Many of the deliveries are still done by bike. If you recall my post about daily bread delivery service on September 24th, you might remember that bread delivery was done on a bicycle. Also, just a few days ago I mentioned that bicycles are among the most widely used vehicles in Antigua on October 11th. Actually, many of the photos show bicycles riders on the background as Kate commented on the tree trimming entry. Bicycles are great vehicles for deliveries as well and they do not pollute.
Having said all of that and having shown many bicycles on previous photos, you would think that bicyclists get a special bike path, right? Of course not, no way josé, this is Guatemala and if you approach the politicians with proposals for special bike paths and roads they will say they will look into it mañana. As LD said, “We’ll see how many mañanas it takes for something to change.” Yeah right, mañana would say Carlos on The Shrimp on the Barbie (Funny movie for our friends from Down South and Under).
Side note: Today is a holiday in Guatemala: “Día de la Revolución” (Revolution’s day). This holiday commemorates the resignation of Dictator Jorge Ubico and his succesor Jorge Ponce Vaides which did not last very long because the revolt of October 20, 1944 overthrew the dictatorship for good. Next came the political spring for Guatemala with Juan José Arévalo, as freely-elected president first and then Jacobo Arbenz Guzmán as “… president of Guatemala from 1951 until 1954 when he was ousted in a coup d’état organized by the US Central Intelligence Agency, known as Operation PBSuccess… ” (As quoted from Wikipedia). There you have it, Guatemala was not a sovereign country any more. The worst thing is that “… Guatemala is just a pawn of the United States once again… ” (quote from LD, a Canadian now living in Guatemala, on her post UN Vote: Does anyone care? on her site Hello from Here)
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