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Guatemala: Antigua ex-mayor among 11 arrested in graft case  | Anti Corruption Digest

Guatemala: Antigua ex-mayor among 11 arrested in graft case  | Anti Corruption Digest | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it

The former mayor of the popular tourist city of Antigua and 10 other officials and private citizens were arrested Thursday in a case of alleged corruption,

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Politicians Beware

This ain't your USA down here.  Lookie here.  Politicians actually have are subject to THE LAW.  Bee a crook here, most are, and you go TO JAIL.  In the states?  Well laws pertain only to private citizens.


So here is a word of advice to USA politicians.  Enjoy your immunity and stay up there.


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Morgan Freeman Shines Light on Guatemala's Mayan Wonders - MarketWatch

Morgan Freeman Shines Light on Guatemala's Mayan Wonders - MarketWatch | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Morgan Freeman Shines Light on Guatemala's Mayan Wonders MarketWatch Come to Guatemala and see this," said Freeman in a video while taking a break at the archaeological site of El Mirador, a UNESCO World Heritage site located within the northern...
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Forget the political pictures.

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Antigua, Guatemala Protests, August 27, 2015

Guatemala was on strike August 27, 2015. Businesses and Universities were closed. People throughout the nation took to the streets in peaceful protest to ...
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As of tonight almost the whole government has been removed and the VP is in jail awaiting trial.  The President now has an arrest warrant out for him.  This is the demonstration in the Capitol on the 27th.  Contrary to the "Civilized" USA no buildings were burned.  None were looted.  No tear gas was used.  No one was killed.  

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spaswinefood: Great coffee shops in La Antigua, Guatemala

RT @spaswinefood: Great #coffee shops in La Antigua, #Guatemala http://t.co/7VAJnItFMF
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Did someone say Coffee?

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The Doors of Antigua, Guatemala | Getting Stamped

The Doors of Antigua, Guatemala | Getting Stamped | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
The Doors of #Antigua, #Guatemala http://t.co/fR7J36MSbe #Travel #doors #photography #photos #camera #backpacking #centralamerica
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Getting Stamped Blog, one of my favorites.  They are all over the world.

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Antigua Guatemala: A Fast Day in a Slow Town

Here is my first time lapse video project shot in Antigua Guatemala. For best results, watch in HD.
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This four minutes you might want to watch twice or four times.  No one was killed in the making of this video.  Watch the combination of the people and traffic.

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Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán Travel Guide - DuJour

Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán Travel Guide - DuJour | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Find out what to do in Guatemala’s Lake Atitlán, the sights to see, the hotels and resorts to book, the restaurants to enjoy delicious meals and the travel booking information to make a successful Central American vacation.
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One of my favorites.

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Guatemala's Flourishing Cruise Industry - FTNnews.com

Guatemala's Flourishing Cruise Industry - FTNnews.com | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Cruise industry grows in Guatemala. 11 percent growth in the cruise industry expected in 2015.
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----->  Cruising and Seeing a little of Guatemala.

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Guatemalan president waves off Biden’s counsel to keep UN impunity commission

Guatemalan president waves off Biden’s counsel to keep UN impunity commission | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, during a visit to Guatemala earlier this week, strongly hinted that keeping the U.N. International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala was a condition for U.S.
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See Central America on a budget - Perth Now

See Central America on a budget - Perth Now | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
If you want five-star scenery on a one-star budget, look no further than Central America, with its seductive mix of Carribean surf coasts, wildlife and mountainous terrain.
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Over 135000 Receive Free Vision Operations in Guatemala - teleSUR English

Over 135000 Receive Free Vision Operations in Guatemala - teleSUR English | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
The aid mission led by Cuban doctors has already helped some 3 million people in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
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Charitable Contributions


I find it so heart warming to see the amount of giving here in Guatemala.

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Guatemala's Beauty and Culture Drive 2014 Arrival Growth - TravelPulse

Guatemala's Beauty and Culture Drive 2014 Arrival Growth - TravelPulse | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Central American country’s visitor growth coincides with launch of new hotels from North American resort brands.
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U. S. Hotel Chains Coming This Way.


#Guatemala, #Tourism #Tourist #Atitlan #Tikal

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Tweet from @JLA_Insider

Tweet from @JLA_Insider | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
The bright colours of the colonial arch and streets in #Antigua , #Guatemala #JLAinspired #TTOT pic.twitter.com/kwq0rG5jwy
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Avenida 5, La Antigua

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U.S. Warns Russia to Keep Hands off in Guatemala Crisis (1955) | Central Intelligence Agency

This film contains footage of Henry Cabot Lodge's warning to the Soviet Union to not interfere in the political unrest in Guatemala. National Archives - U.S. Warns ...
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Commies Bomb and Strafe Guatemala City

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Huehuetenango, Guatemala! A film by Birds Eye Video

Birds Eye Video LLC Website: www.birdseye-video.com Connor King (205) 527-4440 connortking@gmail.com.
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Huehuetenango, Guatemala! A film by Birds Eye Video


A place on my bucket list.  For my taste, the best coffee.


Hasta luego.

Juan Galt

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Bizarre Foods con Andrew Zimmern en... - Antigua-Guatemala.net | Facebook

Bizarre Foods con Andrew Zimmern en Guatemala. La Antigua...
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Don't tell anyone.  My favorite place.  Keep the crowds down.  Just go for yourself.  Don't forget to buy a rack of ribs/meat.  Don't tell anyone where to get it so you can be the hit of all parties.


Nos Vemos,

John Galt

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Guatemala (Beautiful) Rio Dulce

The area called "the Rio Dulce" begins at the mouth of the river on the Bahia de Amatique at the Garifuna town of Livingston on the Caribbean coast.
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And just what are you going to be doing this weekend?  I have done this twice and it was more fascinating the second time.

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Food and Adventure Guide to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Food and Adventure Guide to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is an ideal spot for active adventurers, food lovers, and relaxation seekers. This free guide shows you all there is to do around the lake.
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Will be there in two weeks.  Be sure to stay for a Saturday BBQ in Panajachel or Sunday in San Pedro la Laguna.

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Antigua, Guatemala: An Indescribably Special Place

Antigua, Guatemala: An Indescribably Special Place | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Antigua Guatemala is a lively town famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches.  Antigua, Guatemala is an ind...
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Living here is great and affordable for a social security boy.

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Where to eat in Antigua, Guatemala - Rincon Tipico Review

Where to eat in Antigua, Guatemala - Rincon Tipico Review | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
I fell in love with Antigua, Guatemala. At first I saw her and I thought she was kinda cute. As the days passed and we flirted more she began to reveal her secrets to me. She knew the way straight ...
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Inexpensive and tasty.

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Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua Guatemala: Penitence - Lunaguava

Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua Guatemala: Penitence - Lunaguava | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
A brief look into the penitents of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Antigua Guatemala, who assume various roles during the daily processions.
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Semana Santa (Holy Week)


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Submitted by Carol A. Clark - Los Alamos Daily Post

Submitted by Carol A. Clark - Los Alamos Daily Post | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Los Alamos Daily Post
Submitted by Carol A. Clark
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About 30 miles from where I have been spending the winter on Lake Atitlán, Fuego is one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala's former capital, Antigua.
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-->  "What is a volcano amongst friends."

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Mexico Has Brutally Choked Off The Flow Of Undocumented Immigrants Into The ... - BuzzFeed News

Mexico Has Brutally Choked Off The Flow Of Undocumented Immigrants Into The ... - BuzzFeed News | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
After the U.S. border crisis this summer, the Mexican government implemented a new plan at its southern border. "We are filling up the southeast with tons of people, crime, corrupt authorities...
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Look what Mexico is doing to stem the tide.

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Remittances account for 10 percent of Guatemala's GDP - The Tico Times

Remittances account for 10 percent of Guatemala's GDP - The Tico Times | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
JUTIAPA, Guatemala – The small village of Horcones sits at the end of a pothole-filled road in Jutiapa, in southeastern Guatemala.
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Why Visiting Lake Atitlan in Guatemala Needs To Be on Your Travel Bucket List - Growing Up Bilingual

Why Visiting Lake Atitlan in Guatemala Needs To Be on Your Travel Bucket List - Growing Up Bilingual | Retire Guatemala | Scoop.it
Lake Atitlán is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Located in the western highlands of Guatemala the lake is surrounded by spectacular dormant volcanoes and pincturesque Mayan villages.
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Lake Atitlán (SpanishLago de Atitlán[atiˈtlan]) is a lake in the Guatemala highlands. It is technicallyendorheic (lacking direct flow to the sea) but substantial seepage feeds two nearby rivers. Atitlan is recognized to be the deepest lake in Central America with maximum depth about 340 metres (1,120 ft). It is approximately 12 x 5 km, with around 20 cubic km of water. The lake is shaped by deep escarpments which surround it and by three volcanoes on its southern flank. Lake Atitlan is further characterized by towns and villages of the Maya people. The lake is about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west-northwest of Antigua; it should not be confused with the smaller Lake Amatitlán.

"At the water" is the meaning of "Atitlan". It is a fusion of simple Nahuatl words that belies the complexity of the entity it identifies. German explorer Alexander von Humboldt is the earliest prominent foreigner generally quoted as calling it "the most beautiful lake in the world." [2]

The lake basin is volcanic in origin, filling an enormous caldera formed in an eruption 84,000 years ago. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, and Aldous Huxley famously wrote of it: "Lake Como, it seems to me, touches on the limit of permissibly picturesque, but Atitlán is Como with additional embellishments of several immense volcanoes. It really is too much of a good thing."

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