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Guatemala’s English-language Magazine December 2017 Year 26, No. 10 FREE

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1st PLACE by judges vote in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Pasando la tradición / Passing on Tradition” by Marcelino Maldonado 3rd PLACE by judges vote in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Picnic Urbano” Guatemala City, by Javier Alvarez Vassaux

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D Guatemala’s English-language Magazine REVUEmag.com • consultas@revuemag.com Publishers/Editors John & Terry Kovick Biskovich Associate Editor Matt Bokor General Manager José Caal Photography César Tián, Luis Toribio Graphic Designer Hadazul Cruz Webmaster / Social Media JB Contributing Photographers Nelo Mijangos, Willy Posadas La Antigua Manager César Tián Production Director Mercedes Mejicanos Administrative Assistant María Solís Systems Luis Juárez Distribution César Tián, Luis Toribio Maintenance Silvia Gómez Sales Representatives Ivonne Pérez, César Tián, Denni Marsh, Fernando Rodas, Luis Toribio, Lena Johannessen, José Pablo Visquerra Printed by PRINT STUDIO Publishing Company producciones publicitarias Estrella antigua, S.A.

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ecember holidays and Christmas bring a welcome respite from the struggles and strife in the world. It also reminds us all that love and compassion saves the day, every day. This month we start off with Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell featuring December Celebrations, The Virgin of the Conception. Devotions began in 1617, and in 2012 the Guatemalan government declared it a Cultural Intangible Heritage of Guatemala. She explains, "This is definitely one of the most popular traditions in the country." Other holiday/ Christmas-themed articles include Christmas Season Around the World by Billy and Akaisha Kaderli; a Special Events calendar highlighting Christmas and New Year dinner and party schedules; Sensuous Guatemala by Ken Veronda reminds us, "Year-around, and particularly now at the holidays, that it's Apple Blossom Time." Also, brought back by popular demand, "The Night Before Navidad," the willful Spanglishization of a classic. Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is cooking up The Perfect Holiday Turkey with a recipe for Pavo Navideño and for dessert how about a box of Traditional Guatemalan Candy? The Antigua Green School sent us an update to share, it now offers students the Cambridge Secondary Curriculum, and Robin Schmid introduces us to Delfina Raquec and explains how the Women's Justice Initiative is Inspiring Girls in Guatemala. On the travel scene, Belinda Woodhouse takes us on an armchair trip to Mixco Viejo, A Guatemalan Treasure. She wants everyone to know, "The magic of this place somehow spans 600 years, connecting you to a part of something larger than yourself, an ancient world." Datebook is full again in December, highlights include presentations of Handel's Messiah, other holiday and Christmas events, plus wonderful art shows, musical performances, workshops, conferences and more. We wish all of you the best in this holiday season. Merry Christmas. — John & Terry Kovick Biskovich

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Marcelino Maldonado Javier Alvarez Vassaux Wendy Diaz José Miguel Hosttas V. Terencio Tiul Fernández German Velasquez 15th ANNUAL PHOTO ISSUE JANUARY, 2018 see pg. 30

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guatemala insight by Elizabeth Bell

Virgin of the Conception

Dinner and Party schedules

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by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Antigua Green School

The Perfect Holiday Turkey

offering Cambridge Secondary Curriculum

traditions by Billy & Akaisha Kaderli

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Christmas and New Year

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sensuous guatemala

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community by Robin Schmid

Inspiring Girls in Guatemala

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Traditional Guatemalan Candy

travel by Belinda Woodhouse

Mixco Viejo a Guatemalan Treasure

The Women’s Justice Initiative

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Virgin of the Conception December celebrations

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fter Burning the Devil festivities throughout Guatemala on Dec. 7, Christmas celebrations begin the following day with processions for the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. 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 Guatemala City celebrates its 400th anniversary this year! The virgin officially became the Patron Virgin of Santiago de Guatemala in 1617 after a number of epidemics wreaked havoc on the city. Thus, the rezado was institutionalized and has been a yearly tradition since – known as the “Día Clásico.” The Guatemalan government declared it a Cultural Intangible Heritage of Guatemala in 2012.   The very first cofradía in Santiago de Guatemala was for the Virgin of Conception 1598 sculpture, which was brought from Spain. In 1617, the Immaculate Conception was declared the Protective Patron of the City of Santiago de Guatemala (now La Antigua Guatemala), and this was approved by the president of the real audiencia, governor and captain general, Conde de la Gomera. In 1654, the president and royal military swore to defend her as yearly popular fiestas continued at San Francisco Church. The Fireworks, Ironwork and Pastry Guild of Guatemala became her official patron in 1673. King Phillip IV of Spain declared her the patron of Spain and the Indies, followed 16

Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell

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by King Charles III of Spain declaring her the patron of all kingdoms and dominions under Spanish Catholic rule in the Courts of Madrid in 1759 with the approval of Pope Clement XIII. All graduates of the Guatemalan University of San Carlos swore to defend her—no exception! The list goes on, including a Papal Bull of Pope Pius XII in 1954 conceding her coronation. She is, indeed, very popular. Many cities will be celebrating! At San José Cathedral in Antigua on Dec. 3 at noon, the archbishop of Guatemala will be present to consecrate and crown the sculpture of the virgin—truly the most beautiful at that parish—followed by the processional rezado at 3 p.m. In a meeting on Oct. 21, the City Council declared the 1854 sculpture, with its exquisite silver crown and 12-star halo by artist Ventura Ramírez, the “Queen and Mother of La Antigua Guatemala.” Ciudad Vieja has a full one-week fair for the virgin, including quite a spectacular display of fireworks on Dec. 7 to Burn the Devil, with folkloric dances: the Dance of the Devils and the Dance of the Seven Virtues and Seven Vices. Their sculpture of the virgin— nicknamed “La Chapetona”—was restored this year in preparation for her celebration on Dec. 8.  Don’t forget the food, which goes back to colonial times and helps make this a truly festive time of year. While other processions are known for being solemn and serious … this is a FUN time of year. Happy holidays!


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Amalia’s Kitchen text & photos by chef and author Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

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urkey 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 Kaq’ik, a Mayan stew from the region of Coban, and of festive meals during the year-end celebrations. Christmas Eve (December 24) is more important than Christmas Day (December 25) in Guatemala. On Christmas Eve, Guatemalans await the birth of baby Jesus at midnight. Throughout the day of December 24, family and friends have short gatherings at their homes to eat and drink and to deliver presents, blessings, and best wishes to their relatives and close friends. Everyone returns home before midnight to spend this special time with their loved ones. As soon as the clock marks midnight, everyone rushes to hug each other and say, “Feliz Navidad!”.

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Neighborhoods erupt with joy as people light fireworks in the streets nonstop for about an hour. The fireworks create a loud, fragrant environment, and a smoky haze lingers for hours afterward. Dogs bark or hide. You may wonder about safety. Surprisingly, the incidents that make it to the news as a result of a firecracker going astray into a home, factory, or store, are few. Guatemalans dine on any one or a combination of foods immediately after midnight. This is a very intimate time for family, during which peace and love reign. People exchange gifts and best wishes right after dinner. On Christmas Day, they continue celebrating by visiting other family and friends. Firecrackers start again at noon and are repeated again on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. It is such a deeply ingrained tradition, that it seems that everyone is following an atomic clock to start at the right time. The foods include Tamales Navideños (Christmas Tamales with red sauce and pork or turkey); Tamales Negros (sweet Christmas tamales with mole sauce garnished with almonds, raisins and prunes and can contain turkey, chicken or pork); Pavo Navideño (Guatemalan holiday roasted turkey); Ponche de Frutas (fresh pineapple and dried fruits hot holiday punch spiked with rum for the adults); and uvas, manzanas y nueces (red grapes, Washington apples, and a

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variety of nuts in the shell). This is the only time of the year these latter items are purchased by almost every home in Guatemala City. For a Guatemalan style holiday celebration, it would be appropriate to choose any combination of the foods above. I choose Guatemalan Holiday Roasted Turkey because it is delicious and super easy to make. After all, turkey (aka pavo, chumpe, chompipe or chunto) is a classic food as is it native to the Americas, readily available and reasonable in price, especially during the holidays. Here is a recipe to spice up your menu...

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Christmas Season Around the World

text and photos by Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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e have been traveling the world for almost three decades, and have had the privilege of celebrating the December holidays in both Western and Eastern cultures alike. One year we experienced four different New Years in a matter of months! As those in Guatemala know, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus in the first seconds of Dec. 25 and throughout the day, and it is a high holy day revered in the church. However, countries with large Buddhist populations such as Thailand, Laos and Vietnam are different. The story of Jesus’ birth by a virgin mother with the special star in the sky and the three kings following that star to the manger in Bethlehem holds no special significance to them. But all of these countries are more than willing to join a celebration, and they have adopted the Santa-Clausand-his-reindeer-style of Christmas, as well as gift giving. Mix this time of year with the Western New Year of Jan. 1, Chinese 20

New Year in the middle of February, the Balinese Hindu New Year in the middle of March and the Thai Buddhist New Year in the middle of April, and one can find themselves making merry from Thanksgiving in November (a U.S. holiday) all the way through the spring. Below we share some quick moments from our years of festivals and revelry in differing cultures. Latin America In a Christian country such as Guatemala or Mexico, there would be no reason at all to celebrate Christmas without the birth of Christ. He IS the reason for the season. No Christ, no Christmas. There are posada re-enactments of Joseph leading Mary riding a donkey searching for a room at the inn. Eventually they make their way to a Bethlehem-style manger, usually at the local home. You will witness processions, shepherds, Christmas carols, angels, and a special bright star in the night leading the way for the three kings to bring expensive gifts the newborn child king.

Guatemala With its deeply Catholic, post-conquest roots, Guatemala has plenty of Flor de Pascuas, Christmas trees, Santa’s elves and presents, but the primary focus is the birth of Jesus. Vendors sell hand-made figures complete with hand-carved sheep, cows, statues of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and angels. The three kings riding camels, bringing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the stable, are also for sale. Pine needles provide a carpet in front of stores and hotels welcoming guests, and wreathes made of chamomile all provide the familiar scent of Christmas.

Mexico Pozole is a traditional soup served on Christmas Eve in Mexico. In Chapala, Mexico, we were invited to a friend’s house to join the


family for midnight dinner on the night before Christmas. Mama, with her full 4-foot, 7-inch frame standing on a ladder, stirred a huge pot of pozole on the stove with a wooden paddle large enough to power a canoe. She and the pot were about the same size! The entire family squeezed into the dining room, where botanas and bottles of tequila were on the table. Just after midnight, the pozole was finished and ready to serve. Sliced radishes, shaved cabbage and shredded pork were added at the last moment to the hominy and soup broth, with squeezes of lime. Tortillas all around! A tasty tradition in Mexico.

heritance to help the poor and sick. Their experience of Santa is from the Coca-Cola ads with the polar bear. No matter, they’re all in. The Thais have a great sense of fun, called “sanook.” If there is a way to smile, be entertaining and participate in some festivities, they are first on the scene. Songkran, Thai New Year In mid-April there is an observance of the Buddhist New Year with a water cleansing. Traditionally, one pours water respectfully over the hands of the elders in the community, and clearing out of the home from the old year is done. These modern days, the celebration of Songkran has become a water festival, complete with buckets of water and fully loaded water pistols.

arm while Christmas music wafted through the night air. We chose an open-air, street-side restaurant to watch passers-by while we had an evening snack.

Coconut-coated, deep-fried onion rings served with a sweet, spicy chili sauce was something new to us and unforgettable. Crisp to perfection, we have never had them anywhere else!

Even though cultures differ around the globe, throughout the Christmas season the idea of kindness toward mankind and sharing wealth In Chiang Mai, the town gets into and friendship with others prevail.

Thailand Buddhist Thais celebrating Santa and his elves. Buddha was born 500 years before Christ, but that doesn’t prevent the Thais from joining in on the fun of a Western-style Christmas. They probably have no idea that Santa Claus is derived from Saint Nicholas, a young man centuries ago in what is now present-day Turkey, who used his in-

the drama and excitement, and if you are on the street, you can expect to be drenched in a matter of minutes. Protect your digital equipment and wrap your important papers such as your passport in plastic. Then walk the streets, purchase a bucket or water gun and join in the fun with total abandon. Laos The BEST coconut-encrusted onion rings. In Luang Prabang, Laos, on the banks of the Mekong River, we celebrated the Christmas season by walking the twinkly lighted streets. Lovers and friends ambled arm-in-

Good will to all and peace on Earth. About the Authors Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their website RetireEarlyLifestyle. com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible, which are available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com. 21


December 24 Christmas Eve Dinner Chooose between 2 different gourmet menus. Q295* per person Reservations, 7873-7000 Ext. 5899/5845 Hotel Camino Real/Restaurante Las Velas, 7a calle poniente #33B La Antigua December 31 New Year’s Eve Dinner Chooose between 2 different gourmet menus.Q290* per person *add 10% service charge Reservations, 7873-7000 Ext. 5899/5845 Hotel Camino Real/Restaurante Las Velas, La Antigua 22

New Year’s Eve dinner Live music , Fireworks and midnight toast. No cover NiFu-NiFa 3a calle oriente #21, La Antigua. Reservations, 7832-6579 New Year’s Eve dinner Special dinner menu Q139 11pm Live music by Salsa y Algo Más. Restaurante Las Palmas 6a av. norte #14, La Antigua Hollywood New Year’s Party, 8pm Includes Live music & cover, selected menu, midnight toast Reservations,, 7832-3610 Restaurante del Arco 5a av. norte #25, La Antigua

Las Vegas White party, 7pm New Year’s Eve Party. Tickets are for sale at the Hotel Lobby. Buffet dinner. All you can Drink Reservations, 7873-7000 Ext. 5899/5845 Hotel Camino Real, 7a calle poniente #33B, La Antigua New Year’s Eve dinner Live music , midnight toast Reservations, 7832-28547 Guat Ik 4a av. norte #4 A, La Antigua New Year’s Black Mask Party 2018 Reservations, 7762-0606 Jardines del Lago, Calle Monterrey, Panajachel, Sololá


special menU for New Year’s Signature cuisine. Live music, piano and songs Fireworks at midnight Mil Flores, Restaurant Pistilos 3a calle oriente #16, La Antigua Special menu for New Year’s in a quiet atmosphere El Convento Boutique Hotel Reservations, 7720-7272 2a av. norte #11, La Antigua Special New Year’s Menu Live music starting at 6pm Fireworks at midnight Cerro San Cristóbal Reservations, 5941-8145 San Cristóbal El Alto, La Antigua

Live music and Party, 8pm Great drinks & fantastic food Rattle ‘N Hum 4a av. 16-11, z. 10, Guatemala City Live music and Party, 8pm Rock in Spanish Covers No cover Puerta Once (Door Eleven) 1a calle poniente #11, La Antigua half block from La Merced Tel: 7832-5604 Special New Year’s Menu Live music Reservations, 7832-1576 El Viejo Café 3a calle & 6a av. norte #12, La Antigua

4 menus to choose 3-course menus starting at Q308 (beverages not included) Live music (guitar, jazz) Welten, Reservations, 7832-0630 4a calle oriente #21, La Antigua Live music, drinks, food and lots of fun Don Chicharrón Tel: 4529-5590 3a av. sur #4, La Antigua

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Hal Borland

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Sat., 6pm BALLET Featuring a performance organized by Escuela de Danza Gilda Jolas. Tickets, pre-sale Q35 (Calle del Arco #25), and Q45 the day of the event. Centro Cultural César Brañas, 5a calle poniente #44-A, La Antigua

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Sat., 5pm ART Expresiones by artist Andrea Barillas. This exhibition is a collection of work created by applying various techniques. Museo Santiago de los Caballeros, 5a calle Real Palacio de los Capitanes, La Antigua

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Sat., 7pm-12am EVENT Superluna, an evening under a full moon. Moon watching with telescopes by Asociación Guatemalteca de Astronomía and Telescopios de Guatemala. Food and crafted beer. Entrance Q30. Museo Miraflores, 7a calle 21-55 (tel: 2208-0550), Paseo Miraflores, Guatemala City

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Mon., through Sun., Dec. 31 EXPOSITION Calendarios de Japón, a sample of Japan’s culture, landscapes and art expressions organized by Japan Embassy. Entrance Q25/ Q10 for children & students. Museo Miraflores, 7a calle 21-55 (tel: 22080550), Paseo Miraflores, Guatemala City

Wed., 5pm–7pm through Sun., Dec. 12 ART Expresión by young artists in the CasaSito Art Club. CasaSito Association is a local NGO working with Guatemalan youth with limited opportunities in order to pursue their academic, personal, and professional potential to become the future change-makers in their communities. The 2017 CasaSito Art Club will be displaying selected artwork, where guests can view the collection and meet the artists while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Suggested donation, Q50. For more info, please visit www.casasito.org Mesón Panza Verde, 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua

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Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK Safe Passage/Camino Seguro: Combating Poverty through Education. Safe Passage empowers the poorest at-risk children of families working in the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump. Within a safe and caring environment, we provide a comprehensive and integrated program that fosters hope, good health, educational achievement, self-sufficiency, self esteem and confidence. Our primary focus is on creating opportunities and dignity through the power of education. Children and parents discover that, through their own efforts, they can move beyond extreme poverty. Come and join us in our efforts to provide hope and opportunities for the Safe Passage children and their families. Suggested donation Q25, all which goes directly to the NGO. Info. & reservations, tel: 7832-1919. Rainbow Café, 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua


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Tues., 7:30pm Handel’s MESSIAH Q400, preferential/Q300, general seating. Casa Santo Domingo, 3a calle oriente 28-A) La Antigua

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Thurs., 7:30pm Handel’s MESSIAH Q250, platea/Q150, balcón & Q75, balcón 2. National Theatre, Guatemala City

Handel’s Messiah, Part I & Traditional Christmas Carols Under the direction of Maestros Herber Morales and special guest Dr. Jonathan Griffith, also featuring Ana Rosa Orozco, soprano; Liz Cass, mezzosoprano; Phil Hill, baritone, and Sam Lowry, tenor along with 90 incredible voices of the Community Choir of Guatemala and an orchestra of 30 including members of the National Symphony Orchestra. Tickets on sale: La Antigua, Joyería del Ángel (4a calle oriente #5-A) and Casa Santo Domingo (3a calle oriente 28-A); Guatemala City performance, Todo Ticket (http://www. todoticket.com/messiah-handel-2017)

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Thurs., 2pm CONVITE Honoring and celebrating the Virgen de Concepción with a parade of floats leaves the cathedral and winds its way through the streets of Ciudad Vieja (5kms from La Antigua)

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Fri. CULTURAL & RELIGIOUS EVENT honoring the Virgen de Concepción. 4pm –Procession and Loas (theater presentations) Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepéquez

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Thurs., 6pm QUEMA DEL DIABLO (Burn the Devil) A ceremony that banishes evils spirits and cleanses the way for for Christmas celebrations. Live music. Barrio de la Concepción, 4a calle oriente, La Antigua & countrywide

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Fri., 9am-12pm WORKSHOP FOR KIDS 8-12 years (Spanish) Pintando mi Nacimiento. Q50. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7836), 6a calle final z. 10, Guatemala City Sat., 10am-2pm (English/Spanish) COOKING CLASS Introduction to Ayurveda with Ginger Hooven.​ For more info., visit ​FB page, casa san juan posada-yoga-ayurveda​. ​Casa San Juan (3a​ av.​ ​n​ort​e​​ #18) ​San Juan Del Obispo ​

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Tues. DÍA DE LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE Children dress in típica clothing in homage to the Virgen de Guadalupe. One such procession begins at 3pm, La Merced church, La Antigua & countrywide

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Sat. 6pm CHRISTMAS CONCERT La Fonda de la Calle Real presents and invites you and your family to listen to Christmas carols, visit with Santa Claus and his elves, a pastoral theater, Nativity scene with live characters and animals, Christmas Bazaar, Torito dance and Alas, fireworks. Tamal and ponche. Free. Calle del Arco, La Antigua

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Sun., 10am-5pm EVENT Sushi, origami workshop, calendar exposition, martial arts demonstration and other Japanese culture expresions. Free. Museo Miraflores, 7a calle 21-55 (tel: 22080550), Paseo Miraflores, Guatemala City

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Tues., ends the evening of Wed., Dec. 20 HANUKKAH Every year Hanukkah brings together family and friends to commemorate a miraculous event in ancient times, when after the Maccabean revolt, there was only enough holy oil left for a lamp in the temple to burn for one day — but it burned for eight. All around the world Jews celebrate with eight nights of festivities, including the lighting of the menorah each night, playing games of dreidel, and of course enjoying lots of delicious food symbolically fried in oil. The eight-day wintertime festival of lights is celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting. Worldwide 26

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Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK Cooperativa Tejidos Cotzal. Tejidos Cotzal is a group of 42 Maya women from San Juan Cotzal, Quiché, who are all passionate weavers. Cotzal was hit by the civil war worse than any other area in Guatemala and left so many families without fathers, brothers or husbands. The women had to take the initiative and unite to guarantee the survival of their families. They support each other and try to send their children to school by weaving. In this presentation they will share how the cooperative works, the eco-tours, and show you the special weaving technique of their beautiful products. Donation Q25, all which goes directly to the presenting NGO. Info. & reservations, tel: 7832-1919. Rainbow Café, 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua

Wed., 6pm CHRISTMAS/ POSADA NAVIDAD BENEFIT DINNER at Fridas, Antigua’s premier Mexican Restaurant, to support the work of Unidos Para Los Animals: rescue, rehabilitation, adoptions, spay & neuter clinics, children and teen programs for dog & puppy care and training and a lot more (visit its active FB page & www.unidosparalosanimales.org). Q150 p/p incls. a beverage, a delicious dinner and dessert) PLUS some fun gifts, too! Team UPA hopes to see you there. Limited seating, advance ticket sales at Revue (3a av. sur #4-A) or tel: Mercedes, 7931-4500 (M-F). Fridas, 5a av. norte #29, Arco de Santa Catalina, La Antigua


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Fri., evening POSADAS Traditional processions begin nine days before Christmas; each evening statues of Joseph and Mary are carried through the streets, looking for a house to stay the night. The group sings traditional songs on their way. Treats, tipica food and hot beverages like ponche are served to invited guests at the home offering refuge to the posada. Countrywide

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Sat., 7:30pm CHRISTMAS CONCERT Under the Star of Bethlehem by Orchestra Sounds of Hope (World Vision): MarĂ­a de LeĂłn, soprano; Yahaira Tubac Toj, piano and Martin Corleto, Director. Free, limited seating. Cathedral, La Antigua

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Mon., 8-11pm MUSIC featuring Mercedes Escobar, acclaimed Guatemalan singer-songwriter plays old-school full-band rock-in-roll with special guest Jacobo Nitsch on trumpet. Cover, Q50 includes a cerveza. Para La Gente, 4a calle oriente #14, La Antigua


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Exhibition and Sale of Maya Textiles & Production of Exclusive Handicrafts The only place in La Antigua managed by Indigenous People 1a calle poniente #51, La Antigua Tel: 7832-3169 alidaperez@itelgua.com

The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of love and of generosity and of goodness. It illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than in things. —Thomas S. Monson

MON-FRI 9:00 to 17:00 SAT 9:00 to 13:00 - Closed Sunday 6 Calle final, zona 10 Universidad Francisco Marroquín Guatemala City Tels: (502) 2338-7836, 2338-7896

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Sun. CHRISTMAS EVE Last minute holiday preparations, gift wrapping and cooking traditional food like tamales negros and colorados, and beverages like ponche; 10pm – Christmas Mass (Misa de Gallo) in all Catholic churches; Midnight fireworks and festivities as families gather to celebrate the birth of Christ. Banks and some businesses close at noon and reopen Dec. 26. Countrywide

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Mon. CHRISTMAS DAY Traditionally a quiet day, with the exception of firecrackers and bombas booming midday. Countrywide

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Tues., 5:30pm (English) TALK Maya Dances by Nuevo Amanecer. Nuevo Amanecer or New Dawn is a local charity dedicated to helping more than 30 indigenous children in San Andrés Itzapa. Its vision is to facilitate self-sufficiency within poorer families to empower themselves to improve the quality of their life through education. They also seek to preserve and strengthen the cultural identity of the indigenous Maya people such as the language and dances, which are currently being lost at an alarming rate. Donation Q25, all which goes directly to the presenting NGO. Info. & reservations, tel: 7832-1919. Rainbow Café, 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua


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Live Music La Cueva de Panza Verde

El Establo

Enjoy a wonderful dinner with the charm of live music in our cozy setting, with a grand piano that is graced nightly by our favorite musicians from around the world. Music from 8pm to 10:00pm with an additional cover of Q35 per person Wednesdays — Maf É Tulá, acoustic guitar and vocals Thursdays — Nelson Lunding, Piano and vocals Fridays — Trio Latino (Piano, congas, flute) Saturdays — Ramiro Jiménez, acoustic guitar and vocals Dec 30th, 5pm — Guatemalan singer-songwriter Mercedes Escobar sings Old Blues and Magical Realism. Limited seating. Minimum suggested donation Q150. Reservations

Wednesdays, 9:15 pm — One Man Band: Simply the best “old school” rock music in English with Q35 Zacapa drinks. Thursdays, 9:30 pm — Los Que Somos: best live rock, pop, get-up ‘n’ dance music (English/Spanish) in the city, with Q35 Specialty Cocktails.  Fridays, 9:30pm —Awesome compilation of “then & now” to get you singing and dancing all night long. Q35 Absolut drinks. Saturdays, 9:30pm — Los Lagartos Ensemble: Dance, sing and experience an unbeatable atmosphere. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes. Q35 Specialty cocktails.

tels: 7955-8282, 7832-2925 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua

Tels: 2363-4486, 4206-9554 14 calle 5-08, zona 10, Guatemala City

Free parking before 5pm

Los Tres Tiempos

Tel: 7832-5161 5a av norte. #31, La Antigua

Thursdays — 8pm: Live music

Rattle ‘N Hum

4a avenida 16-11, zona 10, Guatemala City

Wednesdays and Saturdays — Different guest artists

El Convento Hotel & Restaurant tel: 7720-7272 2a av. norte #11, La Antigua

Friday 8-10pm — “Piano Nights” with Angel Baeza de Leon

Puerta Once (Door 11)

Tel: 7832-5604 1a calle poniente #11, La Antigua

Saturdays — 7-11pm: Live music

Del Arco Restaurant

tel: 7832-3610 5a av. norte #20, La Antigua

Saturdays, 7-10pm — Grupo Friends Sundays, 1-4pm — Marimba

Trova Jazz

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La Guajirita

tel: 7832-7374 Calle de los Nazarenos #4B, La Antigua

Wednesdays — 7:30pm: Traditional Cuban music: Boleros, Cha Cha, Rumba and Trova Grupo Duo La Clave


Rainbow Café

tel: 7832-1919 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua

Free Live Music Nightly from 8:00pm Mondays, 8:00pm — Different Guest Musicians. Tuesdays, 8:00pm — Different Guest Musicians. Wednesdays, 8:00pm — Open Mic Night! Hosted by The Blue Roots. Come along and show your skills and get a free tequila shot! Thursdays, 8:00pm — Different Guest artists Fridays, 8:00pm — Don Ramiro, Trova Cubana by the bonfire Saturdays, 8:00pm — Gravity: Reggae and more, Latino sounds. Don’t miss it! Sundays, 7:30pm — Different Guest artists

Las Palmas

tel: 7832-9734 6a av. norte #14, La Antigua

Sundays, 7:30 — Special Guest Mondays & Tuesdays, 8:00 — Cuban music Wednesdays, 8:00 — Cuban music and Free Dance Class Thursdays, 8:30 — Salsa by Grupo Los Friends and Free Dance Class Fridays & Saturdays, 9:30pm — Live Salsa and more with Grupo Los Friends

Caoba Farms

Tel: 7832-9201 5a av sur final, La Antigua

Saturdays during the Farmer’s Market — 9am-3pm Guest Musicians

Arrin Cuan

tel: 2238-0242 5a av. 3-27, zona 1, Guatemala City

Cerro San Cristóbal

Tel: 5941-8145 San Cristóbal El Alto, La Antigua

Saturdays & Sundays, 1-3pm — Live Music (shuttle service available at Nim Po’t)

Sabores de mi Tierra

Tel: 7725-0711 Pastores, 3K north of Antigua

Saturdays at noon — Live Music

Daily — Live marimba music tel: 7832-0831 Casa #2, Callejón Concepción 6, La Antigua

Sundays — Live marimba music

Kape Paulinos

tel: 7840-3806 Km 87.5 Carretera Interamericana, Tecpán

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Sat., 5-6:30pm MUSIC Guatemalan singer-songwriter Mercedes Escobar sings Old Blues and Magical Realism. Limited seating. Minimum suggested donation Q150. Reservations 7832-2925. Mesón Panza Verde, 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua

p l an ahead ART Thurs., Jan. 25, 2018, 4-7pm El círculo del artista (The Artist Circle) presents a juried exhibit titled Talento Crudo (Raw Talent) in acknowledgement of the importance of art as a precursor of social cohesion with the main objective of sharing this work with the public at large, art lovers, collectors and gallerists the emerging talents of the region. Explore the new generation of talent in the visual arts: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, tapestry, installations and more. Be part of the jury and choose your favorite upcoming artist. This event is in asssociation with Gavin Kern, independent arts promoter, and Director of Art in the Americas and regional artists, Estela Johnston. (The exhibit will be open through Feb. 25.) El Centro Cultural El Sitio (5a calle poniente #15), La Antigua

S AVE THE DATE Antigua’s Got Talent A Variety Show February 7, 2018. Got Talent? We’d love to hear from you! Info. email antiguatalentshow.info@gmail.com.

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For audience members there will be two performances, a matinee at 2pm and an evening show at 7pm. More info. (ticket sales, etc. in Jan.) El Sitio, La Antigua

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Books & Exhibitions • Live Music Thur-Sat Vía 6, 3-55, Z. 4, Guatemala City Resv: 2334-1241

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I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. —Charles Dickens Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something. —Chuck Palahniuk 1st PLACE by popular vote in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Celebrando aniversario de unión de los abuelos” Finca El Pilar, Antigua by Wendy Diaz


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ALTUNA A “Classic” in the center of Guatemala City & in Zone 10

Specializing in Spanish and Basque Cuisine, Seafood and Paella 5a av. 12-31, Zona 1 Tels: 2251-7185, 2253-6743 10 calle 0-45, Zona 10 PBX: 2201-2323 www.restaurantealtuna.com

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THROUGHOUT THE MONTH FARMERS MARKET Saturdays 9am-3pm enjoy fun activities for the whole family incl. live music, local producers, great food, craft beers, natural drinks and much more! Free hourly shuttle service to the farm/Antigua, 10am-3pm, pick up on the corner of 4a av. & 5a calle, corner of Cathedral. La Antigua (For more info., incl. tours and volunteer opportunities, visit theantiguaguide.com/caoba-farms/) Carin Steen presents ART HISTORY WORKSHOPS, Wednesdays, 10am12:30pm, San Bartolome Becerra, La Antigua. For more info., sign- up, get directions or any questions, carinsteen@yahoo.com. Also fabulous PET PORTRAITS ~ www.carinsteen.com

DOCUMENTARY (English) Thursdays, 5-6pm WINGS presents Blessed Fruit of the Womb: The Fight for Reproductive Rights in Guatemala. Free. The Bagel Barn, 5a calle poniente #2, La Antigua

MARKET TOUR First Thursday of every month (English) Meet up at 9:30am in front of the post office (Calzada Santa Lucía, on the corner of 4a calle poniente, to join Chrissy Methmann for a tour of the Municipal Market. More info. and reservations, charlychrissy@gmail.com La Antigua photo: emilio vásquez robles

TOUR (English) Mondays, 10am & Thursdays, 2:30pm Common Hope offers a free two-hour village tour, learn about its education, health care & housing programs. Meet at the fountain, central park; private tours avail., tel: 7922-6600. Visit www.commonhope.org La Antigua

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TOUR Safe Passage empowers the poorest, at-risk children and families at the community of the Guatemala City Garbage Dump by creating opportunities through education. Seeing is believing. Tour our program and see firsthand who we are and what we do. Private tours are also encouraged. (English) Thursdays and (Spanish) Wednesdays, 8:15am Join us in Calle del Hermano Pedro, Casa #4 (Sur), La Antigua (Q150) or 6a. Avenida 11-95 z. 7, Colonia Landívar, Guatemala City (Q75). Please contact (visitors@safepassage.org) in advance of your desired tour date and +info: Tel: 55703339 or visit: http://www.safepassage.org

TOUR (English) Thursdays, 8:30am Niños de Guatemala Ciudad Vieja, you’ll see where many families work and live. Also, visit the school built by Niños de Guatemala. Q270/Q200, students. Proceeds benefit Niños de Guatemala projects. Info., Antigua_office@ninosdeguatemala.org; tel: 7832-8033. La Antigua/ Ciudad Vieja


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In Nola

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Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds? —Rick Riordan

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2nd PLACE by judges vote in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Familia” Cahabón Alta Verapaz, by Terencio Tiul Fernández. 3rd PLACE by popular vote in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “A visit to La Aurora Zoo” Guatemala City by José Miguel Hosttas V.

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Emergency Service from 8:00am to 7:00pm

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Calz. Santa Lucía Sur #7, La Antigua Guatemala

Urology • Pediatric General Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Ultrasound /4D • Lab Densitometry

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General Dentistry Maxillofacial Surgery Dental Implants Oral Rehabilitation TMJ Therapy Jaw Surgery Teeth Whitening Orthodontics Tel: 7832-6002 info@maxillofacialcentre.com

www.maxillofacialcentre.com

Dr. Luis Ramírez, DDS, OMS, is a specialist in oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, dental implants, and oral rehabilitation.

Maxillofacial Centre is the ONLY ONE with 3D Dental Tomography and CAD/CAM Dental Lab in Guatemala.

Spanish, English and German Spoken - Calle Real de Santa Ines #9A La Antigua Guatemala You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. —Frederick Buechner

Entry in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Mágica Navidad” by Febe Avila

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Videoendoscopy Videocolonoscopy X-rays Electrocardiogram Mammography Ultrasound Computerized Axial Tomography Electroencephalogram 24-hour Emergency Service Osseous Densitometry Ambulance Service & Medical Consultation

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Dra. Patricia Cardona

M.D. Psychiatrist / Psychotherapist MĂŠdico Psiquiatra-Terapeuta

Treating Depression, Anxiety & Dysfunctional Relationships Emotional Support Animal Certificates

Tel: 5872-5026 / 7832-7019 drapsiquiantigua@gmail.com

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Tel: 7832-4854 3a calle poniente #13, La Antigua Mon-Fri 10am-2pm & 3pm-6pm. Wed 10am-2pm. Sat 8am-11am

Counseling for Adults & Adolescents

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LISW LADAC Licensed Psychotherapist

Relationships Substance Abuse Trauma and Recovery SKYPE appointments available

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Home Accessories & Gifts

La Antigua Guatemala Manufacturer & Exporter

Open daily 9am to 6pm

7a calle oriente #18 - Tel: (502) 7832-4656 info@casadelosgigantes.com www.casadelosgigantes.com

Clothes, Accessories and Jewelry from India Natural Hair Dyes, Shampoos and Oils

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Guatemala City: Museo Ixchel and LibrerĂ­a Sophos

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You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. —Khalil Gibran

The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. —Lee Iacocca

colibrí Fine Handmade Textiles & Home Decor Daily 9am-6pm Tel: 7832-5028 4a calle oriente #3-B, La Antigua textilescolibri@turbonett.com

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Veterinary Clinic Dr. Juan Pablo Calderón García - Vaccinations - Surgery - X-ray - Dental Clinic - Ultrasound - Laboratory Services - Emergencies - Export licenses for pets

English, French, Spanish Spoken * Gas anesthesia

There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you. — C. JoyBell C.

Mon-Fri: 8am-1pm & 2:30-6pm Sat: 9am-1pm

2a Av. Sur #61-B Tels: 7832-3624, 5732-4808 Cynthia Burski, D.V.M. / Hugo Sican Pelen, D.V.M.

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Exotics Surgery - Hospitalization - Laboratory X-Ray - General Medicine - Boarding 2a calle oriente #6, La Antigua Tel: 7832-0245

Babysitting Service for your Pet. Registered Establishment with lots of T.L.C. Tel: 5704-1029

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students a clear path to admission to the world’s best universities. Every year, nearly 1 million students from 10,000 schools in 160 countries prepare themselves with Cambridge programs and qualifications.

Antigua Green School Now Offers World-Class Cambridge Secondary Curriculum

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ntigua Green School has become the newest international school in Guatemala and the only school approved here to offer the internationally recognized Cambridge Assessment International Education curriculum, which helps students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning. “Everyone at Antigua Green School has worked hard and we are proud to now be internationally accredited by Cambridge,” said Bryant Hand, director of Antigua Green School. “Our K-6 program is designed to guide our students to think independently and act responsibly, in middle and high school they will apply these essential skills to a successful Cambridge educational career.” The Cambridge program, for students aged 11 to 19, is made up of lower secondary, upper secondary and advanced stages. Lower and upper secondary lead to the iGCSE, the world’s most popular international qualification for 14 to 16 year olds; the advanced stage prepares older students for university. This combination of global reach and academic excellence gives Green School 54

“We are delighted to announce that Antigua Green School has joined our global community of Cambridge schools and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with them,” said Michael O’Sullivan, chief executive of Cambridge Assessment International Education. Founded in 2010 as Oxford Bilingual Montessori, Antigua Green School is dedicated to a studentcentered approach, a more sustainable and peaceful community, and a dynamic bilingual, dual-immersion curriculum at every grade level. Accreditation by Cambridge International Schools continues the Green School’s mission to enable children ...continued page 80


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WINNER OF NINE INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL AWARDS

Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen

Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is a native of Guatemala, an award-winning author, chef consultant, Latin food and culture strategist and entrepreneur. AVAILABLE AT • Sophos Bookstore (4a av. 12-59, z. 10, loc 1-D, Guatemala City (sophos@sophosenlinea.com) • Artemis Edinter • Colibri, 4a calle oriente #3-B, La Antigua (textilescolibri@turbonett.com) • AmaliaLLC.com • Amazon.com • barnesandnoble.com

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PAVO NAVIDEÑO Guatemalan Holiday Roasted Turkey By Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard (AmaliaLLC.com)

Serves 8 to 10 people One 10 to 12-pound turkey, rinsed and patted dry 1 tablespoon canola oil 2 tablespoons ground achiote (or use fresh paste if available) 3 teaspoons nutmeg 2 tablespoon guaque (guajillo) chile powder Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat oven to 325˚F. Rub the turkey with the oil and all of the spices and salt and pepper. Transfer the turkey to the oven and roast it until done (3 to 3-1/2 hours), or when a meat thermometer reads 165˚F. Because of carryover heat, the turkey will continue to cook outside of the oven. Its internal temperature will rise about 10˚F, bringing it to the proper and safe temperature of 175˚F. If you wait until the thermometer reads 175˚F to take the turkey out of the oven, it will be overcooked and possibly dry. Serve the turkey with stuffing on the side and drizzle both with the 58

cooking juices. Pair with your favorite Guatemalan or personal favorites.

Amalia’s Note I prefer not to stuff turkeys before cooking them because this increases the cooking time and tends to dry out the meat. For a deeper marinade, rub the turkey with the spices 2-3 days before cooking day. Increase the intensity of the spices according to your taste. Carefully lift the skin over the breast and rub spices in between the top and under the skin.

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Steak House Salad Bar Live Music every Sunday www.nifunifadeantigua.com 3a calle oriente #21, La Antigua Tel: 7832-6579

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La Estrella Chinese Food

7a av. norte #42, La Antigua Delivery Service tels: 7832-4303, 7882-4409

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. —Buddy Hackett

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I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap. —Rodney Dangerfield

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When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching—they are your family. —Jim Butcher

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable. —Deb Caletti

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No one’s family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior. —Claire LaZebnik

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Comfort & Elegance

• Near San Sebastián Park • Private Bath • 24 Dbl Rooms • Convention Room • Parking Av. El Desengaño #26 (502) 7832-2312, 7832-7316 casadelasfuentes@hotmail.com • www.hotelcasadelasfuentes.com

When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. —Erma Bombeck

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. —George Burns

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. —Jay McInerney,

This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It’s knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work. —Mitch Albom

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. —Richard Bach

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I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. —J.R.R. Tolkien

My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. —Rick Riordan

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here. Guatemalan cuisine evolved from Old Continent culinary techniques imbued with different fruits and tastes found here. According to the Guatemalan historian Luis Luján Muñoz, the Guatemalan sweetshop can be classified as follows: 1. Sweets of “colación,” made essentially with sugar. This includes edible figurines, such as those made in Esquipulas.

Traditional Guatemalan Candy The evolution of the Spanish Candy Store takes a sweet turn

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uatemalans love sweets — for proof, just look at the extensive repertoire of delicious candies, sugary preserves and tempting desserts found throughout the country. To sweeten their meals, indigenous Maya used honey of various species of bees; the nature of sweets changed radically when the Spaniards introduced sugarcane. A guild of confectioners dates to 1613, reflecting the importance of sweet treats to the European palate. Archives from a 1683 ordination at the Church of La Merced in La An76

tigua Guatemala document “yemitas and figs made by the primitive hands of the nuns of the Convent of Santa Clara were served ...” From the monasteries and convents came incredible dishes and even whole meals, catered for those who wished to offer a banquet. The Spanish sweet tradition traveled to America along with the religious who came to found the convents. In Guatemala, the Spanish candy store was already delicately merged with the Moorish and French, who found inspiration in the exotic and different fruits that grew

2. Preserves, made with a mixture of sugar and ground fruit, among them coconut, sweet potato, almond marzipan and pepitoria sandwich. 3. Crystallized sweets, consisting of fruits cooked with sugar, such as figs, chilacayotes and all seasonal fruit, dating to the ancient Greeks. 4. Desserts, like doughnuts, nugas, torrejas, muffins, jocotes and mangoes in sweet, squash, chickpeas in honey, peaches in honey, chamomiles in jam and stuffed. Many of them related to religious or civic festivities. Confectionary techniques have never stopped evolving. The Confitería Guatelaria has prepared an inventory of 80 types of sweets, and each recipe has a number of variations, which respond to the creativity of those who make it. ...continued page 80


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Mixco Viejo a Guatemalan Treasure

Mixco mountaintop

text and photos by Belinda Woodhouse

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he 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 same peak overlooking these same mountains. The magic of this place somehow spans 600 years, connecting you to a part of something larger than yourself, an ancient world. The archaeological site of Mixco Viejo ruins is located in the heart of the Maya world, only an hour and half from La Antigua Guatemala or approximately an hour from Guatemala City — perfect for a day trip with friends, family or on your own. Surprisingly enough, this site is not swarming with tourists, making it easier to roam the mountaintop ridge experiencing this ancient site as one of the Maya would have lived their everyday lives. 78

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In the heart of the Maya world, only an hour and half from La Antigua Guatemala — perfect for a day trip with friends, family or on your own. Like something from an Indiana Jones movie, you enter through a natural trench carved out of the surrounding rock. An immense ceiba tree stands as a silent sentinel, its vast branches sprawling out to provide much-appreciated shade for visitors checking in at the booth for a quick orientation before admittance.

Mixco Viejo Piramids

trees provide shade and a cooling effect enticing you to take time exploring pyramids, platforms, ball courts, houses, temples and altars. The structures were built of a local stone laced with shiny, mineral compounds obtained from riverbanks below. According to archaeological evidence, all buildings were coated with layered stucco and painted various colors. What an amazing sight that must have been, no wonder the invading Spaniards desired such a city.

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How this mountaintop fortress city successfully fended off the invading Spaniards attacks in 1525 becomes clear when gazing upon the huge topographic map just inside the entrance. The model clearly shows the surrounding ravines that helped make this citadel impregnable, ensuring it prevailed during the postclassic period wars. Archaeologists, scientists and historians alike praise the planning of this city.

Clearly marked pathways and signs make the site easy to navigate. You can visit Mixco Viejo through travel agencies, with a tour guide and private driver or by taking a shuttle and discovering the wonder for yourself. Mixco Viejo Ball Marker

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to succeed in a world that demands the best analytical and creative thinkers. Since opening with fewer than 20 Antigua families, Antigua Green School adds a new grade annually and will continue to do so until 2022, when its students will graduate with high school diplomas and

The school’s carefully prepared environment is designed to help children be happy, healthy and to learn through interacting with the natural world. In 2014 the founders, Bryant Hand and Joseph Turton, joined forces with Ricardo Pokorny on Finca Azotea and brought Antigua Green School back to nature, where it resides today, serving over 100 families. For more information visit:  www.antiguagreenschool.com or www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk.

A candy store, coffee house, restaurant and handicrafts emporium, Guatelaria keeps the Guatemalan confectionery tradition alive, transforming itself into the modern-day Chapin identity. Guatelaria pays tribute to all those confectioners who have inherited this cultural heritage, with the commitment to make Guatemalan sweets with high standards of quality and Photos by Luis Toribio freshness.

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Guatemala to San Salvador Departures 7:15 hrs.

Arrivals 12:15 hrs. (Via las Chinamas) Barberena

8:30 hrs.

15:30 hrs. (Via la Hachadura) Escuintla

San Salvador to Guatemala Departures 6:30 hrs.

Arrivals 11:30 hrs. (Via las Chinamas)

Cubriendo conexiones a: El norte de México - E.E.U.U - Canadá vía terrestre con: ADO, Estrella Blanca, Greyhound. Esquipulas Copán, San Pedro Sula con Rutas Orientales.

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Guatemala to Tapachula Departures 7:30 hrs. 14:00 hrs.

Arrivals 13:00 hrs. 19:00 hrs.

Renta de buses último modelo, dentro y fuera del país. Tel 2220-6904 / 2230-5058

Tapachula to Guatemala Departures 6:00 hrs. 14:00 hrs. 23:15 hrs.

Arrivals 12:00 hrs. 20:30 hrs. 04:30 hrs.

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hristmas isn’t supposed to be “apple blossom time,” at least as thought by folk from farther north in the Americas, Europe and back where apples originated eons ago in northern China. Spring is time for apple trees to blossom, right? Then apples should enjoy the warm summer and be crisp and sweet by fall. That works up north, but in this “land of eternal spring” apple trees in the Guatemalan Highlands blossom whenever a tree wants to do so. Apples didn’t arrive here until the 17th century, when seeds from European trees were scattered around mountain villages. They did well enough to burst out with too many blossoms. Corn-and-bean farmers cherished the apple tree behind their house, and knew they needed to pull off about half the blossoms to get larger fruit. But they didn’t discard the apple blossoms. Some were dried for flavoring in cooking. Some were fer82

mented with apple juice for homemade hard ciders. And around Christmas, some were added to fruit punches in celebrating the holidays. Apples are in the rose family, and the apple blossom is rich with the aroma of the fruit. There are hundreds of apple varieties, and Highland bees continue to help propagate new cultivars as the bees move from one family’s tree to another’s. The Spanish priests told of the religious and mythical significance in Christian tradition. With some German migration into Guatemala, the Germanic mythologies of the apple and its blossoms were told around the country. Yes, it’s holiday time, and it’s also apple blossom time. Taste some of the ponche your neighbor is serving, and the punch from the family across the street, and the hot fruit drink at a friend’s holiday celebra-

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tion. If you find the scent of apples in the punch, it just might be from a handful of fresh or dried apple blossoms. Year-around, and particularly now at the holidays, remember that it’s apple blossom time.


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Inspiring Girls in Guatemala by Robin Schmid

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t the Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI), our Adolescent Girls Program works to prevent child marriage through community-based steps, improving girls’ knowledge of their rights and ensuring parents and community leaders take action to delay early marriage. One of WJI’s incredible staff members who is leading the way to a better future through her work with the Adolescent Girls Program is Delfina Raquec. Delfina Raquec at a training.

Delfina was introduced to WJI in 2012, when she participated in our Women’s Rights Education Program. The six-month legal literacy course sparked her passion for women’s rights and she joined our network of community advocates. As an advocate, she underwent intensive training to support women and girls in her community understand and access their rights.

shaped her goals for him. “I want a better future for him. I want to give him the education he needs to excel in life. I want to teach him about gender equality at home.” Delfina and her husband also set an example for their son by sharing responsibilities around the house and showing respect for one another so that he understands what it means to value and respect women. We are so excited to see women like Delfina inspiring girls in their communities and future generations in Guatemala. We are proud to have an amazing staff that works tirelessly to empower Maya women and girls to break the cycle of violence and inequality in rural Guatemala. Our work would not be possible without them and without supporters across Guatemala and around the world. Robin Schmid is the Development and Communication Coordinator at the Women’s Justice Initiative. To learn more about WJI’s work with adolescent girls, visit www.womens-justice.org

After her outstanding work as an advocate, Delfina officially joined the WJI team in 2016 as a program facilitator to support our Adolescent Girls and Women’s Rights Education Programs. Delfina, a Maya-Kaqchikel woman from Los Pinos, is an inspiration to the girls and women who participate in our programs and truly understands their experiences as a former program participant herself. “I share my experience with the girls, encouraging them to fight for their dreams and achieve what they want to be in life,” she says. “They deserve a much better present and future.” Delfina has a 2-year-old son and her work with WJI has re84

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Reservations 4005-0500 & 4503-0386, Km. 8 Carretera de Monterrico a Hawai www.hotelhonolulu.com.gt — honoluluhotel@gmail.com

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Casa Doña Mercedes Hostal

Offering comfortable rooms with private and shared bath. Clean, Safe, Good Atmosphere 6a calle y 14 av 13-42, zona 1 Quetzaltenango Tels: 5687-3305, 7765-4687 www.hostalcasadonamercedes.com.gt

Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you. —Jenna Morasca

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Marketplace Unidos para los Animales is looking for loving fosters for our rescued puppies. We will support your efforts with all the necessary supplies and food. For more about our fostering program please message us on our Facebook page fb.com/UnidosParaLosAnimales For more about our organization please visit www.unidosparalosanimales.org

Free Tour of our Organic Macadamia Farm!

Free samples of our macadamia chocolates, and facials with our skincare products. Learn and contribute to our sustainable development project. Ask for our product list, which includes Organic, Tasty and Healthy BLUEBERRIES www.exValhalla.com exvalhalla@gmail.com Tels: 5889-4925, 5671-9530, 7831-5799 15 minutes from Antigua

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One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don't clean it up too quickly. —Andy Rooney

We are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. —Laura Ingalls Wilder

Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it. —Ann Brashares

Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together. —Sam Levenson

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

HEALTH SERVICES

HEALTH SERVICES

SWEETWATER GROUP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Meets every Saturday 12 noon & Wed. 12 noon at Hacienda Tijax, Río Dulce, Izabal. Tels: 5902-7825, 5201-5361.

DR. BOCALETTI, Family Practitioner, Tropical Disease Diploma: Attention to adults & children, vaccinations. Spanish and English spoken. Mon-Fri 3-6pm. 4a calle oriente #14, Centro Comercial La Fuente (next to Doña Luisa) bocaletti@hotmail. com

Dr. Julio Molina MD, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology certified.  Specializing in Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Attention and Memory Disorders and Sleep Disorders. Mind Gym in Antigua. 4 Avenida Sur Prolongacion, # 8. Tel: 7832-3372.

Panajachel 12 Step Meeting, Tuesday 10am 0-72 Calle Principal (across from Kodak, above the bakery. Around the back and up the stairs). Cafe Nepal, (A short walk up from main SC dock, on the right) email: panajachelna.aa@gmail.com tel: 3028 5716. ANTIGUA AA (Alcoholics Annonymous) meets upstairs in the back room at Doña Luisa, 4a calle oriente #12. Mon & Thurs. 6-7pm & Tues. & Fri. noon 1pm English speaking, Open meetings zoomerz1@ yahoo.ca CLUB ROTARIO, Meets every Wednesday 7pm at Porta Hotel Antigua (except last Wed. of the month). Call 7832-7600 http://www.rotaryantigua.org/ ST. ALBANS EPISCOPAL CHURCH SERVICE IN ENGLISH. Sundays 10:00am. Rev. John R. Smith, vicar. Casa Convento Concepción, 4a calle oriente #41, La Antigua. Tel: 5235-6674 VIDA REAL TV CHURCH: Join us for an experience with God. Sundays: Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Auditorium Los Atrios, 8am and 10am; and Hotel Intercontinental, 14 calle 2-51, z. 10, 3rd level, 10am, simultaneous translation. Special program for children.

DR. ARGUETA, GENERAL PSYCHIATRY, board qualified Cornell University, N.Y. TREATMENT of Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Addicion, Overweight. Psychotherapy individual and couples. 4a av. sur Prolongación #2, La Antigua. Tel: 4095-7255. HEALING HANDS THERAPY SPA: Physical therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, full service spa. Owned and operated by US licensed physical therapist. 3a av. norte #20A. Call Micky Morrison for appt. 78321648, 5393-2311. DIANNE SENA - MSW, LISW - Psychotherapist U.S. Certified and Licensed. Treating anxiety and depression. Teaching interpersonal problem-solving skills. Encouraging personal growth. Office in Antigua. Tel: 7937-0278. Counseling for Adults & Adolescents. Relationships, Substance Abuse, Trauma and Recovery. Licensed Psychotherapist Gail Terzuola, MSW, LADAC. La Antigua. Tel: 7832-5639.

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. —Thomas S. Monson

Centro de Parto Natural Ixchel (Guatemala City) Over 20 years experience. Natural and waterbirth. German Midwife attended. Spanish, English, German spoken. OB, GYN, contraception, workshops, natural remedies. Referral to trusted MD and humanized Csec. if needed. Antigua housecalls, Info: 5709-2308, hannahcdp@gmail. com. Follow us on facebook!

FOR SALE LA INDIA Antiques, antique souveniers and special gifts. Established since 1932, 8a av. 4-37, zona 1, Guatemala City. Tel: 2220-1646. Cel: 4752-0091. BLUEBERRIES/ARÁNDANO AZUL: Organic, super tasty and very healthy. Orgánicos, dulces y muy saludables. Tels: 7831-5799, 5671-9530. FINGERPRINT-PASSWORD DOOR LOCKS, Adele: Guaranteed fit, easy instalation, reversible handle. Metal construction. Contact Multibusiness Group, S.A. ventas@ mbg-sa.com Tels: (502)5204-4260, 4990-2468. Tienda Solidaridad, second-hand shop featuring jewelry, books, clothing, shoes, framed photography & prints, DAWGGONE GOOD (premium) COFFEE, solar oven, printers, furniture and more. 3a avenida sur #4-A, Antigua

Spitters, Scratchers, & Snappers PET Q’s & A’s by Cynthia Burski, DVM

Question:

I can’t get my dog to stand still for a nail trim. Any suggestions?

The key is to relieve your dog’s nail-trim stress so that you are more likely to have a calm, cooperative dog rather than one who fights to get away. These ideas can make a difference: 1. Provide ample and super-flavorful treats (cut up, pea size) throughout the entire nail trim; 2. Don’t force the issue by holding him down against his will, which can increase fear and resistance. Instead, build his confidence gradually by earning trust and associating paw and nail handling with good things the dog enjoys; 3. Divide the nail trim into smaller segments. Start with a spot on the dog that’s well within your dog’s comfort zone. Make sure that his body language is happy, relaxed and loose and that he’s readily accepting treats before continuing; 4. Don’t start with the clippers. Just handle your dog’s paws and nails with your fingers. Then move to other items, like the closed end of a ballpoint pen or a spoon, to mimic the sensation of something touching the nail; 5. Then reintroduce the trimmers by holding them in your hand and allowing your dog to approach, instead of bringing the trimmers to your dog. Encourage approach by placing a soft, spreadable treat like peanut butter on the handle. Or place the clippers on the ground with a “trail” of treats leading up to and around them; 6. Rather than doing all the nails at once, trim one to three nails a day. This alone will make the task much less stressful for you and your dog.

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Marketplace FUN STUFF

EMPLOYMENT

HI-TECH REPAIR, SUPPORT AND SALE: Digital camer-

Adventure: Mountain tours, mountain biking, mule riding, canopy tours, paintball games, birdwatching, coffee tour and tasting. Finca Filadelfia, Tel: 7728-0800, www.filadelfia.com.gt

Flex/Action script: Positions available for programmers (including trainees) staying or living in Antigua. Short and Long Term. See www.veeops. com/jobs or contact jobs@veeops.com

SWORN (LEGAL) TRANSLATOR. Professional translation of legal and ordinary documents. Duly registered at the Ministry of Education, U.S. and England Embassies. Contact: po_h@hotmail.com or Phones: 5417-9079, 5693-7475, 2261-0792 BOARDING for DOGS & CATS - Day, week, month. Your pets will receive love, care & personalized attention like in their own home. Great rates: Dogs (daily) Q30+food. Cats (daily) Q20+food. Chimaltenango (pet transportation avail.) Contact jehu_ortiz@ hotmail.com Tel: 5794-4263, 5543-5351. IMMIGRATION SERVICES: José Caal will do your visa extensions, residencies, stamps from old passports to new one. Anything regarding immigration. Tel: 5518-3128 (office hours) josecaal@hotmail.com

RAVENSCROFT RIDING STABLES: Tels: 7830-6669, 54087057 (English owners) 2a av. sur. #3, San Juan del Obispo (2 miles south of Antigua). English (European) style riding on fit, well-trained horses. Accompanied scenic rides & equitation lessons from beginner to intermediate level, intensive courses our speciality. Boots & helmets provided. Please call for reservations & more info.

TRAVEL COMPANY: w/ 10 years of Central American experience is looking for minimum 2-year-commitment for the following positions: sales (creative design & pricing of individualized travel for a wide variety of clients), & operations. Requirements: fluent English, strong computer skills & be a fit with our culture of honesty, sustainability & innovation. Send detailed CV and cover letter to hr@viaventure.com

SERVICES as, iPods, computers, Windows, Mac, laptops, desktops. Virus problems and upgrades. Enlaces, 6a av. norte #1, La Antigua. Tel: 7832-5555.

INSTRUCTION MAESTRO BRITÁNICO DE INGLÉS A DOMICILIO, Área de Antigua. 15 años de experiencia. Realmente quieres hablar inglés? Has tomado cursos antes? Tienes miedo de hablar? Atención personalizada para adultos, únicamente. Q100/hora. Tony tldux@ hotmail.co.uk Horseback Riding, English Equitation Classes: from beginner to intermediate level. Taught by English instructress. See also ad under “Fun Stuff” - Ravenscroft Riding Stables. Tels: 7830-6669, 5408-7057. MEDITATION COURSE, Primordial sound by certified instructor from the Deepak Chopra Center (Calif.). For more info. please call or drop by (mornings only). Tel: 7832-0245, 2a calle oriente #6, ask for Cynthia. Classes in English or Spanish.

FREE VISIT TO OUR ORGANIC MACADAMIA FARM! Free samples of our chocolates & nuts, facials with our skincare products. Learn & contribute to our sustainable development project. Contact us for reservations at exvalhalla@gmail.com, www.exvalhalla. com or 5889-4925, 5671-9530, 7831-5799.

FOOD & LODGING Finca Ixobel: Ecological hotel & guest house offers cheap accommodations, great food, activities and friendly service. Not far from Tikal or Río Dulce. Visit www.fincaixobel.com

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Café Condesa Deli-Shoppe, Cakes, Pies, Muffins, Scones, Smoothies, Granola, Coffee and more. Inside La Casa del Conde, west side of Central Park, La Antigua. Tel: 7832-0038

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY KEY LEASE FOR RISTORANT E PIZZERIA NAPOLI, several meters from La Antigua’s Central Park. Restaurant, hotel & a place to live. 40 years of accreditation. Totally equipped (water, electricity, cable). Tels: 48034607, 5416-1748, doncorleone1983@hotmail.com

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth. —Menachem Begin

We rescue suffering, homeless animals in dire need. We prevent their mistreatment through education. We spay and neuter them and facilitate adoption. You can help: www.mayanfamilies.org/animals

English (European) style riding on fit, well-trained horses Offering accompanied scenic rides & PRIVATE equitation lessons from beginner to intermediate level Intensive courses our speciality • Taught by English instructress • Boots and helmets provided Livery / Boarding facilities available San Juan del Obispo, 2a av sur #3 (10 min by car from Antigua) Tels: 7830-6669 or 5408-7057 97


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Real Estate Your Real Estate Team in Antigua Home, Business, Property Management, Carpentry, Gardening and Handyman Services.

www.teamantigua.com Calle del Espíritu Santo #37A, La Antigua • Tels: 7832-7600 or 7832-7412 info@teamantigua.com • www.teamantigua.com

REAL ESTATE: FOR RENT ANTIGUA AREA

REAL ESTATE: FOR RENT ANTIGUA AREA

BEAUTIFUL APARTMENTS 2 bdrm, liv, din, laundry, fully equipped kit, 2½ bath, cable TV, Wi-Fi, 24hour security, cleaning service. 4 blocks from the park. Daily, weekly or monthly. arteceramico12@ hotmail.com Tels: 7832-7141, 5096-6740.

BEAUTIFUL APARTMENT, Exclusive & secure area, quiet. Fully furnished, 2 bdrm, liv, fireplace, kitchen, garden, bath/hot water. Surrounded by trees. A special place! Info: 7934-6258, 5208-6202

Beautiful house, five bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, big kitchen with range, ovens and dishwasher, big yard, two-car garage, includes 2-bedroom apartment. $1,750.00 mo. Call 5696-6672.

EUROPEAN INVESTORS are looking to acquire land/ property in the Lake Atitlán area. Owners or agents please call: 5598-5677. INVERSIONISTAS EUROPEOS buscan terrenos/casa en el área del Lago de Atitlán. Propietarios o agentes por favor contáctenos al teléfono: 5598-5677.

LAS GOLONDRINAS APARTMENTS: Antigua G., bedrooms: cable TV, private bathrooms with hot showers; apartments with complete kitchen, Wi-Fi. “Different sizes-different prices.” Daniel Ramírez Ríos. Tels: 7832-3343, 5713-6429 aptslasgolondrinas@ gmail.com www.lasgolondrinasapts.info

LAKE ATITLÁN

Entry in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Into the sunset” by Hugo Armando López

REAL ESTATE: FOR SALE ANTIGUA AREA House or B&B or Restaurant - 4 Bedroom Suites, Three Patios, Large garage, Gazebo. 3.5 miles above ANTIGUA in El Hato. $250,000 Furnished. Email: shaw4realty@hotmail HOUSES IN SMALL PROJECT: Contemporary houses with land for orchard, inside a coffee farm with 360° panoramic view to volcanoes. Info: vera.artefino@yahoo.com (No brokers).

LAKE ATITLÁN View acreage on the shores of Lake AtitlÁn. Private & quiet with 2 furnished houses, swimming pools, gardens throughout. Rental income up to $2000/month. Organic for 10 years. Asking $290,000 U.S. For more information call 4045-2357 or contact cyncornell@yahoo.com Beautiful Hacienda, lush botanic gardens, bird sanctuary. Desirable Santa Cruz La Laguna. Large house: natural cut blue stone, three bedrooms, two fireplaces. Small house: one bedroom. Guardanaria: laundry, storage, one bedroom. Sauna. Dramatic steel skydeck. Full wifi. $635K. irvingchicago@gmail.com

COBÁN Beautiful house in Cloud Forest. Km 165, Rd to Cobán. Outskirts of Purulha, Baja Verapaz. 1,000 feet of construction w/prime materials, exotic hardwood floors, cabinets. 1 bed, office, 1½ baths. Kennels, creek, trees. Built 2011. US$75,000 (502) 4574-2007 stellez65@hotmail.com

LAND CONVERSION CHART 1 Acre = 43,560 ft2 1 Acre = .4047 hectare 1 Acre = 4047 mt2 1 Acre = 5645.4 varas2 1 mt2 = 10.764 ft2 1 mt2 = 1.431 vr2

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LODGIN G Antigua Antigua Hostel ......................................... 75 Antigua Hotel Solutions ......................... 75 El Mesón de María ................................... 77 Hostel La Sin Ventura .............................. 74 Hostel La Quinta ....................................... 74 Hotel Casa de las Fuentes ....................... 74 Hotel Dionisio Inn .................................... 74 Hotel Genessis .......................................... 75 Hotel Ixkanul ............................................. 74 Hotel Mil Flores ........................................ 11 Hotel Panchoy .......................................... 75 Hotel San Rafael ....................................... 77 LAKE ATITLÁN Apart-Hotel Los Arboles ......................... 86 B’alam’ya .................................................... 83 Hotel Dos Mundos (Pana) ...................... 87 Hotel Real Santander .............................. 86 Jardines del Lago ..................................... 87 Posada de Santiago ................................ 85 PACIFIC COAST Asociación Ola Verde ............................... 91 Cafe Del Sol ................................................ 91 Casa Bella ................................................... 90 Club Isleta de Gaia ................................... 88 Hawaian Paradise ..................................... 90 Hotel Dos Mundos ................................... 89 Hotel Honolulu ......................................... 90 Hotel Pez de Oro ....................................... 91 Hotel Playa Plana ...................................... 88 Hotel Playa Saltamonte .......................... 91 Hotel Posada el Delfin ............................ 93 Hotel Villa Kairos ...................................... 91 El PetÉn Hotel Ecológico y Rest. Mon ami .......... 81 RÍo Dulce Amatique Bay ........................................... 93 Hacienda Tijax ........................................... 93 Hotel Catamaran ...................................... 93 QUETZALTENANGO Casa Doña Mercedes ............................... 92

REAL E S TAT E Carstens S.A. .............................................. 99

Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. —Eric Hoffer

ANTIGUA Aguacate Tasty ......................................... 66 Arrin Cuan ................................................. 9 AntiguaDining.com ................................. 64 Café Condesa ............................................. 63 Café La Sin Ventura .................................. 66 Canela Bakery & Café .............................. 66 Casa Escobar ............................................. 1 Casa Troccoli .............................................. 65 Cerro San Cristobal ................................... 66 Chez Christophe ........................................ 64 Chocomuseo Café ..................................... 71 Cookies, Etc ............................................... 66 Don Chicharrón ....................................... 4 Doña Luisa Xicotencatl ............................ 62 El Convento ................................................ 13 El Viejo Café ................................................ 70 Epicure ......................................................... 59 Gaia Restaurant ......................................... 64 Guatelaria .................................................... 4 Guat-Ik ......................................................... 70 Hobbitenango ........................................... 67 Intenso Restaurante ................................ 66 La Bicicleta de Juancho ........................... 70 La Cuevita de Urquizu .............................. 61 La Estancia .................................................. 65 La Estrella .................................................... 64 La Fonda de la Calle Real ........................ 69 La Guajirita ................................................ 66 Las Palmas .................................................. 15 Las Velas, Camino Real ............................ 73 Los Encuentros .......................................... 62 Los Tres Tiempos ....................................... 61 Madre Tierra .............................................. 3 Mesón Panza Verde .................................. 57 Ni Fu Ni Fa ................................................... 64 Old House ................................................... 55 Puerta Once ................................................ 68 Quincho’s Mariscos ................................... 64 Rainbow Café ............................................. 59 Red Koi ........................................................ 66 Restaurante Del Arco ............................... 71 Restaurante El Faro .................................. 64 Samsara ...................................................... 64 Señor Pepian ............................................. 66 Tacool .......................................................... 3 Txirrinta ...................................................... 64 Vivero y Café La Escalonia ....................... 69 Welten .......................................................... 67 Y Tu Piña Tambien ..................................... 67 TECPÁN Kape La Nonna .......................................... 92 Kape Paulinos ............................................ 92

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

RESTAURANTS / BARS Guatemala CITY Arrin Cuan ................................................... Caffé De Fiori .............................................. Rattle & Hum ............................................. Restaurante Altuna .................................. Trovajazz ..................................................... William Shakespeare Pub .......................

lake atitlán Choco Museo ............................................. 86 Quetzaltenango Giuseppe´s Gourmet Pizza ..................... 92

SERVICES GUATEMALA CITY Angel Fire Kennels .................................. 52 Budget Rent-a-Car .................................. 35 DeporDivas ............................................... 39 Hertz ........................................................... 103 Orbit Rent-a-Car .......................................... 35 Trans Cargo ...................................................39 Antigua Alamo Rent-a-Car .................................... 53 Antigua FM ............................................... 60 Comunitel Internet Service ...................55 Frank Beauty Salon ................................. 49 Fumigadora Antigua .............................. 52 Heidi Lane Photographer ...................... 29 Renta Autos de Guatemala ................... 2 Lux Aeterna Solar .................................... 95 Tabarini Rent a Car ......................................53 Tatoo & Piercing El Guato ...................... 49 TheAntiguaGuide.com ...........................72 Valhalla Macadamia Farm ..................... 95

SHOPS Guatemala City House & Green .................... inside cover Inola ........................................................... 39 Super Verduras ........................................ 37 ANTIGUA Casa de los Gigantes .............................. 49 Casa Del Tejido ......................................... 2 Colibrí Textiles .......................................... 51 Djinn ........................................................... 49 El Mástil (hardware) ................................ 5 El Reino del Jade ..................................... 49 Joyería del Angel ............... back cover La Casa del Conde Books ...................... 55 Orgánica ................................................... 46 Plaza del Arco .......................................... 51 Serendipity .............................................. 51 Solex Diva ................................................. 51

Police: 110 Fire: 122 and 123

Tourist Police (Antigua): 7832-4131 Fire Dept: 7832-0234 Guatemala City Tourist Assistance: 1500 (24-hour) 100

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H EA LTH S ERV I C ES GUATEMALA CITY Day & Night Assisted Living .................... 45 Dr. Milton Solis Plastic Surgery ............... 41 Antigua Ágape, Emotional Health ......................... 44 Blue Spa ........................................................ 43 Centro Visual G & G .................................... 45 Clínica de la Cruz ........................................ 45 Clínica Veterinaria El Arca ......................... 52 Dakarai Spa .................................................. 44 Dermatologist Dr. Samayoa ..................... 45 Dental Clinic: Dr. Franco ............................ 45 Dr. Luis Soto ................................................. 43 Dra. Patricia Cardona ................................. 44 Energy Medicine Center ........................... 45 Gail Terzuola ................................................. 45 Gimnasio La Fabrica ................................... 44 Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro ........... 43 House of Health Sta. Lucía ........................ 41 Maxillofacial Center ................................... 42 Medical Travel ............................................. 41 Podiatry Center Dra. Gil ............................. 44 Tao, Chinese Medicine ............................... 44 Vision Center ............................................... 44 Vet-Pro ........................................................... 52 san lucas Casa de los Angeles ................................... 41

TR AV EL / TO U RS Antigua Antigua Tours .............................................. 29 Filadelfia Coffee Adventure ...................... 2 Lax Travel ...................................................... 81 Maya Trails .................................................... 103 Monja Blanca ............................................... 81 MISC. La Reunion Golf Resort ............................. 48 Trans Galgos ................................................. 81 Transportes Turísticos Atitrans ................ 81 Turansa ......................................................... 39

SCHOOLS Antigua International School ................. 31 Chef’s Center ............................................... 49 Christian Spanish Academy ..................... 47 Piano Room .................................................. 51 Spanish School San Juan .......................... 55

CULTUR AL Guatemala City Museo Ixchel ............................................ 29 Museo Popol Vuh .................................... 29 Antigua Art in the Americas ................................ 29 Aruma Gallery ......................................... 29 La Antigua Galería de Arte ................... 31


It was the night before Christmas and all through the casa, Not a creature was stirring – Caramba! ¿Qué pasa? Los niños were tucked away in their camas, Some in long underwear, some in pijamas, While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado To bring all the children, both Buenos and malos, A nice batch of dulces and other regalosOutside in the yard there arose such a grito That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito. I ran to the window and looked out afuera, And who in the world do you think that it era? Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero Came dashing along like a crazy bombero. And pulling his sleigh instead of venados Were eight little burros approaching volando. I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre: “Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Cuco, ay Beto, Ay Chato, ay Chopo, Macuco y Nieto!” Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho He flew to the top of our very own techo. With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea, He struggled to squeeze down our old chimenea, Then huffing and puffing at last in our sala, With soot smeared all over his red suit gala, He filled all the stockings with lovely regalosFor none of the niños had been very malos. Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento, He turned like a flash and was gone like the viento. And I heard him exclaim, and this is verdad, Merry Christmas to all, and Feliz Navidad! The willful spanglishization of a classic (www.autobahn.org)

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2nd PLACE by popular vote in the Revue Photo Contest: Families in Guatemala. “Caminemos juntos/Let’s walk together” Aldea Ebenezer, Purulhá, Baja Verapaz, by German Velasquez


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