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  • Maya Princesses

    Maya Princesses

    Rabin Ajau: The paramount indigenous cultural event of the Mayan world text/photos by Capt. Thor Janson – navigator / explorer (facebook.com/nubliselva) – Candaleria Coquix grew up in the little settlement of Cantón Zapotál, part of the Municipality of San Lucas Tolimán in the Department of Sololá. Just a stone’s throw from a little bay on the southern […]

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    | July 10, 2014 | 6 Comments
  • Fiesta Time in La Antigua!

    Fiesta Time in La Antigua!

    La Antigua maintains its holiday in honor of St. James on July 25th, and the celebration begins now! by Elizabeth Bell. It’s fiesta time again in La Antigua Guatemala! July 25th is our patron saint’s day—St. James—as the city was founded as Santiago de Guatemala. St. James was an apostle, the conquerors’ patron saint and […]

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    | July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Shamanic Rituals and the Power of Belief

    Shamanic Rituals and the Power of Belief

    “Roads to Adventure” text and photos by Thor Janson (fb.com/nubliselva) The fabric of Mayan life is embedded with a vibrational tonality unique to its culture. Mayan America exists as a parallel reality alongside and surrounded by Latin America, it is a realm where magic and the supernatural thrive as a part of everyday life. Everywhere, […]

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    | June 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Aj Tikonel Kab’ — Harvester of Honey

    Aj Tikonel Kab’ — Harvester of Honey

    Apiculture by Linda Conard photos: Pueblo a Pueblo Beekeepers On a hot, humid Sunday morning nine men and women beekeepers hiked the slopes Lake Atitlán’s Volcán Tolimán to tend small boxes quietly buzzing in a forest clearing. Wearing a veil, jacket, and gloves over her traditional huipil and skirt, Felipa Ajcalon Sajquiy, president of the […]

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    | June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments
  • June Issue of the Revue is on the streets

    June Issue of the Revue is on the streets

    From the Publishers The San José Cathedral, located across from the central park, is one of the most spectacular colonial buildings in La Antigua Guatemala. Elizabeth Bell takes us back to its beginnings in the 1540s, its reconstruction and completion in 1680, only to be abandoned in 1773. Then in 1984 the National Council for […]

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    | June 2, 2014 | 1 Comment
  • Profile: Elena Tujal Cocón

    Profile: Elena Tujal Cocón

    by Jan Theberge  photo: Amber Eastman. Fresh organic produce available every Saturday – Elena Tujal Cocón has been selling her organically grown vegetables for more than three years on the patio at Fernando’s Café in La Antigua Guatemala. You can find her there every Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., standing behind a table […]

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    | May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Upgrading the Basics

    Upgrading the Basics

    Community Service (text/photos by Tono Valdés M.) – Rotary International spearheads improvement projects in Sumpango’s elementary schools. Guatemala’s Sur Rotary Club has taken on several projects of great benefit to communities throughout Guatemala. Under a new model called Future Vision, Rotary International has concentrated its efforts in the town of Sumpango, aiming to create a […]

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    | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Antigua Mermaids

    Antigua Mermaids

    There are many “hidden” mermaids throughout town, can you find them? The most famous mermaids are those on the Fountain of the Mermaids in the Central Park originally built by Diego de Porres in 1739, inspired from the fountain of Neptune in Bologna, Italy. As reported by Dr. Miguel Torres in his recent research on […]

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    | May 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
  • Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

    Clowns “Invade” Local AIDS Orphanage

    Community Service. text/photo by Benjamin Reeves. Doctor Hunter Dogherty “Patch” Adams in the house There are few phrases more depressing to hear than, “AIDS orphanage.” Yet the Hospicio de San José in Santa Lucía Milpas Altas is anything but a place of sadness, although it is the home for many acutely ill children and adults. […]

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    | May 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
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| July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

We hope you enjoy a sampling of the July Photo Contest entries of “Artists in Action.” First prize (judge’s vote) by Nelo Mijangos graces the cover. Celebrations this month include “Fiesta Time in La Antigua” by Elizabeth Bell, and Thor Janson highlights the “Rabin Ajau Pageant” in Cobán. Anniversary celebrations include “CasaSito turns 10” by […]

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Sensuous Guatemala: TILE

| June 27, 2014 | 0 Comments
Sensuous Guatemala: TILE

by Ken Veronda No, not floor or wall tiles, nor mosaics. Not bath tiles or tiles used for games. Tiles can be of ceramic, stone, metal, glass. Not these. I’m talking roof tiles, the Spanish Mission or barrel tile with the curved surface, an old idea brought here by the European conquerors who started making […]

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The San José Cathedral

| June 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
The San José Cathedral

Guatemala Insight by Elizabeth Bell. Located across from the central park, it is one of the most spectacular colonial buildings in La Antigua Guatemala. The original cathedral, built in the 1540s, was severely damaged by earthquakes in 1583 and 1600 before being demolished in 1669. Captain Martin de Andújar was in charge of the new […]

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The Tax Corner

| May 6, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Tax Corner

by John Ohe (IRS Enrolled Agent). This month, we discuss two topics: U.S. tax implications involving a foreign spouse; and the best way to file a tax return extension. Question: Should I include my foreign spouse on my U.S. tax return? To the IRS, a spouse is usually considered foreign when he or she is […]

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REVUE’s June 2014 Photo Contest: Trees of Guatemala

| April 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
REVUE’s June 2014 Photo Contest: Trees of Guatemala

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for JUNE 2014 with the theme TREES OF GUATEMALA; please send ONE (1) HI-RES photo without watermarks, with caption/location and your name and website for the credit line to: photos@revue.gt. + We will only accept high resolution photographs without watermarks. + Submissions entered by the […]

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Protecting the Orchids of Guatemala

| April 30, 2014 | 4 Comments
Protecting the Orchids of Guatemala

“ …deforestation is a major threat to the unique animal and plant life that
inhabit these areas.”

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Savoring Cuaresma

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Savoring Cuaresma

(Recipe for Pescado en Escabeche) by Chef Amalia Moreno-Damgaard  AmaliaLLC.com Lent (Cuaresma), the time leading up to Holy Week and Easter, is celebrated by about 1.2 billion Christians worldwide. In Guatemala around 60 percent of the population, or 8.2 million Roman Catholics, observe it in a very solemn manner. This is especially so in La […]

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House Sitting

| April 8, 2014 | 4 Comments
House Sitting

How to get a house sitting gig in Antigua or anywhere by Akaisha and Billy Kaderli Those of us who live in La Antigua Guatemala know its splendid offerings: photo opportunities everywhere, Mayan culture, great weather, international restaurants, music, amicable residents and natural beauty. Still, on occasion one might want to go to the beach […]

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Education First

| April 7, 2014 | 1 Comment
Education First

A Safe Passage for Children in Guatemala City’s Basurero Neigborhood by Benjamin Reeves Guatemala City’s zona 3 includes the basurero, the city’s dump. Though there is no official census, an estimated 7,000 people, which according to local residents includes approximately 1,000 children, work in the basurero picking through trash to find plastic and metal that […]

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Discovering Passion in Guatemala

| April 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Discovering Passion in Guatemala

  by Sri Ram Kaa and Kira Raa Passion! A word that evokes many differing images with diverse expressions of the experience. April is the month in Guatemala where passion ignites its richness with a cacophony of events, emotions and experiences that are here for you to discover. When we live from our passion we […]

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Lent and Semana Santa

| April 3, 2014 | 1 Comment
Lent and Semana Santa

Antigua recently surpassed Seville, Spain as having the largest Easter Week celebration in the world today! In 1524 the conquerors had barely set foot in Guatemala when they introduced their traditions for Lent and Semana Santa from Seville, Spain. These have evolved over the centuries and Antigua recently surpassed Seville as having the largest celebration […]

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Explore More and Go Deeper [part 2]

| March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments
Explore More and Go Deeper [part 2]

Welcome back to my final five recommendations for deep travel adventures. Take advantage of the dry season and sunny skies to get out and explore. The reward for seeing and experiencing incredible locations that most will miss will be worth it!

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La Camioneta, The journey of one American school bus

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
La Camioneta, The journey of one American school bus

by Shannon McCullough Anyone living in or visiting Guatemala knows that the majority of camionetas are converted U.S. school buses. While traveling through Guatemala as part of his Latin American studies, filmmaker Mark Kendall became intrigued with the transformation process after having a conversation with a camioneta driver. It was in that moment he became […]

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Hugo González Ayala, Grandes Ideas y Pequeños Formatos

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Hugo González Ayala, Grandes Ideas y Pequeños Formatos

by Linda Conard As you approach the landscapes of Hugo González Ayala, you may feel enveloped by the streets of La Antigua Guatemala or the Highland countryside, but it is more of a gentle embrace than entrapment. Hard lines in street scenes curve inward yet remain in perfect perspective, so the viewer almost feels more […]

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Theft! The tragedy at El Calvario and the paintings of Tomás de Merlo

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Theft! The tragedy at El Calvario and the paintings of Tomás de Merlo

by Benjamin Reeves The white walls of El Calvario church in La Antigua are almost bare; virtually their only ornamentation is the skeletons of picture frames, appropriate, perhaps for the biblical Calvary but now only a stark reminder of the church’s former artistic glory. Unknown hoodlums absconded from El Calvario with six paintings by the […]

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Antigua Over The Years

| March 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
Antigua Over The Years

Since 1992, much effort has been dedicated to preserving Antigua with an eye toward finding a balance between preservation and economic development. It is sometimes difficult to remember how abandoned the city truly was. After the 1773 earthquake, most residents did not want to move to muddy empty lots in Guatemala City during the rainy […]

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March 2014 in Revue Magazine

| March 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
March 2014 in Revue Magazine

This month Revue marks its 22nd year of publication. Revue’s longevity and growth comes with great appreciation to its advertisers, readers and a hardworking staff. As well, we offer a big round of applause to a wonderful group of talented writers whose work graces Revue pages month after month, year after year. In this edition […]

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REVUE’s April 2014 Photo Contest: Guatemalan Traditions

| February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments
REVUE’s April 2014 Photo Contest: Guatemalan Traditions

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for APRIL 2014 with the theme VOLCANOES IN GUATEMALA; please send ONE (1) HI-RES photo without watermarks, with caption/location and your name and website for the credit line to: photos@revue.gt. + We will only accept high resolution photographs without watermarks. + Submissions entered by the […]

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Carnival at Sugar City and It’s Raining Ash

| February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Carnival at Sugar City and It’s Raining Ash

Mazatenango is affectionately referred to by locals as “Sugar City,” as it is surrounded by cane fields and sugar refineries. The growing public antipathy toward everything sweetened and flavored with genetically modified corn syrup has led to a real boom for Guatemala’s south coast producers of real, natural, cane sugar. This current economic upsurge is […]

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MAXIMÓN – Santo o Diablo, A documentary

| February 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
MAXIMÓN – Santo o Diablo, A documentary

Ajax Films’ new documentary “MAXIMÓN–Santo o Diablo” will make its world premiere in La Antigua Guatemala at the Cooperacion Española, 6a. av. norte (between 3a y 4a calle) on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 6 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Contemporary Huipiles

| February 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
Contemporary Huipiles

Many people who travel to Guatemala become enchanted with the colorful blouses woven and worn by indigenous women. Artist Lena Bartula of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, says she became a huipilista when she met Mercedes, a weaver from San Antonio Aguas Calientes who was selling her wares on the streets in Mexico City.

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Tony

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Tony

Tony’s tuned up and ready to begin his annual concert series for you to enjoy this month and on into May. Tony has been resting, eating well and repairing his home the last few months while studying his musical scores. Shortly before dawn one morning soon, you will hear him warming up for his season […]

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The Best of Everything

| February 1, 2014 | 2 Comments

by Shannon McCullough I have come to learn that what surrounds you or what you have chosen to surround yourself with, for whatever reason, is the best. How one processes the thought of “the best” will have many different subjective personal meanings. You would expect me, as a food writer, to jump into the cliché […]

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Casa Popenoe

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
Casa Popenoe

Rewriting history When the Universidad Francisco Marroquin acquired the Casa Popenoe from the Popenoe family in 2007, we never imagined that, through its historical research, the university would rewrite the house’s history. Dr. Arq. Alberto Garín, curator, has done a fabulous job of just that! Meticulously going through the Popenoe family records and interviewing Dr. […]

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February 2014 in Revue Magazine

| February 1, 2014 | 0 Comments
February 2014 in Revue Magazine

Happy February! The big holiday and New Year greetings are behind us as we move along into 2014. The fun holiday this month is Valentine’s Day, and not coincidentally, our Photo Contest theme is Love in Guatemala. Throughout this edition is a sampling of the great photographs we received, including the winners by popular vote […]

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REVUE’s March 2014 Photo Contest: Guatemalan Traditions

| January 31, 2014 | 0 Comments
REVUE’s March 2014 Photo Contest: Guatemalan Traditions

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for MARCH 2014 with the theme GUATEMALAN TRADITIONS; please send ONE (1) HI-RES photo without watermarks, with caption/location and your name and website for the credit line to: photos@revue.gt. + We will only accept high resolution photographs without watermarks. + Submissions entered by the 10th […]

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REVUE’s February 2014 Photo Contest: Love in Guatemala

| January 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
REVUE’s February 2014 Photo Contest: Love in Guatemala

We invite you to participate in our MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST for FEBRUARY 2014 with the theme LOVE IN GUATEMALA; please send ONE (1) HI-RES photo without watermarks, with caption/location and your name and website for the credit line to: photos@revue.gt. + We will only accept high resolution photographs without watermarks. + Submissions entered by the […]

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January 2014 in Revue Magazine

| January 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
January 2014 in Revue Magazine

This is a time for reflection and a time to look ahead to the as-yet-unknown opportunities that await all of us. We hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. Continuing that feeling of good will into the new year is an excellent goal to shoot for. Welcome to our 11th Annual Photo Issue. Once again we […]

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To give or not to give

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
To give or not to give

Thinking of giving a pet for Christmas? Please think twice. by Marjolaine Perrault As the holly jolly season is upon us, so is the joy of gift giving. Finding an original gift can sometimes be challenging. What do you give to someone who has it all or who does not care for material gifts? Why […]

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Touch

| December 2, 2013 | 0 Comments
Touch

We’ve badly neglected touch as we’ve written these monthly comments about experiencing the five senses in this marvelous land. We see the colorful countryside, gardens and weavings. We hear the church bells, the firecrackers, and student bands drumming in the streets. We smell the coffee and chocolate aromas, and we taste the fresh foods from […]

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