Giant Kites from Santa María Cauqué

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I am still getting over a cold, so I was a bit hesitant to leave home for All Saints Day. However, since a friend reminded me to pick up some fiambre she saved for me, which tasted just like the one my Mom makes. So, anyway, I ended up doing a lot of driving just to pick up the fiambre, which I did as a token for my mom since November 1 is her birthday, also known All Saints Day. When I headed back home I realized some friends were waiting for me to go to Santa María Cauqué, following the recommendation of another friend, a great photographer, Marco Ortíz, who suggested it over other places like Sumpango and Santiago Sacatepéquez where all the crowds go to look at the giant kites.

I had never seen the huge kites so it was no brainer to go to Santa María Cauqué, which has nothing to envy to Santiago Sacatepequez, nor Sumpango kite shows. The experience was amazing; we could walk through the crowd, people were so nice and cordial. I think Santa María Cauqué is under promoted in regards to their giant kites show. Since I was still suffering from a cold, I thought, well, I’m going to get imperfect photos (not that my photos are ever perfect, but I focused in getting them as perfect as possible).

All the joy in keeping this tradition was even reflected when the organizing committee addressed the crowds over the microphone to award the different prices. There were different levels, at least two if I’m not mistaken, the giant kites and the kite runners; those who got their giant kites (at least of a meter in diameter) on the air.

So, what do you think of my imperfect kite photos?

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