Guatemala known as refacción; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. I have …




It’s Atol Time!






Like I said before, if there were a Guatemalan National Drink, surely “atol blanco” would be it. Atol blanco is one of …




Broccoli Heads






Oh, I don’t think I will ever get tired for the abundant fresh produce available in el mercado of La Antigua Guatemala …




About Today’s Afternoon






This afternoon seems to have been one of the best of the year, and quoting Rudy: Linda tarde de enero en La …




Spanish Tile Roof Texture






I love textures and La Antigua Guatemala seems to possess an endless amount of textures. Perhaps the fact that I am a …