November 2008 in Revue Magazine

Carrera de Charolas (photo: Leonel Mijangos/

Carrera de Charolas (photo: Leonel Mijangos/

There is no doubt that people helping people is what makes the world a better place. A Smile Goes A Long Way by Malia Dewse highlights what a small voluntary project, driven by expertise and passion, can do to put smiles on so many faces.

This month’s cover, the photo by Leonel Mijangos, features participants in the annual Carrera de Charolas. Organized by the Restaurants La Fonda de la Calle Real in La Antigua Guatemala, the race is now in it’s seventh year.

The Saga Continues is an update by Joy Houston on the Convent La Concepción; she explains how researchers continue to uncover new colors, secrets and surprises.

Though many praise the merits of Guatemala’s excellent cabinet makers, few would guess that these talented carpenters can also build boats. Not Your Traditional Artesanía tells how Ira Lewis recruited local craftsmen to build a classic wooden catboat.

November heralds an abundance of DateBook events: music, art, dance, theater, workshops, lectures and films, highlights include the Museo Ixchel’s Christmas bazaar, AGIT (Guatemalan Assoc. of Interpreters & Translators) weekend seminar, the Carrera de Charolas, and in celebration of Garífuna Settlement Day, is a concert in honor of Andy Palacio, an iconic Garífuna musician and cultural advocate. Plan ahead for December with performances of the Messiah and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Dr. Karmen writes Crossing Over and how difference cultures relate to life and death. “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes” (B. Franklin), so next up, Steve Pittser writes about Wages vs Self-Employed and what this means to the IRS and foreign nationals living and working abroad.

Cooking with Class, written by Dianne Caro-fino, takes us inside a delightful classroom where you can learn how to cook authentic and delicious Guatemalan meals.

Can ET call home from Guatemala? is a question pondered by Dwight W. Coop in his new column Lake Views. Find out what he thinks has changed most since his arrival in Guatemala 20 years ago … “besides my hairline.”

In international travel, we learn why we should visit El Volcán de Salvador.

Border Crossings: We say goodbye to Gene Inman and Bruce Barclay. This edition is dedicated to their memory. —JBT

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