Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Nov. 2016 “Food in Guatemala”

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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 honorable mentions will be published in the November, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the October contest at FB.com/revuemagazine — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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Team Building by BalamBe

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The most important factor in achieving an organization’s goals is if its members can work as an efficient team. BalamBe has improving been team building for the last eight years and now offers workshops in La Antigua Guatemala. Guatemalan founder Axel Alburez has been a serial business entrepreneur for over 30 years, but his true passion is service and being […]

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Sniffer Dogs of Guatemala

sniffer dogs Guatemala

A visit to Guatemala’s training center for 4-legged agents.  There is a prevalent myth about drug-detecting dogs (sniffer dogs) in Guatemala and elsewhere. Many people believe that these dogs are exposed to the drugs they detect, and are in effect addicted to them, which is why they seek them out. They are absolutely not given drugs, nor are they addicted […]

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José Cecilio del Valle of Guatemala

José Cecilio del Valle

On the eve of celebrating Central America’s independence from Spain, and six years before its 200th anniversary, a Guatemalan remembers José Cecilio del Valle, his long-forgotten great-great-great grandfather, a key player in the region’s independence and one of the great thinkers of his time. (1780-1834) Mexico and Central America became independent from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821, but it would take […]

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Stronger Guatemala Coffee

Stronger Guatemala Coffee

Replenishing Soil Nutrients The Use of Effective Microorganisms for Strengthening Coffee Crops Coffee grows on some of the world’s richest land. For generations, the plots where modern coffee farmers plant their trees served as fields for corn, beans and other foods that made up a subsistence lifestyle. For hundreds of years, the ancestors of today’s coffee farmers fed themselves off […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Oct. 2016 “Pets in Guatemala”

Pets Guatemala

Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers, great job this month. It was very tough for the judges. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the October, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the October contest at FB.com/revuemagazine — stay […]

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Sugar Mills of Guatemala

Sugar mills Guatemala

Many things have definitely changed in Guatemala, but in some rural areas, time seems to be at a standstill. That is the case of the molienda, the old-fashioned sugar mills powered by oxen. During a trip to Esquipulas and Quezaltepeque in eastern Guatemala not too long ago, I visited a molienda. While sugar processed commercially is one of the top […]

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Camp Week Guatemala

Camp Week Guatemala

Viamistad hosts camp week experiences in Guatemala that provide freedom, purpose, recreation and authentic relationships. In the summer of 1998 I volunteered at Camp Jabberwocky, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Founded in 1950, it is the oldest summer camp in the U.S. serving the disabled. Everyone needs freedom, purpose, recreation and authentic relationships that are based on mutual enjoyment and sharing. People […]

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Guatemala National Flower The Monja Blanca

Guatemala national flower

A Rare and Exquisite National Symbol Everyone loves orchids! Originating 60 million years ago in the temperate zones of Asia and the Americas, orchids have the widest range of flowers and color of any plant family. Guatemala is home to one of the largest varieties of orchids in the world with hundreds of species growing throughout the country. With independence […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN Desserts with Heart

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Sweets are the perfect ending of a great meal, especially if they are near and dear to our hearts. Although I don’t claim to have a very sweet tooth, when I do eat dessert I naturally gravitate to fruit-based tarts or fresh fruit salads, but when a special craving sets in, I often reminisce about the desserts I ate while […]

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Fashion Weeks in Guatemala

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Haute couture designers boast of their Fashion Weeks held in many great cities. Designers, buyers, journalists gather for each city’s displays, especially crowded at the Big Four shows in Paris, London, Milan, New York. Starting with department show fashion walks a century ago, growing in mid-century to global fashion events eight times a year, Fashion Weeks are vitally important for […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, Sept. 2016: Doors and Windows of Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the September, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the September contest at fb.com/revuemagazine — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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Textiles Handwoven in San Juan La Laguna

textiles Guatemala

Cooperative Keiji Chiij is teaching others to conserve Guatemala’s cultural textile traditions of growing cotton, natural dyes and weaving. If you are looking for quality handwoven goods that support local weavers, preserve Mayan tradition and are environmentally sustainable, San Juan La Laguna, with its numerous shops boasting natural dyes and superb local woven cotton products, offers an array of unique merchandise. […]

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A New History for La Antigua Guatemala

history Antigua Guatemala

With the recent “discovery” of the “El Libro Segundo del Cabildo (1530-1541) de Santiago de Guatemala,” historians lit up with enthusiasm! Guatemala’s historians continue to rewrite the past. With many libraries and collections now available in digital form, we not only have access to more information but word has it that the archbishop of Guatemala has made the church’s archives […]

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10 Reasons to Visit Monterrico Guatemala

Monterrico Guatemala

There are dozens of reasons to visit Monterrico and the south coast of Guatemala. It is a spectacular, beautiful area, with a variety of recreational and wilderness options. With tongue-in-cheek, Revue Associate Editor Matt Bokor gives us 10 of his favorite reasons to stop by. 1. The sand really is black. 2. You can take a side trip to Hawaii. […]

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Teaching Traditional Guatemalan Cuisine

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Visitors curious about traditional Mayan cuisine should add the Ixiim Cooking School to their to-do list. San Pedro La Laguna, situated on the shores of Lake Atitlán, is a popular destination featuring dramatic scenery, breathtaking hiking trails and waterfalls, numerous yoga centers, Spanish schools and lively nightlife. Visitors curious about traditional Mayan cuisine should add the Ixiim Cooking School to […]

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Fashion Forward Guatemala

Fashion Antigua Guatemala

“Guatemala is a spectacular explosion of color and culture,” says international fashion designer Raúl Briceño. “Since moving here four years ago, this beautiful country and its amazing people have inspired me to pay homage to the rich cultural history by fusing its many unique, traditional Mayan fabrics with modern fashion designs. “It’s exciting to be a part of Guatemala’s rapidly […]

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Ode to the Guatemalan Bus

Guatemala bus

They’re colorful, noisy, smelly. Their clouds of smoke leave interesting tastes in your mouth. May you never be touched by one that’s moving, but climb on and you’ll feel them from your bottom up. They may well be the most photographed of all Guatemala’s wonders. More pictures of our chicken buses must be taken each year than of sparkling blue […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN: Chirmol without Boundaries

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Chirmol is a healthy delicious chunky sauce that can accompany a variety of foods. When you are in Guatemala, you are bound to hear the word “chirmol” used in various contexts, be it culinary or cultural. A group of friends can be chirmoleando or gossiping about something or someone. Chirmol can also refer to a mess or a mix-up, and a […]

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María the Bonesetter, Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán healer

A visit to a traditional Maya Huesero. One evening I was walking down a familiar shortcut in San Pedro La Laguna. I hadn’t bothered to turn on my cellphone light. The tip of my sandal caught on a rock and I fell sideways, landing on a chunk of concrete, my hands clenched beneath my right ribs. Breathing was painful, all […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, August 2016: What We Wear in Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the August, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the August contest HERE — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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ART The Hottest New Looks this Summer by Jessica Waters Gordon

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Jessica Waters Gordon has exhibited her work in Sydney, Australia at Tap Gallery, Blank Space Gallery and Global Gallery; her murals are on display as well in Australia and Mexico; and other works were featured in a collective travelling exhibition in Mexico campaigning for non-genetically modified corn. In the last five years, Gordon has been working consistently with two contrasting […]

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Fotokids Celebrating 25 Years

Fotokids Guatemala

I covered the wars in Central America during the 1980s as a staff photojournalist for Reuters. I documented brutality and assassinations and there are images that will never leave me. When I slowed down enough to process all that I had seen I was not surprisingly—depressed. It was during this period that I received an assignment to take photos for […]

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The Cathedral Restoration in La Antigua

Antigua Guatemala cathedral

The works include three phases: restoration of the side and back facades; new exterior lighting and fumigating/waterproofing the roofs; and new sidewalks. A fabulous restoration project is currently underway on the centuries-old cathedral in Antigua! We are so excited, as this part of the 1680 building has not been restored possibly since the 1940s-50s. The “Patronato de Catedral de La […]

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Winners of the Revue Photo Contest, July 2016: Transportation in Guatemala

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Winners by Popular Vote Winners by Editorial Decision A big thanks to all the participating photographers. The winners and a number of honorable mentions will be published in the July, 2016 issue of Revue. You can see all of the submissions of the July contest HERE — stay tuned for next month’s contest.

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Clean Water for Schools in Guatemala

Clean water for schools in Guatemala

In Guatemala, 97 percent of rivers are contaminated. The poor of the country, who depend on streams and rivers for drinking water, are left to drink a parasite-infested liquid that wreaks havoc on health. Tragically, it also causes the death of 1 out of 20 children before the age of 5. The impact of intestinal disease in these children and […]

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AMALIA’S KITCHEN: Frescos

Antigua Guatemala food

Fresco in Guatemala is not the art of painting on wet plaster, but the art of making a wholesome fresh drink. Fresco in Spanish means fresh. Guatemalans accompany everyday meals with refreshing and wholesome fresh fruit drinks or roasted seed-based drinks. Soda is often an afterthought and something they serve for special occasions; sodas could never take the place of […]

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Retirement Abroad, the good and the bad

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The difference between an ordeal and an adventure is all in your attitude. While planning for a retirement overseas, we would wager that most people occupy themselves with practical concerns: language barriers, resident visas, banking, renting or buying property, medical care and the like. From our experience, these issues are the easiest part of making a lifestyle change. It’s the […]

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Transformations: A short history of La Antigua’s Central Park

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Everyone is so excited about the new Central Park project with our new flowers, railings, garbage cans and renovated benches. The Comité de Ornato La Antigua is doing a wonderful job renewing our Parque Central! The history of the Plaza Mayor, known now as Central Park, goes back to the beginning of the city when the first city planners laid […]

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