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Antique Hand Press

Antigua Guatemala is so full of antique items from presses to coffee mills. Actually, now I regret not having created a category …

Antique Coffee Mill

Here’s another antique decoration piece found at Tretto Caffè. Is this a coffee mill or grinder? Which one is the better term …

Coffee Props

I really like all the coffee props or decoration found in the many coffee houses in Antigua Guatemala. This antique weight scale …

Colonial Restoration Scaffold

Here’s your Spanish word of the day: Andamio, which means scaffold. I don’t think I have shown andamios very often, although very …

Lunch Served from a Pick-Up Truck

I have said it many times before. Pick-up trucks are THE most popular vehicle in Guatemala, and quite possibly in Central America. …

Antigua Architecture Walks

I was fortunate to accompany Guatemalan Architect José María Magaña Juárez, who specializes in conservation of monuments and historic centers and was …

McCafé Decorations

I don’t know if McCafés exist in other parts of the world or if they are a Guatemalan invention. Please, illuminate me. …

The Papalina Maker

I was told by this papalina maker that in a normal town fair day he peels between one quintal and two quintals. …

Door or Window

What do you think this is, a window or a door? In Guatemalan Spanish with call these wood logs “lepa” (lehpah me …

The Typical Tienda Vista

As I’ve explained before, a tienda is the Spanish word we use in Guatemala to refer for convenience store. The original definition …

Clock Tower in Ciudad Vieja

I honestly wonder if any of the public clocks in Guatemala actually work. The clock tower in Ciudad Vieja for instance has …

The Pizza Transaction by Rudy Giron

The Pizza Transaction

I don’t know when or how, but now pizza slices are an staple of the Guatemalan town fairs. Of course, like everything …

Typical Guatemalan Kite Shop by Rudy Giron - www.rudygiron.com

Typical Guatemalan Kite Shop

So, here’s a typical Guatemalan kite shop found in most villages. The kites are sold for Q1, Q2, Q5 and Q10 for …