The Zen of Pegar and Pegársele

I never have understood the appeal of the Smurfs. I once supposed their dialogue was a preschool guessing game. “OK, Joey, what does the third word in ‘The smurfs smurfed all the smurfs to the smurf’ mean?” The smurfiest Spanish verb may be pegar. A classical root is missing, and only Portuguese and Catalonian have even semi-cognates for it. So […]

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REVUE’s September 2012 Photo Contest: Guatemalan Patriotism

REVUE’s September 2012 Photo Contest: Guatemalan Patriotism

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for SEPTEMBER, 2012 with the theme GUATEMALAN PATRIOTISM; please send ONE (1) HI-RES photo with caption/location and your name and website for the credit line to: photos@revue.gt. Submissions entered by the 10th of August will be eligible. Te invitamos a participar en nuestro CONCURSO FOTOGRÁFICO edición de SEPTIEMBRE, 2012 con […]

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Leaf-cutting Ants Like Flowers

While visiting the Petén, Alta Verapaz or the costa sur, you’ll most likely see leaf-cutting ant trails, which look like miniature highways running through a lawn. One aspect about leaf-cutting ants that is seldom written about is their propensity to carry flowers (rather than leaves). In the last three years I have found ants harvesting and carrying flowers about 90 […]

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B’atz 2012 Inauguration at Galería Panza Verde

B'atz 2012 Inauguration at Galería Panza Verde of the works by the Guatemalan artist Antonio Pichillá

Last Wednesday at 5pm was the Inauguration, exposition of work by Guatemalan artist Antonio Pichillá at Galería Panza Verde, 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua Guatemala. The exhibit consisted of 10 pieces in which the artist Antonio Pichillá used different techniques including a video projection. Inauguración de la exposición B’atz 2012 : Enrollar y desenrollar. Del artista guatemalteco Antonio Pichillá […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Aug. 2012

Posición/Position: 2do lugar / 2nd place Premio/Prize: Q200 Tema/theme: Ferias de Guatemala / Guatemalan Town Fairs Título/title: Barco Pirata / Pirate ship Lugar/place: Feria en San Pedro Las Huertas Autor/author: Sofía Letona

Ganadores por decisión de los jueces del equipo editorial / Winners by editorial decision Ganadores por voto popular en Facebook / Winners by popular votes in Facebook Todas las fotografías participantes / All the photos participating Agradecemos a todos lo que participaron con una fotografía en nuestro concurso fotográfico. We thank all the people participating in our photo contest.

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Shifting Paradigms: Water is Life!

The soul-searching opportunities of living off grid are fascinating. There are those who believe a solar panel and car battery will keep things going when the power goes out. This is naïve and a waste of money. Clarity helps you set priorities. Am I seeking help for emergencies only? Do I just need lights or do I need my refrigerator? […]

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Picture Window

Lyn Hovey (left) checks the stained glass window with the printed plans

The creative craft of stained glass is alive and well For over 50 years, Lyn Hovey has been working with stained glass, using 13th and 14th century painting techniques to create complex and authentic works of art. From a 30-foot-tall window in a school chapel in the U.S., to a spherical steel and stained glass awning in Taiwan, his designs […]

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III Festival Gastronómico de La Antigua Guatemala

Festival Gastronómico in Antigua Guatemala (photo by Nelo Mijangos)

El domingo 15 de julio entre las celebraciones realizadas por estar próximo el 25 de julio, día en que se celebra al patrono de la Ciudad Santiago Apóstol se llevó a cabo el 3er Festival Gastronómico de La Antigua Guatemala y sus aldeas. El festival reúne a distintos grupos de las aldeas quienes participan con todo tipo de comidas y […]

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Candy-Apple Red

Candy-Apple Red

The proud owner of a candy-apple-red 1970s Camaro can sometimes be spotted cruising zones nine and ten of the Big City, but most Guatemalan car paint isn’t quite so flashy. However, that deep metallic candy-apple paint, with a transparent coat setting it off, does show up in other places around the country that you can search out easily. Look into […]

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Guatemala launches Central America’s first Braille newspaper

Guatemala launches Central America’s first Braille newspaper (photo Anna-Claire Bevan)

“You don’t need to see to be able to read” was the message Publinews Guatemala sent to the world last month when it launched Central America’s first Braille newspaper. Together with the Committee for Blind and Deaf People in Guatemala (Prociegos), Publinews produced 2,500 copies, which were distributed to visually impaired people throughout the country. The project, which is financed […]

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José Alejos Magical Creatures

Photos by Silvia Asturias and Natalie Martín

Written by. Maru Luarca. “These magic creatures are my connection to a meaningful life.” The heat and the orange-colored dust on my windshield were signs that I was getting close to Hacienda El Jabalín, a beautiful property in southern Guatemala. I came to meet José Alejos, the tough but smiling cowboy, who would be demonstrating how he works with young […]

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El Remate, Guatemala

A hidden gem just minutes from Tikal El Remate is a little slice of paradise along the shore of lago Petén Itzá, only a few minutes by car from Tikal. The pueblo is home to woodcarvers who display their work—beautiful bowls, statues, jewelry and more—in small, open-air stalls along the street. Located within walking distance from El Remate is the […]

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Río Dulce Arts Festival – July 7, 2012

Río Dulce Arts Festival - July 7, 2012

A festival of arts, culture, ecology and technology will be exhibited in one day of celebration. At the landmark location of Nana Juana Hotel/Marina, the people of the Izabal region will come together to share the wonders of their cultures for the world to see and enjoy. Activities for adults and children alike, there will be something for all to […]

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Niños de Guatemala Offers Tour of Cuidad Vieja

Niños de Guatemala Offers Tour of Cuidad Vieja

Niños de Guatemala, an NGO that provides education and other services to impoverished families in Ciudad Vieja, offers a tour every Friday morning. Participants meet at 9 a.m. in front of Santa Lucía Church at the end of Calzada Santa Lucía for the short bus ride to Ciudad Vieja. The tour stops at important businesses in Ciudad Vieja, including a […]

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Becoming a Guatemalan Citizen

Portrait of Elizabeth Bell

During the 43 years that I have lived in Antigua, I have co-founded and participated in many committees, associations and foundations to improve the quality of life for our residents. Ranging today from education to micro-credit and promoting cultural activities, many of these meetings usually relate to finding solutions to problems that we have identified over the years. Four-plus years […]

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Is it a good idea to use a tranquilizer or sedative on a cat?

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Question: We are bringing our 6-year-old Himalayan cat with us when we move to Guatemala. I have heard that it is not a good idea to use a tranquilizer or sedative on a cat, but he doesn’t travel well and won’t even go into his carrier. What do you suggest? Answer: Several types of sedatives can be given to cats, […]

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July 2012 in Revue Magazine

July 2012 in Revue Magazine

In this month’s issue, we’re pleased to publish another gallery of amazing photographs from the intrepid Captain Thor Janson. Through words and photos, his cover story chronicles the history of our favorite treat—chocolate. Sweet! Thank you, Thor. We also bring good news from historian Elizabeth Bell, who has called La Antigua home for 40-plus years. In her column this month, […]

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