Photos in Words & Symbols in Central America


Here are some pictures in Words & Symbols we found in the environment throughout Central America.

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.

Fire Department!

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.

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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