25 Scenes of Local Life in Guatemala & Nicaragua


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.

Lainie Liberti
Lainie Liberti is a recovering branding expert, who’s career once focused on creating campaigns for green - eco business, non-profits and conscious business. Dazzling clients with her high-energy designs for over 18 years, Lainie lent her artistic talents to businesses that matter.  But that was then.

In 2008, after the economy took a turn, Lainie decided to be the change (instead of a victim) and began the process of “lifestyle redesign,” a joint decision between both her and her 11-year-old son, Miro. They sold or gave away all of of their possessions in 2009 and began a life of travel, service, and exploration. Lainie and her son Miro began their open-ended adventure backpacking through Central and South America. They are slow traveling around the globe allowing inspiration to be their compass. The pair is most interested in exploring different cultures, contributing by serving, and connecting with humanity as ‘global citizens.’

Today Lainie considers herself a digital nomad who is living a location independent life. She and her son write and podcast their experiences from the road at Raising Miro on the Road of Life.
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