The beautiful flowers waiting for me in my room upon my return from Guatemala.
30 July 2011
Here’s a shot of the cross at Cerro de la Cruz, on the northern outskirts of Antigua. The first time I made the trek up there, it had been raining so I didn’t bring a camera. I’m glad I got to make it there a second time on a beautiful warm afternoon, my last day in Antigua! This is a beautiful spot because you can see the whole of Antigua, with Volcan Agua bounding the south side of the city.
29 July 2011
28 July 2011
The whole gang on “graduation day.” Look at all those diplomas!
CIRMA was a great experience, but I’m glad to finally be on summer break, kind of for the first time this season! It’s just been work, work, work – since January, really. Now to relax for three weeks straight!
27 July 2011
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22 July 2011
I love the irony of this shot of the Bagel Barn menu. In the upper left corner, you see a menu item which includes a cigarette. (The choices of the Bohemian Breakfast are ironic enough in themselves.) In the bottom right corner, we have a no smoking sign. What are they trying to tell me?!
21 July 2011
Today I participated in my second Mayan ceremony. It was just as special as the first, in its own way. It was so gratifying to understand most of the ajq’ij’s Kaqchikel – the days of the Mayan calendar, the prayers to the nahuales, & the blessings for each of us.
20 July 2011
With a little help from the self-timer, I finally get to be on my blog. Here’s a bunch of us (left to right: me, Danielle, Walter, Andra, Laura) about to head out dancing. As much fun as we were having in this picture, it was really only the precursor to a great night.
19 July 2011
Antigua is having a book fair this week, & I finally found my Libro del Destino there! As you can see, the fair attracts a large amount of both locals & tourists.
As for my Diccionario Kaqchikel, I had trouble finding it & ended up having to go straight to the source – Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin, the company here in Antigua that produces it.
18 July 2011
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15 July 2011
Here’s a shot of the pila from my bench seat in the park. I like the body language of the two kids sitting there. In fact, though, it’s quite odd that they’re not already making out. I believe the pila is used more for romance than actually washing clothes.
14 July 2011
We went on a field trip to Guatemala City, which was great because, although I’ve driven through it at least five times, I had never actually gotten out of the car & seen much of anything. We went to the Museo Popol Vuh, the cathedral (pictured above), and an exposition on cultural diversity & prejudice, called “¿Porque estamos como estamos?”
13 July 2011
12 July 2011
One of the many reasons I love birthdays – even three weeks later, we can still keep celebrating. This is the beautiful – and delicious – cake the CIRMA staff bought for me, Stephanie & Kat (all the recent birthdays).
Now only two more months until my Mayan birthday, and the festivities will continue.
11 July 2011
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03 July 2011
We tried Rainbow Cafe for dinner & weren’t disappointed. Not only was the food tasty, but we were serenaded by this long-haired hippie band, advertised as “Kenny.” Clearly, the atmosphere of the restaurant & the bands they hire are targeted toward the backpacking crowd. I left the photo blurry & without flash to reflect the notion of that laid-back hippie-ness.
02 July 2011
You’re seeing the cake display from my perspective. I’m sitting in De La Rua just for wi-fi & coffee, but my proximity to all the sweets is getting to me. I’m really tempted to go for a slice of that key lime pie.
I wouldn’t highly recommend De La Rua to a tourist who only has a few days in town. I’ve had better coffee and service in Antigua, but I have no right to be a coffee snob now, as my caffeine withdrawals were about to peak when the waiter delivered my Americano.
By the way, the mural in the background is indeed just a picture of some of the many columns by the central park. It does look very realistic, though.
01 July 2011
The Fountain of the Sirens in the middle of Parque Central is famous for – well, its sirens. The water shooting out of the naked women’s breasts is somewhat of an inside joke here in Antigua and the object of giggles from many juvenile boys.