I bought myself a bouquet of peace lilies this morning. They are depicted in a lot of Guatemalan artwork, and for me they symbolize the beauty of the country.
I've rarely seen squirrels in Guatemala, and enjoyed seeing this one in the same tree. A cat was stalking it, but it was no match for the super agile squirrel.
Here is little Lenchito, the youngest son of the family from whom I am renting the apartment. He is only seven and was recently diagnosed with a cancerous tumour on the pituitary gland. He had his first round of chemo in Guatemala City two weeks ago and is back home now. He is in good spirits, but he's not his usual spunky self. Hopefully, his energy will return when he has finished the chemo.
Guatemalans love fireworks for every special occasion, and this is the season of many special occasions. Today is the "Burning of the Devil", tomorrow is a day to honour La Virgen Maria. After that will be Christmas and New Year's. Fireworks are readily available in the markets.
As with so many developing countries, there is a lot of litter. They are trying to raise awareness of the problem through the schools and in the community, but it is a slow process. This is typical. The sign means "Don't throw garbage".
. This is Brenda, who squeezes fresh orange juice for her livelihood. She is full of fun, as you can see.