Hey everyone! Sorry for going AWOL again... and by AWOL I mean "Absent While Off Line". September has been a frenzied, exhausting, wonderful month for me.
The presidential elections had me running around Guatemala City taking so many photos that my camera began to feel like an extension of my body. (After a while I realized that I was looking at the world through one slightly squinted eye, even when the camera wasn't in front of my face. Ronaldo, the journalist I was traveling with, told me to knock it off because I was freaking him out.) Seriously... it was a long day that began at 7am on September 9th, and ended at the voting computation center at 4am the following day.
Sadly, there was no rest for the weary. The magazine, EstePais, needed to be finished as soon as possible after the election results were announced. Which, in my case, meant many hours huddled over the laptop, editing photographs like a madman.
The good news came shortly thereafter, with a visit from my forever friend Susan. Our brilliant plan was to spend a few days relaxing in the quiet tranquility of Antigua. The gods of irony had other plans for us though.
As luck would have it, Susan's trip coincided perfectly with Guatemala's Independence Day on September 15th. Antigua's normally sleepy cobblestone streets were jam-packed with food vendors, marching bands, rock concerts, and large packs of runners carrying flaming "torches of independence". Oh yeah... did I mention the firecrackers?
What the trip might have lacked in soul-soothing-ness, however, it more than made up for in color, energy, excitement, festiveness and fun. And yes, it was also darned photogenic. So the camera came out again. (Pity poor Susan who had to put up with my constant refrain: "hold on... just one more photo!")
All of this, of course, leads to a classic good news / bad news scenario. The good news: soon this site will contain a bunch of new photographs for your viewing enjoyment. The bad news: I can pretty much kiss the weekend good-bye in order to download, select and edit all these pics.
But I'll gladly do it... just for you. (And not just because Christmas is only 93 days, 23 hours, 18 minutes and 53 seconds away, either!)
Posted by elcanche at September 22, 2007 12:41 AM
Hey Vicki & Susan,
Yeah, ok, I admit it... the was a scary amount of coffee consumed during Susan's visit to Guatemala. There HAD to be, what with the all-night Canasta competitions. (Susan "forced" me to play that card game in the same way that I "forced" her to accompany me to all those cafes.)
Seriously though, it was a terrific visit! Already I'm going through English withdrawal. (I try speaking English with my plants, but they always give me that blank stare followed by a confused "¿qué?". Stupid plants.)
Anyway... I know Christmas might seem a long way away, but I remind both of you that if you play your (Canasta) cards right... I might decide to bring home some of that famous Guatemalan coffee for you!