Centro Cultural Azotea, Jocotenango, Guatemala, el 16 de noviembre, 2016
I spent a couple of hours at my favorite place in Antigua- on the balcony just outside my windows at my homestay. I love sitting in the sun, looking at the 3 volcanos while the sun sets. Tonight was also even more special because finally-
Everytime Fuego rumbles, I look to see if there is anything more than just smoke and this afternoon there was!
I have to clarify something. While telling Sheny about my trip to Chichi, she looked at me in horror when I told her about my visit to-
This house of prostitution! There are 3 very bold and tell tale signs what this establishment truly is. First, it's red! That means prostitution. Second, it not only has a cloth curtain at the door, that curtain is blue. That means prostitution. Third, it's a cantina. Not a cantina-restaurant, just a cantina. That means prostitution. I walked in looking for a cheap beer because in the fancy hotel across the street, they were charging too much. A lone woman was working behind the bar, playing on her phone. She served me, told me she lived upstairs and a while later, a family came in. They were her bosses. I never saw anyone else there - Sheny said there would have been girls upstairs. A few men put their heads in the door, but I mustn't have been good for business because none came in. How crazy is that????
During class today, Sheny and I went to the Centro Cultural Azotea. I rode behind her on her scooter, without a helmet. That was so fun and reminded me how I miss my bike and how little I actually rode it this summer. I'll ride it more next summer, I promise!
A music museum, a coffee museum and plantation as well as beautiful gardens are found here.
Various Maya instruments include a tortoise shell and antler. The antler is tapped on the shell to make music-
The tun is a wooden box made from Hormigo wood. It has slits forming the letter 'H' and makes 3
distinct notes. It's played with a rubber mallet-
The xylophone, or marimba's keys, have tuned resonators below each key made from gourds with beeswax on the base and pig intestine skin covering the opening. This material is a sound modifier which causes vibrating and buzzing when a key is struck-
Maximon, or San Simon is a folk saint worshiped by Maya people. He is NOT approved by the Catholic Church! He's a cult and said to be a form of the pre-Columbian Maya God Mam. Legend has it that one day while the men from the village were at work in the fields, Maximon slept with all their wives. The men were so angry they cut off his arms and legs, but somehow he became a god. Worshipers offer money, liquor, cigars and cigarettes to gain his favor in health, good crops and marriage counselling. He's a bully and a sinner - his like of alcohol and cigarettes is perhaps his appeal. He's not a saint but someone humans can relate to-