That’s right, I said THE rainy season, or invierno (winter) as most people call the rainy season in Guatemala. I thought of the rainy season in other parts of the world, such as England or the winter in Canada, when I saw this girl enjoying the sun with such carefree pleasure and I figured I had to brag about our invierno—rainy season, so I took the shot.
Come and visit us during rainy season too, we make sure you get plenty of sunshine as well!
Many parks and main squares in Guatemala have photographer making a living by taken snapshots of visitors who want to keep a memento of their visit. La Antigua Guatemala is not an exception since there are about a dozen park photographers offering the instant photography service. For about Q20/$2.25 you can have your photograph taken and printed in situ. I recommend you to use their photography service at least once so you have a souvenir and at the same time help the honest photographers make a living. It’s in my opinion, a small price to pay, about the cost of a cup of coffee, to have a polaroid of your visit to Antigua Guatemala and help our local photographers; don’t you agree?
Weather aside: By the way, this is the rainy season in Guatemala.
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Today AntiguaDailyPhoto.com is celebrating 7 years of daily multimedia updates. For the seventh anniversary (2,570 consecutive daily updates and 12 pages, which have generated over 12,627 comments so far) I am happy to report that the AntiguaDailyPhoto concept continues to create circles of friends the world over. To me there is no greater satisfaction than to be able to share with you, to lend a hand and to provide all the interesting information I come across. Of course, none of it would be possible without the support from my wife, family and friends. A big THANK YOU for all your support as well!
If AntiguaDailyPhoto has been at all useful to you, I will let you INVITE me a cup of coffee through the tip jar on the left.
Please, send me a post card as well!
The first time I requested post cards was an experiment entitled Postscript; a test we ran back in 2007 when we wanted to test how efficient was the regular Guatemalan Postal Service.
We were delighted by the kind words and to see postal stamps from many cities and countries. So, if you appreciate the work we do at AntiguaDailyPhoto and want to show it or simply participate in testing the snail mail system AGAIN, please, send a post card or letter from wherever you find yourself now to the address below:
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LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA, C.P. 03001
Beginning with the first Sunday after Ash Wednesday, there are processions each Sunday of Lent and the first procession comes out the village of Santa Catarina Bobadilla. As always, I hand over the keys of AntiguaDailyPhoto so he can show some his best work as I know nobody more passionate about Lent and the Holy Week as Nelo Mijangos. For this first procession, Nelo walked 28.4 kilometres; that’s 17.65 miles for those who can’t gauge how long is a kilometer. Nelo told me that he took 865 photographs along those 28.4 kms. That’s a lot of photos just for one day.
Make sure you click on the images to look at a larger version to really appreciate all the details.
Each day this week, Nelo will share his most emblematic image of the procession and shared a map and distance walked by him following the processional entourage. By the way, yesterday was the 5th Sunday of Lent, so we have enough for each day this week. Stay tuned for the entire series.
As requested by several readers, I am sharing additional tiny planet photographs, or stereographic projections. I believe that Antigua Guatemala is the idoneous place to make MiniMundos, don’t you agree?
Just as cucuruchos and processions are the staple imagery of Lent and Holy Week in La Antigua Guatemala, so are the photographers who arrive for this very special time of the year. Who can blame them for trying to capture colorful and dramatic images of the largest Lenten celebration in the world. And just when you think antigüeños can not make processions and carpets any bigger because of the narrow streets of Antigua Guatemala, they find a way. Soon, I am sure, hermandades (brotherhoods) will create floats that can accommodate 150 cucuruchos (carriers) or more through hinges. There will be over 50 activities for these 40 days of Lent.
Have you experienced Lent or the Holy Week in Antigua Guatemala?
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