The 1st 500 Days in Pictures, Part 3

The 1st 500 Days in Pictures, Part 3
December 8, 2010 Lainie Liberti

28 Photos of Words & Symbols Found in the Environment

Words and symbols are all around us, part the environment & part of every culture. Often, we find the messages universal.

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.


Here is Part 3 of The 1st 500 Days in Pictures – Words & Symbols found in the environment throughout Central America

Fire Department!

Announcing our boarding to San Jose Costa Rica… and so the journey begins (again).

The “Split” on Caye Caulker, in Belize – No hidden sexual messages, they are front and center.

The beautiful silhouette  of Sandino, on the top of the mountain in Managua, where he lost his life.

Pink painted FSLN ( Daniel Ortega’s party) “happy 30th birthday!” in Granda, Nicaragua

Street of Liberty, Granada Nicaragua

Guns and knifes are not prohibited in the park,
a message brought to you by the institute of Nicaraguan tourism.

Not quite sure what this means, but the stencils next to the graffiti caught my eye.

This photo was taken at the hospital ruins in Granada, Nicaragua.
Love the iconography of  the children.

Devil graffiti in the hospital ruins in Granada.

Cultural icon of the Guatemalan national rum called  Quezalteca.
Locals call her “indita’ which means Indian girl.

Indita hand painted on the wall in Angitua, Guatemala.

It was true. Photo taken at our local hang out
in Antigua, Guatemala called Cafe No Se.

“Priestess of the Mushrooms” at Cafe No Se.

Painted side of the barn in Livingston, Guatemala.
Gotta love the iconography of a rooster man in diapers.
Indecently, the “gallo” is the national symbol for machismo in Guatemala.

“I love you, fattie. I adore you – Pici”
I found this note on the ground in Antigua, Guatemala.

What do you think, are they serious about not wanting you to go that way?

These hooded holy men hold this book as you enter Antigua, Guatemala.
(kinda creepy, I think)

We can paint you house or business.

Graffiti wall in Guatemala City.

Internationally recognized iconography, found at a gas station in Guatemala City.

Beautifully painted door in Guatemala City.

This message translates to:
“There cannot be a happy and flourishing society if the majority of his members are poor and unhappy”

“Tomcat 19 – Fuck” in Guatemala City.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck”, posted on a wall in Guatemala City.

Missing little girl poster in Antigua, Guatemala.

Poster of young boy urinating into a military helmet, Guatemala City.
I think this poster is the organization,  for the children of the disappeared.

Drunk, in Antigua, Guatemala.


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