The 1st 500 Days in Pictures, Part 5

The 1st 500 Days in Pictures, Part 5
December 11, 2010 Lainie Liberti

25 Scenes of Local Life

(part 1 of 2)

At times we participated in the culture around us, but a lot of times we found ourselves as observers of local life.

These are our  1st 500 Days of travel  in pictures. Miro and I left on our journey on mid 2009 and (with the exception of  one trip back to the states for Burning Man a month later) there has been no turning back! Our 1st 500 Days span from July 1, 2009 to November 13, 2010. To commemorate the 1st 500 Days, Miro and I have pulled 500 of our favorite images from our journey  to share with you. We are releasing a new batch of photos every couple of days until we’ve shared all 500 of  our favorite moments. So please do check back often. We are not professional photographers and like many, the reason we take photos is to help preserve  memories of our travels. We invite you to peek into the moments that make our travels so special to us. Enjoy!

Here is Part 5 of The 1st 500 Days in Pictures – Scenes of Local Life

Christmas 2009, in Guatemala. We found the streets crowded with lively costumed performers.

On the weekends, the public “pilas” (for washing clothes) were in use by the Mayan women. During the week, scores of school age teens would hang out there. We fondly referred to this area as the kissing park.

Semana Santa in Antigua. The purple hooded pilgrims march during the night carrying  heavy floats.

Setting up for a Mayan fire ceremony in El Remate, near Tikal.

Women in the lake at El Remate, Guatemala washing their clothes.

“Mi casa es tu casa.”
A sawdust carpet for Semana Santa called an “alfombra” in Antigua, Guatemala.

Semana Santa in Antigua. The purple hooded pilgrims march carrying  heavy floats.

I love this photo, shows the pilgrims deep in trance.

Found a series of hair salons in an underground shopping area in Guatemala City.
The majority of the people who work in them are transvestites.
I was told by a security guard to put my camera away, so this the only shot I got.

A man sitting outside his home in Granada, Nicaragua.

A man with sticks in his wooden cart, in Granada, Nicaragua.

A woman on the phone in the street market in Granada, Nicaragua.

A street shoe repair man in the street market in Granada, Nicaragua.

Another scene from the street market in Granada, Nicaragua.

A watch repair man in the street market in Granada, Nicaragua.

A woman selling coconut fruit in the street market in Granada, Nicaragua.

Butcher street vendor in Granada, Nicaragua.

Float honoring the Virgin Mary during the celebration
commemorating the immaculate conception in Granada Nicaragua.

Liberty is peace in Nicaragua!

Folkloria dancer in Masaya, Nicaragua.

Folkloria dancers in Masaya, Nicaragua.

Women FSLN supporters in Granada, Nicaragua.

Man working in the grave yard in Granada Nicaragua on the Day of the Dead.

A slice of life at the cemetery on the Day of the Dead.

I took this picture of this man, who lived on the street in Guatemala.
I gave him some money to take his picture, he agreed, but I never expected
his kind smile and the way his eyes lit up when I pulled out my camera.
I was so grateful to have connected with this man for the moment I did.

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