Contrary to popular belief Guatemala shares the same seasonal schedule as North America. Thus, it starts to get chilly in LAG by December, which is when this photo was taken. You can see more elements of a weekend photo. Mayan woman with child and cellphone, capitalinos wearing cold-weather clothes, the arch, the balcony, the CC camera.
Antigua Guatemala is the preferred destination for Christmas Even and New Year’s Eve celebrations because Antigüeños know how put on a good show. Normally there are several fireworks and firecrackers shows at different venues such as Parque Central and Calle del Arco. Here Nelo shares some of his photos for the night and further down you can watch a couple of videos that captured the fireworks shows.
We continue with the mini series on “waiting” and the win-a-post-card contest. Here’s the simple rule to participate and win: The most creative story for the picture above will win a photo post card made from a photo from AntiguaDailyPhoto, mailed to your home or office. Just post your creative story or caption on the comment area at AntiguaDailyPhoto before Monday, June 4, I’ll select the most creative story and mail the photo post card so you can receive it the same week.
You know, I have toyed with the idea of giving one-day and/or one-week photo workshops in Antigua Guatemala taking advantage of my over six-year experience photographing the most enchanting and photogenic city in Central America. I have even considered the one-week photographic workshops to be all inclusive.
What do you guys think, would there be people interested in taking hands on photo workshops in Antigua Guatemala?
If I were you I would be very careful about walking around Calle del Arco. See, there’s guy selling dreamcatchers, atrapasueños in Spanish, so imagine somebody catching your dreams as you stroll by. What if you’re a dreamer, would yourself get trapped inside this web? Seriously, I hadn’t realized that dreamcatchers were being produced this far south and adopted by the Maya as part of their handicrafts. I’ll make sure I buy an atrapasueños next time I see this fellow. The going price was between Q25 for the little one and Q120 for the large ones.
While dreamcatchers originated in the Ojibwa Nation, during the Pan-Indian Movement of the 1960s and 1970s they were adopted by Native Americans of a number of nations. Some consider the dream catcher a symbol of unity among the various Indian Nations, and a general symbol of identification with Native American or First Nations cultures. However, other Native Americans have come to see dream catchers as over-commercialized. Non-Indians have also used the dreamcatcher for their own purposes. (source: Wikipedia)
Here’s a video clip showcasing the magic found in and around Antigua Guatemala. The video was sent to me by Lico Rosales to share with you. Enjoy!
Calle del Arco is the place to be on the weekends in Antigua Guatemala if you want to listen to live music. For sure you can find live marimba music, either Maya or traditional Guatemalan songs, but sometimes you find blues, jazz or urban rock ensembles. This was the case for the past weekend.
Below you can watch a short video clip, if you can provide the name of the song, you win a post card. Good luck! (more…)
This photo has a nice collection of architectonic fragments which are very representative of La Antigua Guatemala. Interesting enough, this photo is the other side of the arch from the photo published in Antigua Fragments (You have to see this photo as well). If you want to look at other samples of my on-going series Antigua Abstracta, follow the white rabbit.
Best wishes for this coming week, many in Guatemala are already enjoying their Christmas vacation; what about you?
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