As I’ve explained before, a tienda is the Spanish word we use in Guatemala to refer for convenience store. The original definition of Tienda is tent as I imagine the original stores were actually tents. Tienditas, are smaller tiendas, or little convenience stores, which sometimes get to be as small as a window, must of the time is just a tiny room with just a door counter. The best thing about tienditas is that they are everywhere, almost every block has at least one, but often you can find more than two. Obviously, the most often bought products at a tiendita are junk food, soda drinks, chewing gum, canned juices and cigarettes, but you can also find chocobananos and helados (ice creams).
Archive for the ‘Night Photography’ Category
With this gallery of Semana Santa photos from Antigua Guatemala, Nelo Mijangos shares with us an overview of the many vistas one can expect while following a procession in Antigua Guatemala. For instance, the picture above gives us an idea of the length of the float and how many cucuruchos carry it. Below, we can see that cucuruchos come together in all ages to express their devotion; we get to look at the different figures on top of the floats inside the churches as well as outside; further, we see the different costumes wore during the enactment of the crucifixion, including the Romans with their torches; we get to see the huge crowds as well as the all the people working together to create the world-famous Holy Week alfombras (carpets) from Antigua Guatemala.
In my opinion, Nelo has done an outstanding job bringing to us all the haunting and awe-inspiring imagery of the world-famous Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala, don’t you agree?
photos by Nelo Mijangos
The procession of the fifth Sunday of Lent is quite possibly one of the largest processions in Antigua Guatemala. People just refer to it as the procession of San Bartolo, short for San Bartolomé Becerra. This procession leaves the church around 7 am and comes back 18 hours later, sometime between midnight and 1 am. For this procession Nelo Mijangos walked 39.4 kilometres or 24.48 miles; that’s nearly a marathon. Also, Nelo took 1,233 photos along the route of the procession of San Bartolo. By the way, the picture above is right before the procession enters the church again after nearly 18 hours at 12:33 am. You can see that even after so many hours there are still plenty of people accompanying the processional float.
By the end of the 4th Sunday procession which comes out of the village of Santa Ana, Nelo Mijangos had already walked 93,2 kms or 57.91 miles on four consecutive Sundays of Lent. For this procession, Nelo decided to show us a detail of the lit float taken at night. Yes, in case you didn’t realise it, this procession thing is all day and night affair. Nelo mentioned that he took 698 photos during along the route of the procession of Santa Ana.
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Images by Nelo Mijangos
The McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble performed at the “XIII Festival de Jazz de Guatemala” in Antigua GuatemalaThursday, March 14th, 2013
Wednesday night we had the opportunity to listen to The McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble performed for about an hour and a half as part of “XIII Festival de Jazz de Guatemala” at the atrium of the former college of the Compañía de Jesús in Antigua Guatemala. It was a breath-taking performance.
The “XIII Festival de Jazz de Guatemala” started on Friday, March 8, with a performance by Alessio Menconi Trio with Marco Panascia and Paolo Orlandi from Italy, but because I’ve have been overwhelmed with the transformation of the upcoming issue of REVUE magazine, I was not able to attend. Ditto for the show by Beat Kaestli of Switzerland on Thursday night. There is still one more concert by Abe Rábade Trio (Spain) on Saturday night which I do not plan to miss at all. I will bring you an update in this last presentation. Stay tuned!
Check out the photo galley of The McNally Smith Fusion Ensemble concert here: (more…)
Here are the first images I taken of the recent eruptions of Volcán de Fuego taken from Antigua Guatemala tonight. I was alerted by Norman Avila of ClimaYa.com through a tweet about Fuego volcano erupting and within minutes I was taken this photographs of the fireworks show put up by colossal volcano located about 20 kilometres south west of Antigua Guatemala.
Here are additional photos of Fuego volcano erupting. Enjoy!
The izote tree, yucca guatemalensis, is the Mesoamerican cousin of the yucca tree or Joshua tree and one of my favorite plants to photograph. Simply take a photo tour through the archives for izote. Izote is can be found in almost all gardens and fences here and everywhere in Mexico and Central America and the south of the United States.
The izote tree often used in the hedgerows around Antigua Guatemala. Its white flowers are edible and they are considered a delicacy. The izote tree flower is also the national flower for the country of El Salvador.