Homegrown Antigua

Just on the outskirts of Antigua, Guatemala sits an oasis of edible goodness! Coaba Farm produces organic salad greens and lettuce, spinach, broccoli, Bok Choi, sprouts, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, peas, radicchio, fennel, edible flowers, corn, herbs, bananas, avocados, citrus fruits, berries, chicken, and rabbit – not all of these all the time, but on a…

Eating Away at Biodiversity

The illegal trade of birds, reptiles, and some mammals is a lucrative corner of the black market among El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. It has been about three years since consuming turtle eggs became officially against the law in El Salvador, and still it’s not too hard to find place that sell these so-called…

A little bit of Bangladesh in Guatemala.

Guatemala and Bangladesh are similar in many ways: they are both countries rich in natural resources and wonderful cultural traditions and colorfully dressed women in traditional clothing. They are also both countries plagues by natural disasters such as hurricanes, and a large percentage of their populations live in poverty. This is why the Guatemalan government…

A Guatemalan Cold Snap

It is winter in Guatemala. I had no idea winter really came to Guatemala; countries south of the Tropic of Cancer generally do not vary too much in their climate. Perhaps some times are more rainy, or less, more sunny, or less. But extremes in temperature? It happens, to be sure. In the wide plains…