A Coin Collector in Guatemala

A Coin Collector in Guatemala

I’m a coin collector, you’re a coin collector. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’re all coin collectors. Is there one among us, who upon receiving something different in change, doesn’t toss it in a dresser drawer for keeps? Guatemala is paradise for coin collectors and Banco Industrial has opened a gate to this paradise through a small but well-curated coin […]

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“Holy Week” Semana Santa – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest March

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Here are the results of the March 2018 Photo Contest “Holy Week in Guatemala” WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers — there were so many wonderful images to choose from. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a number of other photographs will […]

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Francisco Zúñiga

Francisco Zúniga

When visitors come to Francisco Zúñiga’s jade jewelry workshops, he always offers them the same simple advice: “When you work with jade, you must feel at peace and very happy.” From the joy Zúñiga expresses in his work, it’s clear he’s a man who lives by his words. Zúñiga, whose long beard, glasses and warm smile recall everyone’s favorite grandfather, […]

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The Procession from Santa Catarina Bobadilla

Procession from Santa Catarina Bobadilla

The Procession of Jesús Nazareno de la Salvación de Santa Catarina Bobadilla (Sunday, February 18th, 2018) Each Sunday during Lent, and leading up to Holy Week in La Antigua, Guatemala, several local congregations sponsor religious processions that depart from their villages, following various routes through its cobbled streets and then returning to their respective churches late in the evening.  The […]

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Lenten Season in Antigua

Lenten Season in Antigua

Lent begins this month on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, starting the countdown to Holy Week and the largest celebration in the world in La Antigua Guatemala! Yes, we outdid Seville, Spain a few years ago. The most exciting velaciónes (holy vigils) and processions this month are from Santa Catarina Bobadilla and Santa Ines, both located on the outskirts of this magical city. […]

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Amalia’s Kitchen – A Latin Culinary Romance

Amalia's Kitchen

My curiosity and love of food have often taken me to new and exciting places. This winter, I traveled to South America and the Caribbean. I tasted familiar and different dishes worthy of celebrating. February marks the right time, wherever you may be, to rejoice on delicious cuisine with friends, family or that special someone. While in Buenos Aires, Argentina, […]

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TAK’ALIK AB’AJ a look back through time and space

Tak'Alik Ab'Aj

In the beginning, so long ago it no longer can be remembered, all was peaceful. There was abundant space to gather food and hunt, goods were traded fairly, air and water were pure, children could run and shout and explore. But one day signs appeared in the neighboring valley that indicated “No Trespassing.” Soon the fertile hill just beyond had […]

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“Friends & Lovers” Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Feb.

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Here are the results of the February Photo Contest: WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers —  You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a number of other photographs will be published in the February, 2018 issue of Revue. To receive your prizes, please […]

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The Perfect Holiday Turkey

The Perfect Holiday Turkey

Turkey is quite possibly the most delicious main dish of the holiday kitchen. In the United States, it is consumed year-round in sandwiches and other preparations and it reaches a higher status at the Thanksgiving table. In Guatemala, turkey is the key ingredient of Kack Ik, a Mayan stew from the region of Coban, and of festive meals during the […]

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Mixco Viejo a Guatemalan Treasure

Mixco Viejo a Guatemalan Treasure

The usual cool mountain breeze was absent the day I stood atop the mountain ridgeline of Mixco Viejo, but still it felt like a smaller version of Peru’s Machu Picchu. Standing there your eyes drink in every shade of green as peace surrounds you, leaving you wondering if this is how the ancient Maya felt when they stood on the […]

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Dining & Partying during the Holidays in La Antigua

Dining & Partying during the Holidays in La Antigua

Christmas & New Year Parties & Dinner, La Antigua December 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Chooose between 2 different gourmet menus. Q295* per person *add 10% service charge. For reservations call 7873-7000 Ext. 5899/5845 Hotel Camino Real/Restaurante Las Velas, 7a calle poniente #33B   December 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner Chooose between 2 different gourmet menus. Q290* per person *add 10% service […]

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December Celebrations Virgin of the Conception

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After Burning the Devil festivities throughout Guatemala on December 7, Christmas celebrations begin the following day with processions for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. This is definitely one of the most popular traditions in the country. The devotion of the virgin dates to the 1500s in Guatemala, while the “Rezado (procession) de la Inmaculada Concepción de San Francisco” in […]

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Falling for Squash in Guatemala

Falling for Squash in Guatemala

I grew up eating squash in Guatemala and learned to appreciate the local varieties because they are part of many preparations, from soups and stews to candied styles. Cooking with squash is easy, as the fruit lends itself to many preparations from savory and sour, to sweet. Squash is available year-round in the U.S., but I love fall harvest season […]

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“Families in Guatemala” Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Dec. 2017

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Here are the results of the Photo Contest “Families in Guatemala. WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers —  You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a number of other photographs will be published in the December, 2017 issue of Revue. ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS: January […]

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The Antigua International School Celebrates a Milestone

The Antigua International School

Think Critically, Act Ethically, Serve Others. Arturo and José Pablo stood up slowly and faced their classmates. The class had gathered comfortably in a circle, strewn on the couches and beanbags in the library. The boys leaned over to the computer to start the video they had produced, “1954 Coup D’etat: Death of the Guatemalan Spring.” As the video played, […]

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Handel’s Messiah Concert

Handel’s Messiah Concert

While composing Messiah, Handel is said to have remarked, “I did think I did see all Heaven before me and the great God Himself.” Whether by divine inspiration or unbridled passion, George Frideric Handel crafted Messiah, his greatest oratorio, in a mere three to four weeks between August and September in 1741. “He would literally write from morning to night,” […]

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Guatemala’s National Pediatric Oncology Unit

Guatemala's National Pediatric Oncology Unit

The only public Pediatric Oncology hospital in Guatemala specializing in treating pediatric cancer. I only crossed paths with 9-year-old Litzy Lorena Hernández for a few minutes, but the mark she left on me was significant and enduring. Litzy was sitting in a lounge at the National Pediatric Oncology Unit (UNOP) in Guatemala City waiting for a social program to begin. I […]

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Ayurvedically Speaking, following an Ayurvedic diet in Guatemala

Aryuvedically Speaking

Ayurvedically  Speaking, you are what you digest. Following an Ayurvedic diet in Guatemala is so easy! The markets are brimming with beautiful produce, farm-fresh milk and butter are still available, and for locals, lunch is the biggest meal of the day. Though Ayurveda, the 5,000+-year-old traditional approach to health and wellness was established in India, this does not mean eating […]

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Guatemalan Highland Bird Species

Guatemalan Highland Bird Species

Communing with Guatemalan Highland Bird Species. I traveled to Santiago Atitlán, a settlement at the feet of the imposing San Pedro and Tolimán volcanoes, and got in touch with the local guide and collaborator of Birding Expeditions Guatemala, Cruz Chikibal. He would help me look for two Highland bird species, the regional endemic wine-throated hummingbird and the endangered horned guan, […]

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Kaq’ik

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Kaq’ik is a spicy Guatemalan Turkey Soup. In the predominantly Kekchi-speaking Maya municipality of Cobán, Alta Verapaz, I recently had the very good fortune of experiencing some of Guatemala’s most ancient and traditional food dishes. One of these dishes, Kaq’ik, is a savory and spicy red broth made from puréed tomatoes, tomatillos, lots of natural herbs and chilies that are […]

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Traditional Mayan Weaving vs Machines

Traditional Mayan Weaving vs Machines

The Industrial Revolution’s Latest Conquest. This is not the end of traditional Mayan weaving, but it is having a huge impact. Beautiful huipil, isn’t it? It’s the current style, one of them. In some parts of Guatemala, monochromatics are the moda, so this would likely be worn with a multi-green skirt if the woman is from one of those areas. (In […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN – Guatemalan Cuisine

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text & photos by chef and author Amalia Moreno-Damgaard. (AmaliaLLC.com) The Joy of Fiambre Many Latin countries celebrate the Day of the Dead — and in Guatemala, it is taken to the next level. Friends and families in Guatemala come together every year to prepare and eat fiambre on Nov. 1, All Saints Day (Day of the Dead). Fiambre is an […]

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“Food in Guatemala” Winners of the Revue Photo Contest Nov. 2017

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WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers —  The winners and a number of other photographs will be published in the November, 2017 issue of Revue. The next photo contest will be announced towards the end of October. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page

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Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context by June Carolyn Erlick

Telenovelas in Pan-Latino Context

“A delightful, thoroughly researched and enlightening account of what is perhaps Latin America’s most important cultural phenomenon, the Telenovela.” —Alma Guillermoprieto, writer for The New York Review of Books and the author of A Heart That Bleeds. Who doesn’t enjoy a steamy romance? Add to that a dose of drama or hint of betrayal and you have all the makings of […]

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ARCAS Guatemala

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Overflowing with wildlife, ARCAS asks for help. Established in 1989 to rescue wild birds and animals, especially endangered species, the Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Association (known as ARCAS, its Spanish acronym) has grown into one of the most complete rescue centers in the world. Receiving hundreds of animals each year at its three sites in Guatemala, ARCAS also faces a […]

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In the Highlands of Guatemala

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In the Highlands of Guatemala, one Maya Community is taking back its Cultural Identity. Innovative educational programs help the indigenous Poq’omchi’ of San Cristóbal Verapaz regain their voice after decades of oppression. On a sultry afternoon in late June, dozens of men, women and children pour enthusiastically into the “Salon Esperanza” at a high school in San Cristóbal, a predominantly Poq’omchi’-speaking, […]

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