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© Father and sons plying marimba music by Rudy Giron

Happy Guatemalan Father’s Day






As I have mentioned before, in Guatemala we still celebrate holidays on the actual date they happen to fall on. For instance, …




Arch Street Marimba Music






Every Saturday and Sunday the city closes 5a avenida norte, better known as Calle del Arco, to all traffic. Only allowing people …




Marimba Sculpture






Here’s a marimba sculpture found in Santo Domingo del Cerro representing Guatemala’s national musical instrument. How you like it? He aquí una …




Play it with Pride (Part IV)






Hey, what did you say about us? With this one-of-kind humorous image I wave goodbye to the Wear it and Play it …




Play it with Pride (Part I)






Regardless of how I may feel about the marimba, this instrument and its waling sound are very important to Guatemalans all over. …




Marimba Orquesta Chicken Bus Ave Lira






Like Manolo said, with Marimba music as the background for many parties and celebrations around La Antigua Guatemala and the rest of the country, I can almost smell the pine needles under my feet and the tamales and ponche (fruit punch) in the air. Oh what memories… sometimes I even wish I could like this type of music. 🙁







Marimba Chicken Bus and Church of San Pedro






Well, well, what we have here… what’s up with that, why are Guatemalans so enchanted with the infamous chicken bus. I mean what makes Guatemalans take on the crappy junk and retired school buses from up north and give them a second life as public transit chicken bus, mobile libraries chicken bus and now as a marimba orquesta mobile unit chicken bus.