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May 2015 Year 24, No. 3

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1st Place by judges vote: “Laughter” by Tamia Hurtado. Prize: Q200

REVUE PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS, May theme: Families in Guatemala 2nd Place by popular vote: “Integrante de cuatro patas” by Gabriela Estrada. Prize: Q100

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Contents

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“Caravan of the Fox” by Thor Janson, page 20

12 guatemala insight

54 Amalia’s kitchen

by Elizabeth Bell

Guatemala’s Elections: 2015 14 travel

by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard

Legumes, a Guatemalan Tradition (with recipe)

DateBook: May Health Services Travel Marketplace Real Estate El Salvador

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Guatemala City La Antigua Lake Atitlán Quetzaltenango Pacific Coast El Petén Tecpán Río Dulce

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58 sensuous guatemala

by John Wachunas

Why you should hike a Guatemalan Volcano

by Ken Veronda

Tamarind

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64 2015 spirit

by Fernando Díaz Villanueva

The Popenoe House; Antigua’s best-kept secret 20 roads to adventure by Capt. Thor Janson

Caravan of the Fox; A most unusual pilgrimage 22 community service

by Sri Ram Kaa & Kira Raa

When you Wish upon a Star 70 community service by Linda Conard

The Magical Classroom; preschool education 80 the tax corner by John Ohe

Free Money from the IRS

by Bonnie Baguley

Música en las Aldeas;

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32 datebook highlight

by Natalie Rose

Museo Lacustre de Atitlán

by Linda Conard

The Antigua Players 34 travel Evolution of the Backpackers 8

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105 museum month A Sampler List

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From the Publishers MAP: La Antigua Vet Q & A MAP: Lake Atitlán Cruci-Word Puzzle Advertiser Index

photo contest:

Families in Guatemala All of the May entrants can be seen at fb.com/revuemagazine. Here are the winners 4 4 38 38 108 108

Tamia Hurtado Gabriela Estrada Emilio Vasquez Robles Ana Gabriela S. Medrano Josué Samol Sergio Dangelo Jerez

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From the publishers 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 Social Media: Tana Bailey Revue Webmaster: Wil Rushmer Contributing Photographers: Thor Janson, Oscar Velásquez, Willy Posadas La Antigua Manager: César Tián Production Director: Mercedes Mejicanos Administrative Assistant: María Solís Systems: Luis Juárez, Diego Alvarez Distribution: César Tián, Oscar Chacón, Luis Toribio Maintenance: Silvia Gómez, Dora Gómez Sales Representatives: Ivonne Pérez, César Tián, Denni Marsh, Fernando Rodas, Luis Toribio, Lena Johannessen Printed by: PRINT STUDIO Publishing Company: producciones publicitarios Estrella antigua, S.A.

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olcano hiking is more than plodding up barren terrain, (see cover photo), John Wachunas explains in Why You Should Hike a Guatemalan Volcano. Thor Janson takes us on another unique adventure, this time on wheels. Caravan of the Fox is a most unusual pilgrimage. Community service features Música en las Aldeas, Bonnie Baguley explains how its bringing music to the people. Linda Conard focuses on The Magical Classroom, a preschool education program. In community service of another type, Elizabeth Bell’s, Guatemala Elections 2015 explains this year’s voting registration process, including some interesting statistics on voting trends. May is the Month of Museums: we hope you enjoy The Popenoe House by Fernando Díaz Villanueva; Museo Lacustre de Atitlán by Natalie Rose and the Museum Month Sampler. Find out what’s cooking in Amalia Moreno-Damgaard’s kitchen, and Ken Veronda applauds the Sensuous Tamarind. For relaxing diversions check out DateBook; listings include everything from a live performance of The Vagina Monologues presented by the Antigua Players to an invitation to be a part of the gallery at a professional golf tournament. From one end of the spectrum to the other is When You Wish upon a Star with Sri and Kira to John Ohe’s Free Money from the IRS. Enjoy a nice sprinkling of images from the May Photo Contest, Guatemalan Families, our thanks to all the participants. Fittingly, quotes in this edition center on families. Here is one of our favorites by Lao Tzu: “In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.” Speaking of families... Happy Mother’s Day to all moms this month. — John & Terry Kovick Biskovich revuemag.com

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“On the trail, Acatenango” by Alessandro Rafanelli Embark.org page 14


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Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell

author/historian

Guatemala’s Elections June deadline for voter registration and updating voter information

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ost Guatemalans will be updating their voter registration with their new ID cards (DPIs) during May as the deadline to register to vote approaches. The Tribunal Supremo Electoral (TSE) has already announced that voters will not be able to change the city where they vote this year to discourage voters altering elections results, so voters are re-registering at the same city where they voted in 2011. Guatemala has elections every four years. For a country that traditionally had low voter turnout, the last elections showed promising results for an emerging democracy. More women voted (52.64%) than men (46.36%) of the 5,055,183 people who voted, which is 68.86% of the population – high for any country. The TSE does a great job of recording the votes, which are hand-counted at the various voting tables with representatives from all of the parties and local civic committees. These are all computerized and available fairly quickly after 12

Anyone over 18 years of age can vote if he/she has registered with a DPI at the TSE before early June, so the rush is on!

the election – that date in September will be decided on May 2. Last year’s elections showed also more Maya women (20.98%) than men (18.27%) voting and more ladina women (32.30%) than ladino men (27.78%) and less than 3% of the vote for Garífuna and Xinca votes combined. Anyone over 18 years of age can vote if he/she has registered with a DPI at the TSE before early June, so the rush is on! There are no literacy or Spanish language requirements, ...continued page 66


Why You Should Hike a Guatemalan Volcano in Your Lifetime

text by John Wachunas photos by Alessandro Rafanelli/Embark.org

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or adventurous travelers, climbing a volcano is high on the to-do list. The appeal is both visceral and aesthetic. Depending on which one you choose to ascend, you will experience a palpable sense of risk and/or be rewarded by scenes of otherworldly natural beauty. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in Guatemala, where the highest and most active volcanoes in the Americas reside outside of the Andes. Take the 3,976-meter behemoth volcån Acatenango, for example. Having hiked various igneous marvels from the humble Black Butte in Oregon to Africa’s towering Mount Kenya, this to me constitutes one of the most beautiful and rewarding volcanic destinations on Earth.

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After an initial two-hour hike through farmland, the trail up Acatenango takes you into a beautiful cloud forest. Imagine trekking through lush jungle foliage enveloped in what can only be described as an ethereal mist. The topography changes dramatically as you exit the timberline atop a black, barren mountain of volcanic scree (loose pebbles). You might imagine the scene ripped straight from the pages of a 1960s sci-fi novella.

Fuego Volcano

The trail up Acatenango takes you into a beautiful cloud forest

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View from Purgatory Path

On a clear day, look to the northwest and you’ll see Lake Atitlán, a body of water is so beautiful that Aldous Huxley once described it as, “really, too much of a good thing.” To the east you can see the colonial city of La Antigua Guatemala, and to the south is the vast Pacific Ocean. Satisfied? Don’t be, because Acatenango has saved the best for last. Summiting from the north, “Purgatory Path” rewards exhausted hikers with their first glimpse of Acatenango’s sister volcano, Fuego. Seeing the two gloriously standing side by side, you immediately realize why these geological structures are so utterly incredible. 16


Those who have witnessed a volcanic eruption firsthand will tell you that the sight strikes a primeval chord within the human psyche. Fuego in particular sparks your imagination to time travel back some 8,500 years to the collapse of its ancestral Meseta volcano, or to 1524 when record keeping on its activity first began. To give you some perspective, Fuego’s eruption in 2012 lasted nearly two weeks, spewing molten rock and an ash plume that rose 7 kilometers into the Earth’s stratosphere. During a second explosion in 2015, one lava flow traveled 1.6 km south, and another 600 m west. It was reported by INSIVUMEH that “the eruption produced rumbling and train sounds audible up to 12 km away.”

It’s a sight to behold! Acatenango gives you ringside seats to the show.

Volcanic explosions of this magnitude happen sporadically, of course. However, minor ones can occur multiple times per hour. It’s a sight to behold! Acatenango gives you ringside seats to the show, it is a perfect window into that other world.

John Wachunas is a long time adventure traveler and COO/co-founder of Embark.org. He currently resides in Paris, France. www.embark.org http://www.embark.org/guatemala/antigua/adventures/acatenango 17


museum month

One end of the 90-foot living room, designed for grand receptions. photo: joy houston

photo: fernando díaz villanueva

by Fernando Díaz Villanueva translated by Eric Clifford Graf

Antigua’s best-kept secret

Wide, raised and roofed corridor off living room, overlooking gardens. photo: joy houston

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a Antigua Guatemala is perhaps the best-known colonial city in Central America. It is certainly the most studied and most admired by visitors from all over the world. Still, this little gem embedded in the heart of Guatemala holds secrets known only to its inhabitants. This is the case of La Casa Popenoe, an 18th century residence that is today the best-preserved Spanish colonial house in Antigua. Its many peculiarities start with its name, which does not owe to the Spanish settlers who built it but, rather, to Wilson Popenoe, a U.S. citizen who acquired the house in the early 1930s and made it home to his family. This Spanish mansion offers extraordinary insight into the evolution of Antigua and its people over the past centuries. In many ways it is a stone portrait of the history of the New World. The Popenoe House, located in the center of town, is a short distance from the Church of San Francisco. It sits on the foundations of previous homes. The first was built in the mid-16th century, during the reign of Philip II of Spain, only a few years after the arrival of the conquistadores. A century later the only the foundations remained. A priest, Juan de Torres, built two houses on the site; then in 1762, ownership of the property was transferred to Doña Venancia Lopez. She, in turn, connected both houses to make it the home which is essentially what we observe today. 18

In one of the courtyards, the large, old pila (one side for dishwashing, the other for laundry) still provides water. photo: joy houston

Over the following centuries, defying earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the house changed ownership again, several times until finally Popenoe, who had come to Guatemala as an agronomist working for the United Fruit Company, bought it in a very dilapidated state.


Thus, we are talking about a very special place, a place that had already been permanently inhabited long before the arrival of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. Very few houses in America can make this claim. Its excess of history survives within its walls, beckoning us toward a world that has long ceased to exist. The Spanish colonists replicated the architecture of their home country, adapting it to the local environment of the remote but paradisiacal Captaincy General of Guatemala, which was the border territory of a Viceroyalty called New Spain. The Popenoe House is both Spanish and Indian. Starting with a layout characteristic of houses in southern Europe, its different owners have created a charming garden of delights in the center of Antigua. Trained in botany and possessed of considerable humanistic cultural interests, Popenoe took an heirloom that fate had placed in his hands and set about restoring its value. And it is to Popenoe that this mansion owes its last and perhaps its most perfect historical iteration. The agronomist’s work was so perfect and admirable that within a few years the house came to be called, simply, La Casa Popenoe. For Popenoe, recovering this jewel was one of his life’s greatest obsessions. And a very pleasant effort it must have been because, as the property’s owner, he was able enjoy firsthand the fruits of a historical restoration that brought to life before his very eyes the exotic past of his adopted country. Entranceway photo: joy houston

Cupulas on the rooftop with San Francisco Church in the background photo: joy houston

Kitchen, with corner ovens, where the family dined. photo: joy houston

The former herb garden in a kitchen courtyard photo: joy houston

Popenoe died in 1975 and the house was inherited by his descendants who, decades later, transferred it to the prestigious Guatemalan institution of higher learning, Universidad Francisco Marroquín. UFM has spared no effort and no resources in preserving Popenoe’s legacy as well as that of the 300 years of history that preceded him. In charge of this project are architect Lorena Lemus and archaeologist Alberto Garín, who, besides delving deeply into the work of Popenoe, also strive to maintain the house with great detail. Garín, a native of Spain, has recently commissioned historical researchers that have shed new light on previously unknown aspects of the house’s history. The challenge of these two scholars is to keep La Casa Popenoe as the best example of a colonial house not only in Guatemala but in all of Spanish America. At present, it appears that they have achieved just that. Those who enter the house can attest to its uniqueness, to how radically distinct ...continued page 40


Caravan of the Fox An extraordinary, world-class event occurs every February in the mountains of Chiquimula, Guatemala.

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arrived in Esquipulas on Thursday evening, Feb. 7. The little town was quieter than I had ever seen. No bustling crowds, no throngs of pilgrims lining up to file through the Basilica of Esquipulas’ inner sanctum, where they might have a personal moment beside the Black Christ: to ask for forgiveness, to plead for a dying loved one, to bless a newborn babe ... The basilica that night, I felt as I strolled through the flowery gardens in front, seemed to be imbued with some special energy. Perhaps it was the effect of millions of pilgrims having passed by here, all focusing the power of their faith upon this one place. The Sanctuary of the Black Christ at Esquipulas is the most-visited site in all Meso-America, and the Catholic faithful of the entire region make every attempt to come here at least once in their lives. Hundreds of thousands make the pilgrimage every year, such is the faith people have in the miraculous power of the Black Christ. Archaeological evidence reveals that the Valley of Esquipulas has been a sacred pilgrimage site for thousands of years. Old World and indigenous Meso-American traditions have been melded into one magnetic field drawing in believers from around the world and making Esquipulas one of the Earth’s major pilgrimage sites, rivaling Mecca, Vatican City and the Ganges River.


Roads to Adventure text/photos by Capt. Thor Janson

navigator / explorer facebook.com/nubliselva

I was in Esquipulas to witness what was hoped to be the largest motorcycle pilgrimage on Earth. Dubbed the Caravana del Zorro (Caravan of the Fox), this extraordinary trek was founded 54 years ago by Guatemalan Rubén Alfonso Villadeleón, aka, The Fox. What began as a very personal pilgrimage by a small group of devout Catholic men has now become a massive, international event. Rubén is no longer with us, but his son, Eddy “The Fox,” now leads the caravan. From all departments of Guatemala and from neighboring countries, even the U.S., bikers converge upon Guatemala City’s Central Park the afternoon before their cavalcade. All normal rules are suspended and many in the multitude camp out in front of the National Palace. At dawn the next day the caravan rolls out on the six- to eight-hour journey into the Motagua Valley and southeast through the mountains of Chiquimula. At 2 p.m. I situated myself by a tree-lined curve in anticipation of the caravan’s approach to Esquipulas. The first motorcyclists soon arrived, greeted by cheers from the welcoming crowd. As the afternoon wore on thousands upon thousands of bikers of every type and description zoomed by. There were fabulous café cruisers and sophisticated

BMW super machines alongside the most humble, old Honda 125s and cheap Chinese knockoffs. There were tuc-tucs that had managed to make it all the way from Suchitepéquez on the Pacific Coast; there were entire families—mom, pop and two babies aboard ramshackle old beaters; there were some fantasist contraptions emblazoned with USA flags, there were numerous

motorcycle gangs too: the scarylooking Vultures from El Salvador, the Mexican Hell’s Angels and the Disciples of Mayhem from Honduras. Many wore masks of every description: space aliens with dreadlocks, wild animals, and political figures like Barack Obama, princesses and trolls, lots of Guy Fawkes masks, and the ubiquitous Grateful Dead skull. ...cont. page 92

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community service “We could bring music to people who might like it but hadn’t had the chance to hear this kind of music.”

The school provides a relaxed yet professional environment for children to learn music.

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his time last year Rafa had problems reading and writing and had stopped attending school. Now his literary skills have improved, he is reading music and back in class—all thanks to his classes at Musica en las Aldeas. As Rafa, 9, says, “I love playing piano. I like the sound of making my own music and I love coming here.” Música en las Aldeas is the brainchild of internationally trained musician Carolina Palomo, who originally created the concept as a series of traveling concerts to bring classical music to the towns surrounding La Antigua Guatemala. “I believe that arts in general has the power to break boundaries and overcome distances between people,” explains Carolina. “I was playing in the more affluent areas and I began to think that we should start doing concerts in the surrounding towns. That way we could bring music to people who might like it but hadn’t had the chance to hear this kind of music. However, once we started doing the concerts I realized it wasn’t enough.” Carolina began to form the notion of providing music lessons to underprivileged children in the village towns of Sacatepéquez. Nonprofits CasaSito and Fundación Los Niños quickly supported the idea and attracted donations and scholarships. Through increased fundraising and 22

Elva, 9, has been learning guitar with Musica en las Aldeas for the past year.

support, a house in San Gaspar Vivar was secured as a permanent base, and in June last year Música en las Aldeas opened its doors. Now every week 30 children, from ages of 6 to 20, attend the school to learn piano, violin, guitar, baroque recorder, percussion and music theory. Many of the children arrive via long bus rides from the surrounding towns and their passion is obvious.


Música en las Aldeas teacher and student at work

“It really chills me out. I just find it relaxing,” says Very, 15, a student from Chimaltenango who was forced to quit school to get a job. “I played my first concert last year and was nervous at first but then I just forgot about the audience and focused on the music.” Verónica, 16, also from Chimaltenango, agrees: “I found out about the school through my friends and now I come every Saturday. I just love the feeling of playing music.” While the atmosphere of the school is casual and relaxed, the needs of each student are professionally met. Most of the five music teachers hold music degrees from national and international universities and travel from the capital to give lessons. To pay the tuition fees for those who can’t afford it, the school relies upon income generated by private students, the adult choir (which meets weekly) and sponsorship programs. Some students are completely supported through these programs while others pay a nominal amount, but no matter what their circumstances no child is ever turned away. Recently Lainey Crawford from the United States volunteered for three months teaching vocal technique, group classes and musicianship. She commented: “Working with this organization has been a deeply rewarding experience, particularly because I was given the unique opportunity to work side by side with the existing teachers. My hope is that students will benefit from a well-rounded music education. From a young age, students are challenged to tap into their full potential by learning all components necessary to build a

strong foundation in music. Those interested will find a nurturing community of passionate educators and enthusiastic students who share a common love for music.” Providing this opportunity, however, doesn’t come without cost and greater support is needed. Música en las Aldeas needs volunteers—music teachers, fundraising and marketing support, videographers and more private students. Donations of instruments are always welcome.

Learning piano has helped Rafa, 9, perform better in school.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, receiving private music lessons, joining the choir, or donating instruments to Música en las Aldeas please get in touch on its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/arte.antigua or email musicaenlasaldeas@gmail.com 23


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guide to culture and upcoming events compiled by mercedes mejicanos

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Sat., 8pm — LIVE MUSIC: The Doors of Perception, a tribute to The Doors. Q35. Personajes de Antigua 6a av. norte #6, La Antigua

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Wed., 7-9pm — ART: Universos compartidos by Monika Bruch and Gart. El Attico (tel: 2368-0853), 4a av. 1545, z. 14, Guatemala City

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Sat., & Sun., 9th, 7pm — LIVE THEATRE: The Antigua Players presents The Vagina Monologues. Tickets, Q75, includes a cocktail. Tickets on sale at Café Kafka or at the door the night of the performance. (For more info., www.AntiguaPlayers.com) See article on page 32. Café Kafka, 6a av. norte #40, La Antigua

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Sat., thru Sat., 16 — PHOTO CONTEST: My Favorite Museum Piece at Museo Popol Vuh. (Vote on line. http://www.popolvuh.ufm.edu/) Admission, Q25. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 23387836), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Tues., 7pm — PHOTOGRAPHY: ¡Digan Wiski! (Say Cheese!) The evolution of the camera and photography. Casa Mima (8a av. 14-12, z. 1, Historical District) Guatemala City

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Fri. — DINING at KIDS Restaurant: Resv: kidsrestaurant@gmail.com; tels: 4550-7798 or 5251-0202. 5pm: shuttle, San Francisco church parking lot (1a av. sur & 7a calle oriente, Antigua), San Gaspar Vivar

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Sat., 2-4pm — (Spanish) WORKSHOP FOR KIDS (7-12 years): Painting, Pinta los colores de tu vida by artist Lidia Cruz. Must reserve your space. Q30. Alianza Francesa (tel: 7832-8910), 2a av. sur #25, La Antigua

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Sat., 4pm — ART: Inauguration of Rostros, Imaginarios-Imaginados by Guatemalan artist Juan Francisco Yoc using oil, acrylic and watercolor. His work has been shown in Madrid, Paris, Venice Washington D.C., also cities in Japan, Mexico and Guatemala, as well as in private collections globally. Yoc currently resides in Spain. He will be present at the opening. La Antigua Galería de Arte, 4a calle oriente #15, La Antigua

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Sat., 7-10pm — PARTY: The Buena Onda Social Club is a monthly party featuring organizations within its network. Guests are treated to a night of music, performances, a mini-market, a very special bar and more. Q50. Impact Hub (1 av. norte #12), La Antigua

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Sun. — MOTHER’S DAY: Día de la Madre with special school activities for mom’s, also family gatherings and other celebrations. Countrywide

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Tues., 6:30 pm, through Sat., 16 — ART: Celebrating 50 years of painting, an expo-Sale of recent works by Luis Penedo. Museo Ixchel, Centro Cultural UFA (2361-8081/82), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Wed., 6:30pm — (Spanish) TERTULIA (social circle), Barrios del Centro Histórico. Q30, students with carnet Q15. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 23387836), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Thurs., & Fri., 15th, 6-8pm — (Spanish) MEDITATION CLASSES: with Centro Sri Chinmoy Guatemala. Museo Ixchel, Centro Cultural UFA (23618081/82), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Fri., 8:30-11pm — EVENT: F*!#up Nights Antigua, a global movement founded in 2012 featuring insights about business failures. Three to four entrepreneurs share their experiences in 7-minute segments, using up to 10 visual images. Each is followed by a Q & A and time for networking. Attendence also incls. a “Free Pass Day.” Impact Hub (1 av. norte #12), La Antigua

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Sat., 7pm through Sat., 23 — ART: Evolución by Lidia Cruz. Alianza Francesa (tel: 7832-8910), 2a av. sur #25, La Antigua

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Mon., 9am-5pm — INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS DAY: Free entrance to all museums. See museum articles, pages 18, 82 & 105. Countrywide

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Mon., through Tues., 26th, 6-8pm — PHOTOGRAPHY: By members of Club Fotográfico de Guatemala. Museo Ixchel, Centro Cultural UFA (2361-8081/82), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Wed., 6pm — (English) PRESENTATION: Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour slide show of Antigua and its heritage with vintage & contemporary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bell’s expert narration. Proceeds benefit educational programs in Antigua. Q30 p/p. Questions encouraged. Autographed books available. Join us at Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua

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Thurs., 9am — (Spanish) CONFERNCE: Vasijas de tres cabezas e incensarios de Tak’alik Ab’aj y Kaminaljuyu by Juan Miguel Medina. Q30, general public; Q15, students w/carnet, Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7836), 6a calle final z. 10, Guatemala City Please submit your DATEBOOK entry for the June 2015 edition by May 11 25


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The Second Annual Stella Artois Open Golf Tournament

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Thurs. thru 24 Sun. — The second annual Stella Artois Open returns to the La Reunion Golf Resort and its famous Fuego Maya course. Golfers and non-golfers alike are welcome to enjoy the competition, which will feature Latin America’s and some of the world’s aspiring PGA Tour contenders. The Fuego Maya course, with a spectacular backdrop of Volcán Fuego, just outside La Antigua Guatemala, was designed by legendary golf course architect Pete Dye and his son, Perry. The 7,275-yard, par 72 course challenges every golfer with its layout while captivating players and casual observers with breathtaking views of Fuego down to the Pacific coast. The winner will take home $31,500 USD from a total purse of $175,000. Admission is open to the public; food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

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Wed., 3pm — (English) TOUR: Open Windows Learning Center, San Miguel Dueñas; join David Dean on a visit to this educational and community development foundation. Meet in front of the Cafe Condesa, Central Park; return by 4:40pm. FREE! www.openwindowsfoundation.com, La Antigua

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Thurs., 9am — (Spanish) CONFERNCE: Traditional Dances ofGuatemala by Carlos René García. Q30, general public; Q15, students w/carnet. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7836), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Thurs., through Sun., 24th — GOLF TOURNAMENT: The second annual Stella Artois Open, pro competitors incls. Latin America’s and some of the world’s aspiring PGA Tour contenders. Open to the public. (See related article, Revue April 2015.) La Reunion Golf Resort, Km. 91.5, CA 14, San Juan Alotenango, Sacatepéquez If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. —Theodore Roosevelt 26

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Thurs., 4pm — (Spanish) CONFERENCE: Dinámicas socioculturales y distribución de espacios en los sitios arqueológicos precolombinos de Guatemala by Rodrigo Guzmán. Q30/ Q15, students & guides. Casa Popenoe, 6a calle oriente #16, La Antigua

Thurs, 7-9pm — EVENT: If you are an entrepreneur, join us for a ‘First Sense Drink’ where people from the MakeSense community come together and exchange ideas about social innovation in Guatemala. Free. Attend this event and get a “Free Pass Day.” Impact Hub (1 av. norte #12), La Antigua

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Sat., 9am — ANIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Casa de los Gigantes 50th anniversary. Celebration incls. discounts on inventory! Noon: marimba music, boquitas, raffles & more. Casa de los Gigantes, 7a calle oriente #18, La Antigua

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Sat., & Sat., 30th, 5-6pm — YOGA CLASSES: With Didi T. Lepojarvi. (For more info., ctobar@ spectrum.com.gt) Museo Miraflores (tel: 2470-3415), 7a calle 21-55, z. 11, Guatemala City

Wed., 1-7pm — EVENT: If you are an IT entrepreneur, join us our FREE DAY PASS! We invite you to visit our space, meet our community and learn more about Impact Hub! (1 av. norte #12), La Antigua

Thurs., 6:30pm — (Spanish) CONFERENCE: La memoria de los muertos: Tumbas reales y entierros de la élite de piedras negras, Petén by Héctor L. Escobedo / Academia de Geografía e Historia. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7836), 6a calle final z. 10, Guatemala City

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Thurs., 7pm — PHOTOGRAPHY: Monthly contest by Club Fotográfico de Guatemala. Museo Ixchel, Centro Cultural UFA (2361-8081/82), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City

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Sat., 9:30am — (Spanish) WORKSHOP FOR KIDS (ages 7-14) on Popol Vuh national day, incls. a movie. Q25. Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7836), 6a calle final, z. 10, Guatemala City You can find Revue DateBook online: www.REVUEmag.com


datebook Primitive - Contemporary Guatemalan Art Gallery & Museum 4a calle oriente #10 Interior Casa Antigua, El Jaulón, La Antigua centrodeartepopular@gmail.com www.centrodeartepopular.com

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

Maya Archaeology

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Colonial Art

ANTIGUA CULTURAL WaLKING Tour

Mon, Thurs at 2pm with our best guides Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat at 9:30am with Elizabeth Bell Meet at the fountain in the Central Park $25

Author of Antigua Guatemala and other publications www.antiguatours.net

Inquire about other tours and travel arrangements in Guatemala Antigua Offices: *3a calle oriente #22 -- Tel: 7832-5821 *Inside Casa del Conde (Central Park) -- Tel: 7832-0053 *Lobby, Hotel Casa Santo Domingo -- Tel: 7832-2629 Everything about Cacao & Chocolate

4a. Calle Oriente #14B dentro del Centro Comercial “La Fuente” Tel: 4421-7956 - Facebook/Colorgallery Colorgallery@hotmail.com www.colorgallery.weebly.com

Come and participate in our Chocolate workshops: 11am, 1:30pm y 4pm. Q180 per person.

4a calle oriente #14, Antigua · Tel: 7832-4520

Mon -Thurs 10:30am - 6:30pm Friday 10:30am - 7:30pm Sunday 9:30am - 6:30pm

and in Guatemala City: Blvd. Rafael Landivar, z.16 Paseo Cayala, edif. G-1, L#105. T: 2493-8179

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

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Throughout the Month ART: Ocupando espacios by Gustavo Estrada. Galería Panza Verde, 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua

Mondays & Fridays., 3-4:30pm — TAI CHI CLASSES: With Rex Wycherley. (For more info., ctobar@spectrum.com. gt) Museo Miraflores (tel: 2470-3415), 7a calle 21-55, z. 11, Guatemala City Mondays, 4:30pm; Tues., 3pm; Wed., 3pm — DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Asociación Guatemalteca de Bridge. Info., Eva: 7832-4327 or Denni: 2478-1595. Vista Hermosa, z. 15, Guatemala City Tuesdays, 3:30pm — (Spanish) ART CLASSES: Toscana art, children 3 years & older. (For more info., ctobar@spectrum. com.gt) Museo Miraflores (tel: 24703415), 7a calle 21-55, z. 11, Guatemala City

ART: Galeria Lisa Simms, exhibitions. Posada de Santiago. Santiago Atitlán The Antigua Curry Club, a membership club, meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month to eat (or sometimes even cook) curry. See http://www.cernikovsky. com/curry.htm La Antigua

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

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; also private tours avail., tel: 7922-6600. (Visit www.commonhope.org) La Antigua

Te invitamos a participar en nuestro CONCURSO FOTOGRÁFICO de junio 2015 con el tema JARDINES DE GUATEMALA. Enviar UNA (1) foto en ALTA RESOLUCIÓN con el título, lugar donde fue tomada, su nombre y el sitio web a: photos@revuemag.com

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for June 2015 with the theme GARDENS OF GUATEMALA. Please send ONE (1) HIGH RES photo with caption/location and your name & website to: photos@revuemag.com

Habrá premios para las fotos ganadoras, incluye Q200 para los dos primeros lugares. Para más información www.Revuemag.com

There will be prizes for winning photos including Q200 for both 1st place categories. More information at www.Revuemag.com

Serán elegibles las fotos que se reciban hasta el 11 de MAYO de 2015 The practice of patience toward one another, the overlooking of one another’s defects, and the bearing of one another’s burdens is the most elementary condition of all human and social activity in the family, in the professions, and in society. —Lawrence G. Lovasik

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Thursdays, 8:30am — TOUR: Visit Ciudad Vieja, you’ll see where many Niños de Guatemala families work and live. Also, visit the school built by Niños de Guatemala. Q200/Q100, students. Proceeds benefit Niños de Guatemala projects. Antigua_office@ninosdeguatemala.org; tel: 7832-8033. La Antigua/ Ciudad Vieja

Submissions entered by the 11th of MAY, 2015 will be eligible. Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. —Virginia Satir

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La Cueva de Panza Verde

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

Wednesdays, 8-10pm — Maestro Tito Santis, Guitarra Iberoamericana. Q35 cover Thursdays, 8-10pm — Nelson Lunding, Piano & vocal from New Orleans. Q35 cover

Fridays, 8-10pm — Latin Trio, Denis Medina on Cubano Tres. Q35 cover Saturdays, 8-10pm — Sergio Zepeda & Friends, guitar. Q35 cover

Trova Jazz

May 9, Sat., 5pm — MUSIC: Más música, menos

violencia, a unique musical recital by students of Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala, (SOG). All proceeds support SOG and its programs. Suggested donation Q150

Saturday 16, 5pm Maestro Tito Santis. Guitarra Iberoamericana. Suggested donation: Q75

tel: 2334-1241 Via 6, 3-55, zona 4, Guatemala City

Fridas

Friday Concerts — Call for schedule: Live music Thursdays through Saturdays.

Weekends — call for schedule and performers

tel: 7832-1296 Calle del Arco #29, La Antigua

EPICURE RESTAURANT

Tel: 7832-5522 3a avenida norte #11-B, La Antigua

Saturdays — 7-9pm: Live music “El Trio” Sundays — 1-3pm: Live music “El Trio”

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Rainbow Café

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

Free Live Music Nightly from 8:00pm Mondays, 8pm — Different Guest Musicians. Tuesdays, 8pm — Gustavo: this local musician plays a mix of Latin and western classics Wednesdays, 8pm — Open Mic Night! Hosted by different musicians; come along and show your skills and get a free Rainbow shot! Thursdays, 8pm — Gustavo: this local musician plays a mix of Latin and western classics Fridays, 8pm — Different Guest artists Saturdays, 8pm — A variety of bands and musicians! Sundays — Kenny Molina, one of Antigua´s best loved musicians plays a variety of Latin music that will make you dance!

Las Palmas

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

Mondays, 8-10pm — Trova-Reggae with Gustavo Santos Tuesdays, 7:30-10pm — Bossa Nova, romantic Wednesdays, 8-10pm — Trova-Reggae with Gustavo Santos Thursdays, 9-11pm — Reggae, Soca & Cumbia Fridays & Saturdays, 10pm-1am — Salsa with Caribe Sundays — Surprise

Los Tres Tiempos

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

Sundays — 2-5pm: Live music: Bolero

Personajes de La Antigua tel: 7832-3758 6a avenida norte #6, La Antigua

CERRO SAN CRISTÓBAL

Tel: 7832-2681 San Cristóbal El Alto, La Antigua

Every Weekend — Live Music (call for free shuttle transportation)

Kape Paulinos

Sat, May 2, 8pm — The Doors of Perception, a tribute to the Doors. Q35.

tel: 7840-3806 Km 87.5 Carretera Interamericana, Tecpán

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datebook highlight by Linda Conard

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he Antigua Players will present “The Vagina Monologues” on May 8 and 9 at Café Kafka. The episodic play is an intimate, funny and thought-provoking exploration of the female experience that playwright Eve Ensler’s website calls “an Obie Awardwinning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone.” This performance will feature 13 monologues presented by women ages 20-60 from Guatemala, the USA, China and the Netherlands. All proceeds will benefit Team Helps, a nonprofit organization working to reduce and eliminate domestic violence in Guatemala. Revue caught up with the show’s producer, Mindy Grantham, for a brief interview about the play. What should the audience expect from “The Vagina Monologues?” Eve Ensler wrote the first draft of the monologues in 1996 following interviews she conducted with 200 women worldwide of different ages, ethnicities, reli32

gions, sexual preferences, and social classes. The interviews focused on women’s views on sex, relationships and violence against women. Each monologue deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, and the various common names for vagina, or simply addresses the vagina as a physical aspect of the body. The “performers” are women reading the stories of other women. Some are funny, others are sad, but all are true and touching. Ensler first performed the play nine years ago in New York. Why did you choose to present it now in La Antigua Guatemala? I want to help call attention to the issue of violence in Guatemala. Today, Guatemala has the third-highest rate of femicide in the world. Reports suggest over 5,000 women have been mur-

dered since 2000; however, many cases of rape and violence go unreported. To affect real change in Guatemala, and the rest of the world really, we need to start to change the social norms related to gender roles. We can all help make a difference – for women, children and men. That’s why I’m so happy to be working with Team Helps. What are some of your favorite parts of the play? My favorite monologue is “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy.” It’s so raw, so real and so unbelievably funny. My favorite line is when a 6-year-old girl was asked what her vagina would wear, and she said, “red high tops and a Mets cap worn backwards.” What would you like the audience to take away from this performance? I want women to feel empowered, and I want men to be proud of them. I want to open the dialogue between the sexes, not to demean men, but so we can all work together to make Guatemala and the rest of the world a better place for everyone. The Antigua Players will present “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 8 and 9, at Café Kafka, 6a ave. norte #40. Admission is Q75, which includes a free cocktail. Tickets are available at Café Kafka or you can purchase at the door. For more information, see www.AntiguaPlayers.com


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km 14.5 Centro Comercial Escala Carretera a El Salvador Telephone: 6637-5763/64 Monday - friday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm Sunday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

Carretera al Atlantico 0-80, z.17 Telefax: 2256-4564 Monday - Saturday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Calle Mariscal 18-40, z.11 across the street from Pro-ciegos Telephone: 2473-1941 / 2474-5194 Fax: 2474-5254 Monday - Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Saturday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

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The Evolution of the Backpackers

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he word “backpacker” is used to describe a group of young people, students and adults who travel the world over to experience different cultures and lifestyles up close and personal. These travelers, who often carry only a backpack (hence the label), are long-term budget adventurers, explorers, nomads, globetrotters and wayfarers. They are part of a legacy born of the days of the “Grand Tour,” (1660s to the 1820s) when young aristocrats made their way around the world. Their travels often lasted from several months to many years. Today, well over 200 million people between the ages of 18-35 travel 34

internationally thereby contributing billions to the world economy. Many of these intrepid travelers are in search of new destinations. They use public transportation, not tourist buses; they shop in the local mercados; and spend time learning the language of their host country; they enjoy native cuisine and choose hospedajes over hotels. They do spend money abroad, but they are discerning in their purchases, they are wise to “gringo prices” and will haggle as much for the savings as the experience.

For many people, long-term travel is considered a rite of passage, a necessity. Some have chosen to “hit the road” before entering graduate studies or beginning a lifetime career; others are in search of new and enriching experiences. And, most all of them are in search of self-confidence, fulfillment and independence. Forbes magazine reports, “In 2012, $217 billion of the $1.088 trillion tourism “spent” worldwide came from young travelers.” David Chapman, director general for the WYSE Travel Confederation, explained, “Young travelers today want, more than ever, to enrich themselves with cultural experiences, to meet local people and to improve their employability when they return home.”

Results from a WYSE poll may surprise many. More young travelers are “shunning the traditional sun, sea and sand holidays” to improve their ...continued page 78


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nuestras manos. Garantizamos un Servicio de Carga Consolidada, semanal, puerta a puerta desde Miami a Guatemala. Contáctenos y compruebe porque somos lo mejor opción.

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REPAIRS & ALTERATIONS 13 calle 5-24, z. 9, Guatemala City Tel: 2332-4017 Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice. —Reinhold Niebuhr

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege. —Charles Kuralt

In Nola Fabrics by the yard Ceramic-Jewelry Wood-Leather & More Telephones:

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Shakespeare Pub Wi-Fi • Lunch Specials Happy Hour 11-5 Near all Major Hotels. 13 calle y 1a av., zona 10, local 5 Torre Santa Clara II Tel: 2331-2641

Café Bar Meals Drinks

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

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RESTAURANTE

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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My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear and they are there for me in the good and bad times. Without them I have no idea where I would be and I know that their love for me is what’s keeping my head above the water. —Kelly Clarkson

REVUE PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS, May theme: Families in Guatemala 3rd Place by popular vote: “Contemplando a Jesús del Perdón” by Ana Gabriela Santisteban Medrano. Prize: Q50 3rd Place by judges vote: “Alegre familia de Xelajù (Cheerful Family from Xela)” by Emilio Vásquez Robles. Prize: Q50

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health services

Counseling for Adults & Adolescents

Gail Terzuola LISW LADAC Licensed Psychotherapist

Relationships Substance Abuse Trauma and Recovery

SKYPE appointments available

La Antigua Guatemala - 7832-5639

Dra. Paulina Castejón M.D. Ophthalmology Botox Expert

And Also: • Hyaluronic Acid Fillers • PRFM: Platelet-rich fibrin matrix • Facial Mesotherapy • Microdermoabrasion Tel: (502) 7832-9746 ~ www.optyma.com.gt Avenida El Desengaño No. 33, La Antigua Guatemala

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The Popenoe House

cont. from page 19

it is from the usual circuits of mass tourism. Indeed, it is a place reserved for genuine connoisseurs. Where else can one find an archaeologist offering personally guided tours of the monument that he himself struggles to preserve? Surely, this is one of the features that make this home special. Perhaps best of all, it is available to anyone. La Casa Popenoe is open to all visitors, although, as with any good thing, one must make a small sacrifice and arrange the visit in advance. Tours are guided and personalized. Maybe that’s what makes the Popenoe House one of the nicest experiences in Antigua. Treat yourself. You will not regret it. Courtyard fountain photo: fernando díaz villanueva

Information for visitors: At present Casa Popenoe can only be seen by guided tour. Tours are for groups of five or more people and must be arranged in advance. $10, per person, $5.00, students with carnet. To schedule a tour, please contact casapopenoe@ufm.edu or call (+502) 2413-3258. Reference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovI6RlG1214 40


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Jorge E. De la Cruz DDS, P.C.

Eastman Dental Center | Univ. of Rochester N.Y. Laser bleaching Implants Custom dentures Cosmetic dentistry Crowns and bridges Root canals

(502) 7832-0125 3a avenida norte # 11A La Antigua Guatemala

(502) 2261-6875

Blvrd. Los Próceres 18 calle, 24-69 zona 10, Torre 1 Of. 10-07 Empresarial Zona Pradera

w w w . t u c l i n i c a d e l a c r u z . c o m

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. —E. B. White

Dra. Paulina Castejón M.D. Ophthalmology Eye Diseases Diagnosis and Treatment Optical Services

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

Tel: (502) 7882-4281 Avenida El Desengaño No. 33, La Antigua Guatemala www.optyma.com.gt

Hospital Privado

Hermano Pedro a Medicine and General Surgery a Pediatrics a Maternity & Gynecology aTraumatology, Orthopedics & Arthroscopy a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery a Laparoscopic Videosurgery a Otorhinolaryngology a Urology

a Cardiology a Urology a Clinic Laboratory a Pharmacy aVideoendoscopy aVideocolonoscopy aX-rays a Electrocardiogram

24-hour Emergency Service

a Ultrasound a Electroencephalogram a Osseous Densitometry a Computerized Axial Tomography a Mammography aAmbulance Service

WE ACCEPT WORLD WIDE MEDICAL INSURANCE!

hphpedro@intelnet.net.gt - www.hospitalhermanopedro.net Av. de La Recolección #4, La Antigua (in front of the bus station) PBX: 7790-2000 Fax: 7790-2010 41


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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 RamĂ­rez, 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

Dra. Patricia Cardona

M.D. Psychiatrist / Psychotherapist MĂŠdico Psiquiatra-Terapeuta Colegiado 15,239 Treating Depression, Anxiety & Dysfunctional Relationships

Tel: 5872-5026 / 7832-7019 5a calle poniente # 44, La Antigua Guatemala

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Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor. —Marge Kennedy

I’ve never had siblings, I didn’t grow up in a big family; it was just me and my single mom. And hectic family dysfunction was actually something that I craved. —Emmy Rossum

José R. Golcher MD, Cornea, Cataract and Lasik surgeon Dalia González de Golcher MD, Vitreous-Retinal and Aesthetic medicine surgeon

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Make your appointment online at www.centrovisualgyg.com

10 Year Aniversary

Principal: Centro Gerencial Marqués de Rubio Oficina 1-4 - Tel: 78325850/78739275/44314822 Branch: 6a calle poniente #50A - Tel: 78326672/78328105

Calzada Santa Lucia Sur #7, La Antigua Tels: 7832-3122, 7832-5789

HOUSE OF HEALTH Emergency Service from 7:00am to 7:00pm

Medical Clinics & Diagnostics General Medicine • Pediatric OB/GYN • Mammogram • Ultrasound X-Rays • Densitometry • Lab We accept major credit cards

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foodstore Open every day from 8am to 6pm 5a calle poniente No. 6, La Antigua Tel: 7832-6533

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Organic and natural food Supplements Lactose free products Gluten free products Beauty and personal care Ecological products And more... Also in Guatemala City: Diagonal 6 16-23, zona 10, Comercial La Villa Locales 2 y 3 Tels: 2363-1819, 2363-1827

Carretera al Salvador, km 15陆, Condado Concepci贸n Fase I, local #21 Tel: 6634-7077 Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm


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Congratulations

CASA DE LOS GIGANTES

on your 50th Anniversary No road is long with good company. —Turkish Proverb

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

Fine Handmade Textiles & Home Decor

100% Natural color cotton.

Nature gave them color. We gave them shape. www.algodonesmayas.com 3a Calle Oriente # 33, La Antigua Guatemala Tel. 78322605

Golden Studio Your Cut & Color Expert!

Canadian Hairstylist and Make-up Artist • Professional Beauty Retailer www.goldenstudioantigua.com 7a avenida norte #84, La Antigua

Full Service Beauty Salon By appt. only: 4937-0244

9a calle oriente #7-A, La Antigua Guatemala Tels: 7832-2824, 5961-4332

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aNTIGUA shops & services 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

7832-4345, 5106-6860 4323-0726 Antigua es única y nosotros somos unicos en la Antigua A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss... That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all. —Brad Pitt

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

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Babysitting Service for your Pet. Registered Establishment with lots of T.L.C. Tel: 5704-1029 Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening. —Emma Thompson

Question: Is it still recommended to give garlic to dogs to repel fleas? I thought that garlic was toxic to dogs? Yes, garlic and related plants like onions, leeks, chives and shallots are toxic to dogs and cats. The symptoms include anemia, gastrointestinal irritation, contact dermatitis and occasionally asthma. What is not known is the dose that will cause problems in pets, and it appears that some dogs and cats have a greater tolerance to garlic than others. The studies testing the effectiveness of garlic in repelling fleas have been disappointing, so for these reasons I do not recommend giving garlic to your pet. There are many excellent flea control products available today, ask your veterinarian to recommend the best one for your dog or cat.


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aNTIGUA shops & services HOSPITAL VETERINARIO ANTIGUA Dr. Estuardo Rosales Mirón

• EMERGENCIES • VACCINATIONS • ULTRASOUND • SURGERY

Medico Veteranario (Col. 713) 6a av sur #1, La Antigua 7832-0214 Emerg: 5208-1572, 5874-5574 hospitalveterinarioantigua99@gmail.com Mon-Fri: 8-1pm & 3-6pm Sat: 8am-1pm

• HOSPITALIZATION • X-RAY • LABORATORY SERVICES • PET SHOP • BOARDING • EXPORT PAPERWORK

NOW ON SALE! Coffee for a Cause

Proceeds Benefit Animal Welfare Programs

Second-hand store featuring clothing, shoes, purses, lots of great books in English & Spanish, jewelry, artwork, house & kitchen wares, and much more

3a avenida sur #4-A, La Antigua Open Mon-Fri, 8:30 to 5pm

AWARE (Animal Welfare Association - Rescue/Education) is a Guatemalan NGO with 501(c)(3) status in the U.S. AWARE cares for and finds responsible animal lovers to adopt abandoned dogs and cats. AWARE’s 10-acre refuge in Sumpango is currently sheltering some 400 rescued animals. A permanent spay/neuter clinic is also on site and public education is another key objective. Donations of cash, dog and cat food, metal food bowls, towels, and useful building materials are constant necessities. Volunteers are always welcome and opportunities are many. For more info visit www.animalaware.org, Follow us on Facebook, visit our office in Antigua at 7a av. sur #3-B, or speak with Xenii (502) 5401-3148.

Vaccinations - Surgery* - X-ray -Dental clinic - Ultrasound -Laboratory Services -Emergencies - Export licenses for pets *Gas anesthesia

Veterinary Clinic

Dr. Juan Pablo Calderon Garcia

English, French, Spanish spoken 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. ANTIGUA GUATEMALA

Dogs, Cats, Birds, Exotics Surgery - Hospitalization - Laboratory X-Ray - General Medicine - Boarding 2a calle oriente #6, La Antigua Tel: 7832-0245 52

¡Dale a tu mascota el mejor regalo! Dog Training / Educación Canina Tel: (502) 3418-2243 info@elchuchofeliz.com

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

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lack beans are a Guatemalan tradition. They are a staple in most Guatemalan homes, eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and sometimes even as a snack. Guatemalans appreciate black beans because they are delicious, nutritious and readily available. After all, they are native to this part of the world. Because they are abundant and affordable, some Guatemalans unjustly call beans “the food of the poor.” But in reality, beans transcend class barriers. Nationwide, most Guatemalans eat them regularly. Like corn, beans are not only nutritious, but also delicious. They are easy to prepare and make the perfect complement to any meal. 54

While Guatemalans eat mostly black beans, they also consume white and red beans and other legumes of many different colors, shapes and sizes. All legumes grow in pods. Some grow on vines, while others grow as ground cover or on bushes. Some legumes are eaten fresh, while others are harvested green and then dried for storage. Legumes are high in iron, antioxidants and fiber. Legumes plus rice, corn or another grain eaten on the same day make a complete protein and this makes them a high-quality vegetarian and gluten-free food choice. There is more than one way to cook beans. My cookbook, “Amalia’s Guatemalan Kitchen-Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair,” offers several simple preparation options, all with a Guatemalan touch. Depending on where you are in Guatemala, you can enjoy eating beans cooked in a variety of methods—as a main meal when combined with pork and accompanied by corn tortillas; as a side dish with fried onions and garlic, refried, in soup and so on. Beans are versatile and easy to work with, and they take on any flavor you add to them. Best yet, they freeze well without losing flavor or quality. ...continued on following page


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Makes about 4½ cups 2 cups dried black beans, free of debris and rinsed 1 whole medium yellow onion, peeled and tscored 1 whole unpeeled garlic head 5 cups water Kosher salt (added after cooking) 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic ½ cup finely diced red bell peppers 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes 1 cup cooked rice 4-5 tablespoons of canola oil

Legumes — A Guatemalan Tradition from previous page

MALETA DE FRIJOLES CON ARROZ Refried black beans with rice Recipe by Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard Black beans are high in iron, fiber and protein. Combined with rice or corn, black beans make a nutritious, affordable and delicious vegetarian dish. The traditional Guatemalan everyday bean recipe is combined with a sofrito of minced, fried onion and garlic. Traditional toppings are crema, queso fresco or seco, chilito (spicy pepper salsa) and corn tortillas. This is one of my versions of this easy dish. 56

Combine all ingredients in a medium crockpot set on high. Cover and cook until beans are tender, about 3½ hours. (Alternatively, soak the beans in the water overnight, and then cook them in the same water with the onion and garlic on the stovetop over medium-low heat until tender, about 1½ hours.) Discard the onion and garlic. Panfry 1 cup of chopped yellow onions in 2 tablespoons of canola oil until medium brown. Add 1 tablespoon of minced garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add ½ cup finely diced red bell peppers and 1 cup of canned crushed tomatoes and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cooked beans to this mixture, season with salt, and taste. Simmer uncovered to thicken the broth, 15 to 20 minutes. Purée the mixture with an immersion blender. Add 1 cup of cooked rice to the mixture. Put 4 to 5 tablespoons of canola oil in a skillet and fry the bean mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it is very thick and pasty, it no longer sticks to the skillet, and it can be shaped into any form. This will take 20 to 30 minutes. Traditionally Guatemalans shape refried beans like a small American football. (To shorten the process above, omit step 1, start with canned black beans, and use the beans and the broth in the can. Proceed to step 2 and 3.)


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SENSUOUS GUATEMALA by Ken Veronda

Tamarind

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o, those handsome evergreen trees with delicate little flowers and string-bean-like brown fruit aren’t really Guatemalan, nor even native to this hemisphere. But tamarind has spread from Africa to India and now is worldwide, coming here some 500 years ago, and I’ve been assured by some market ladies that yes, tamarind is Mayan and always has been. The tree does love our acidic soil, and the fruit piles high in the markets, funny squiggles of tan. It’s edible but sour until really ripe, when it’s delicious as juice, jam, ice cream and in savory cooking. Some older trees reach 60 feet, nearly 20 meters up, and spread to give ample shade on hot days in the lowland towns throughout Central America. Tamarind trees show yellow flowers with orange and red streaks, hard to see from the ground but fun to examine when they’re blown down. Tamarind trees are scattered in parks, squares and gardens throughout Guatemala, the little flowers dotting the grass with blends of soft colors that delight the eye. The trees are grown commercially on some Highland plantations. The wood is hard and bold-red, valued for fine furniture and rich paneling. The trees grow quickly, and can be harvested in a few years to fetch good prices from skilled carpenters. We visited a grand new home recently, the owner proud of her red tamarind flooring, polished and glowing. 58

Tamarind fruit is mashed, mixed with chile and chocolate, and becomes an unusual mole with chicken. The bark is a tonic, which makes an effective cough syrup. The juice becomes a frothy drink from blenders in markets, and is exported to show up worldwide as the familiar Worcestershire sauce. Tamarind has been used in candies since Spanish Colonial times, little sweet jellies, and is cooked with other local fruits for a chutney. Our friendly market ladies aren’t right about tamarind being unique to Guatemala, but are right about urging us to experiment with the unique taste of the fruit, to try a syrup on an irritating cough, and to enjoy sipping an ice or smoothie as a memory of their beautiful country.


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2015 Spirit

by Sri Ram Kaa & Kira Raa

“When you wish upon a star…”

... makes no difference where you are!

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ith the magic of Disney singing in your head, as you connect with those famous lines, smile as you also connect with your most amazing life! While we often reminisce about the larger chapters, such as childhood, teenage and young adult stages, there are other cycles that offer deep insights, if we choose to pay attention. Every living thing feels the effect of the seasons. For those experiencing the northern climates, consider the impact of a long and dark winter upon your psyche, your activities and your attitude. Compare this to the environment of summer. Most of us discover that some seasons invite “inward time” while others invite a more extroverted lifestyle. Environmental influences affect us in many ways. Easing from April to May inaugurates the season of rebirth through every aspect of our lives and our world.There is a shift in the weather that also shifts our inner environment. In Guatemala, May initiates the beautiful seasonal rains that invite the fertile soil to invigorate the plants. Budding flowers burst forth in colorful celebration, the magic of the shift is tangible and invites celebration for many. The cycles of nature beautifully collide with our personal spiritual cycles as a support system that champions positivity and renewal. It is your time to gaze at the stars and make your wish! It is the time of the proverbial 64

It is your time to gaze at the stars and make your wish!

“spring cleaning,” a signal to make space for a fresh new experience. When you invite that moment of stargazing into your life it opens up the vast possibilities of your vision, and Guatemala is rich with areas to fully claim this gift easily and beautifully. Spring is the time of rebirth on many levels and as you connect with your magical moment you may want to ask yourself some of the following questions. What am I doing to renew myself? What can I do to stretch myself in a new way? Perhaps it is time to consider writing in a journal or painting on a canvas. Better yet, why not travel to a few areas that are off the beaten path as part of your Gua-


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temalan journey? This beautiful month of May is the perfect time to invigorate your inner enthusiasm. The forces of nature are conspiring to bring renewal into your life. Living or visiting within Guatemala offers the perfect springtime nudge toward magic. So go ahead! Step out, stretch your arms and legs wide and take in a deep breath of fresh air invigorated with the energy of new life. Through that simple process enjoy knowing you are alive with vibrant energy and growing ever renewed. Breathe in the blessings of spring, gaze up at the stars‌and smile as you claim your very own magic. Sri & Kira are best-selling authors and radio show hosts and the founders of TOSA La Laguna boutique hotel & spa. You can learn more at SriandKiraRadio.com or SriandKira.com. For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream. —Vincent Van Gogh

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Guatemala’s Elections

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The campaign begins May 3 so we will be bombarded by signs, painted rocks and ads countrywide through September.

as the ballots have the candidates’ photos/colored party logo, and voters fill out one ballot for mayor (333 municipalities), one for Congress (22 departments represented), one for president and one for the (fairly unknown) Parlamento Centroamericano (PARLACEN). TSE offices are found throughout the country and information is available online at www.tse.org.gt and Facebook. Since TSE locations are open to the public only in the morning, we encourage companies to offer time for workers to update their info at their local office. The campaign begins May 3 so we will be bombarded by signs, painted rocks and ads countrywide through September.

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With thousands of candidates for all of the seats and more than 20 political parties, not to mention the civic committees for mayor, campaigning will be brisk until the elections. If a presidential candidate does not get 50% of the vote plus one vote on Election Day, there will be a “second round” in November with the top two candidates. The winners take office mid-January 2016.


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community service by Linda Conard

The Magical Classroom

Lucy Diaz demonstrates how to run a reading circle

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‘Aula Mágica’ brings vital preschool education to remote regions

very morning, teens walk mountain roads in rural Guatemala carrying magic in their backpacks. When they reach their destinations—community centers, churches, homes— they’re greeted by excited preschoolers who scramble into a circle, eager for the fun to begin. The teens pull from their backpacks small tablet computers loaded with music, lessons and laughter. When they tap “play,” the room fills with the voices of a teacher and his students magically transforming these makeshift classrooms into centers for success.

Children in isolated Guatemalan villages have no preschool teachers and experience little socialization. Up to 40 percent fail the first grade, and either repeat or simply drop out. The nonprofit group Let’s Be Ready developed “Aula Mágica” (Magical Classroom) to bring vital preschool education to these remote regions through audio lessons downloaded onto tablet computers. The program applies Montessori and Creative Curriculum principles to prepare 5 and 6 year olds with the

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basic knowledge they need to succeed in the first grade, turning that 40 percent failure rate into a 95 percent rate of success. Aula Mágica also tackles another critical problem in remote regions: smart teens without jobs. With no direct access to secondary school and few job prospects, local teens can’t serve as certified teachers, but they can lead Aula Mágica classes as Promoters deliver Aula Magica lessons via MP3 players or tablets


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Aula Magica transforms a home in to a classroom continued

education promoters, and even earn enough money to complete secondary school and become teachers. “If we tried to get more certified preschool teachers to rural areas, it would take decades,” says program director Michael Estill. “But with Aula Mágica, in just a few years every community in Guatemala could have access to a program for preschool preparation.” Promoters ages 16 and up are selected for their enthusiasm, creativity, literacy and interest in improving their community. They take full responsibility for everything in the classroom, from working with students and parents, arranging for learning spaces, and providing ongoing feedback about the program materials. They

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also play a dynamic role in the classroom, pausing the audio program every few minutes to engage the children in activities reinforcing each lesson. “The kids run around flying like airplanes; they go out to find different fruits or colors. They participate,” says Fred Zambroski, Aula Mágica creator and Let’s Be Ready founder. By the end of the year, the children have the basic knowledge and classroom experience they need to succeed in first grade. Three Guatemalan volunteers create the magic behind Aula Mágica. Quirio Ixtamer Perez, a special needs teacher, radio personality, actor and clown, records all of the lessons, and he, his wife, and their three children play all the parts. Actress, artist and musician Rosa Maria Ruiz Porras writes all lesson scripts. And schoolteacher Lucy Diaz trains the promoters, develops materials and ensures that all both the lessons and activity guide address core competencies and link with Guatemala’s national curriculum. In 2015, Aula Mágica will compete in the $15 million Global Learning XPRIZE competition, which promotes using tablet technology to “empower children to take control of their own learning,” according to the XPRIZE website. Zambroski and Estill hope to recruit Guatemalan technology experts to lead their tech team. “Basically, we’re looking at making this an open...continued page 79


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the tax corner by John Ohe

Free Money from the IRS

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Child Tax Credit

or many expat families with children under the age of 17, it is possible to get a “refund” from the IRS without having paid any U.S. taxes. This wonderful subsidy is called the Child Tax Credit. Basically, it’s money that the U.S. government provides to middle-income families to help with the cost of raising kids. The Child Tax Credit can be worth as much as $1,000 per child. Let’s look at a couple of examples: Nancy and John – Nancy works, and John is a stay-at-home dad Nancy and John have three children, all under the age of 17. Nancy earns $30K per year. The family does not have any additional income. At this level, Nancy and John do not owe any income tax (because their income level falls below standard deduction and exemptions). However, they can expect a check (or direct deposit) from the IRS in the amount of $3,000 – assuming Nancy and John file their tax return. Susan and David – Both Susan and David work Susan and David also have three children, all under the age of 17. Susan earns $100K per year as a consultant. David works at a non-profit and earns $30K per year. With a combined income of $130K, this family is earning well above middle-class income. The Child Tax Credit normally begins to phase out at $110K in income. However, many U.S. expats have the advantage of exercising the foreign earned income exclusion (FEIE). Susan qualifies for the FEIE, and will basically wipe out all of her income on their tax return. David will purposely not exercise the FEIE, so that his income will qualify the family to receive the Child Tax Credit. Same as with Nancy and John, Susan and David can expect a check (or direct deposit) from the IRS in the amount of $3,000. Can I get money back from past years? Yes. However, there is a three-year statute of limitation, after which one cannot claim a refund. Therefore,

This article was written by John Ohe (IRS enrolled agent and chartered financial analyst). John is a partner at Hola Expat, which specializes in preparing tax returns for U.S. expats. If you would like to submit a tax-related question, email: info@holaexpat.com. Disclaimer: The answers provided in this article are for general information, and should not be construed as personal tax advice. Tax laws and regulations change frequently, and their application can vary widely based on specific facts and circumstances. 76


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Youth travel is not all about budget accommodation; there has been a significant rise in travelers identifying themselves as more up-scale ‘flashpackers,’ backpackers who travel with laptops, smart phones and other high-tech gear and who tend to have heftier budgets than traditional backpackers. Hostels have overtaken hotels as the most popular form of accommodation; they are adapting to meet the demands of modern youth travelers and increasing the variety of services they offer. The places that young people are traveling to are changing; they are spending less time in major gateway cities and are exploring more remote destinations than previously. More young travelers now aim to ‘live like a local’ when they travel abroad by immersing themselves in local cultures.

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resumes. According to the WYSE report, 22 percent of young travelers want to learn a language, 15 percent want to gain work experience, and 15 percent travel to study—all significantly up from 2007. Student spending has increased by 40 percent since 2007 despite the global economic climate, with young travelers requesting more varied services. The age demographic of people identifying themselves as youth travelers has broadened. Young travelers are spending longer periods of time abroad; the number of trips more than 60 days has increased over the last five years. 78

“The change in motivation behind traveling is one of the starkest shifts in trends the youth travel sector has seen in the last five years,” Mr. Chapman of WYSE said. “It’s fascinating to see from the research how people now see travel as an integral part of their future with such uncertainty surrounding jobs and with so much uncertainty in the economic climate.”

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source program that can be easily replicated,” says Estill. “Something that could expand to as many people as want to use it,” Zambroski adds. “It’s an organic, constantly changing curriculum. The promoters in the field tell us what works and what doesn’t, and create new ideas for it. It’s quite a mental shift.” Begun as a small 2014 pilot in San Pedro la Laguna, the Aula Mágica has rapidly expanded to 18 rural Guatemalan communities and is now available only in Spanish but is being translated into Mayan languages. Several libraries and groups in Guatemala and Mexico have expressed interest in adopting it, and Zambroski couldn’t be happier. “I’m 70 years old,” he says, “and I hope to see this become international and grow in hundreds of places in my lifetime.”

Teens train to be education promoters

To learn more about Aula Mágica, go to http://www.globalgiving. org/projects/interactive-audio-preschool-for-rural-guatemala-youth/ or do a search at GlobalGiving.com. For more information, contact Michael Estill (Michaeljestill@gmail.com). 79


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He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. —Albert Einstein

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museum month text/photos by Natalie Rose

Unlocking Samabaj The Museo Lacustre de Atitlán stunningly presents an important underwater archaeological site

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he task of conveying the wonders and rarity of an abandoned, underwater Mayan burial and ceremonial site to dry, fully clothed museum-goers on the surface was quite a challenge for the Museo Lacustre de Atitlán, the informative underwaterthemed exhibit dedicated to Samabaj. Although the actual Mayan site is under 30 feet of water about 500 meters from the volcano Tolimán, this archaeological museum is in Panajachel, housed in a building in the historic Hotel Posada don Rodrigo. Lacustre (as it is referred to) stepped up to the challenge by using floorto-ceiling underwater photographs, special “water lights” and ethereal mood music to convey the quiet, peaceful and almost Titanic-like ghostliness of the pilgrimage site that has been underwater since around 350 A.D. The mood is set immediately upon entering. From the moment you remove your shoes (visitors are required to remove their shoes upon entering) and step inside, the feeling of time and space slips away. Unlike a normal, brick-and-mortar museum, the art at Lacustre is not in frames on the walls or in display cases. Rather, it is plastered in images inches above your head, and in the space underneath your toes. 82

Stelae, or ancient upright carved slabs or stones, can be seen in these images, including No. 1, which is the only stela to have been found standing under the lake. The artifacts —pottery, incense holders and ceremonial objects to name a few—are works of art not only because of their ancient craftsmanship, but also because of the configurations ingrained in them by the mold, moss and water after being submerged for centuries. As you view the haunting images all around you, it is easy to feel as if you are intruding on something sacred, and that at any moment, an ancient Maya inhabitant or modern-day scuba diver will drift slowly past you. Samabaj takes its name from the first three letters of the last name of its discoverer, Roberto Sa-

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Unlocking Samabaj

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mayoa, and the word abaj, which means “stone of ” in Kaqchiquel. Samayoa, an amateur scuba diver, discovered the site in 1996 after he began noticing peculiar rock formations at the bottom of the lake. In 2012, he told Prensa Libre’s Ana Lucia Gonzáles, “I had noticed strange stone alignments and I thought they were natural, but after about 30 dives I found a stela (No. 1) with its front offering plate. There I said: This is not natural. It was indescribable.” The site was registered in 1998 at the Institute of Anthropology and History and work began on excavating and preserving its treasures. To date, 18 monuments have been discovered. Scientists from all over the world, including the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California, have come to research and examine the site, as well as marvel at the museum. It is yet another 84

jewel in the already marvelously decorated crown that represents the Maya people and Guatemala’s contribution to our universal history as humans. The significance of Lacustre cannot be understated. First, Samabaj is pretty inaccessible. Because of the altitude, diving in Lago de Atitlán is extremely precarious

and even researchers can only descend twice a day for half an hour each, such a short time to see such a mysterious place. Second, with the lake quality deteriorating, even Samayoa admits the water visibility is cloudy and obscured, making it difficult to see many of Samabaj’s most important sites. But most importantly, the flood of visitors to archaeological sites like Peru’s Machu Picchu or France’s Chauvet caves often disrupts and deteriorates the precarious balance that has helped preserve these sites for thousands (and thousands) of years. Through Lacustre, Samabaj is open to the public, and the actual site can be left for scientists to study for many more years to come. Museo Lacustre de Atitlán is open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat-Sun 8am7pm, inside the Hotel Posada Don Rodrigo, south end of Calle Santander, Panajachel.


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After a few hours of watching I made my way down to the boulevard in front of the basilica. Just a few hours earlier it had been quiet and serene, but now it was transformed into a massive party with boom boxes blaring, the streets packed with revelers, and the constant roar of the parading motorcyclists. Officials later estimated at least 50,000 motorcycles were in the caravan, and many carried two to four passengers. The sea of faithful descending upon the little town must have numbered more than 100,000, possibly making this the biggest event in the town’s history since Pope John Paul II visited in 1996. Down the road, at the municipal park, a stage had been erected and live music was blaring. All the streets were lined with parked bikes. Business was booming for restaurants and street vendors, and of course every single room in every hotel was occupied. Sound systems had been installed on the streets, and the wild

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party continued well beyond midnight. Despite the fact that many were swilling copious quantities of beer, while others wandered from venue to venue, rum bottles in hand, the party remained completely peaceful. A spirit of family togetherness prevailed all night. Those who found a space set up their tents—mostly provisional structures made from plastic sheeting—on the lawn right in front of the basilica. Others camped on the airstrip adjacent to town. Finally, at about 2 a.m. the party wound down and eventually silence prevailed. At dawn the mood had shifted and the religious aspect the pilgrimage took center stage. The faithful joined the growing line waiting patiently for hours to file through the sanctuary, where the Black Christ is located. I had already received permission to position myself for a time in a corner just in front of and to the side of the Christ. I wanted to feel the people’s faith to perhaps understand why this place is so special for them. It had been cold the last few days; many waiting in line were coughing and sneezing. A few minutes later, as I was standing in the inner sanctuary, I suddenly realized that no one was sneezing anymore! Only the hushed sound of people praying could be heard. A mother lifted her baby above her


head to get him as close to the Christ possible. An ancient-looking woman with tears in her eyes gazed up her God. Even leather-suited, tattooemblazoned bikers were extremely solemn and respectful. I DID feel the power of the faith from the crowd. I concluded that despite the fact that personally I do not worship statues or any other physical artifact, that if there is a God in heaven, the profound sincerity of faith here must be acceptable to Him. After visiting the sanctuary many made their way to an area designated for candle offerings, and the place was blazing with thousands of candles of every color, shape and size. The faithful say a prayer and then light their candle as a way of communicating with their God. On nearby streets the Benedictine Brothers, in charge of the basilica, busily made their way from bike to bike armed with buckets of holy water and equipped with loofahtipped broom handles with which to douse the vehicles and their owners with a special prayer for their safe journey home.

The organizers of the Caravan of the Fox had invited representatives of the Guinness World Records to verify whether the event is the largest motorcycle pilgrimage on Earth. Unfortunately, the Guinness officials, being sticklers for rules, disqualified it because too many participants did not abide by local laws. Too many were riding without helmets and we can imagine that the British officials must have been appalled by the large number of bikes carrying un-helmeted babies and children. Otherwise, with more than 50,000 participants, the event would most definitely have been declared a world record. “We will try again next year,” declared Eddy “The Fox,” at the press conference. “Next year we win the honor!” February 2016: If you would like to join the caravan, circle Feb. (date to be announced) on your calendar. Everyone with wheels is welcome. Help make 2016 the year that the Caravan of the Fox is declared No. 1 on the planet! (And just to be clear, the caravan is unrelated to the processions, services and cultural events honoring the Black Christ every Jan. 15.) Special thanks to all the Benedictine Brothers at Esquipulas for hosting this event and helping this writer with research assistance.

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Month ofthe Museums May is Museum Month. Here is a sampler of some excellent Guatemalan museums to explore.

GUATEMALA CITY Casa MIMA 8a av. 14-12, zone 1, Historical District, Guatemala City. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Casa MIMA features antique furniture, decorative arts and artifacts of daily life dating from the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Museum of Modern Art Finca Nacional La Aurora, zone 13, Guatemala City Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-4 p.m. A tribute to modern artist Quetzaltecan artist Carlos Mérida, incls. a collection of Central American paintings and sculptures. Read more: revuemag.com/posts/museum-of-modern-artcarlos-merida Museo Popol Vuh 6a calle final, zone 10, Univ. Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City

country’s most impressive collections. It offers a unique insight into the world of the ancient Maya through exhibitions of artifacts from each of Guatemala’s major periods of pre-colonial development. Read more, revuemag.com/posts/museo-popol-vuh

Museo Ixchel del Traje Indígena 6a calle final, zone 10, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, Guatemala City Mon. through Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The main collection consists of pieces of clothing and various tissues of utilitarian and ceremonial use by indigenous people in Guatemala since the late nineteenth century to today. Also, the collection of watercolors from the 1970s by Guatemalan artist Carmen L. Pettersen (1900-1991); and work by Andrés Collection Curruchich ((1891-1969), one of the pioneers of contemporary Indian art. museoixchel.org/

El Museo de los Niños 5a calle 10-00, zone 13, Guatemala City Tues., through Fri., 8:30 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m., Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. & 2:30-6 p.m. Through an assortment of dynamic games and interactive puzzles, the museum teaches kids a variety of academic subjects while informing them about their country’s culture. Read more: revuemag.com/posts/a-museumfor-kids ...continued on following page

Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Museo Popol Vuh is one of Guatemala’s most modern-looking museums and boasts one of the

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ANTIGUA Bagel Barn .................................................. 61 Café Condesa ............................................. 61 Café La Sin Ventura .................................. 61 Café Opera .................................................. 63 Casa Escobar .............................................. 7 Cerro San Cristobal ................................... 59 Chez Christophe ........................................ 62 Chocomuseo Café ..................................... 68 Cookies, Etc ................................................ 68 Dakota Diner ............................................. 68 Degustaantigua.com ............................... 62 Doña Luisa Xicotencatl ............................ 60 El Rincón del Conquistador .................... 63 El Sabor del Tiempo .................................. 63 Epicure ......................................................... 57 Fridas ............................................................ 69 Frutos del Mar ............................................ 68 Habibi .......................................................... 69 La Bicicleta de Juancho ........................... 68 La Casa del Ron .......................................... 65 La Cenicienta .............................................. 62 La Cuevita de Urquizu .............................. 61 La Estancia ...................................................62 La Estrella .....................................................62 La Fonda de la Calle Real ......................... 67 La Gastroteca .............................................. 65 Las Velas ..................................................... 71 Las Palmas .................................................. 62 Los Encuentros .......................................... 62 Los Tres Tiempos ........................................ 59 Mesón Panza Verde ................................... 55 Monoloco .................................................... 53 Ni Fu Ni Fa ................................................... 62 Pitaya Juice Bar ......................................... 62 Rainbow Café ............................................. 57 Sabe Rico .................................................... 63 Samsara ...................................................... 68 Señor Pepian ............................................. 68 Ubi’s Sushi .................................................. 68 Vivero y Café La Escalonia ....................... 67 Welten .......................................................... 59

GUATEMALA CITY Angel Fire Kennels ...................................... 50 Budget Rent-a-Car ...................................... 33 Calderón-Monge Immigration Services . 97 Hertz ............................................................... 109 Immigration Services .................................. 97 Journey Church Guatemala ...................... 35 Transcargo ..................................................... 35 Union Church ............................................... 35 U.S. Satellite TV ............................................ 97

GUATEMALA CITY Dr. Milton Solis Plastic Surgery ................ 43

75 73 77 73 77 73 73 77 73 77 73 79 73 75 79

GUATEMALA CITY Novo Hostal ............................................... 38 LAKE ATITLÁN Alta Vista Apartment ............................... Apart-Hotel Los Arboles ......................... B’alam’ya .................................................... Hotel Dos Mundos (Pana) ...................... Hotel Fonda del Sol (Pana) .................... Hotel Real Santander .............................. Jardines del Lago ..................................... Posada de Santiago (Santiago) ............. TOSA Resort & Spa ...................................

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El PetÉn Hotel Ecológico y Rest. Mon ami .......... 80 RÍo Dulce Amatique Bay ........................................... 96 Hacienda Tijax ........................................... 96 Hotel Catamaran ...................................... 96 QUETZALTENANGO Casa Doña Mercedes ............................... 88

R ESAU R AN TS / BARS Quetzaltenango Shai Long .................................................... 88 Giuseppe´s Gourmet Pizza ..................... 88

Guatemala CITY Caffé De Fiori .............................................. 36 El Establo .................................................... 37 Monoloco ................................................... 36 Rattle & Hum ............................................. 36 Restaurante Altuna .................................. 37 Trovajazz ..................................................... 36 William Shakespeare Pub ....................... 36 TECPÁN Bonanza ....................................................... 94 Kape Paulinos ............................................ 94 Restaurante Chichoy ................................ 95 Restaurante Katok .................................... 94 San Ricardo Farm & Restaurant ............ 95 Trattoria La Nonna ................................... 94

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Antigua Antigua FM ................................................... 74 El Chucho Feliz ..............................................52 Frank Salon .................................................... 49 Fumigadora Antigua ................................... 50 Funky Monkey .............................................. 53 Golden Studio ............................................... 49 Impact Hub ................................................... 48 Renta Autos de Guatemala ....................... 51 Valhalla Macadamia Farm ......................... 97 Wings .............................................................. 97

S H O PS Guatemala City Bernina (Sewing Center) ............................ 35 House & Green ...................... inside cover In Nola .............................................................35 Super Verduras ..............................................37 Vivero Botanik, S.A. ......................................33 ANTIGUA Acana .............................................................. 52 Algodones Mayas .........................................49 Ay Robot Comics .......................................... 50 Casa de los Gigantes ................................... 47 Casa Del Tejido ..............................................27 Colibrí Textiles ...............................................49 C’Santos Joyería ........................................... 5 De Museo ....................................................... 47 Ecofiltro .......................................................... 13 El Cafetalito ................................................... 6 El Mástil .......................................................... 3 In Nola Antigua ............................................ 49 Jadesmeralda Boutique ............................. 11 Joyería del Angel ................... back cover La Casa del Conde (books, etc) ................. 50 Orgánica ........................................................ 44 Pilandros ....................................................... 49 Quetzalí ......................................................... 49 The North Face ............................................. 1

Antigua Antigua’s Gym .............................................. 39 Ceiba Porta Hotel Spa ................................ 43 Centro Naturista Milpas Altas .................. 39 Centro Visual G & G ..................................... 43 Clinicas de la Cruz ....................................... 41 Clínica Veterinaria El Arca ......................... 52 Dermatologist Dr. Samayoa ..................... 41 Dra. Patricia Cardona ................................. 42 Gail Terzuola ................................................. 39 Gimnasio La Fabrica ................................... 42 Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro ............41 Hospital Veterinario .................................... 52 House of Health Sta. Lucía ........................ 43 Maxillofacial Center ................................... 42 Oasis Antigua Spa ...................................... 40 Optyma Esthetics ....................................... 39 Optyma Visión y Moda .............................. 41 Vet-Pro ........................................................... 52

REA L ES TATE Antigua Rentals & Services ...................... 80 Barrio de Antonelli ..................................... 103 Carstens S.A. ................................................. 103 Century 21 Antigua Fine Homes ............. 103 House For Sale ............................................. 101 REMAX Colonial ........................................... 101 Solutions Antigua ....................................... 103

TR AV EL / TO U RS Antigua Antigua Tours ............................................... 25 Filadelfia Coffee Adventure ...................... 2 Lax Travel ...................................................... 80 Maya Trails .................................................... 109 Monja Blanca ............................................... 81 Private Tours ................................................ 80 Tabarini Rent a Car ...................................... 51 MISC. Adrenalina Tours ......................................... 88 Fish Guatemala (Parlama) ........................ 81 La Reunion Golf Resort .............................. 46 Rancho Carrillo ............................................ 2 Sailing Vacation ........................................... 96 Seakist Yacht Sales ...................................... 96 Trans Galgos ................................................. 81 Transportes Turísticos Atitrans ................ 80

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Guatemala City El Attico .......................................................... 27 Museo Ixchel ................................................. 27 Museo Popol Vuh ......................................... 27

Antigua International School .................. 29 Christian Spanish Academy ..................... 45 Jabel Tinamit ................................................ 86

Antigua Chocomuseo ................................................. 27 Galería Arte y Color ..................................... 27 Galería Museo Centro de Arte Popular ... 27 La Antigua Galería de Arte ........................ 29

No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished? —Lee Iacocca


Month of the Museums

from previous page

LA ANTIGUA GUATEMALA Museo de Santiago de los Caballeros Central Park, 5a av., La Antigua Guatemala Featuring an interesting collection of antique weapons dating from the conquest to the beginning of the 20th century. Read more: revuemag.com/posts/museo-desantiago-guatemala Casa Popenoe La Antigua Guatemala See related article on page 18 and read more at, revuemag.com/posts/casa-popenoe Museo de Arte Guatemalteco Primitivo – Contemporáneo 4a calle oriente #10, La Antigua Guatemala (inside La Casa Antigua El Jaulón) Exhibits in the museum’s one large room are divided into 12 areas reflecting themes in primitive art. Read more: revuemag.com/posts/museo-de-arteguatemalteco-primitivo 1a calle poniente #51 Exhibition and sale of Mayan textiles Museum “House of Old Weaving” 1a calle poniente #51 Exhibition and sale of Mayan textiles

Inside Casa Popenoe photo: fernando díaz villanueva

Choco Museo 4a calle oriente #14 Mon. through Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Fri., 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. & Sun., 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Everything about cacao & chocolate, also workshops, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., & 4 p.m.

LAKE ATITLÁN Museo Lacustre Atitlán Final calle Santander, inside the Hotel Posada de Don Rodrigo, Panajachel, Lake Atitlán. See article on page 82


1st Place by popular vote: “La tele está encendida pero prefiero dormir en tu regazo” by Sergio Dangelo Jerez. Prize: Q200.

REVUE PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS, May theme: Families in Guatemala 2nd Place by judges vote: “Despedida de Soltera (Bridal Shower)” by Josué Samol. Prize: Q100

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Guatemala's English-language Magazine. This month: Volcano Trekking, Caravan of the Fox, Revue Photo Contest: Families

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