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December 2013 Year 22, No. 10 Guatemalas English-language MagazineAvailable worldwide at www.revue.gt FREE Holiday Edition

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4 http://www.frommers.com/destinations/guatemala/274612 http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/ca/guatemala: Hosted by the University of Texas Latin American Studies Department, this site houses a vast collection of information about Guatemala. www.revuemag.com: This is an excellent Englishlanguage monthly magazine geared toward tourists and expatriates. The entire magazine, as well as past issues, is available online. www.visitguatemala.com: This is the ocial site of the Guatemala Tourism Commission (INGUAT). The site is a bit clunky, but if you dig around, you can nd some useful info. www.xelawho.com: A slightly irreverent English-language magazine produced in Quetzaltenango and directed at the towns large population of foreign-language students, this site has honest reviews and a wealth of information.FROMMERS The Best Websites in GuatemalaLuz! by Juliana Skaggs NanneEntry in the Revue Photo Contest, Dec.

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6 Qu hars para el Fin de Ao?Consintete en Hotel Posada del Hermano Pedro Promocin especial $100 por persona Cctel de bienvenida Una noche de alojamiento en habitacin doble Cena de fin de ao, acompaada de 1 copa de vino Buf de desayuno el 1 de enero, 2014 Tels: 7832-2140, 3926-2090 3a calle oriente #3, La Antigua Guatemala info@hotelposadahermanopedro.com www.hotelposadahermanopedro.com

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10 REGIONS Guatemala City La Antigua Lake Atitln Quetzaltenango Ro Dulce Pacic Coast El Petn Cobn Tecpn31 44 83 88 89 90 94 94 95SECTIONS DateBook: December Health Services Travel Marketplace Real Estate El Salvador22 39 80 96 98 10410 45 70 72 85 106 MISC. From the Publisher MAP: La Antigua Vet Q & A Bilingual Crossword MAP: Lake Atitln Advertiser IndexDeadline for the Jan. 2014 issue Dec. 10 GUATEMALA INSIGHTby Elizabeth BellGuatemalan Christmas Carols ARCHAEOLOGYby T omas CernikovskySite Q: La Corona EDUCATIONby Benjamin Patrick ReevesMsica en Las Aldeas ROADS TO ADVENTUREby Capt. Thor JansonLa Chatona Parades ART EXHIBITby Natalie RoseVistas de Guatemala SOCIAL ECONOMYby Benjamin Patrick Reeves4th Annual Fair Trade Fair 2013 SPIRITby Sri Ram Kaa & Kira RaaStress-Free Holiday Lift THE TAX CORNERby John OheQ & A Forum FOOD FOR THOUGHTby Shannon McCulloughThe Gift of Food GREAT DESTINATIONSby T ara T iedemannGuatemalan Culinary Traditions GUATEMALAN ARTISANSby Hilary KilpatricTallando Tradicines ANIMALSby Marjolaine PerraultTo Give or Not to Give SENSUOUS GUATEMALAby Ken V erondaTouch HUMOR The Night Before Navidad 12 16 17 18 20 21 34 46 56 58 64 103 105 107 14Tono Valds Irina Cruz Javier lvarez Vassaux Geovin Morales Holger Tobuschat Emilio Vsquez Robles 32 32 70 78 84 84photo contest: December in GuateAll of the Dec. entrants can be seen at www.Revue.gt ... here are the winners contents AMALIAS KITCHENby Amalia MorenoDamgaardHolidays Deliciosas Traditional meals with inviting aromas and scrumptious avors

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12 www.REVUE.gtPRINT MOBILE ONLINE PBX: (502) 7931-4500 info@revue.gtGuatemalas English-language Magazine@revuemag.comREVUE is distributed free, and available at: Hotels, Restaurants, Travel Agencies, Car Rental Agencies, Embassies, Spanish Schools, INGUAT oces, Shops, and other public places in the following areas: Guatemala City, La Antigua, Quetzaltenango, Lake Atitln, Cobn, Petn, Ro Dulce, Lvingston, Monterrico, Retalhuleu; as well as locations in El Salvador and Honduras. La Antigua Manager: Csar Tin Production Director: Mercedes Mejicanos Administrative Assistant: Mara Sols Systems: Luis Jurez, Diego Alvarez Distribution: Csar Tin, Oscar Chacn, Luis Toribio Maintenance: Silvia Gmez, Dora GmezOpinions or statements printed in the REVUE are not necessarily those of the publishers. We welcome your comments. Sales Representatives: Ivonne Prez, Csar Tin, Denni Marsh, Fernando Rodas, Luis Toribio, Lena Johannessen, Maribel Sikay Revue Webmaster: Rudy A. Girn Publishing Company: SAN JO AQUN PRODUCCIONES S.A. Publishers/Editors: John & Terry Kovick Biskovich Associate Editor: Matt Bokor General Manager: Jos CaalREVUE OFFICES: EL SAL V ADOR revue.elsalvador@gmail.com El Salvador Regional Manager: Lena Johannessen Col. Centroamrica Calle San Salvador #202, San Salvador Tels: (503) 7981-4517, 7860-8632 SAN CRISTBAL D enni Marsh Tels: 5704-1029, 2478-1595Printed by: PRINT STUDIOLA ANTIGU A 3a avenida sur #4-A (Central Oce) TEL: (502) 7931-4500 publicidad@revuemag.com40,000 readers monthlyPRINT / ONLINECreative Director/Graphic Design: Rudy A. Girn Photography: Csar Tin Contributing Photographers: Club Fotogrco de Antigua: www.ClubFotogracoAntigua.com from the publishersohn & erry ovick iskovich PHOTOGRAPHERS its time to gear up for the 11th Annual Revue Photo I ssue Please send your hi-res photo to fotos@revue.gt Deadline: Dec. 10 2013 for the January, 2013 editionThe holiday season in Guatemala is an explosion of lights and colors, the sound of church bells and music, along with the smell of delicious food wafting from kitchens great and small. Holidays Deliciosas features traditional meals with inviting aromas and scrumptious avors. A complimentary article is Guatemalan Culinary Traditions. In the e Gift of Food readers will discover that the memories of good food can linger long after the last morsels have been eaten. Rounding o the holiday spirit is Guatemalan Christmas Carols. Gift giving suggestions can be found in the 4th Annual Trade Fair Trade and Tallando Tradicines. For some the holidays can be overwhelming, a Stress-Free Holiday Lift can be the remedy, and for a lighthearted lesson in a blending of English and Spanish we present e Night Before Navidad. e December Holiday Calendar comes in handy when planning this months activities. Other features include the inside story behind Site Q: La Corona; Msica en Las Aldeas is good news for young musicians; also nd out what chewing gum has to do with the outrageous La Chatona Parades! Advice can be garnered from e Tax Corner along with To Give or Not To Give. Touch is the focus of Sensuous Guatemala. Additional December activities include lectures, lms, art shows, concerts, opera, presentations and dance. We hope you enjoy this months edition, as always feedback is most appreciated. Stay with us on the Revue Facebook page for updates and the website: www.revue.gt where you can download this edition and previous editions, search articles and view some amazing photography submitted via our monthly Photo Contest. Happy Holidays! ON THE COVERGuatemalan Nativity Scene by Rudy A. Girn photos.rudygiron.com

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14 by Elizabeth Bell /Guatemala Insight Far from modern Christmas carols in English made popular by Bing Crosby and Jos Feliciano, villancicos are a common poetic and musical form from Spain that date back to the 15th century! Emerging from Spanish medieval dance forms composed of a refrain and stanzas, it evolved in the Spanish New World and were extremely popular beginning in the 16th century through the beginning of the 19th century. Fray Hernando de Talavera (Queen Isabels confessor) began to substitute some Latin responses in masses for Spanish. ese were sung by villagers, or villanos, and thus named villancicos. Christmas villancicos are popular at this time of year but villancicos were composed for every liturgical esta all year long. ey are linked to ancient Arabic poetic forms, zajal or zejel, Gallego cantiga and the Italian balata from the 16th century. e oldest found to date from the New World are those from the 1590s in the Cdices de Huehuetenango many of which were written in old style Jakalteko, Chuj and Qanjobal. Toms Pascual, maestro de capilla at San Juan Ixcoy between the 1590s and 1635, compiled these, which also include villancicos from Santiago de Guatemala (now La Antigua Guatemala). An enormous number of villancicos were written in Guatemala and incorporated local Mayan languages and instruments. Gaspar Fernndez, a Portuguese organist who was maestro de capilla in Santiago de Guatemala from 1599-1606, com-Christmas Carols in Guatemala Maestros Dieter and Cristina with the Orquesta MilleniumWhen I rst viewed the ancient manuscripts in the early 1980s, I was surprised at the beauty of the music and decided to devote eorts to its revival. Dr. Dieter LehnoCover from the just-released CDChristmas Carols in Guatemala ...continued page 76

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Charity Event Saturday 14th,12pm 8pm ART + WATER +LIFE: Ecoltros have been transformed into painted masterpieces by well-known artists including Arturo Monroy, Sergio Valenzuela, Enrique Cay, Erwin Guillermo, Doniel Espinoza, Pierre Turlin and Pablo Swezey. 5-8pm Silent auction, live music, wine, appetizers, buy rae tickets at Q150 for 1 of 20 of the handpainted lters, proceeds will help the Ecoltro:One Foundation, reach rural communities with clean water through their unique. Water for Life program, allowing us to get closer to our 1 million families! *for every sold rae ticket an Ecoltro will be donated to a family in need in the rural area, and more. For additional info, contact Ariana Pizzati 5326-6989 or at apizzatti@ecoltro.comWHERE: Ecoltro factory, km 77, ruta Nacional 14, San Lorenzo El Cubo, Ciudad Vieja

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14 The holidays bring me closer to home year after year. Home is denitely where the heart is and Guatemala has always been very near and dear to my heart. Typical Guatemalan holiday fare oers inviting aromas and scrumptious avors that go back thousands of years blending Mayan with colonial Spanish and religious traditions. Since childhood I grew accustomed to anticipating the celebrations that begin almost as soon as the calendar marks December. Memories of tasty treats lingered in my head counting the days until I could once again savor my favorite foods. Guatemalan holiday food traditions revolve around religious celebrations that start with Da de Guadalupe (Dec. 12) followed by Las Posadas (Dec. 15-23), Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and the New Year, ending with ree Kings Day (Jan. 6). Da de Guadalupe (Virgin of Guadalupe Day), celebrated around the country but most notably in La Antigua Guatemala; and in Guatemala City at Santuario de la Virgen de Guadalupe is a cultural experience on its own. I have vivid memories of the crowds and sitting on small wooden benches under loosely hung nylon tents enjoying the best street foods ever at stalls near the sanctuary. Buuelos (pastry pus with spiced anise syrup), torrejas (raisin-stued buns with spiced syrup), garnachas (tasty tortilla morsels topped with chicken and spicy cabbage slaw), tostadas (crispy corn tortillas topped with guacamole, beans and salsa) and atol de elote (fresh corn hot drink) were sold like hot cakes. Las Posadas, neighborhood processions reenacting Mary and Josephs time up to the birth of Christ (nine days representing nine gestation Holidays Deliciosas AMALIAS KITCHEN by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard / photos by Todd Buchanan REAL CHOCOLATE TAMAL

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15months), is a tradition that came to Latin America from Spain is celebrated very uniquely in each country. In Guatemala, tamales colorados and tamales negros (red chicken or pork tamales in banana leaves and black sweet Christmas rice tamales with mole sauce), ponche (fresh pineapple and dried fruits holiday punch) and chocolate black (Guatemalan hot chocolate) are the traditional foods not only served at a Las Posadas gathering, but also on Christmas Eve, or Noche Buena. e latter versus Christmas Day weighs heavier on Guatemalans because it is the night Jesus is born. Although the tamale is king because of its cultural relevance (eaten every Saturday of the year), pavo (Guatemalan holiday roasted turkey) is sometimes preferred by Ladinos (mix of Spanish or other European with Mayan ethnicity), along with manzanas, uvas and nueces (apples, red grapes and nuts). Rosca de reyes or torta de reyes celebrates Epiphany and is a favorite of the young and old on Da de Reyes (ree Kings Day). e fruitcake resembling a wreath is fun to eat while trying to discover who has landed the piece with little Jesus inside. e lucky blessed winner must take his nding to the nearest church on Candlemas Day (Candelaria) on Feb. 2. Legend goes that this tradition of hiding Jesus inside the cake ties to the times of Herod who feared the birth of the Messiah and ordered all male babies murdered. Interestingly, in Latin America, ree Kings Day used to be the day when children received their presents in unison with the presents brought to Jesus by the three Magi! Felices Pascuas y Prspero Ao Nuevo! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Amalia Moreno-Damgaard is a na tive of Guatemala, an award-win ning author, chef consultant, Latin food and culture strategist and entrepreneur. Her rst cookbook, Amalias Guatemalan Kitchen, is the winner of ve national and re gional awards in the U.S. Amalia is now working on her second book. More info: www.AmaliaLLC.com PAVO TAMALITOS PONCHE

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16 Guatemala is rich in ancient Mayan sites and this magazine has, over the years, covered many of them. Some are famous worldwide. Tourists ock to Tikal, which has been under exploration since 1881. More adventurous visitors venture north of Tikal on the dirt road to Uaxactn, which has been studied since 1916, or nearby Yaxh, where exploration began in 1904. ese as well as other sites in Guatemala; Campeche, Yucatn and Quintana Roo in Mexico; and Copn in Hondurashave been explored and studied for decades. Site Q, now called La Corona, or Sak Nikte, is dierent. Although it shares a similar history, it is the story of how it was found that makes it unique. It had been a looters site. Proper excavations have been going only since 2008, and it was not even conrmed until 2005 that this littleknown site was the famous but mysterious Site Q that archaeologists had speculated about, but did not know where it was located. e hunt for Site Q began in the 1960s because a number of looted Mayan reliefs from an unknown site started coming to international art auctions and were purchased by private collectors in Europe as well as museums. One of the best, showing a Maya ball player, is in the Chicago Art Institute (photo above); another depicting two women is at the Dallas Museum of Art. e provenance of the items was a mystery. ey did not t any of the then-known sites. A Yale graduate student, Peter Mathews, connected them. ey shared the same artistic style, but they did not come from Tikal nor Calakmul they must be from a city he called Site Q (in other words, qu? Spanish for what?). Several expeditions in the late 1990s found and investigated La Corona. However, the rough nature of the remaining sculpture and the modest scale of the ...continued page 82 ARCHAEOLOGY by Tomas CernikovskyIt was not even conrmed until 2005 that this little-known site was the famous but mysterious Site Q that archaeologists had speculated about, but did not know where it was located.LA CORONA La Corona team. Tomas Barrientos, UVG Director of Archaeology (left) and Marcello Canuto, Director of M.A.R.I., Tulane university (right).

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17La Antigua Guatemala does not have a premier institu tion for providing musical education to children, but Carolina Palomo aims to change that with the opening of a new, non-prot music school, Musica en Las Aldeas. For 12 years [children] dont re ceive any art classes in the public schools, Palomo said. e idea [of the school] is to give the kids the tools to learn music and perform. Musica en Las Aldeas began as a traveling program to bring classical music to the aldeas, villages, in the environs of Sacatepquez. It has now evolved into a burgeoning program for teaching classical music to talent ed children, regardless of their nan cial means. While the school is not free, there will be scholarship money to assist those students in need. e funds will be distributed based on individual students talent. If somebody doesnt have mon ey, well nd a way, Palomo said. She believes that art in general, and especially music, has the potential to eliminate the dierences in [so cial] classes. Palomo does not want to simply teach students how to play instru ments, however. She and a sta of internationally trained musicians will strive to teach how music works, how its put together, be cause its a science. I think music gives a structure to the mind, Palomo added. Music schools do not simply spring out of the ground, however. ey require cultivation and great care. While Palomo and a professor of music education from Leipzig, Germany have already begun classes for a group of 16 students, and an in ternational board of trustees is assist ing in the start-up, a great deal still has to be done. Its a big project, and were hop ing to gain a lot of support, Palomo said. e school is currently housed in a temporary location. Palomo and the board are looking for a perma nent location, and they are also seek ing nancial donations and instru ments for the school. To jump-start fundraising for the school, Palomo has organized a Dec. 15 benet concert at Hotel Casa San to Domingo featuring visiting Mexi can musicians Santiago lvarez and Marduk Serrano. Serrano, a baritone vocalist, and lvarez, a harpsichord ist, will perform a program of French and English baroque music, Noel Barroco, for the Christmas season. Palomo, who studied music for many years in France, has been or ganizing concerts for over 10 years in Guatemala, and both Alvarez and Serrano are renowned musicians in Europe. Alvarez has studied in Utrecht, Netherlands and Catalua, Spain and he has performed in Ger many, Argentina, Spain, Indonesia, Malaysia, Peru and China. Serrano studied music in Mexico and France, where he performs regularly. Serrano has also performed in Mexico, Gua temala, Colombia, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Norway, the United King dom, China, Sweden, the United States and Israel. e concert is being produced with the patronage of the Arte Antigua Project, Hotel Casa Santo Domingo and the Alianza Francesa de Anti gua. e concert will be an excep tional musical showcase and will help the development of a top-tier music school Guatemala. Tickets are a min imum Q100 donation and include a glass of wine. Tickets can be pur chased at the door or pre-sale at the Alianza Francesa, 2a Avenida sur, No. 25. e concert will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Carolina Palomo can be reached at arteantigua@yahoo.com. Msica en Las Aldeas EDUCATION by Benjamin Patrick ReevesClassical Music Education for Antiguas Children

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18 text/photos by Capt. or Janson / ./rRoads to Adventure After the collapse of the great Mayan city-states remnant groups of Maya lived in small villages while others migrated north to the Yucatn. e island now known as Flores was occupied by the Itz Maya eeing south in 1441 after their center at Mayapan (near todays Mrida, Yucatn) was conquered by the Xiu Maya. e Itz Maya named their new home Nojpetn, and soon the island became resplendent with whitewashed pyramids, palaces and thatched-roof residences. e Itz repelled every attempt the Spanish made to subdue them, and it was not until 1697 that the island was nally conquered. It was the last Mayan kingdom to fall and the last independent and unconquered native kingdom in the Americas to be captured by the European colonizers. Centuries later mestizo colonists arrived from Mexico and established a few settlements, most notably on the island of Flores. en, at the end of the 19th century, they struck green gold in the form of a kind of latex produced by the sapodilla tree, a large tropical evergreen. e Chicago-based Wrigley Company discovered that it could use this latex to make a kind of bonbon that could be chewed for hours, and in no time, in all the cities of the civilized world, people everywhere could be seen chewing in public. Flavored chicle gum became a huge success worldwide and the demand skyrocketed. But this chicle latex is only found in the tropical rainforests of America. Here is where La Chatona enters our story. e demand for chicle was so great that the hardy Peteneros sent expeditions to set up temporary camps all over the Petn. From these jungle camps the men would spend their days tapping the sapodilla trees, accumulating the latex, and processing it into large white cakes, which would eventually be transported by mule to Flores, where it would be graded and purchased by Wrigley representatives. ere are still oldtimers today who can recount stories of how life was in the rough-andtumble jungle camps. But the most beloved of these stories is that of La Chatona. You see, in general, women would not go with the men on their jungle expeditions. ey stayed home looking after the children. But there was an exception, and stories vary as to where she came from. Some say she came down from Mexico. Some say she came from Belize. But all agree that in the early days of the chicle boom, a young woman began accompanying the men to their chicle camps, and she was known as La Chatona. She would cook for the men, help keep the camp in order with her eciency and tidiness and, on Sundays, after a few words of praise God and pass the mashed yucca, she would sparkle the festivities with her wom-An annual parade in El Petn honors a young woman who became a legend and one of the most beloved personages for all Peteneros.

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19anly presence as a little rum owed, a little music strummed with the beat of the drum, and the whole crew danced around the campre. e men loved Chatona and, of course, in the old days, everything was proper and respectful. In the jungle camps, where sometimes the men would be months away from home, having a young woman present was a delight, a comfort and made their tough life much more bearable. La Chatona became a legend and one of the most beloved personages for all Peteneros. El Petn has always been distinct from all other Guatemalan provinces, and the Peteneros consider themselves to be a breed apart, cut from a dierent cloth. ey are the hardy pioneers, very independent and proud of their heritage. All Petn communities have an annual fair on the same day, the 15th of January, being the celebration day of Our Lord of Esquipulas, the Black Christ. As part of the festivities in Flores, the islands leading families organize a street parade on each of the ve days preceding the 15th. And, for nearly 100 years, the parade has featured a rustic, life-sized gure of La Oh yes, they said, you really must see the parades and take some pictures. All the men dress up as women to honor La Chatona! ...continued page 68

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20 Volcanoes are awesome. Not in the bleach-blondeCalifornia-surfer-way, but in a biblical way, invoking feelings of fear, awe and wonder. Perhaps you are like me, a lowland dweller who takes these turbulent obelisks for granted by boldly playing house aside one. Imagine, though, that we are residents of Guatemala past. We are farmers, working our land, trying to survive. Video games and infuriating iPhone updates are thousands of years into the future. Our lives are simple. All around us, beautiful peaks stretch as far as there is land. Elders recount ominous legends of the destruction these peaks can cause. Some have even witnessed the desecration with their own eyes. We pray to the gods that such displays of re and ash never occur during our lifetime. But secretly, we hope once in our lives to witness the auburn clouds of smoke and rippling heat billow into the blue-black sky. John Maxon does not exclusively paint volcanoes, nor does he exclusively paint landscapes. But on his rst trip to Guatemala last year, the countrys natural pyramids visually excited him, as did its colorful people. When his show at Galleria Panza Verde opens next month, many of its 20 pieces will reect his sleeping geological muses with patchworks of ora, fauna and human existence snaking up their torsos. Maxon painted most of these from a hacienda in San Juan del Obispo, just outside of La Antigua Guatemala, and others while traveling through the Highlands. In his work, Maxon is less concerned with communicating visual reality than he is with evoking emotion through texture and gestural strokes. His visceral use of color is one of the dening ...continued page 76Painter John Maxons rst exhibit in Guatemala comes to the Galera Panza Verde in January ART EXHIBIT by Natalie Rose

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21ore than 55 artistic collectives, associations and craft organizations will gather for the fourth annual Feria Nacional de Comercio Justo y Solidario (National Fair of Fair Trade and Solidarity) Dec. 14 and 15 in La Antigua. e fair will feature fairly traded goods produced by collectives and craft associations from around Guatemala and will seek to raise awareness of social economy as a concept. Social economy is a whole idea beyond just giving a booth to an organization, Julie Potvin-Lajoie, a member of the organizing committee, said. Were promoting a fairer economy. e fair will include textiles, bags, fashion accessories, paintings, coee, chocolate and honey, among other products. Our participation in the fair is very important, Karla Salazar, a member of Mujeres Trabajando Juntas, said. It is a way to display our product and to give knowledge of how it developed and who benets from its sale. Everything sold at the fair has been produced according to basic standards of ethical trade and social economy. is means it has been made without child labor, in relatively safe working conditions, and that the prots will go directly to the artisans. Moreover, everything sold at the fair is of export quality. Were very selective on the criteria for the organizations, PotvinLajoie said. While there is a yearly conference in Guatemala about social economy, in the marketplace it is still a new concept for many, according to Potvin-Lajoie. e fair aims to change this by building awareness and supporting organizations that already adhere to fair trade standards. A major part of building a foundation for fair trade ...continued page 38Happening this month: the fourth annual Feria Nacional de Comercio Justo y Solidario SOCIAL ECONOMY by Benjamin Patrick Reeves

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22 december holiday calendar 7 Sat., 6pm QUEMA DEL DIABLO (Burn the devil): a ceremony that eliminates evil spirits and clears the way for Christmas celebrations. Live music. Barrio de la Concepcin, 4a calle oriente, La Antigua & countrywide7 Sat., 2pm CULTURAL EVENT: A celebration honoring the Virgen de Concepcin with a parade of oats (con vite) leaving the cathedral and traveling through Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepquez8 Sun. CELEBRATION: Cultural and religious events honoring the Virgen de Concepcin Ciudad Vieja, Sacate pquez12 T hurs. DA DE LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE: Children dress in typical clothing in homage to the Vir gen de Guadalupe One such procession begins at 3pm La Merced church, La Antigua and throughout the country15 Sun., evening POSADAS: traditional processions that be gin nine days before Christmas; each evening statues of Joseph and Mary are carried through the streets, looking for a house to stay. The group sings tradi tional songs on their way. Treats, tipica food and beverages are served to invited guests at the home oering refuge to the posada. Countrywide31 Tues. NEW YEARS EVE: Cel ebrations galore with recrackers and reworks, music and more! Coun trywide24 Tues. CHRISTMAS EVE: Last minute holiday preparations, gift wrapping & cooking traditional food and beverages, including tamales negros and colorados & ponche; 10pm Christmas Mass (Misa de Gallo) in all churches; Mid night Fireworks and festivities as fam ilies gather to celebrate the birth of Christ. Banks and some businesses close at noon and reopen Dec. 26. Countrywide25 Wed. CHRISTMAS DAY: Tra ditionally a quiet day, with the exception of recrackers and bombas BOOMING at noon.

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23 Please submit your DATEBOOK entry for the JAN. 2014 edition by Dec. 10 datebook DECEMBER 2013 GUIDE TO CULTURE AND UPCOMING EVENTSCOMPILED BY MERCEDES MEJICANOS 3 Tues., Handels Messiah : t he National Theater, Guatemala City ; Wed., 4th Casa Santo Domingo, La Antigua See related press release, www.revue.gt, Nov. edition, pg. 32.5 T hurs., 7pm CLASSIC FILMS: The Ref with Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis. Free, purchase of food or beverage appreciated. Numa Restaurant, 7a av. norte #16, La Antigua11 Wed., 6pm Presentation: Antigua: Behind the Walls with Elizabeth Bell. Enjoy a one-hour presen tation through vintage and contempo rary photographs collected over the past 40 years, accompanied by Elizabeth Bells expert narration. Proceeds benet edu cational programs in Antigua. Questions encouraged. Autographed books avail able. Hotel Sor Juana, 4a calle oriente #45, La Antigua3 Tues., 5:30 TALK: MayaPedal a Guatemalan NGO based in San An drs Itzapa MayaPedal supports many community projects in collaboration with local, national and international groups. Pedal power can be harnessed for countless applications which would otherwise require electricity. Bicimaqui nas are easy and enjoyable to use, free ing the user from rising energy costs, can be used anywhere, are easy to main tain, produce no pollution and provide healthy exercise. Join in and learn more! Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf (tel: 78321919), 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua6 & 20th, Fri., COOKING CLASS: Learn how to cook traditional Gua temalan food. La Pea de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), 5a calle poniente #15-C, La Antigua10 Tues., 5:30pm TALK: Gen erating Economic Opportunity Through Coee presented by Andy Feld man, executive director of As Green As It Gets. Coee is one of the worlds most valuable commodities, and Guatemala produces hundreds of millions of pounds every year. Yet most low acerage coee farmers remain poor and receive very little for the coee they produce. Learn about how this NGO works with farmers and cooperatives to help sell their highquality coee directly to buyers and con sumers, thereby improving the quality of life of their families and communities. As Green As It Gets generates economic opportunity by empowering Guatema lans to build protable, sustainable busi nesses. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua11 Wed., 5pm EVENT: Are you preparing your child for the 21st century? Join in, exploring your role as a parent or and educator in preparing the next generation for success academical ly, intellectually, socially, and emotion ally. Highlighting the skills needed and the challenges faced by children today and how progressive education can help is guest speaker Edna Bonilla, MA (Educa tion), PHD (Psychology). She is the found er of The Earth School, a preschool/el ementary in Kigali, Rwanda with almost 20 years of experience in education, 15 of those in Montessori. Sponsored by and presented at the Oxford Bilingual Montessori School, 1a av. norte, #35-B (tel: 7832-5969), entrance at the Centro Luterano, La Antigua7 Sat., 2pm CULTURAL EVENT: A cel ebration honoring the Virgen de Con cepcin : See Holiday Calendar, page 22.8 Sun. CELEBRATION: Cultural and religious events honoring the Virgen de Concepcin : See Holiday Calendar, page 22.14 Sat., & Sun., 15, 9am-6pm Feria Nacional de Comercio Justo y Solidario organized by Centro de Enlaces del Pequeo Productor and Red Alternativa de Intercambio Solidario. Atrium of the Centro de Formacion y de Cooperacion Espaola, 6a av. norte (be tween 3a & 4a calles poniente), La Anti gua See related article on page 21 12 T hurs. DA DE LA VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE: See Holiday Calen dar, page 22.7 Sat, through Fri., 20 ART: San toral original European engravings. Saln del Coleccionista, El Attico (tel: 2368-0853), 4a av. 15-45, z. 14, Guate mala City4 Wed., 7pm (Spanish) PRESEN TACIN DE LIBRO: La vida y obra de Magda Eunice Snchez. Galera el Tnel, Plaza Obelisco, 16 calle 1-01, z. 10 Local 11, Guatemala City 7 Sat., 6pm QUEMA DEL DIABLO (Burn the Devil): See Holiday Calen dar, page 22.

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24 DATEBOOK You can nd Revue DateBook online: www.REVUE.gt21 Sat., 5pm MAYAN CEREMO NY: Winter solstice La Pea de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), 5a calle poni ente #15-C, La Antigua21 Sat., 5pm MUSIC: Ms msica, menos violencia Mesn Panza Verde proudly presents a unique musical recital by students of Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala, (SOG). All pro cedes support SOG and its programs. Sug gested donation, Q150. Info. & reserva tions, tels: 7955-8282 & 7832-2925. Mesn Panza Verde, 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua19 T hurs., 7pm CLASSIC FILMS: The Wicker Man with Edward Woodward. Free, purchase of food or beverage appreciated. Numa Restaurant, 7a av. norte #16, La Antigua15 Sun., 11:30am MUSIC: Noel Baroque music from France and England performed by Maduk Serano (baritone); and Santiago lvarez (harpsi chord) within the Arte Antigua Project, co-sponsored by the Alianza Francesa. Donation Q100 (incls. cocktail), proceeds benet the School: Music in the Village. Additional info: Carolina Palomo, arte antigua@yahoo.com Tickets avail. at the Alianza Francesa, 2a av. sur #25, or at the door the morning of the performance (begins promptly at 11:30am). Hotel Casa Santo Domingo (Salon Quiroa), La Antigua. See related article on page 17. 14 Sat., noon-8pm E XPO: ART + WATER + LIFE: Ecoltros have been transformed into painted master pieces by well-known artists including Arturo Monroy; Sergio Valenzuela, En rique Cay, Erwin Guillermo, Doniel Es pinoza, Pierre Turlin and Pablo Swezey. 5-8pm auction, live music, raes (Q150 per ticket), wine, appetizers and more. Proceeds will help the Ecoltro:one foundation reach rural communities with clean water through their unique water for life program. (Additional info: Ariana Pizzatti at apizzatti@ecoltro.com) Eco ltro factory, km. 77, ruta Nacional 14, al dea San Lorenzo El Cubo, Cuidad Vieja14 Sat., 1pm DANCE: Children dancing to marimba music. Free. La Pea de Sol Latino (tel: 7882-4468), 5a calle poniente #15-C, La Antigua14 Sat., 11:55am OPERA FOR ALL: Falsta the brilliant and last masterpiece by Verdi, directed by Robert Carsen. Live in HD. Q130; Q105/students with carnet. (www.culturales.iga.edu) IGA (tel: 2422-5555), Ruta 1, 4-05, z. 4, Guatemala City28Sat., DA DE LOS INOCEN TES (All Fools Day): Watch out for practical jokes by Spanish-speaking people of Iberia and Latin America. 21 Sat. WINTER SOLSTICE : The longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Ancient cultures celebrated this night by using re to coax the sun back to life. 17 Tues., 5:30pm TALK: Con stru Casa-History and Achieve ments presented by founders Carolina Van Heerde, Hermona Kadija and Emily Shepherd. In 2014 Constru Casa will be celebrating 10 years helping Guatemalan families who lived in extreme poverty. Constru Casa takes a holistic approach lifting families out of extreme poverty by the provision of dignied and basic housing (over 630 homes to date), the construction of over 60 community and health centers, and through its alliances with partner organizations Constru Casa supports families through health, educa tion and social work initiatives. Donation Q25. Rainbow Caf (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua15 Sun., evening POSADAS: traditional processions that be gin nine days before Christmas: See Holi day Calendar, page 22.24 Tues. CHRISTMAS EVE: See Holiday Calendar, page 22.25 Wed. CHRISTMAS DAY: See Holiday Calendar, page 22.31 Tues. NEW YEARS EVE: See Holiday Calendar, page 22. In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others. Andre Maurois

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25 DATEBOOK 1a calle poniente #51, La Antigua Tel: 7832-3169 alidaperez@itelgua.com Exhibition and Sale of Maya Textiles & Production of Exclusive Handicrafts The only place in La Antigua managed by Indigenous People Since 1992www.antiguatours.netAuthor of Antigua Guatemala and other publicationsANTIGUA CULTURAL 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 $20 Inquire about other tours and travel arrangements in GuatemalaOces: *3a calle oriente #22 and *inside Casa del Conde (Central Park)Tels: 7832-5821, 7832-0053 MON-FRI 9:00 to 17:00 SA T 9:00 to 13:00 Closed Sunda y 6 Calle nal, zona 10 Universidad Fr ancisco Marroqu n Guatemala Cit y T els: (502) 2338-7836, 2338-7896 www .popolvuh.ufm.edu 4a calle oriente #10 Interior Casa Antigua, El Jauln, La Antigua centrodeartepopular@gmail.com www.centrodeartepopular.comPrimitive Contemporary Guatemalan Art Gallery & Museum Tuesday Evening Lecture Series Rainbow Caf (tel: 7832-1919), 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua Galera Panza Verde (tel: 7832-2925), 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua Museo Popol Vuh (tel: 2338-7937), 6a calle nal, z. 10, Guatemala City La Antigua Galera de Arte (7832-2124), 4a calle oriente #15, La Antigua Museo Ixchel del Traje Indgena (tel: 2361-8081) 6a calle nal, z. 10, Guate mala City Cooperacin Espaola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a av. norte (between 3a & 4a calle poniente), La Antigua Teatro Dick Smith IGA (tel: 2422-5555), Ruta 1, 4-05, z. 4, Guatemala City El Attico (tel: 2368-0853), 4a avenida 15-45, z. 14, Guatemala City Museums Monthly Films, Lectures & Exhibits Monthly Art Exhibitions Theater Mon -Thurs 10:30am 6:30pm Friday 10:30am 7:30pm Sunday 9:30am 6:30pm Come and participate in our Chocolate workshops: 11am, 1:30pm y 4pm. Q180 per person.Everything about Cacao & Chocolate

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26 DATEBOOK THROUGHOU T T HE MON T H REVUE is not reponsible for event cancellations or date/time changesART : Abstract Universe a group ex hibit by more than 15 national and international artists presenting a full spectrum of work, from pure abstract, to organic, expressionistic and landscape abstracts. Also: M@donnas a solo exhibition by Puerto Rican Artist Patrick McGrath Mu iz showcasing contemporary re-inter pretations of Mary, commentary on cur rent global events, consumerism, depen dency on technology and environment redolent of satire and good humor. La Antigua Galera de Arte (tel: 78322124), 4a calle oriente #15, La Antigua ART : Dos Garcas: Latin American Fantasy Art, 1940-2013 featuring work by Sergio Garca Moreno, head il lustrator for Filmation Studios; and Eras mo Garca, an emerging artist and leader in fantasy art in Guatemala, juxtaposing original comic art. This is a rare opportu nity to view or purchase original art from such classic cartoons as He-Man, Fat Al bert, Mighty Mouse and Zorro. AyRobot! Comics, 6a av. norte #5 & Calzada Santa Luca sur #18 (tels: 7832-2023/54886550), La Antigua EXPO : Los misterios de la Navidad nativity scenes from around the world. Q20; students w/ carnet, Q15. Through Fri., Dec. 13 ; also Mon., Jan., 6 Sat., Feb., 8, 2014. Casa Mima (tel: 2253-4020), 8a av. 14-12, z. 1, Centro Histrico, Guatemala City Through Jan. 5 ART: Compae ros Kass & Eric Mencher. Mesn Pan za Verde (tel: 7955-8282), 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua Thurs., 8:30am TOUR: Visit Ciu dad Vieja, youll see where many Nios de Guatemala families work and live. Also, visit the school built by Nios de Guatemala. Q200/Q100, students. Proceeds benet Nios de Guatemala projects. Antigua_oce@ninosdegua temala.org; tel: 7832-8033. La Antigua/ Ciudad ViejaWednesdays, 5pm (Spanish) FILMS: Cooperacin Espaola (tel: 7932-3838), 6a av. norte (between 3a & 4a calle poniente), La AntiguaMon., 4:30pm; Tues., 3pm; Wed., 3pm DUPLICATE BRIDGE: Aso ciacin Guatemalteca de Bridge. Info., Eva: 7832-4327 or Denni: 2478-1595. Vista Hermosa, z. 15, Guatemala CityMondays, 10am & Thursdays at 2:30pm : Common Hope oers a free 2-hour village tour to learn about its education, health care and housing programs. Departs: fountain, central park; also private tours avail., tel: 79226600. Visit www.commonhope.org. La AntiguaDaily, 2pm & 4pm MOVIES: Las Palmas (tel: 7832-9734), 6a av. n. #14, La Antigua2nd & 4th Thursday, 6:30pm The Antigua Curry Club meets to enjoy delicious Indian food. Visit www. cernikovsky.com/curry.htm. A membersonly club, limited memberships avail able. La Antigua...continued page 30

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live music Mondays, 8-10pm Guest artist. Q35 cover Wednesdays, 8-10pm Jazz Duo with Lisandro de Leon Q35 cover Thursdays, 8-10pm Buena Vista de Corazn, Ignacio Perez on congas and Aniet Gonzles on ute. Q35 cover Fridays, 8-10pm Latin Trio, Denis Medina on Cubano Tres. Q35 cover Saturdays, 5-6:30pm Panza Verde Presents a variety of musical adventures every Saturday Afternoon at 5 pm. Join us for a wonderfully eclectic mixture of Guatemalan and Antigua musical artists, each performing in their own style.. (suggested collaboration Q100) Saturdays, 8-10pm Sergio Zepeda, Guitarra Lainoameri cana. Q35 coverLa Cueva de Panza Verde tels: 7955-8282, 7832-2925 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua La Pea de Sol Latino tel: 7882-4468 5a calle poniente #15-C, La Antigua Mondays Charlie and his romantic guitar Tuesdays David; jazz and pop music Wednesdays thru Sundays 7-10pm: Grupo Sol Latino plays Andean music (pan utes). Sunday afternoons Special guests play live musicFridas tel: 7832-1296 Calle del Arco #29, La AntiguaFridays World music. Posada de Santiago tel: 7721-7366 1 km south of Santiago Atitln, Lake AtitlnEvery week usually on Fridays and Saturdays. Check Gringos of Santiago on Facebook for details. Trova Jazz tel: 2334-1241 Via 6, 3-55, zona 4, Guatemala CityFriday Concerts Call for schedule: Live music Thursdays through Saturdays. Dec 14: Jazz and Blues Concert Dec 7: Diego Noack & Sergio Zepeda, guitar and piano, original com positions

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29 live music Mondays Don Jorge: classic latin folk music by candlelight Tuesdays Patza: let this Mexican-Italian singer/song writer amaze you with her voice and lyrics. Wednesdays Open Mic Night! Hosted by dierent musicians; come along and show your skills! Thursdays Eric Fry: enjoy a great mix of Western and rock music! Fridays Dierent guest artists Saturdays A variety of bands and musicians! Sundays Kenny Molina, one of Antiguas best loved musicians plays a variety of Latin music that will make you dance! Rainbow Caf tel: 7832-1919 7a av. sur #8, La Antigua Music Nightly from 7:30pm Kape Paulinos tel: 7840-3806 Km 87.5 Carr. Interamericana, TecpnSundays 1 to 4pm: Live marimba band Fridays & Saturdays 9pm-11:30pm: Rock in English and Spanish. Cover Q20Restaurante Personajes tel: 7832-3758 6a av. norte #6, La AntiguaWednesdays & Thursdays Bossa, Brazil/North Ameri can, sofa rock and boleros with Trujillo, Ren, Gilberto and Bryan. Fridays & Saturdays Tropical salsa by Grupo Caribe Mondays Surprise groupLas Palmas tel: 7832-9734 6a av. norte #14, La Antigua 18 Thurs., 9pm Viento en Contra. Q40 20 Sat., 9pm Los Patanes. Q40, includes a Gallo beerTRATTORIA LA NONNATel: 7840-4036 Km 86.5, Carretera Interamericana, TecpnSaturdays 7pm-10pm: Live music

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30 DATEBOOK LA CASBAH MONTHLY CALENDAR Tuesdays Rock night, all night: Bud wiser 2x1; chicken wings 2x1; Wednes days Cumbia night, all night: Tequila 2x1, soup 2x1; Thursdays Salsa night, all night: Cuba libre 2x1; onion rings 2x1; Fridays Ladies night, all night: caipi rina, mojitos & margaritas Q10, salads 2x1; Saturdays, 1pm Chill out party: Live D.J. on the terrace, 2x1 premium beers, pitcher of sangria, 1/2 price, spe cial ceviche; Sundays Family lunch: sandwiches 2x1, ice-cold draft beer 2x1. (Calle del Arco/5a av. norte), La AntiguaHAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! PLAN AHEAD THROUGHOU T T HE MON T HThursdays, 5-6pm DOCUMEN TARY: Wings presents Blessed Fruit of the Womb: The Fight for Reproductive Rights in Guatemala. Free. The Bagel Barn, 5a calle poniente #2, La Antigua Sundays, 11am (Spanish) TEATRO: El rbol con un interesante mensaje ecolgico. Q50. Teatro Dick Smith, IGA, Ruta 1 4-05, z. 4, Guatemala CitySaturdays, 2-4pm RUGBY CLUB: Workouts weekly, come and join us. Q15. Info: http://rugby.com.gt/antigua Centro Los Luteranos, 1a av. n. #35, La An tiguaSaturdays, 5pm MUSIC: A variety of musical adventures every Satur day afternoon. Join us for a wonderfully eclectic mixture of Guatemalan and An tigua musical artists, each performing in their own style. Suggested collabora tion Q100. Mesn Panza Verde (tel: 78322925), 5a av. sur #19, La Antigua Jan. 8 ART: Vistas de Guatemala through March 10. Galera Panza Verde, La Antigua See related article on page 20. Flor de Pascua by Nery Racancoj Entry in the Revue Photo Contest

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33 18 calle 21-31, z.10 Blvd Los Prceres www.in-nola.com Telephones: 2367-2424, 2337-4498 In Nola In NolaFabrics by the yard & more REPAIRS & ALTERATIONS13 calle 5-24, z. 9, Guatemala City Tel: 2332-4017Weaving, Embroidery and Sewing Supplies shopping + services GU ATEM A L A CI T Y International Interdenominational tel: 2361-2037, 2361-2027 email: unionchurchguatemala@gmail.com web: www.unionchurchguatemala.com 12 calle 7-37 zona 9 Plaza Espaa, GuatemalaSunday Services Contemporary 8:15 am Traditional 11:00 am The Worship Experience 6:00 pm Thursday Services Contemplative 12:15 pmCaring for the English-speaking Community Were your best choice, so leave everything in our hands. We guarantee weekly Consolidated Cargo Service, door-to-door from Miami to Guate mala. Contact us and nd out why we are the best option.IMPORTING?transcargogt@gmail.com Tel: 2360-0407 IMPORTACIONES? Somos su mejor opcin, deje todo en nuestras manos. Garantizamos un Servicio de Carga Consolidada, semanal, puerta a puerta desde Miami a Guatemala. Contctenos y compruebe porque somos lo mejor opcin.TRANSCARGO Looking for easy online access to Revue advertisers? Scan this... ...or check our BUSINESS DIRECTORY at www.REVUE.gt/links/ The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by, and this you will become. James Allen Lin Canola5a calle 9-60, zona 1. Centro Histrico, Guatemala City TelFax: 2232-0858 Tels: 2253-0138 Credit Cards Inside parking www.lin-canola.comArtesanas tpicasAll kinds of native textiles Fabrics by the yard Wood, leather & more

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34 How does it get to be the holiday season so quickly each year? It seems as we travel through our lifes journey the changes of the seasons appear with a pace that is often challenging to keep up with. ere is an energy that comes forward every December that is frenzied and inescapable. Whether you are in your home country or traveling, there is an unavoidable momentum that invites you to shop, spend money, think about family and feel specic emotions. In fact the holidays often serve up a chaotic blend of excitement, desire, sentimentalism, guilt and other demands. An extraordinary recipe for stress! While we want to enjoy the season we are often confronting emotions that are contrary to our expectations. In Guatemala, our housekeeper has been talking about her need to start preparing for Christmas since late September. e traditions here are all-encompassing and worthy of taking in. From processions and decorations to the lovely glow of the twinkle lights in the Parque Central in La Antigua Guatemala, Christmas takes on a special meaning. It is time for families and friends, warm spiced fruit punch and gatherings. Given the festivities, why would one need to cope with all this scenic harmony? Simply put: It is stressful to meet all of the expectations and demands that come during December. Holidays are a time of giving giftsto everyone you know! Our rst few years in Guatemala we felt the pressure of being careful to avoid unintentionally forgetting someone during the holiday season. is simple remembrance is often a baked treat or food basket. Easy enoughbut did you remember all the people you interact with regularly? Was my gift appropriate? Concern over making a mistake with the list of recipients or the value of the gift given can reduce the joy. We laugh now as we recognize our self-imposed stress over oering sincere appreciation to others. What we have learned is that it only takes three simple steps to support yourself through the demands Three Steps for a Stress-Free Holiday Lift Sri and Kira have authored several books and are the owners of TOSA La Laguna. email: oce@tosaspa.com www.LakeAtitlanSpa.com by Sri Ram Kaa & Kira Raa2013 Spirit IMAGE BY PHOTOS.RUDYGIRON.COM

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35 shopping + services GU ATEM A L A CI T Y of the season. Once we embraced these steps the holiday season became special and lled with the joy that is present for those choosing to embrace it. So what are those three magical steps? Let go of all expectation. Simply allow yourself to smile and witness everything that is happening around you without drowning in it. By detaching with a smile you see the bigger pictures and avoid undue pressure. Increase your daily stressreduction activities, such as walking, stretching or meditative time on a park bench. Releasing expectation is an act of trust; everything has a way of working outright? Plan your time vs. letting your time plan you. Recognize your own limitations and set loving boundaries that support your joy and pace. is intentional attitude gives you more available time. Create a schedule for shopping with a few extra gift baskets tucked away in your closet. Planning ahead reduces stress! Take time to appreciate the beauty that is around you. is is easy to do here in Guatemala where decorating for the holidays is an art form unto itself. Detach and delight in the children walking in a procession, the cacophony of twinkle lights and the countless people who oer a brighter than usual hello. Enjoy the smiles of those who are in the spirit of the holiday as gratitude enters your daily routine. What is the greatest gift of all? Realizing these three simple steps are valuable for more than just the holidays. e chaos and beauty of the season is training. If we gift ourselves with the ability to integrate these steps into our year-round life experience then we recognize that peace and goodwill originate in our own hearts. is holiday season we oer our gratitude and stress-free wishes to all who are reading this article and especially to John and Terry for keeping the Revue Magazine such a valuable resource for so many years.

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36 GU ATEM A L A CI T Y dining Caf Bar Meals DrinksVa 6, 3-55, Z. 4, Guatemala City Resv: 2334-1241 Looking for easy online access to Revue advertisers? Scan this... ...or check our BUSINESS DIRECTORY at www.REVUE.gt/links/ Smile! It increases your face value. Robert Harling All the statistics in the world cant measure the warmth of a smile. Chris Hart The best gift you can give is a hug: one size ts all and no one ever minds if you return it. Marge Piercy As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder. John Glenn Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efcient way to get himself ve miles to work and back each day. Bill Vaughan Shakespeare PubNear all Major Hotels. 13 calle y 1a av., zona 10, local 5 Torre Santa Clara II Tel: 2331-2641 Happy Hour 11-5Shakespeare Pub

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37 dining GUATEMALA CITY Specializing in Spanish and Basque Cuisine, Seafood and Paella5a av. 12-31, Zona 1 Tels: 2251-7185, 2253-6743A Classic in the center of Guatemala City & in Zone 10 RESTAURANTE ALTUNA10 calle 0-45, Zona 10 PBX: 2201-2323 www.restaurantealtuna.com La mejor comida china que hayFood Delivery! Call 7830-8303 or 5013-1430Now you can nd us at: Centro Comercial Las Puertas de San Lucas San Lucas Sacatepquez *FOTOS CON FINES PUBLICITARIOS Sweet & Sour Ribs Mixed Chow Mein

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38 Comfortable Rooms, Junior Suites and Standard Rooms, Breakfast, Wi-Fi, Patios, 5 minutes from airport. Weekly and Monthly rates Meeting rooms & Parking Tels:+502.2334.6121 4a Av. A 13-74, zona 9 Guatemala City HOTELS GUATEMALA CITY Lodging Congratulations NOVO HOSTALon your 6th Anniversary Congratulations NOVO HOSTALon your 6th Anniversaryorganizations is encouraging higher prices for hand-crafted products. e artisans sometimes get twice what they would in the local market, Potvin-Lajoie said. To ensure that this happens the organizations sponsoring the fair host a workshop beforehand that focuses on pricing and developing clientele. For many artisans it can be tempting, especially toward the end of market days, to lower their prices drastically to turn over merchandise. e fair aims to counter this by encouraging higher prices overall so that the monetary value of the item reects the time, skill and resources invested in its production. e higher earning potential of goods in the fair can have long-term positive eects for artisans and their families. Higher revenue per item allows artisans to produce higher-quality goods by reducing the rate of production. Similarly, greater earnings can benet the health, happiness and level of educational attainment of families. If youre buying gifts for Christmas, why not go for unique, ethical, quality pieces, Potvin-Lajoie said. Feria Nacional de Comercio Justo y Solidario is organized by Centro de Enlaces del Pequeo Productor and Red Alternativa de Intercambio Solidario. e fair will take place Dec. 14-15 (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.), in the atrium of the Centro de Formacion y de Cooperacion Espaola, 6a av. norte (between 3a & 4a calles poniente). Fair Trade Fair cont. from page 21 Anyone who criticises me for talking about fair trade is a few pebbles short of a beach. Because everyone should care about it, just like everyone should care about the environment, because we all live here. Chris Martin Shoppers browse the fair trade booths

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40 H EALT H SERV ICE S Living in HarmonyMindfulness PsychotherapyDr. Karmen GuevaraTel: 5018-3136 kg@karmenguevara.com www.karmenguevaratherapy.comSkype Sessions Available Larry Alford, PhDPsychotherapistLicensed Clinical Professional Counselor Adults, Adolescents, Couples, FamiliesTel: (502) 4211-1535Muchos de nuestros pacientes se sorprenden cuando al sufrir una quemadura son referidos para su tratamiento al Cirujano Plstico. La razn es que la ciruga plstica tiene dos grandes ramas, la rama esttica que se ocupa del embellecimiento del cuerpo humano, y la rama reconstructiva, que se ocupa de la recuperacin de accidentes, como las quemaduras y sus secuelas. Las quemaduras son tratadas por el Cirujano Plstico en su fase aguda, proporcionando una nueva cobertura de piel, lo cual se logra otra vez de una nueva cobertura de piel que puede ser con un injerto que es tomar piel de un rea para aplicarle en otra rea del cuerpo, por ejemplo. Pero los cirujanos plsticos tambin nos hacemos cargo de las secuelas y recuperar al paciente de las incapacidades que stas producen; stas usualmente pueden ser dicultad en el movimiento de alguna parte del cuerpo, como la exin o la extensin de una extremidad, por ejemplo. Para esto se utilizan diversas tcnicas que sern aplicadas individualmente para el caso. Recuerde que su cirujano plstico es un mdico especializado y garante del mejor tratamiento que puede realizarse en estos casos. Cualquier duda puede consultar a la pgina Asociacin Guatemalteca de Ciruga Plstica Esttica y Reconstructiva, en Facebook o en sitio web. Dr. Edgar Milton Solis L.Quemaduras y Cirujano Plstico Cristo del mar, Livingston ( )

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41 H EALT H SERV ICE S Eye Diseases Diagnosis and Treatment Optical ServicesDra. Paulina CastejnM.D. Ophthalmology Avenida El Desengao No. 33, La Antigua Guatemala We are not just one; We are a group of professionals specialized in all dental areas. 40 years of experience in dental health care!Spanish/English spokenI do not have superior intelligence or faultless looks. I do not captivate a room or run a mile under six minutes. I only succeeded because I was still working after everyone else went to sleep. Greg Evans

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42 Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro Medicine and General Surgery Pediatrics Maternity & Gynecology Traumatology, Orthopedics & Arthroscopy Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Laparoscopic Videosurgery Otorhinolaryngology Urology Clinic Laboratory Pharmacy Videoendoscopy Videocolonoscopy X-rays Electrocardiogram Ultrasound Electroencephalogram Osseous Densitometry Computerized Axial Tomography Mammography Ambulance Service 24-hour Emergency Service Av. de La Recoleccin #4, La Antigua (in front of the bus station) Tels: 7832-0420, 7832-1197, 7832-1190, Fax: 7832-8752hphpedro@intelnett.com www.hospitalhermanopedro.netWE ACCEPT WORLD WIDE MEDICAL INSURANCE! H EALT H SERV ICE S Clinica Naturista & SPA since 1970 Naciementos by Olga Morales (Mochis)Entry in the Revue Photo Contest, Dec.

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43 Medical Clinics & Diagnostics HOUSE OF HEALTH H EALT H SERV ICE S REVUE le ofrece el costo ms bajo por ejemplar para promocionar su negocio. Cornea, Cataract and Lasik surgeon Vitreous-Retinal and Aesthetic medicine surgeonSpecialized OphthalmologistsPrincipal: Branch: Make your appointment online at our new web site! www.centrovisualgyg.comIn nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. Robert Greene Ingersoll When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind. Seneca Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once. Norman Vincent Peale The greatest achievement was at rst, and for a time, but a dream. Napoleon Hill

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foodstoreAlso 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, Condado Concepcin Fase I, local #21 Tel: 6634-7077 Open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm Open every day from 8am to 6pm 5a calle poniente No. 6, La Antigua Tel: 7832-6533_ Organic and natural food Supplements Lactose free products Gluten free products Beauty and personal care Ecological products And more...

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46 Question: How does Obamacare aect U.S. foreign residents? U.S. citizens who are technically residents of another country are not affected by Obamacare and its requirement (with tax penalties) to purchase health insurance coverage. Furthermore, a U.S. citizen is also exempt if he or she spends 330 days or more outside the U.S. each year. On the other hand, Obamacare oers an opportunity to purchase health insurance at reasonable costs. It may now be advantageous for certain expats who maintain a residence in the U.S. to purchase insurance. Early retirees (with no Medicare coverage and low income) are clear beneciaries. at is because insurance premiums are subject to income levels, which means the government provides subsidies to cover part of your insurance premiums. Question: Do I really need to le U.S. taxes? In general, if your total income for the year doesnt exceed the standard deduction plus one exemption, then you dont need to le a federal tax return. erefore, individuals with income < $9,750, or married couples ling jointly with income < $19,500 do not need to le. e amount of income that you can earn before you are required to le a tax return also depends on the type of income, your age and your ling status. For example, selfemployed people usually need to le the threshold is a meager $400 in earnings. While ling taxes may seem less desirable than a trip to the dentist, many expats do not realize there are certain benets. Take for example, the child tax credit (our next question). Each child could be worth up to $1,000 each, even if you do not owe any taxes. Question: How does the child tax credit work? Many expat families with children <17 years of age should take advantage of the child tax credit. As long as earned income is at least $3,000, there is a good chance you will qualify. In the following table, we provide a simplied example for a family of four (with two small kids): Earned income (e.g., wage, business prots) $40,000T H E TAX CO RNE R by John OheU.S. citizens are subject to U.S. income taxes regardless of where they live and where they make their income. Furthermore, there are special requirements and issues to consider when it comes to tax planning and tax return preparation. Over the next several months, we will be providing a Q&A forum that addresses some of the tax complexities faced by U.S. expats living in Guatemala.If you would like to submit a tax-related question, please email: antiguataxes@gmail.com. Responses are provided by John Ohe, an IRS Enrolled Agent, who resides in La Antigua Guatemala. Families with much higher income can also take advantage of the child tax credit provided both parents generate income. e trick is to eciently utilize the foreign earned income exclusion. Disclaimer: e 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 the specic facts and circumstances involved. Standard deduction and exemptions Taxable income Tax (10% bracket) = $1,290 We assume no tax has been withheld Child tax credit = $2,000 Check from the IRS = $710$40,000 $27,100 $12,900

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47 shops + services ANTIGUA Home Accessories & GiftsLa Antigua Guatemala Manufacturer & Exporter Open daily 9am to 6pm

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48 Registered Establishment with lots of T.L.C. Cel: 5704-1029 ~ Tel/fax: 2478-1595 NOW ON SALE! Coee for a Cause house & kitchen wares, and much more A NTIGUA shops + services Just tell em, Lo vi en la revista REVUE English, French, Spanish spoken Mon-Fri: 8am-1pm & 2:30-6pm Sat: 9am-1pm *Gas anesthesia usedDr. Juan Pablo Calderon Garcia A NTIGUA shops + services Tel: (502) 3418-2243 elchuchofeliz.com info@elchuchofeliz.com /elchuchofeliz ANTIGUA GUATEMALADale a tu mascota el mejor regalo! Dog Training / Educacin Canina Antigua es nica y nosotros somos unicos en la AntiguaIm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did. Yogi Berra When I die, Im leaving my body to science ction. Steven Wright Nobody loves me but my mother, And she could be jivin too. B. B. King I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. Thats how I lost my mind. Steve Allen

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49 colibr Fine Handmade Textiles & Home Decor Daily 9am-6pm Tel: 7832-5028 4a calle oriente #3-B, La Antigua textilescolibri@turbonett.com colibr 9a calle oriente #7-A, La Antigua Guatemala Tels: 7832-2824, 5961-4332Full Service Beauty Salon shops + services ANTIGUA info@immigrationguate.com www.immigrationguate.com Work Permits TranslationsIMMIGRATION SERVICES Golden StudioCanadian Hairstylist and Make-up Artist Professional Beauty Retailer www.goldenstudioantigua.com 7a avenida norte #84, La Antigua By appt. only: 4937-0244 Your Cut & Color Expert! EnmarcadosEl ArcngelFraming shopFraming of posters, documents, photos, custom glass 2a av. norte #10 (between 3a & 4a calle), La Antigua Tels: 4425-7237 & 5394-3097enmarcadoselarcangel@hotmail.com 2 Antigua locations www.simoonsa.com RENTALS & TOURS SHUTTLES, TOURS, RENTALS REVUE le ofrece el costo ms bajo por ejemplar para promocionar su negocio. 4a calle oriente #14, La Antigua Tels: 7832-0277, 7882-4315 joyeria_isaias@hotmail.comJOYERASimply Dierent... Visit us and see for yourselfASK FOR OUR DISCOUNTSDISEOS ISAIAS A budget tells us what we cant afford, but it doesnt keep us from buying it. William Feather I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something. Jackie Mason

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50 A NTIGUA shops + services Where you can see and touch the art Donde el arte se ve y se toca Open: 8am 7pm 4a calle poniente nal, La Antigua Guatemala Private parkingMercado de Artesanas Christmas Sale!25% OFF all Clothes 15% OFF all AccessoriesChristmas Sale!25% OFF all Clothes 15% OFF all Accessories

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51 shops + services ANTIGUA Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair WINNER OF FIVE NATIONAL AND REGIONAL AWARDS IN THE U.S.Amalias Guatemalan Kitchen

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52 A NTIGUA shops + services 7830-6669 5408-7057English (European) style riding on t, well-trained horses Oering accompanied scenic rides & PRIVATE equitation lessons from beginner to intermediate level Intensive courses our speciality Taught by English instructress Boots and helmets provided Livery / Boarding facilities available REVUE le ofrece el costo ms bajo por ejemplar para promocionar su negocio. Enjoying your time in Guatemala? Want to give something back?WINGS provides access to reproductive health education and family planning services for low-income, rural and indigenous Guatemalans. Our ve programs Family Planning, Youth WINGS, WINGS for Men, Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment, and Advocacyaim to empower Guatemalans to make healthy, informed choices about their reproductive health. Donations can be made online at www.wingsguate.org or in person at our oce in Antigua (9a calle poniente Residenciales El Rosario #3). Email: info@wingsguate.org. WINGS is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprot organization. Please support our work with a tax-deductible donation: We specialize in: Immigration Services. (Residencies, Work Permits). American and Guatemalan tax strategies and accounting. Franchise development and business acquisitions. Corporate and Real Estate Law. Trademarks. : PBX. (502) 7937-0284 l (502) 2383-6000 La Mandarina Business Center, 2a calle poniente #2, Corner of 4a Av. www.diazduranantigua.com l info@diazduranantigua.com31 de dic 2012 by Joseph ParsonsEntry in the Revue Photo Contest, Dec.

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56 ...continued page 92 It is the season of holiday celebrations with family, friends and new acquaintances. We all have memories which evoke personal family holiday traditions that sometimes last a lifetime. It is my belief that as children we form expectations of what makes a joyful Christmas. Unquestionably, as children we were more focused on the gifts under the tree rather than the food that had taken days to prepare. As adults, for some of us, it is the food that brings back memories that we hold dear. It is personally my favorite time of the year. For myself, the expectation of receiving gifts has long passed many years ago. I, by far, enjoy giving. I always make food gifts for loved ones, neighbors, friends and the less fortunate. A homemade food gift is also perfect year-round, but somehow during the holidays it deepens the meaning of giving and brings joy to those who receive them. I remember when and why I began giving loaves of homemade breads, jams or cookies wrapped in clear cellophane, with colorful ribbons and a handwritten card. I was in my mid-20s and it was what I could aord at the time. What I did not expect at the time were the reactions of those who received them. Everyone appreciated them because they were unique and handmade with love. Shannon McCullough is a writer living in La Antigua Guatemala. He is currently writing a book on cooking and entertaining in Guatemala. by Shannon McCullough Food for Thought Holidays and the Gift of Food IMAGE BY PHOTOS.RUDYGIRON.COM

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57 dining ANTIGUA Open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm & Sun 10am-7pm 3a avenida norte #11-B, La Antigua Tel: 7832-5545

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58 The holidays always inspire mouth-watering visions of your favorite childhood treats. Whether it is Grandmas homemade fudge or the honey-glazed, spiral-cut hameveryone has his or her favorites. Many visitors are curious if Guatemala has any traditional dishes prepared especially for the holidays and that answer is a resounding yes! ree classics this time of year are tamales, ponche and hot chocolate. If youre in Guatemala around Christmastime, chances are that youll be invited to try a tamal. At rst when most people think of a tamal, they think of a rmer, drier variety more common in Mexico. However, Guatemalan tamales are a bit dierent. Every Guatemalan family has its own recipe and the avors vary a bit across the dierent regions. e base can either be corn meal, rice or potatoes. If they are the potato variety, they are then referred to as paches e base is ground and cooked down into a thick paste in a large pot, by stirring constantly. e center of the tamal is lled with a tomato-based sauce called a recado is is prepared by roasting toma toes, onion, garlic and a variety of sweet chilies. en toasted sesame and pumpkin seeds are added and the whole thing is blended smooth. To assemble, a large green banana leaf is used as the casing, onto which a large spoonful of the base is placed, then some sauce, and nally a piece of chicken or pork and perhaps a thin strip of spicy chili. It is wrapped just so and placed in a large pot to steam until semi-rm. It is usually accom panied by pan francs (French bread) or pan de molde (store-bought sliced bread). Families traditionally make quantities of these in the hundreds for Christmas Eve or Noche Buena as it is referred to here. Families gather and travel around the town visiting neighbors and tamales are oered at every stop. By the end of the night, ones tamal intake count can be quite high. ese tasty, savory tamales are usually paired with a sweet hot bevGuatemalan Culinary Traditions by Tara Tiedemann ..Great Destinations IMAGE BY PHOTOS.RUDYGIRON.COM

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59 dining ANTIGUA Live Music Every Night Andean Music (Pan Flutes) 7pm: Wed. thru Sun. with Grupo Sol Latino Fabulous Food and Drinks Served in our Beautiful GardenFresh Box Lunches Lunch and Dinner Saln de usos mltiples Banquet Rooms

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60 A NTIGUA dining 4a calle oriente No.12Tel:7832-2578 La Antigua Guatemala dlxpan@gmail.com Fresh Bread & Rolls Daily Home-cooked Meals Great Breakfasts Stuffed Potatoes erage, either ponche or chocolate caliente (hot chocolate). Ponche is a unique, pineapple-based drink. Again, each family has its particular recipe and it is prepared by the gallon. e rinds of the pineapple are boiled with water, sugar and cinnamon. Additional fruits, such as sliced apples, dried plums, grapes, raisins, papaya and coconut, can be added, according to the family tradition. e more adventurous sometimes even make an adult version by adding rum or guaro (cane-based aguardiente, most likely Quezalteca). is beverage is perfect on those chilly nights in the Highlands. Hot chocolate is another option and is one of my personal favorite holiday treats. Do they make the powdered variety here? Oh nothis is the real deal. Guatemala is home to one of the rare microclimates where the fussy cacao tree thrives and thus the powdered version pales in comparison. You can buy blocks of drinking chocolate from a specialty store, such as Fernandos or the Choco Museo in Antigua or Chocolatera Doa Pancha or Caf La Luna in Quetzaltenango. ese drinking-chocolate blocks come prepared with sugar so making the drink is easy. Just boil a carafe of water or milk and drop the block in. Stir, stir, stirdissolving the chocolate and voila you have the richest hot chocolate youve ever tasted. You can also mix it up by adding chili, cinnamon or vanilla. Enjoy this holiday season and be sure to sample something new if you are visiting, or indulge in the family tradition if you call Guatemala home. Each region of Guatemala has its favorite dishes and treats so have fun tasting your way around the country. How high will your tamale count be this year? IMAGE BY PHOTOS.RUDYGIRON.COM

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62 Tel: 7832-1784 5a calle poniente No. 8 (Closed on Wed.) Hotel A NTIGUA dining THIS HOLIDAY SEASON GIVE BEAUTIFUL, ENCHANTING PHOTOGRAPHS AS GIFTS! PRINTS http://is.gd/DecorPhotoArt CANVAS & FRAMED PRINTS http://is.gd/PhotoGifts Santa Luca Milpas Altas, Km 34.5 (road to Antigua) T: 7756-0746 4a calle oriente #28, La Antigua Tel: 7832-2521International Supermarket Mon -Thurs 10:30am 6:30pm Fri 10:30am 7:30pm Sun 9:30am 6:30pm Tasty Specialties of Cacao & Chocolate To see FULL MENUS of many of these ne restaurants, check outdegustantigua.com I didnt get a toy train like the other kids. I got a toy subway instead. You couldnt see anything, but every now and then youd hear this rumbling noise go by. Steven Wright

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63 dining ANTIGUA New Years Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time. James Agate When your opponents sittin there holdin all the aces, theres only one thing to do: kick over the table. Dean Martin

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66 5a av. norte #9, La Antigua Tel: 7832-0519 & Calzada Santa Luca Sur #6PASTELERIA Delicious Guatemalan Breakfasts, Coees, and Homemade Cakes Delicious Guatemalan Breakfasts, Coees, and Homemade Cakes A NTIGUA dining 3a calle oriente #21, La Antigua Tel: 7832-6579 www.nifunifadeantigua.comSteak HouseSalad Bar Live Music every Sunday Delivery available Solution to this months Cruci-Word page 72E L E M E N T A R Y F E A W E B E E O F F S E A S O N S R A Y O N A S C O M N M G N I C I T B L U E E L K D E G R A D A B L E A I N S R A T D R E A D T O R S D E L I N E A N T E 9 24 16 28 8 7 15 20 27 6 14 30 5 23 4 13 22 3 18 26 2 1 10 11 12 17 19 21 25 29 31 I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, If this isnt nice, I dont know what is. Kurt Vonnegut I used to think that the brain was the most wonderful organ in my body. Then I realized who was telling me this. Emo Phillips What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch? W. Clement Stone I want my children to have all the things I couldnt afford. Then I want to move in with them. Phyllis Diller Im not into working out. My philosophy: No pain. No pain. 5a avenida norte #36, La Antigua Tel: (502) 7832-1344 suchowcomidachina@hotmail.com F ind us on F acebook: Su-Chow comida chinaWe Deliver! Coee School: Become a Barista or simply learn all about coee! 4a avenida (east side of park next to the Cathedral) Open Daily: 7am to 8pm --by the cup or pound 4a calle oriente #14 (inside La F uente) Daily: 7am to 8pm

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67 Open daily 7am 8pm cookiesantigua@gmail.com Corner of 3a av. & 4a calle, La Antigua Tel: 7832-7652 Cookies, Etc.Over 25 Varieties of Cookies Cakes made to order Coffee Bar: Gourmet & OrganicCookies, Etc. Cookies, Etc. dining ANTIGUA 39 AZUL12:30 3pm / 7 11pmClosed Wed and Sunday Evening6a calle poniente #39 Antigua GuatemalaOne of the few places in town where you really need a reservationAn international restaurant made by Nils RykkenPlease call 7832 1975Think what a better world it would be if we all the whole world had cookies and milk about three oclock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Robert Fulghum Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect. Oren Arnold

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68 few tourists present were having the time of their lives. Suddenly, two big men wearing cocktail dresses took hold of my arms, and before I knew what was happening they leaned me back while another guy was pouring a glass of rum down my gullet. I felt obliged to receive their blessing but after a few gulps I pushed them away they immediately diered to my wishes. At other stops I was taken by the hand and pulled into the wild dance mayhem. If youve never boogied with a couple big fat guys in sequined party dresses, you just dont know what youre missing! Oh yes! Its all in good fun! e Chatona Parade takes place every morning and evening during the week preceding the main festival day on Jan. 15. No one knows the exact time the parades will begin, you just have to be there. e evening events usually begin just before dusk and continue into the night and, as might be expected, the night parade gets even wilder. It must be said that the men at times get a little bit risqu, but this is their culture. e parades commemorate life in the jungle camps and especially the memory of their beloved Chatona. For the Peteneros this is a family-friendly street party, and all are welcome. If you like to have fun and party with the locals, if you love carnivals as much as I do, and if you want to take part in one of the worlds funniest and outlandish events, then be there, on the island of Flores, from Jan. 10-15. Chatona, which is carried through the polychrome streets as the crowd circumnavigates the island. I had never heard of La Chatona until a few years ago when I happened to be in the Petn in early January, and, while hobnobbing with the locals, someone mentioned the Chatona Parade. Oh yes, they said, you really must see the parades and take some pictures. All the men dress up as women to honor La Chatona! All the men dress up like women? So, although I usually avoid crowds, preferring the tranquility of the forest, I was determined to be in Flores for the parades. I arrived on the morning of the 12th and inquired as to when the parade would begin. No one knew exactly but they directed me to the house of the family sponsoring the days event. When I got there I found the women helping the boys and men with their costumes, applying makeup and in general transforming the guys into girls. Spirits were high and everyone present seemed exceedingly amused by all the gaiety. By 10 a.m. a crowd had amassed outside the house. Around 10:30 the doors were thrown open, pickups with sound systems cranked up the carnival music, and the outlandishly dressed ladies burst into the street accompanied by the crowds whoops and peals of laughter. Obviously part of the event is to see what boy or man can appear in the most ridiculous costume. One might ask, why is it so funny when men dress up like women? e answer is, and forgive me, ladies, but women, with their makeup, hairdos and high heels, are funny! Of course, it is all just a show, to charm the boys and get them to chase the girls. But when men dress up with all a womans elaborate accoutrements it just accentuates silliness of it all. By now the street was packed with merry-makers and everyone was in maximum partying mood. Men dispensed rum from gallon bottles, and, as the parade progressed slowly around the island, stops were made in front of the houses of prominent citizens where beer and treats were freely dispensed, with shouts of approval for the most outlandish costumes. Everyone was dancing and living it up. Everyone was welcoming, and I was encouraged to take all the photos that I wanted. e La Chatona cont. from page 19

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69 dining ANTIGUA Tel: 7832-2767 ~ 6a av. sur #12B-2, La Antigua www.ubisushi.com ~ facebook.com/ubisushi TRY OUR NEW AND DELICIOUS KOREAN DISHES The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water owing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green. Thomas Carlyle We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. William Ewart Gladstone

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70 PET Qs & As by Cynthia Burski, DVMSpitters, Scratchers, & Snappers Honorable Mention by judges vote in the REVUE PHOTO CONTEST, Dec.Reejos de Navidad by Javier lvarez Vassaux. All entries can be seen at www.REVUE.gtHeres a quick review of the most common holiday season PET HEALTH HAZARDS Bones can lodge in the throat, stomach and intestinal tract. In addition, when your pets are not used to eating fats, gravies and poultry skin, these foods may cause severe gastrointestinal problems. Holiday plants: Poinsettia and mistletoe are both very toxic if eaten. Electrical cords: Holiday lighting provides more electrical cords for kittens and puppies to chew on. Make sure all cords are in good condition and out of reach of your pets. Pine needles: Ingested pine needles can puncture an animals intestines. Sweets: Holiday candyparticularly pure chocolate, which contains theobrominecan be hazardous or even fatal if eaten by your pet. Alcohol: Keep alcoholic beverages out of reach, they can be extremely dangerous to your pets health if consumed. Ornaments: Sharp or breakable ornaments should be kept well out of reach of curious paws. Tinsel, yarn and ribbon: Linear foreign bodies can become stuck in an animals intestinal tract, causing a blockage or perforation of the intestinal wall.Holiday Health Hazards

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72 (Feel free to use the dictionarythe main idea here is to learn new words) Translate the Clue to the Opposite Language (Spanish/English) bilingual cruci-word Great Q25 00 Gift IdeaA book of 56 bilingual crossword puzzles and over 1000 quotations from past issues of REVUEAvailable at: 3a avenida sur #4-A, La AntiguaLearn new vocabulary words (English/Spanish) while enjoying the challenge of a crossword puzzle. Flip the book over and read quotes from some of the worlds great and not-so-great movers and shakers. Useful Expressions THANKS TO LANGUAGEREALM.COM sabelotodo / know it all sacar los colores a alguien / make someone blush sacar pecho / brag; show off salir adelante / to get ahead salir de marcha / go out partying ser de bronce / be rigid; be inexible CRUCIGRAMA = CROSSSWORD Puzzle by Michael Hopkins SOLUTION ON PAGE 66 DOWN ACROSS 1. Malformation 10. Massive Mammal 11. Frondoso 12. Soy 1. Draftsman 2. Fundamental 3. Ugly 4. Temporadas Bajas 5. Seda articicial 6. Manganese (abr) 7. Le, Lo, La 8. Que degrada 9. Pavor 14. Magnesio (abr) 15. Alce azul 16. Seguros (abr) 18. Nosotros 23. Disgust 24. Peascos 26. Abeja 28. Roedor 30. Sujo Adjectival o Sustantivo 13. Gloomy, Somber 17. Regin de EE.UU. 19. Bulrush 20. You (abr) 21. A, En 22. He repairs, stabalizes 25. Turnips 27. River in Spain 29. To Braid 31. Cuencas de los ojos 9 24 16 28 8 7 15 20 27 6 14 30 5 23 4 13 22 3 18 26 2 1 10 11 12 17 19 21 25 29 31

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73 A PLACE WITH HISTORY. First hotel built in Antigua Hotel AuroraAntigua, Guatemala lodging ANTIGUA Just tell em, Lo vi en la revista REVUE REVUE Fun, Free and Informative COMFORT & EL E GAN CE AV. EL DESENGAO (502) 7casadelasfuentes@hotmail.comwww.hotelcasadelasfuentes.com CHIMALTENANGO lodging Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! from the family and sta at HOTEL SAN JORGEMerry Christmas & Happy New Year!from the family and sta at HOTEL SAN JORGEOnly one shopping day left til tomorrow. Barbara Springer His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy. Woody Allen The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain. Ronald Firbank If you dont decide what your life is about, it defaults to what you spend your days doing. Robert Brault,

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74 I learned my craft from watching my dad. I think I have it in my blood, Ramos Rodrigo of Tallando Tradiciones said when asked about how he started his career as an artisan. Out of seven children in his family, he is the only of his brothers and sisters to follow in his fathers footsteps and become a wood carver. Tallando Tradiciones is an artisan group that was born out of a family tradition. Rodrigo began painting the gures that his father carved at the age of 6, and he learned to carve them himself when he turned 12. Rodrigos father learned the same craft as a child from his father, and Rodrigo is proud to carry on the family tradition. Rodrigo still remembers the rst piece that he created. It was a nativity scene and I still have it. I keep it in order to remember how far I have come as an artisan, he explained. e group works with various types of wood found locally, but cedar is Rodrigos favorite. Tallando Tradiciones carves traditional nativity scenes of various shapes and sizes. Rodrigo enjoys the fact that he can paint the traditional dress of his people on his gures, helping to keep this tradition alive. It takes three to four days to make each piece. After nding a good piece of wood, the artisans have to let it dry thoroughly. en they carve the gure and sand it once. Next they add a sealer and sand it again to ensure that the gure has a smooth surface. Finally they paint it, bringing the gure to life. My favorite part of my craft is painting the gures and giving them their unique character, Rodrigo said. Carving is the most challenging part for me, but I enjoy the challenge of trying to do it better every time. Rodrigo is married (no children yet.) He and his wife have made Tallando Tradiciones a family business and she helps him paint the gures. Rodrigo dreams of one day starting his own store in his community in the Highlands of Guatemala and making enough money to build a house for his family. Rodrigo is lucky because he was able to get an education and actually holds a degree as an accountant. However, he prefers to spend his time doing his craft. I am proud that I am able to do something that is valuable for my community and culture, and I love what I do, he said. text photo by Hilary KilpatricGuatemalan ARTISANS Carrying on the craft of wood carvinge wood products made by Tallando Tradicines can be found in La Antigua at Casa de los Gigantes, 7a calle oriente #18, across the street from the San Francisco Church.Tallando Tradiciones

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76 Lehno, the expert on Guatemalan music, almost single handedly began preservation eorts of colonial musical materials when he rescued old musical books from Santa Eulalia and the old archives throughout Guatemala to transcribe then. ese include works from Santiago de Guatemala by musicians who composed magnicent pieces! Some were composed by chapel masters (maestro de capillas) at the Cathedral in Santiago in dierent renaissance and baroque styles. Manuel Jos de Quirs and Rafael Antonio Castellanos are some of the most renown in Guatemala. In the December 2008 Revue, Lehno noted, When I rst viewed the ancient manuscripts in the early 1980s, I was surprised at the beauty of the music and decided to devote eorts to its revival. us, many longforgotten works could come to life again, enchanting present-day audiences with their serene beauty as they did the dwellers of the city four centuries ago. Accompanied by Cristina Altamira-Lehnos extraordinary voice, Dieter and Cristina just released their new CD Aos de la Sociedad Filarmnica de Guatemala with two villancicos by Jos Escolstico Andrino that are sung today. Cristina points out that the songs Tortuga de Pascua, el Pavo and Nochebuena are featured in their CD, Melodas Inolvidables. ese make for great Christmas presents and are available in local bookstores! posed villancicos in Portuguese, Tlaxcaltec and pseudo-African dialects. Villancicos were promoted by Hermano Pedro de Betancur (162667), now a saint, who also promoted Christmas posadas and nativity scenes in Guatemala, following the steps of St. Francis of Assisi. Villancicos are sung during these. Beginning on Dec. 16 at the various churches, they go from house to house each night, and return to the same church for Christmas Eve. Organized by special church and family groups, the followers carry a turtle shell, chinchines and candle lanterns. Anyone may join along the way as they carry gures of the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph to various houses. Dierent villancicos are sung each evening depending on that days liturgical theme. Some popular villancicos include Campana sobre campana, El nio del tambor, A la ro ro nio, Pero mira como beben los peces en el ro, Cancion del tamborilero, Madre de nuestra alegra and Venid Pastorcillos, to mention just a few. As Dr. Dieter Lehno points out in his book, Creacin Musical en Guatemala, villancicos are designed to incorporate the faithful so they may identify emotionally with each theme. ese are dramatical and semidramatical and refer to stories and specic peoples. Musical instruments such as harps, guitars, utes, chirimas and organs began to accompany these cancionetas during the 17th century as local instruments were also incorporated with local languages.Christmas Carols cont. from page 12 Art Exhibit cont. from page 20qualities of his work. Maxon explains, When Im using colors, its joy. Joy for living. Its a gratitude for what I have as an artist and what I can express in that way. With this collection, he captures the aecting essence of Guatemalan colors most tourists romanticize long after suitcases cases are unpackedsanguine reds, aquamarine blues and toasted ochres. Maxon feels drawn to Panza Verde and its intimate gallery space for his debut show in Guatemala. e space feels warm and inviting, the viewer drawn into the space and the work. Galera Panza Verde has been displaying both Guatemalan and international artists for over 14 years, and is excited to host Maxons show, Vistas de Guatemala. Maxons career has been long and prolic. He studied painting and sculpture at San Jose State University and later at the University of California, Davis. He has studied under Howard Brodie, Roy DeForest and William T. Wiley. In addition to his work as a painter, he is an adjunct professor at Cabrillo College in California, where he continues the tra-

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78 A NTIGUA lodging Congratulations to Geovin Morales on his photograph titled En honor a la Virgen de Concepcin All entries can be seen at www.REVUE.gtHonorable Mention by popular vote in the REVUE PHOTO CONTEST, Dec.FOUR LIFE LESSIONS from Maya Angelou: Ive learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. Ive learned that you shouldnt go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. Ive learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. Ive learned that even when I have pains, I dont have to be one. 5a avenida norte #28 (Calle del Arco), La Antigua Tels: 7832-3080, 7832-8990 hotelconvento@yahoo.com Comfortable Rooms w/ private bath Cable TV Parking Breakfast

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82 Some of Guatemalas many Mayan sites are easily accessible, and visiting some remote sites is not impossible. e author has visited most of the easily accessible sites over the past 30 years. In the last three years, he organized helicopter trips to El Mirador (see www.cernikovsky.com/Mirador.htm); bus trips to the amazing Takalik Abaj (see REVUE Dec. 2012 and www.cernikovsky.com/ Takalik/2012.htm); and a heli-trip to La Corona (see www.cernikovsky.com/ Corona.htm). On each trip, everyone gave a donation to each project. Do not try to visit remote sites without permission; you could be turned away. Visiting La Corona is ONLY possible if accompanied by project directors or members. Over time much more of Guatemalas incredible Mayan past will become accessible in museums and on site. A staircase riser found in 2012SITE Q cont. from page 16tory of the comings and goings at the Sak Nikte court. Although they did not have permission to dig, they had a satellite phone and called the relevant authorities to ask to remove the item for fear of it being stolen. Since 2008, after La Corona was clearly connected with all the pieces now in the world museums as Site Q, work has been going on every year led by Canuto of Tulane and Toms Barrientos, director of the Archaeology Department at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. In April 2012 they discovered a row of 12 staircase risers (see photo) with many dierent scenes, plus others that the looters discarded for being less than perfect, unsellable on the market. ese panels tell about political events in the area and, amazingly, one mentions 4 Ahau 3 Kankin, the date of the December 2012 end of the world solstice Baktun 13. e La Corona Project has already repatriated to Guatemala several of the looted pieces. A few are on display at the Museum of Archaeology near the Guatemala City airport. can take up to eight hours. ey did as planned, exploring, taking measurements. Several fell sick, including the epigrapher. (Canuto said that pasta, after four days in the jungle without refrigeration, can be very bad for your stomach.) e last day on site, Canuto went to the top of one of the pyramids to set up a GPS device to take readings to complete the map. He said that under thick tree canopy, with a weak signal, the GPS can take 10-15 minutes to get a reading, so he went for a walk while waiting. He found a trench, something the looters dug 40 years earlier. As he followed the trench, it turned into a tunnel. Lacking any tools, he used his hands to wipe soil from the walls (Indiana Jones again) and at the end of the tunnel he found a solid stone. He wiped the stone and saw that it was covered with Mayan writing. He rushed to rouse his epigrapher (with the upset stomach) saying, is is worth your while! ey realized the stone had a hissites architecture did not provide enough information to connect it to the detailed and well-preserved looted pieces that had entered the antique market 30 years earlier. Marcello Canuto, at the time a Yale professor, now head of the Middle America Research Institute at Tulane University, is a man much like Indiana Jones, with similar looks of the famous adventurer, and like Indiana, he divides his time between work in a university building, full of Mayan artifacts, and exploration deep in the jungle. In New Orleans he described to me how he was accidentally able to provide a nal piece to the Site Q puzzle, conrming in 2005 that La Corona is indeed Site Q. Canuto was nishing his archaeological work in Honduras, looking for somewhere to direct his energies. He received an invitation to visit and map La Corona. He found himself, for the rst time, deep in the Guatemalan jungle, with students and a cook to make a ve-day survey. La Corona is 85 kilometers from Flores by helicopter, but with a 4-WD vehicle, the trip

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REVUE le ofrece el costo ms bajo por ejemplar para promocionar su negocio. BEAUTIFUL BEDROOM FURNITURE : 9 pieces, art-deco, great condition, made out of tiger wood. PRECIOSO AMUEBLADO DE DORMITORIO art-deco, tigrillo. Tel: 2251-7690, Spanish; 5175-0702, English (Guate mala City). VARIETY OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, lounge & furniture, king koil, premium items, pillowtop, queen bed. Quality decorative mirrors. Tel: 4086-5314 eternalspring88@gmail. com MASSAGE THERAPY : Reducing tension, beneting body & mind; treating muscle problems & stress. Live a dierent experience to the traditional way. We oer relaxing deep or stretching massage. We can go to your house, hotel or work. Tel: 56069565. For rent or SALE, SEASHORE LAND Center of Monter rico. Ideal for bar, restaurant, little hotel, camping, bike rental, shop, etc. Low rental fees. Call: 40063795. The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. Paul Valery

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97 MARKETPLACE Free Tour of our Organic Macadamia Farm! www.exValhalla.com exvalhalla@gmail.com Tels: 5889-4925, 5671-9530, 7831-5799 15 minutes from Antigua Free samples of our macadamia chocolates, and facials with our skincare products. Learn and contribute to our sustainable development project. Ask for our product list, which includes Organic, Tasty and Healthy BLUEBERRIES IMAGE BY PHOTOS.RUDYGIRON.COM FOOD & LODGING ROOMS WITH SHARED BATH AND KITCHEN at CasaSito Volunteers House Antigua, Colonia Candelaria. Price: Q1,000 p/p for 2 weeks, Q1,600/p/p-month for single room, Q1,100/p/p/month for double room, includes internet/wireless and wa ter/coee/tea. All proceeds are used to support CasaSito Associations educa tion program. Info: www.casasito.org or call 5993-1633. GOING TO TIKAL? Stay with us, just 15 min. from park entrance. No.1 on TripAdvi sor El Remate. Hotel & Restaurant La Casa De Don David.com EMPLOYMENT FUN STUFF F LE X/A CTION SCRI P T : Positions available for P ROGRAMMERS (including trainees) staying or living in Antigua. Short and Long Term. See www.veeops.com/jobs or contact hr@veeops.com RAVENSCROFT RIDING STABLES : Tels: 7830-6669, 5408-7057 (English owners) 2a av. sur. #3, San Juan del Obispo (2 miles south of Antigua). English (European) style riding on t, well-trained horses. Accompanied scenic rides & equitation lessons from beginner to intermediate level, intensive courses our speciality. Boots & helmets provided. Please call for reservations & more info. Adventure: Mountain tours, mountain biking, mule riding, canopy tours, paint ball games, birdwatching, coee tour and tasting. Finca Filadela, Tel: 77280800, www.ladela.com.gt SAILING VACATION: Belize Barrier Reef and Islands. Sailing, Diving, Fishing, Kayaking, Snorkeling. Ro Dulce, Lake Izabal, Livingston waterfalls, and more. www.sailing-diving-guatemala.com HI-TECH RE P AIR, SU PP ORT AND SALE: Digital cameras, iPods, computers, Win dows, Mac, laptops, desktops. Virus problems and upgrades. Enlaces 6a av. norte #1, La Antigua. Tel: 7832-5555. CUSTOM U P HOLSTERY CLEANING From couches to ne rugs, draperies to chairs, we also do mattresses. Free estimates. We dont steam, we extract. Call Pa mela, Tel: 5200-8279 SWORN (LEGAL) TRANSLATOR Professional translation of legal and ordinary documents. Duly registered at the Ministry of Education, U.S. and England Embassies. Contact: po_h@hotmail.com or Phones: 5417-9079, 5693-7475, 2261-0792 CERTIFIED TRANSLATOR IN ANTIGUA Urgent translations. Contact: translationsgt@ gmail.com, Tels: 5630-2405, 7832-5306. Registered in the Ministry of Educa tion and in the U. S. Embassy. TRADUCTOR J URADO EN A NTIGUA : Traducciones juradas y libres. SERVICES IMMIGRATION SERVICES : Jos Caal will do your visa extensions, residencies, stamps from old passports to new one. Anything regarding immigration. Tel: 5518-3128 (oce hours) josecaal@hotmail.com TOSTADURIA ANTIGUA Pioneers in slow roast coe since 1994. Inventors of natu ral cacao honey bars in 2005, including stingless bee honey bars. Inventors of REAL white chocolate honey bars from Zapotec-Maya Pataxte or Theo broma bicolor. Located corner 6a calle & 7a avenida. BOHEMIA CAF, ANTIGUA Burgers Snacks Salads Sandwiches Milkshakes Conversation Relaxation and Good Vibrations. 6a calle oriente #18 TRAVEL COM P ANY : w/ 10 years of Central American experience is looking for minimum 2-year-commitment for the following positions: sales (creative de sign & pricing of individualized travel for a wide variety of clients), & opera tions. Requirements: uent English, strong computer skills & be a t with our culture of honesty, sustainability & innovation. Send detailed CV and cover letter to hr@viaventure.com BURBUJAS DOGGY AND KITTY CARE We oer: bathing, walking, feeding, etc. in An tigua (and environs) and San Lucas. Tel: 5693-8323 ARE YOU A FREE MASON? English speaking York Rite lodge meets in zone 10, Gua temala City, twice monthly. For information contact Dr. Kramer 4079-2374, email: kkramer@zensha.com FOR SALE1991 SUBARU Legacy. Great shape, only two owners. Automatic, 138,186km. Q19,500 o.b.o. Call Csar 7931-4500

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98 real estate In a gated community in San Lucas, 15 min from Antigua. Lot size: 696 square varas, Construction: 380 square mtrs Distribution: 2 story, 3 bedrooms, Studio, 2 living rooms, Fireplaces, Maid quarter, Garden, 4 car garage. $275,000 If your business is not worth advertising, then advertise it for sale.www.revue.gtpublicidad@revuemag.com PBX: 7931-4500

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100 REAL ESTATELAKE ATITLN GUATEMALA CITY CIUDAD VIEJA GUATEMALA CITY EURO P EAN INVESTORS are looking to acquire land/ property in the Lake Atitln area. Owners or agents please call: 5598-5677. INVERSIONISTAS EUROP EOS buscan terrenos/casa en el rea del Lago de Atit ln. Propietarios o agentes por favor contctenos al telfono: 5598-5677. REAL ESTATE: FOR SALEANTIGUA AREA L ARGE AND BEAUTIFUL HOME in Ciudad Vieja, 7 bdrm, wooden oors, 4 1/2 bathrooms, living room, dinning room, kitchen, service area, storage room, large space for parking. Magnicent view to Agua Volcano and wonderful garden with fruit trees. $390,00. Code: 5208 http://www.teamanti gua.com/ Tel. 7832-7600. REAL ESTATE: FOR SALE REAL ESTATE: FOR SALE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN P RO P ERTY : 65 acres above Antigua with or without excellent buildings. Turn key mission, ecotourism lodge, or agrobusiness. Incredible place! See www.unrefugioenelmundo. com then contact dimichaelelorette@gmail.com for appointment. ANTIGUA AREA SAN LUCAS AREA Just tell em, Lo vi en la revista REVUEANTIGUA AREA BEAUTIFUL AP ARTMENTS : 2 bdrm, liv, din, laundry, ful ly-equipped kit, 2 bath, cable TV, Wi-Fi, 24-hour security, cleaning service. 4 blocks from the park. Daily, weekly or monthly. arteceramico12@hotmail. com Tels: 7832-7141, 5096-6740. BEAUTIFUL FURNISHED TOWNHOUSE : Very exclu sive area, 2 bdrm w/bath, hot water, liv/din, fully equipped kit, cable TV, internet, family livrm, re place, terrace, laundry, garage. Tels: 5578-4739, 5910-2615, 7832-7036. LAS GOLONDRINAS AP ARTMENTS : Antigua G., bed rooms: cable TV, private hot showers; apartments with complete kitchen, Wi-Fi. Dierent sizes-dif ferent prices. Daniel Ramrez Ros. Tels: 7832-3343, 5713-6429 drrios@intelnet.net.gt www.lasgolon drinasapts.com REAL ESTATE: FOR RENT REAL ESTATE: FOR RENT BEAUTIFUL AP ARTMENT : Exclusive & secure area, qui et. Fully-furnished, 2 bdrm, liv, replace, kitchen, garden, bath/hot water. Surrounded by trees. A special place! Info: 7934-6258, 5208-6202. ANTIGUA AREA ANTIGUA AREA I NE XP ENSIVE R OOMS :15 min. walk to Central Park. 3 bedrooms, fully-equipped kitchen, shared bath room w/hot shower, cleaning 2x/week & WiFi. $80/week, $170/month ventas1@balambe.com Tel: 5007-8181 (espaol). REAL ESTATE: FOR RENT F ULLY E Q UI PP ED A P ARTMENT IN S AN PEDRO EL PAN ORAMA 4 bdrm, 1 bath, livrm, dinrm, kitchen, laundry. Terrace, beautiful view. US$425. Tel: 32848256 (Spanish) BEAUTIFUL AP ARTMENT Conveniently located in ac cess controlled complex, 3 bdrm, large closets, 2 bath, liv/din, fully equipped kit, hot water, washer & dryer ready. Cable, internet, access & other ser vices inlcd. Furn. $525/mo; unfurn. $425/mo. Tels. 7832-5390, 3007-9259, 4216-8175. HOME AWAY FROM HOME: Temporary rentals spacious furnished apartments residential area = Better than a Hotel = ALL AMENITIES @ AFFORDABLE PRICES: linen, cable TV, Internet, fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, meals $4, home delivery, maid service; walking distance super market, banks, hotels, shops; next door Fitness/heated pool. Pics upon request. T: 4111-0604. FURNISHED AP ARTMENT Fully-equipped kitchen, cable TV, liv, 1 bdrm, hot water, washer, propane gas, Wi-Fi. Near the market. Weekly or monthly. markosaz@gmail.com 5630-2405. FABULOUS LOT, 3,000v located in gated community, on carretera al Salvador, Km 9.5. Excellent invest ment. Build your dream home overlooking Gua temala City and volcanoes. No brokers. Tel: 53856620 or 2369-5773. FULLY FURNISHED A P ARTMENT One bedroom, livin groom, dining room, kit, bath w/hot water, read ing area. Cable TV, telephone, garbage collection, piped water. Set in a safe environment. Q2100/mo. Tels: 5938-2299, 4214-1600. F URNISHED AP ARTMENT exclusive gated commu nity, 2 bdrm, 1 bathrooms, closet, living-dining room, kitchen, laundry, washer/dryer/pila, deck. Internet/cable/water/maintenance fee included, no pets, no smoking. Tel. 4004-4974 denis@kam biatucasa.com 5 BDRM LARGE HOUSE Antigua Gardens, 3 bath, 2 replaces, 2 cupulas, liv/din, play room, laundry. Fully equipped, lg rooftop terrace w/breathtak ing views. Hot water, cistern, 24-hr security. 2 club houses, 2 pools, soccereld, parks. $600/mo. Tel: 4052-7505 or rental77@yahoo.com H OUSE IN O AKLAND Z 10 Two story townhouse, 3 bedrooms, family, living & dining rooms, kitchen, 3 WC, service bedroom w/bath, laundry, interior garden, well water, telephone(s). Gated commu nity. US$1,100. Call ALSA at 2253 0511 Available December 2013. A P ARTMENT & BUNGALOWS FOR RENT in San Juan la Laguna Solol. Eciency w/ mini-kitchen, balcony & lake view, water, electricity, cleaning & secu rity services included. Monthly & weekly rates. Tel: 2366-9555, 5990-6016 atitlan@uxlabil.comLAKE ATITLN O NLY FOUR BLOCKS SOUTH OF CENTRAL P ARK 3 bdrm, 2 bathrooms, liv/din replace, kitchen, 1-car ga rage, patio, terrace, beautiful views, fully furnished (antiques) $225,000.00 Tel. 4004-4974/4697-6226 denis@kambiatucasa.com www.vivenguate.com/ kambiatucasa 10 BLOCKS FROM CENTRAL P ARK near Hotel Santo Do mingo. Well located & well entertained. Ideal for bed & breakfast. territoriosmlp@gmail.com, Ms. Mara 5203-7395. Ms Marylena 5516-3964. Ms. Do ris 2369-8062 from 8am-4pm. H OME FOR SALE IN GATED CONDOMINIUM 7 Blocks from central square. Living room, dining room, kitchen, oce, 3 bedrooms, replace, 1 bath rooms, laundry, garden, $184,750.00 Code 5289 http://www.teamantigua.com/ Call 7832-7600 Email: info@teamantigua.com 3 LOTS FOR SALE in San Bartolom Becerra (5 mins. from Antigua). 1 is 6x20mt; 2 side by side, each is 6x12mt. Call Margarita at 5511-7338, 2251-1622. 13 Mz/ 130,000 V OF LAND WITH NATURAL FOREST 2 own natural water sources, house. 800 mt from highway, 20 mins. from Antigua/Capital city. Excel lent investment for dierent development types of projects. Advice Ing. Tel: 5993-3183, 4744-5648. HOUSE IN VILLA ALCNTARA 1 info daoderen@yahoo. es territoriosmlp@gmail.com or Ms. Mara 52037395. Ms Marylena 5516-3964. Ms. Doris 23698062 from 8am-4pm. The light is what guides you home, the warmth is what keeps you there. Ellie Rodriguez Where we love is home, Home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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103 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 not a pet? Nothing would have made me happier when I was a child than to receive a pet for Christmas; the idea of a furry bundle of joy coming out of a box under the Christmas tree was my description of a perfect Christmas. (It might still be!) Im sure my parents did not share that sentiment. Owning a pet is a responsibility. Whether its for ve, 10 or 15 years, the owner needs to be ready to care for that animal, to provide not only the basic care of feeding, exercise and attention but also be able to aord routine medical expenses as well as the unexpected, often-urgent medical expenses. Consider also that even if that person is a stupendous animal lover, she or he might want to choose the pet they are going to spend the next 10 years with. ey might have criteria that you are unaware of, or have always had very active animals but with their current life style would choose a dierent temperament. What if you are not even choosing the right species? Getting a pet should never be a surprise. Lastly, the holidays are probably the least favorable season to get a pet. It is hectic enough with all the shopping, cooking, decorations and visiting, making time for a new pet requires time and patience to get adjusted to his new familyit could be a recipe for disaster. So, before giving into your impulse of giving a pet to somebody for Christmas, please consider these options: If this does not convince you, visit a shelter a couple of months after Christmas, you will understand that receiving a pet for Christmas usually does not end up being a lifetime commitment. inking of giving a pet for Christmas? Please think twice. ANIMALS by Marjolaine Perrault To give or not to give To give or not to give

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104 General Manager, Lena Johannessen Tel: (503) 7981-4517 elsalvador@revuemag.com EL SALVADOR REVUE OFFICE el salvador

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105 Weve badly neglected touch as weve writ ten these monthly comments about experiencing the ve senses in this marvelous land. We see the colorful countryside, gardens and weavings. We hear the church bells, the re crackers, and student bands drum ming in the streets. We smell the coee and chocolate aromas, and we taste the fresh foods from farms and markets around us. But especially in this season of family and friends, we remember the pleasures of touch. e smooth touch of polished jade and hand-worked leathers, the rougher touch of wool blankets wo ven by the men of Momostenango, the warm touch of sandy beaches along both coasts, the cool touch of mists o the lakes and foam o ocean waves. A dogs licks on a hand, cats rubbing aectionately along a leg, a birds feather touching us as it oats down from above, a horses anks against the riders thighs. e warmth from a replace in the cool December night, the hard touch of a wooden pew in church and the soft touch of grass in the little park outside, the harsh touch from the tuk-tuk seat as youre bounced along our cobblestone streets, and the lush touch of a soft down pillow as you snuggle into it for the night touch memories for both visitors and resi dents in our country. Remember touching the intricate embroidery of an elegant native scarf or belt, the feel of the handiwork in huipil blouses and colorful shawls. Remember the touch of a sleeklycarved wooden jaguar gure, the touch of a smooth bronze casting, the touch of varnished woods. But return to family and friends for the special touches of this sea son, the handshakes, the abrazos, the hugs. A babys tender skin, a childs soft hand against your cheek. Touch, equal to the other senses, for us to enjoy. SENSUOUS GUATEMALA by Ken Veronda TOUCH IMAGE BY PHOTOS.RUDYGIRON.COM

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106 advertiser index38 38 79 79 75 79 79 73 71 73 73 78 77 4 73 73 73 75 74 79 79 86 83 87 86 86 86 86 87 86 85 93 93 92 92 91 90 92 91 93 93 90 92 92 94 94 94 94 94 89 89 89 89 88LODGING Hotel Antao ............................................. Novo Hostal ............................................... All Suites El Marqus ............................... Casa Familia Ovalle .................................. El Mesn de Mara .................................... Hostal San Nicols .................................... Hostel La Sin Ventura ............................... Hotel Aurora .............................................. Hotel Camino Real .................................... Hotel Casa de las Fuentes ....................... Hotel Casa del Parque ............................. Hotel Convento Santa Catalina ............. Hotel El Carmen ........................................ Hotel Hermano Pedro ............................. Hotel La Galera ......................................... Hotel Mesn del Valle ............................. Hotel San Jorge ......................................... Hotel San Rafael ....................................... Hotel Soleil ................................................ Hotel Panchoy ........................................... Posada El Antao ..................................... Apart-Hotel Los Arboles ......................... Balamya .................................................... Hotel Dos Mundos (Pana) ...................... Hotel El Chaparral .................................... Hotel Fonda del Sol (Pana) .................... Hotel Rancho Grande Inn ....................... Hotel Real Santander .............................. Jardines del Lago ..................................... Posada de Santiago (Santiago) ............. TOSA Resort & Spa ................................... Asociacin Ola Verde ............................... Atelier del Mar .......................................... Cafe Del Sol ................................................ Casa Bella ................................................... Cayman Suites .......................................... Club Isleta de Gaia ................................... Hawaiin Paradise ..................................... Hotel Dos Mundos ................................... Hotel Honolulu ......................................... Hotel Pez de Oro ....................................... Hotel Playa Plana ...................................... Hotel y Restaurante Portono .............. La Palma B&B ............................................ Hotel Ecolgico y Rest. Mon ami .......... Casa del Bosque ....................................... Eco Ro Escondido ................................... Hotel Posada Don Antonio .................... Hotel y Restaurante Ram Tzul ............... RO DULCE Amatique Bay ........................................... El Tortugal .................................................. Hacienda Tijax ........................................... Hotel Catamaran ...................................... Casa Doa Mercedes ...............................RESAURANTS / BARS 39 Azul ......................................................... ABC del Caf ............................................... Bagel Barn ................................................... Caf Condesa ............................................. Caf La Sin Ventura .................................. Caf Sky ....................................................... Casa Escobar .............................................. Chez Christophe ........................................ Chocomuseo Caf ..................................... Cookies, Etc ................................................ Degustaantigua.com ............................... Doa Luisa Xicotencatl ............................ El Rincn del Conquistador .................... El Sabor del Tiempo .................................. Epicure ......................................................... Fridas Mexican Cuisine ............................ Fusion .......................................................... La Cenicienta .............................................. La Fonda de la Calle Real ......................... La Pea del Sol Latino .............................. Las Delicias .................................................. Las Palmas .................................................. Lava Restaurant ......................................... Le Fromage ................................................. Le Petite Saint Malo Crepes .................... Mesn Panza Verde ................................... Monoloco .................................................... Ni Fu Ni Fa ................................................... Ocelot .......................................................... Paella La Barraca ....................................... Personajes .................................................. Rainbow Caf ............................................. Su-Chow Restaurant ................................. Ubis Sushi ................................................... Vivero y Caf La Escalonia ....................... Ca De Fiori .............................................. Monoloco .................................................... Pecorino ...................................................... Restaurante Altuna ................................... Trovajazz ..................................................... William Shakespeare Pub ....................... Hotel Villa Fatima ...................................... Restaurante Chichoy ................................ Restaurante Katok .................................... Kape Paulinos ............................................ Trattoria La Nonna .................................... Finca La Loma ........................................... Shai Long .................................................... Giuseppes Gourmet Pizza ..................... SAN LUCAS Lai Lai ........................................................... 67 66 62 61 67 69 7 62 62 67 62 60 63 63 57 65 66 66 69 59 62 66 67 63 62 55 53 66 63 62 67 57 66 69 65 36 36 36 37 36 36 95 95 95 95 95 73 88 88 37HEALTH SERVICES Dr. Milton Solis Plastic Surgery ................ Worldwide Health Insurance ................... Antigua Gym ................................................ Avesa Oasis Holistic Center & Spa ........... Ceiba Porta Hotel Spa ................................ Centro Visual G & G ..................................... Clnicas Ovalle .............................................. Clnica Veterinaria El Arca ......................... Dermatologist Dr. Samayoa ...................... Dermatologist Horacio Paredes M.D. ..... Gail Terzuola ................................................. Guatemala Medical Travel ......................... Holistic Psychotherapy .............................. Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro ............ House of Health Sta. Luca ........................ Le Visage ....................................................... Mundo Natural ............................................ Optyma Esthetics ....................................... Optyma Visin y Moda .............................. Psychotherapist Larry Alford ................... Skin Medika ................................................. Soldent .......................................................... Vet-Pro ...........................................................REAL ESTATEAntigua Rentals ........................................... Barrio de Antonelli ..................................... Carstens S.A. ................................................. Century 21 Antigua Fine Homes ............. CityMax Real Estate .................................... Inmobiliaria Uno ......................................... Real Estate in Antigua ............................... REMAX Colonial ........................................... Solutions Antigua .......................................TRAVEL / TOURS Antigua Tours ............................................... Circo del Aire Zipline .................................. Filadela Coee Adventure ...................... Lax Travel ...................................................... Maya Trails .................................................... Monja Blanca ............................................... Tabarini Rent a Car ...................................... Turansa .......................................................... Adrenalina Tours ......................................... Eterna Primavera ........................................ Fish Guatemala (Parlama) ........................ Fortalezas del Sur ....................................... Grayline Tours .............................................. La Reunion Golf Resort .............................. Rancho Carrillo ............................................ Sailing Vacation ........................................... Trans Galgos ................................................. Transportes Tursticos Atitrans ................SCHOOLS Antigua International School .................. Christian Spanish Academy ..................... Jabel Tinamit ...............................................SERVICES Angel Fire Kennels ...................................... Budget Rent-a-Car ...................................... Hertz ............................................................... Immigration Services .................................. Transcargo ..................................................... Union Church ............................................... Aero Casillas Online Shopping ................. Antigua FM .................................................... Diaz Duran y Asociados .............................. El Chucho Feliz .............................................. Enmarcados El Arcangel ............................ Frank Salon .................................................... Fumigadora Antigua ................................... Funky Monkey .............................................. Golden Studio ............................................... Moto Tours ..................................................... Simoon Scooters .......................................... Trs Belle Salon / Spa .................................. Valhalla Macadamia Farm ..........................SHOPS. Bernina (Sewing Center) ............................ Del Palomar ................................................... House & Green ...................... inside cover In Nola (Textiles) ........................................... Lin-Canola, S.A. ............................................ Super Verduras .............................................. Vivero Botanik, S.A. ...................................... Ay Robot Comics .......................................... Bravo Clothing and Accessories ............... Casa de los Gigantes ................................... Casa Del Tejido .............................................. Colibr ............................................................. Earthborne Foods ........................................ Ecoltro .......................................................... El Mstil .......................................................... Jades Xibalba .............................................. Joyera del Angel ................... back cover Joyera Isaias ................................................. La Casa del Conde (books, etc) ................. Mercado de Artesanas ............................... Orgnica ......................................................... The North Face ............................................. Utz Plata Real ............................................... Xian ................................................................. North & South Bookstore ..........................CULTURAL El Attico .......................................................... Museo Ixchel ................................................. Museo Popol Vuh ......................................... Chocomuseo ................................................. Galera Museo Centro de Arte Popular ... La Antigua Galera de Arte ........................ 48 31 109 49 33 33 51 102 52 48 49 49 48 53 49 49 49 39 97 33 33 33 33 37 31 49 50 47 25 49 62 13 3 50 49 52 50 44 1 47 11 88 25 25 25 25 25 27 43 39 41 9 43 43 41 48 39 41 42 42 40 42 43 40 42 39 41 41 41 41 48 101 98 101 101 99 98 98 99 101 25 27 47 80 109 81 51 81 88 80 81 80 80 5 2 89 81 80 108 45 86 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Tourist Police (Antigua): 7832-4131 Fire Dept: 7832-0234Guatemala City Tourist Assistance: 1500 (24-hour)Police: 120 Fire: 122 and 123

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The Night before NavidadThe willful spanglishization of a classic (www.autobahn.org) Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento, He turned like a ash and was gone like the viento. And I heard him exclaim, and this is verdad, Merry Christmas to all, and Feliz Navidad! Then hufng and pufng at last in our sala, With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala, He lled all the stockings with lovely regalos For none of the nios had been very malos. Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho He ew to the top of our very own techo. With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea, He struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea, I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre: Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Cuco, ay Beto, Ay Chato, ay Chopo, Macuco y Nieto! Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombreo Came dashing along like a crazy bombero. And pulling his sleigh instead of venados Were eight little burros approaching volados. Outside in the yard there arose such a grito That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito. I ran to the window and looked out afuera, And who in the world do you think that it era? While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado To bring all the children, both buenos and malos, A nice batch of dulces and other regalos-Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa, Not a creature was stirring Caramba! Que pasa? Los nios were tucked away in their camas, Some in long underwear, some in pijamas, The Night before Navidad

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