Category Archives: Guatemala

Literature, film and the Catholic church

Ned and I have both recently read Graham Greene’s ‘The Power and the Glory’. It’s a great book, said to be Greene’s masterpiece and one of President Obama’s favourite books. Set in 1930s Mexico in the state of Tabasco, the … Continue reading

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Land rights and reform (or rather the lack of)

What follows is an essay on the issue of land rights in Guatemala. It’s a compilation of my thoughts from what I have seen, heard and read about so far. It’s a bit long, but I hope it’s interesting nevertheless. … Continue reading

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Feelin’ hot, hot, hot: Antigua to the El Salvador border

5th- 9th May: Hanging out with old friends, and hooking up with some new ones, gave us the perfect excuse to stay in Antigua longer than we intended. After five days shrouded in cloud, we left on the perfect morning … Continue reading

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Some blogs we like (revisited)

We are collecting bicycle blogs like stamps at the moment, so I thought it was worth re-posting the list. Dive in and get lost down the rabbit hole of cyberspace blog-world… (unless otherwise stated they are all cycling, or have … Continue reading

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Pedaling the Carretera Panamericana: Xela to Antigua

26th-30th April: With many fond farewells said and done, and equipped with excellent maps -thanks to our photocopies from Dagmar and Mete, who we met again in Xela – we hauled our heavy legs, and heavy bikes back onto the … Continue reading

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Hasta la vista, PLQ

21st April: When we arrived in Xela and enrolled at PLQ we intended to stay for two weeks. Three weeks later we left the school with lots of new friends, a deeper understanding of Guatemalan history and culture, and – … Continue reading

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Semana Santa in Xela

Semana Santa is Holy Week, the week before Easter Sunday, and is probably the biggest holiday in Guatemala – a largely Catholic country. There are a myriad of processions, traditions and foods to enjoy. The majority of the celebrations are … Continue reading

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How fair is fair trade?

Buying fair trade products is popular back home. People happily pay a premium on their coffee, bananas, chocolate, and a range of other products in the belief that a proportion of the money is going to pay workers a fairer … Continue reading

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Women of the Western Highlands

By and large women have a tough time in Guatemala. Machismo is an expected character trait for a Guatemalan man, and women are widely discriminated against in personal and professional life. Many are trapped doing housework whether they like it … Continue reading

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Volcano Ascent Take Two: Tajumulco – THE highest peak in Central America

6am, Saturday 9th April: A bleary-eyed crew of 19 PLQ students plus two guides, Oscar the driver and provisions for two days pile into a school bus designed to take a maximum of 20 small children. Ned and I, egos … Continue reading

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