Eating Healthier to Prevent a 21st Century Epidemic – Amalia’s Kitchen

Eating healthy to prevent A 21st Century Epidemic

Type 2 diabetes is a 21st century epidemic – the one that can be prevented through healthy eating education. Growing up in Guatemala taught me good eating habits for life. After all, fruits and vegetables, plentiful and wide-ranging, grow naturally in fertile soil under the Guatemalan sun. Home- cooked meals are inherently balanced, containing plenty of locally grown crops. Having […]

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In the Kingdom of Mescal

In the Kingdom of Mescal

The Making of “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian Fairy-Tale for Adults” I discovered “In the Kingdom of Mescal: An Indian fairy-tale for adults” among items my parents had left me. A colorful, mystical figure holding the hand of a small boy dominated the front cover. On the inside cover was an inscription from my wife’s Guatemalan/German friends, who had […]

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The Union Church of Guatemala

The Union Church of Guatemala

A Story of Faithful Servants Standing in the Gap -The History of the Protestant Church in Guatemala. The Union Church of Guatemala is an international, interdenominational church dedicated to serving the English-speaking Protestant population of Guatemala. The history of the church can be traced back to a faithful woman named Frances de Cleaves. Born in Roatan, Honduras and raised in […]

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Flora & Fauna of Guatemala – Winners of the Revue Photo Contest May 2018

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Here are the winners of the Revue Photo Contest “Flora & Fauna of Guatemala” WINNERS BY POPULAR VOTE WINNERS BY EDITORIAL DECISION THANK YOU to all the participating photographers — it was a tough choice this month, so many great images. You can see all of the excellent submissions on the Revue Facebook page The winners and a number of other […]

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Visiting El Mirador – A Dream Come True!

Visiting El Mirador – A Dream Come Tr

There are no roads to El Mirador intentionally to deter looters from the area. We arrived by helicopter and met other visitors who had walked through the rainforest trails for two days to get there. Flying over one of the few virgin rainforests left on the planet was breathtaking. Off in the distance, La Danta Temple, the oldest and largest […]

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BOOK ALERT Maya Studies with the Maya

Book Alert Maya studies with the Maya

“Maya Studies with the Maya is visually captivating, containing photos and graphics on Maya art and culture to illustrate his work and theses”. For those who hold a deep fascination with Maya culture, Ruud van Akkeren’s compelling new book takes you on an insightful and personal journey that begins in his native Holland and ends in the lush Highlands of […]

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The River, the Wall, and the Borderlands

The River, the Wall and the Borderlands

A first-generation American’s search for answers along his country’s greatest divide. On an unseasonably warm February afternoon, Austin Alvarado pushed his canoe into the winding waters of the Río Grande. Steadying the boat with his paddle as he had so many times before, the 25-year-old wilderness guide looked over his shoulder and locked eyes with a familiar face. His mother, […]

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ANDAS Processional Floats in Antigua

photo by Willy Posadas

All five senses are assaulted by the many sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of the Lenten season, throughout Guatemala but especially in La Antigua. It is an intense period of sorrow, joy, regret, celebration that fills the days with sensual emotions. The ornately colorful carpets, the funereal marches and drums, the pungent corozo and pine odors, the tostadas and […]

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Guatemalan Hospitality at its Best

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Every time I visit Guatemala I rediscover the magic of its people. As I write this article, I find myself surrounded by spring-like weather and mesmerizing scenery in La Antigua Guatemala. As Lent approaches, I have been carefully observing the preparations for the big celebration, from the specially decorated floats and devoted volunteers signing up to carry them, to the […]

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Master Artists Working on Lenten Splendor in Antigua

Master Artists Working on Lenten Splendor in Antigua

The celebration of Lent in La Antigua Guatemala has become the largest in the word over recent years – yes, larger than Seville, Spain – and the Antigüeño artists have certainly contributed to this! Decorations for the velaciones – holy vigils held in the church before each procession representing the garden that Jesus visited before crucifixion – have become increasingly incredible, […]

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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

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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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