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Laundromats in Colonial Times






I pride myself of knowing every little corner of La Antigua Guatemala so whenever I discover a hidden aspect in this colonial …




Fountains as Decoration Pieces






The other day while scouting for new locations for the Artistic Photo Sessions I now offer, I came across a large garden …




Pilas de Santa Clara






I have always called this monument Tanque de la Unión because that’s what everybody calls it. However, I learned during my Antigua …




Finca Washbasins and Water Tanks






Don’t ask me, but how did the venerable utilitarian pila (water tank) and lavadero (washbasin) became decorations elements or design accents? In …




Palo de Izote Reflected






Palo de Izote is the Mesoamerican cousin of the Joshua or Yucca tree. I have a fascination with the Izote tree; I …




Making Pilas: Setting the Mold






The first step of making the Guatemalan washbasin is to set the concrete mold pieces and then filling it with concrete. The …




Making Pilas: Removing the Mold






Actually, I should say removing the mold pieces. Basically, to manufacture pilas, washbasins, there four basic steps: Set the mold pieces and …




Making Pilas: Adding Color






These pilas go for a little over Q500/$60 because they use higher quality paint and more cement in the concrete mixture. Cheaper …




Casa Antigüeña: The Pila






The pila is basically a Guatemalan home staple. Normally the pila design has a water tank in the center and two sinks, …