A New Breed of Guatemalan Millennials

A New Breed of Guatemalan Millennials

As a new generation of young adults we’ve glimpsed at how we can bring our experiences and knowledge back to Guatemala. I was born in Guatemala in 1996, the same year the Guatemalan Peace Accords were signed, ending its 36-year civil war with some 200,000 civilians dead or disappeared. The hope was that with this peace, there would come a […]

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Education in Guatemala Happy Teacher’s Day -June 25th-

Education in Guatemala Happy Teacher’s Day

Teachers have a particularly difficult job in Guatemala as few resources are allotted to public schools. In theory, education is free and compulsory through sixth grade. Books, busing and uniforms are not free and result in higher drop out levels. Today, about 4 million children are enrolled out of a total population of 15.8 million people. Education in colonial times […]

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Guatemala Profile Fernando Pinzón

Guatemala Profile Fernando Pinzón

Sololá Native, Fernando Pinzón, Creates Handcrafted Journals Made of Recycled Materials. It is a hot autumn day in Panajachel and the stores selling brightly colored Mayan-threaded blankets, bags, clothing and gifts are teeming with activity. However, as we walk to the boat dock, a sidewalk display of journals unlike we’ve ever seen catches our eye. We find out that each […]

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Difficulties of Education in Guatemala

Difficulties of Education in Guatemala

With Teacher’s Day celebrated in Guatemala on June 25, we recognize teachers’ hard work and the difficulties of education in Guatemala. Many visitors ask if public education is free in Guatemala. Well, “yes” — but school supplies, uniforms and transportation are not. Public schools have little funding as Guatemala has one of the lowest investment rates per child/per school day […]

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Please Recycle

please recycle

Attention Sacatepéquez residents, “Please Recycle.” Now there is a small recycling center, five minutes from central La Antigua Guatemala, 100 yards past the bridge as you come into San Pedro las Huertas, on the left side of the street, just past the gated community San Pedro el Alto. Recicladora San Pedro de las Huertas is run by Familia López. They […]

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Meet the Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club

Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club

The Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club brings professional soccer matches with the nation’s top players to a local venue. As I walked into the sunny soccer/fútbol stadium at Estadio Pensativo in La Antigua Guatemala, the first thing that hit me was the warm and safe family ambience: the sound of marimba music, fans happily eating mouth-watering snacks and enjoying shaved-ice fruit […]

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Handmade Boots in Pastores Guatemala

handmade boots

Pastores is the go-to place in Guatemala for handmade boots. Visiting Pastores to look for boots, I met with Alicia López, director of an English-language program for local kids. López and her students also offer free tours of the town, which has dozens of shops turning out handmade boots and leather goods. López’s English students have uncovered an extraordinary nugget […]

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Antigua Green School

Antigua Green School

Antigua Green School individually tracks each student’s progress and adapts its teaching style to them. Every parent the world over wants the best education for his or her children. And Guatemala is no different. Ensuring the best education they can is most parents’ main priority so as to provide their children with the greatest chance of success. And having a […]

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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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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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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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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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PROFILE: Nery Felipe Priego Huertas

Nery Felipe Priego Huertas

Music is my Inheritance. “The passion for music is in my blood, literally,” says Nery Felipe Priego Huertas, who was born in Guatemala City. His mother is from the Pacific coast, his father a Quiche from Huehuetenango. “In those days,” he says, “people from these different locations would not have met. But my father worked on the train. His job […]

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Book Alert: “JUNGLE OF STONE” by William Carlsen

Guatemala book

The True Story of Two Men, Their Extraordinary Journey, and the Discovery of the Lost Civilization of the Maya In 1839, rumors of baffling stone ruins buried within the unmapped jungles of Central America reached two of the world’s most intrepid travelers. Captivated by the reports, American diplomat John Lloyd Stephens and British artist Frederick Catherwood—each already celebrated for their […]

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Guatemala Photo Club Celebrates 59 Years

Guatemala photo

Club Fotográfico de Guatemala: Capturing the Beauty of Guatemala for 59 Years In May of 1957, Ricardo Mata gathered a group of friends together to share their love of photography and founded the Club Fotográfico de Guatemala. Fifty-nine years later the club, for many, is considered a Guatemalan institution. From one generation to the next, long-time members and newcomers meet […]

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EXPOSITION: Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena

Museo Ixchel

Technical director and curator Violeta Gutiérrez and a group of dedicated professionals at the Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena have worked tirelessly setting up a new exhibit—Exposición cofradía: textura y color—which will open to the public on April 19. The Museo Ixchel is committed to protecting and preserving Guatemala’s heritage as embodied in the rich textile traditions of indigenous dress. […]

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ARTIST PROFILE: Eny Roland Hernández

Guatemala art

Antigüeños are in for a special treat this month when the work of the very talented and spirited photographer Eny Roland Hernández will be featured in a solo exhibition at La Galeriá Mesón Panza Verde in La Antigua Guatemala. Even better is that our beloved Antigüeños are the subject matter of this playful and provocative new show titled Pueblo Chico, […]

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LIFESTYLE: At the Heart of Ritual—Christina Kerndal

Guatemala style

With a special collection of antique Indian furnishings and architectural accessories, the decor boutique Ritual works with clients locally and internationally to find the perfect piece of history to complement their design project. It could be a gate from a palace in the desert, a stone portal from a village on the spice route, or a ceremonial necklace from the […]

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Interview: La Antigua Mayor Susana Ascencio

Mayor Ascencio (right) discusses current issues with Revue correspondent Julie López.

Almost a month after previous Mayor Edgar Ruiz Paredes was arrested on corruption charges and stepped down, his successor Susana Ascencio had already emerged as his antithesis. Under the direction of Mayor Ascencio, La Antigua Guatemala’s municipality has submitted open bidding on a mega-project aimed at relieving the city’s congested traffic. The solution is to redirect traffic passing through on […]

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Film Production in Guatemala

Guatemala films

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! With all the rave for “Ixcanul,” which was submitted as the Guatemalan entry for Best Foreign Language Film (Kakchikel) for the 88th Academy Awards airing this month, we focus on filmmaking in Guatemala. While Ixcanul was not nominated for the Oscars, it has won dozens of awards internationally. With our own actors from nearby Santa María de […]

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Guatemala in Pink

Guatemala in Pink

The color pink: love, beauty, charm, sweetness. Pink begins a day, sweeping across the skies at first light. Pink closes many days with an even richer display. Pink startles us on exotic flamingoes at La Aurora zoo, with bright feathers on birds along our jungle rivers, and on a large pink-and-chrome ‘63 Cadillac convertible prowling occasionally in Guatemala City’s Zona […]

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Labor of Love — Iyom Chona Rax

Guatemala midwife

“I’ve delivered six generations of children. I didn’t count exactly but the number is around 2,000 babies.” The towering portrait of midwife Doña Chona Rax near the Santiago dock in San Pedro La Laguna is remarkable not only for its artistic beauty, but also for the vitality and strength that radiate from its subject. Canal Cultural, the artist collective that […]

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Equilibrio – Destination El Salvador

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Feb. 18-22  Tickets $120-$170 More info: futureclearproductions.com/eq2016 La Tortuga Verde, El Cuco, El Salvador Festival season in Central America has officially started with the arrival of thousands of southbound winter travelers. Arriving from Europe, Canada and the U.S., many of the visitors will be stopping at Envision, a 5,000-person, four-day fest in Costa Rica in March. Although many other festivals […]

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Key Tax Changes for 2016

Tax changes

With the New Year underway, we’d like to take this opportunity to review the important tax changes impacting U.S. expats living around the world. The Tax Corner  by John Ohe (IRS Enrolled Agent). 3 Extra Days to File Tax Return Normally, U.S. tax returns are due April 15—before penalties and interest begin to accrue. However, the deadline this year is […]

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The Birth of a Camioneta (Public Bus), Guatemala

Guatemala bus

From school bus, to auction house, to workshop, to workhorse. For most people, the birthing process starts in the quiet, sterile, environment of a delivery room. For a camioneta, it starts in the noisy chaos of an auction room deep in the United States. U.S. school buses are typically sold when they reach 10 years old or 150,000 miles. The […]

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Establishing a Business Abroad, Guatemala

Tax changes

Many U.S. expats operate their own business while living abroad. In this article, we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of establishing a foreign corporation from the standpoint of U.S. taxes. The Tax Corner by John Ohe (IRS Enrolled Agent). This is a dense topic. Therefore, we will be highlighting only the main points. Expat businesses generally fall into two categories: […]

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10 REASONS to hit the streets for Christmas fireworks in Guatemala

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1. Fireworks are dangerous, that’s why it’s fun. 2. They don’t do this stuff at home. 3. Instead of Christmas in July, it’s like the 4th of July on Christmas 4. It’s been awhile since you inhaled gunpowder fumes. 5. You want to test the earplugs the airline gave you. 6. You’ll dance some crazy new steps while dodging live […]

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