Kofte in Istanbul

Day 1: Delicious Kofte in Istanbul, Turkey June 9 Hello again, live from Istanbul! After about a year, it was time return to a city with which we have grown greatly attached. After dropping everything off at the hotel, I … Continued

Blending Mayan Rituals with Catholicism

CHICHI, Guatemala — Chichicastenengo (Chichi) is quite religiously significant.  Here you can see the altars of the largest churches combining traditional Catholic symbolism with Mayan gods and traditions and blending Mayan rituals with Catholicism.  In fact, the Mayan Bible (Popol … Continued

Xela: A City for the Ages

Xela is the second largest city in Guatemala and a major center of indigenous culture, with a rich history. Known more formally as Quetzaltenango, it is also considered a rich city by Guatemalan  standards. An important export is cotton thread … Continued

Guatemala Food Markets – Extraordinary Offerings

XELA, Guatemala — We have visited several Guatemala food markets during our stay, including a huge vegetable market in Xela (see our next blog post for more info on Xela in general) and the Thursday market in Chichicastenango (“Chichi”).  Both … Continued

Exploring Guatemalan Food and History: Day 2

ON THE ROAD, Guatemala — Today, we witnessed again how Guatemalan food and history are intertwined. From religious ceremonies to the economy, food has played a rich role through Guatemala. We left Antigua after a lovely café con leche in … Continued