Antigua – first impressions

I woke up rather early this morning – i guess it has something to do with my almost 12 hours of sleep – and went for a walk around the town on my own.  I always enjoy early morning light for photographing.  It was not as early as I would have liked though, the sun was a bit too high in the sky and started casting harsh shadows and highlights.

Antigua is beautiful.  I wish I was more poetic to describe it, but it is that simple.  Old cobble stone streets, old spanish architecture, and of course more colours than photoshop can render.   Because it was early in the morning, the hustle of the city had not began – however there were locals preparing their handicraft tents for the day along with tourists waiting tour buses to various local sights.  This is where Antigua falls on my lists.  Tourists.  Everywhere you look there is a Spanish school and a hotel.  Although the look is genuine in terms of aesthetics, there is a bit too much of other worlds in Antigua.  It is nearly noon here now and if you walk down the street it seems like most of the people you see are tourists.  Remember this is just a first impression, so it may be just a certain time and place, however the number of tourist traps found within the colourful crumbling walls suggests otherwise.


4 responses

  1. irene de perez

    Hi Galen! Happy New Year!
    All Panamenian
    Young people say hello to
    You! Muy bonitas fotos. Nunca he
    Visitado Guatemala pero se que
    Antigua es muy bonito y pic-
    torico. Si necesitas algo
    Nos avisas. Muchos saludos.

    January 17, 2010 at 17:46

  2. Scott Eidt

    Hi Galen,

    Good to see you have arrived in Guatemala safe and sound . Your adventure has begun. I enjoyed your first few blogs and will be keeping up to date with your experiences.

    Scott Eidt

    January 17, 2010 at 18:34

  3. Norma Morin

    Hi Galen,

    All the best success for your important work. Douglas and I were actually in Guatamela around Jan 11th when our cruise stopped in Puerto Quezal. We took an excursion to a town called La Domenica and visited small villages and musems. The people are very friendly but you see there is a lot of poverty as the guide explained their minimum wage is around $7.00 a day.

    All the best

    Norma and Douglas

    Montreal, Canada

    January 21, 2010 at 20:07

  4. Miguel de Espinas

    Sus fotos me emocionan mucho. ?Puedo pedir que escribaras en espanol tambien? Solo si fuera algun titulo, nada mas.

    January 21, 2010 at 22:52

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