Archive for the ‘Only in LAG’ Category
I saw this man having chuchitos and atol de arroz con chocolate while having his shoes shone and I thought he was having a difficult time trying to put his atol on the stool without dropping the chuchitos. Of course, I had to pull out my camera and capture the scene for you. This is going directly to the Only in LAG category. Enjoy!
Among other news this week was the controversy and rage about Guatemala’s Gallo beer on the social media networks, especially on Facebook. Well, it looks like someone discovered that the Gallo beer was being sold in Mexico as a Mexican beer with Mexican motifs and a great price, so much more economically than in Guatemala. I am not sure what hurt Guatemalans the most, to see their national beer with a Mexican costume and dress or that it was so much cheaper in Mexico than in Guatemala. Needless to say, Guatemalans became enraged and there were chain letters and campaigns to let others know of the betrayal of Cerveceria Centroamericana, the brewery that produces the Guatemalan beers. In other words much to do about nothing.
As always, Guy Howard goes the extra mile to explain most things Guatemalan as shown below:
It probably won’t assuage indignant Chapines to know that the Castillo family, makers of the ‘national’ heirloom brew are descended from Bernal Díaz de Castillo, who had an important chunk of Mexican history behind him before ending up as Antigua’s alcalde…
… Of course this is the time of year in which the nationalistic sentiments of many Chapines are naturally emboldened. It’s just that an unfortunate historical coincidence means that there is a similar opportunity to target lager-swilling patriots across the northern border, which the makers of ‘nuestra cerveza’ clearly fancied a tilt at.
And perhaps the real problem here is that the Castillo company has decided to sell their
sixtwelve packs for less than they can typically be purchased for down here… 69 pinche pesos!
… continue reading the complete hilarious entry at Innerdiablog.
Today was the day. Today Fuego Volcano stole the spot lights with the largest pyroclastic activity seen in recent times. The arrest of Antigua Guatemala’s Mayor and ten other people accused of corruption and taking public funds took a second stage. On the other hand, the Antorchas de la Independencia, Independence Torches continue arriving and leaving Antigua Guatemala with the Independence flame. There were also civics acts in Parque Central along a fashion and design show. Last but not least, Bohemia Suburbana, one of Guatemala’s most popular rock bands, reunited after 12-year separation for a concert in the Ermita de la Santa Cruz.
Un día lleno de noticias en La Antigua Guatemala. La noticia mas llamativa fue sin duda que el Volcán de Fuego ya que se robó toda la atención y el arresto del alcalde Adolfo Vivar pasó casi desapercibido. Otras noticias del día fueron que las antorchas de la Independencia siguieron llegando a La Antigua Guatemala y saliendo en maratones con la llama de la Independencia. También hubo un desfile de modas y diseño en el Parque Central y otros actos cívicos. Por último, en la noche Bohemia Suburbana tendrá un concierto de reunión después de 12 años de separación en La Ermita de La Santa Cruz.
Here’s a time-lapsed video created by Nelo Mijangos.
Here’s the sequence of photographs I took around 10:15am.
And here’s the series of photos I took about the Ministerio Público, MP, the General Attorney officers collecting computer evidence.
And short fragment of Guatemala’s National Anthem.
Basically, the lechero, milkman, guides a herd of goats, cabras in Guatemalan Spanish, around town selling the drawn-on-the-spot glass of milk for Q5/$0.60. Some people drink the milk directly from the glass, while others boil it first. I remember that when I was a kid, having warm milk ordeñada, harvested, on the spot was a highlight of the day. This picture of the lechero from San Juan del Obispo was taken in San Gaspar Vivar as he made his way down to Antigua Guatemala.
This freshly-harvested milk delivery approach puts a new twist of the term “fresh milk”, don’t you think?
The fear of photography is real in Antigua Guatemala. More often I am finding signs which prohibit photography. That’s kind of ironic is you take a moment to consider the Antigua Guatemala is the most important tourist and travel destination in Central America. You might recall a sign from the Only in LAG category which prohibit the admission of food, cameras, guns and backpackers. After I had taken the photograph above, a clerk approach me to let me know that taking photos was not allowed. When my friend asked why, the drone spoke for about two minutes and didn’t say an intelligent coherent thought. Obviously, we left the store because places like this do not deserve our business.
My friend and I continue our stroll and conversation and he was wondering if the owners and employees there would have realized how much promotion a photo and description appearing at AntiguaDailyPhoto can do for their bottom line. He also said to me that he prefers the capitalist approach to prohibition, charge $1 per photo, he reasons most people would not pay, but they wouldn’t feel as they were prohibited from taking photographs either. I agree with him on both comments. So, if you’re a business owner, think twice about prohibiting photography in your shop, you might be missing out on the free promotion that blogs, social networks and news sites could do for your bottom line.