Archive for August, 2008
12 remarkable athletes will be representing Guatemala at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Our best wishes and hopes for success go out to Evelyn Nuñez in the 20 kilometer race walk, José Amado García and Alfredo Arevalo in the 42 kilometer marathon and veteran Luis Bechinie in the 50 kilometer race walk. Also deserving of medals [...]
Here comes another cluster of words—fin, fondo and extremo—that combine to express a key English word (end). Methinks it would be nice if we could just hybridize them into a something like “findo.” However, there’s the danger that such a word could jump out of a skinny phrasebook and into pidgin Spanish as a noun: [...]
Read—or walk —your way through 22 minutes of time travel in Guatemala’s historic center The yen to envision a familiar place in an earlier era is universal. In the sixties, it found expression in the campy sci-fi serial The Time Tunnel, in which two scientists are sporked through historical crossings in which the supporting roles—from [...]
Where am I? As you read on, see if you can decipher which part of Guatemala is being written about. The year is 1937, just when Hollywood first used Guatemala as the setting for a full-length 1938 feature film, Tarzan and the Green Goddess. Tourists from the United States had no difficulty figuring out what [...]
Building to improve lives in Guatemala Over half the Guatemalan population has inadequate housing. In some areas, houses are improvised and lack running water and electricity. Living in shelters made of cardboard, steel sheets, stones and pieces of wood, families are cramped and exposed to unhealthy conditions, the elements and natural disasters. The Guatemalan government [...]
Maybe you haven´t thought much about corn lately. True, it has been in the news recently as a potential source of bio-fuel. And, yes, we read the name of its overly sweet derivative—high-fructose corn syrup—on nearly every package of processed food we buy. But, on average, we travelers to El Salvador probably have not thought [...]
As tourism quickly grows in La Libertad, businesses require their staff to be trained in English and several other areas to better serve their guests. For that reason, WISE, an English-teaching company based in San Salvador, recently began offering English courses to locals at El Puerto de La Libertad.
Salvador’s Jorge Escobar, official cupper at the Salvadoran Coffee Council and El Salvador School of Coffee trainer, demonstrated his accurate palate to win second place at the fifth World Cup Tasters Championship during The Wonderful Coffee 2008 Fair and Conference in Copenhagen. Held in late June, the event was organized by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe.
Established just two years ago, the Academia de Hostelería has quickly played an important role in the development of tourism as a key industry for sustainable development in El Salvador. The academy offers a variety of courses in all facets of the hotel and restaurant business, tailored to those who want a thorough education about [...]
We salute Guatemala’s olympic athletes on our cover this month, designed by Rudy Girón. These 12 talented and committed men and women will be competing at the Beijing 2008 Olympics; stay tuned to local media for more about their achievements. August is traditionally dedicated to Guatemala City’s downtown Historical Center. Starting with Sensuous Guatemala, a [...]