29 April, 2012

The Real Guatemala?


The Real Guatemala?

Bright Colors, Stark Poverty
McDonalds, Walmarts, Tiendas, Taquerias
Street Food, Diarrhea
Strong Coffee, Beans and Tortillas

Gringos, Latinos, Indigeneous, Garifuna
Spanish, English
Kaqchikel and Mam

Starving children begging for their lives
Stray Dogs, Chickens and Pigs in the streets
Church music playing until midnight then starting again at 5
Shady businessmen selling weed
Others friendly, helping with directions, despite their poverty, afflictions

Bananas, Mangos, Corn and Coffee in the Mountains
Crisp air at 5 AM as the sunrises
Yoga, Tea, The Chocolate Shaman

A new president is elected
An Indigineous Man tells me "He's not OUR president"
I visit Tikal, Copan, Mayan Past
They say "History is in the Present"

Beautiful Beaches, Aggressive mosquitoes
Hola, Buenos Dias, Mucho Gusto, amigo

Confusion
Pollution

I don't know if this is the real Guatemala.
But It is Beautiful


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