Journal

Livingston Guatemala – my office …

 
Working hard

Working hard

on the beach; what more needs to be said. We are in La Buga – Livingston, a town accessible only by boat on Guatemala’s short 74-km Caribbean coastline. Here Latin meets Black Carib, this being focal point of the Garifuna people – a culture born out of Africans meeting Caribbeans on the island of St Vincent during the days of European colonial rule.

Garifuna - Guatemalan Caribbean

Garifuna - Guatemalan Caribbean

A black Christ, Mayan ruins and coco locos in Guatemala’s Orient

 

Esquipulas FaithOn the road for work I have seen some remarkable sights over the past few days. In Esquipulas I saw the ancient caving of a black Jesus Christ, the site of a mega pilgrimage every year on January 15th.

 

 

 

 

 

Malnutrition, illegal air strips and Mr Guatemala

 
EU donates millions to combat malnutrition in Guatemala

EU donates millions

Guatemala’s farming poor are suffering from the knock-on effects of global warming. For the third year running the country’s rivers and agricultural potential have shrunk resulting in a food shortage crisis across five of the driest states. So far, the deaths of at least 25 children have been directly attributed to chronic malnutrition and now the EU has stepped in pledging $18,750,000 (about €13,000,000). If we all just turned off our TVs, our A/C units, drove our cars less or did some recycling it’d be a lot cheaper.

188 vs 34

 
It's my party and ...

It's my party and ...

September 15th was the day of two important events: celebrating Central America’s almost two centuries of independence from Spain, and, no less significant, it was also Miguel’s birthday.

To mark the occasion we threw a garden party and cooked up a feast on the BBQ: satay chicken with peanut sauce, shrimp and veggie kebabs, hotdogs and fajitas. I even made a chocolate ‘avalanche’ cake. And all washed down with plenty of rum and watermelon vodka m- after which all the nice people told Miguel he only looked 24.

Costa del Sol – El Salvador

 
Where's my Zacapa?

Where's my Zacapa?

After spending a week in the chilly highlands of Guatemala this weekend we headed to the beaches of El Salvador to catch some rays.