Sunday, Sunday

Jerry took some great pictures this week of some of the people we see living and working here on a daily basis. These are the far extreme from the executives  I have been working with, but they are the fabric of an underclass that is essential to the local economy. The most interesting thing to me is that they are always happy, or at least they always have a smile on their faces. I find it doubtful that I would be able to smile or feel joy if I were to be suddenly thrust into their shoes and their lives. We love Guatemala for its people from every walk of life that we have been exposed to and we feel a sincere sense of gratitude for each and every person we have had the privilege to meet.

 

Front doors to the lobby area of our  apartment after two security points

Front doors to the lobby area of our apartment after two security points. An example of the predominant use of teak for doors and windows. What would that cost in the USA?

 

Jerry's new friend, the motorcycle security guard. Notice the machete under his hand

Jerry's new friend, the motorcycle security guard. Notice the machete under his hand

Copper doors on a residence down the street

Copper doors on a residence down the street

 

Bronze skillet at an antique shop. Jerry says it's very heave! Its price is $160US

Bronze skillet at an antique shop. Jerry says it's very heavy! Its price is $160US

 

Street vendor selling fruits and all kinds of nuts. He's on the street early every morning to catch his regular customers on their way to work at the many construction sites nearby

Street vendor selling fruits and all kinds of nuts. He's on the street early every morning to catch his regular customers on their way to work at the many construction sites nearby

 

Hungry for a Big Mac but just don't want to get out? No problem here, they deliver!

Hungry for a Big Mac but just don't want to get out? No problem here, they deliver!

 

The use of teak in construction of nice homes is surprising to us. These are garage doors that are made entirely of teak. Everything is so well maintained here that it's difficult to know how old the doors are.

The use of teak in construction of nice homes is surprising to us. These are garage doors that are made entirely of teak. Everything is so well maintained here that it's difficult to know how old the doors are.

 

This is Oscar the security guard. Jerry is trying to teach him English.

This is Oscar the security guard. Jerry is trying to teach him English.

 

This is a typical site, beautiful flowers along the fence of a private home that has razor ribbon at the top. Actually, most houses have walls instead of a fence

This is a typical sight, beautiful flowers along the fence of a private home that has razor ribbon at the top. Actually, most houses have walls instead of a fence

 

Meet Antonio, the security guard who is posted at a college just behind our apartment building. Jerry sees him several times a day and he is always smiling and laughing. He understand NO english at all but they have worked out a hand gesture system. He works about 12 hour days, just standing there with his shotgun

Meet Antonio, the security guard who is posted at a college just behind our apartment building. Jerry sees him several times a day and he is always smiling and laughing. He doesn't understand english at all but they have worked out a hand gesture system. He works about 12 hour days, just standing there with his shotgun

 

Another street vendor, notice the woman in the apron, she is selling home-made tortillas to the guards.

Another street vendor, notice the woman in the apron, she is selling home-made tortillas to the guards.

Sun setting over volcanoes

Sun setting over volcanoes

 

large playground, about 2 blocks square. They have soccer (futbal) fields, volleyball, music. Just a fun place for locals to go. I don't think gringos like us would fit in very well there.

large playground, about 2 blocks square. They have soccer (futbal) fields, volleyball, music. Just a fun place for locals to go. I don't think gringos like us would fit in very well there.

 

Street vendor with her basket of tortillas on her head

Street vendor with her basket of tortillas on her head

Fuego eruption at sunset

Fuego eruption at sunset

 

street vendor on to the next stop with basket on her head. It's crazy how much they can carry on top of their heads. We saw a woman with a stack of newspapers about 3 feet high, crossing one of the busiest streets, Los Proceros

street vendor on to the next stop with basket on her head. It's crazy how much they can carry on top of their heads. We saw a woman with a stack of newspapers about 3 feet high, crossing one of the busiest streets, Los Proceros

Ruins of aquaducts built in mid-1750's. We drive under them everyday on the way to work

Ruins of aquaducts built in mid-1750's. We drive under them everyday on the way to work

 

Lobster anyone? Here, you can get about anything you want from your car window at stop signs. These fishermen were selling lobsters and shrimp. There is also a guy who comes around on Tuesdays selling octopus, jumbo shrimp, squid and fresh red snapper.

Lobster anyone? Here, you can get about anything you want from your car window at stop signs. These fishermen were selling lobsters and shrimp. There is also a guy who comes around on Tuesdays selling octopus, jumbo shrimp, squid and fresh red snapper.

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1 Comment

  1. Linda Martinez said,

    April 21, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    Hi, my name is Linda, and i’m from Guatemala. I left the city when i was only 12 years old, and i am in aww of your blogs, i enjoy reading them, its amazing the way you describe what you see. You must be a writter, aren’t you? Well i just want to tell you, how much i appreciate your stories. Love to hear and read more from you. If is not too much, can you tell me what type of job you had in Guatemala? I’m a nurse here in Virginia and i’m so excited ’cause i plan to go to Guatemala for x-mas with my 2 little girls and hubby. I haven’t spent x-mas there for almost 20 years. I have added you to my favorites and hope to continue reading your blogs. Thank you. and God bless you.


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