The Red Iguana visits Venice beach!
In some parts of the world, a Deep Gurgle comes around when words become utterly useless to counter situations that provoke either a sense of deep frustration or elation.
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Gurgle On! – The Red Iguana
La Antigua’s 16th century San José cathedral on the city’s central plaza is being repainted anew, erasing with every brush stroke the flavor of its patina and character. La Antigua was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is presently Guatemala’s premier tourism cultural destination. This paint job is a degradation of this historical monument to mediocre status. Such arbitrary decision is unacceptable and those responsible should be sanctioned by UNESCO for not applying the strict conservation procedures this building and la Antigua calls for. This is detrimental to the historical flavor of this World Heritage City and forfeits the integrity of its authenticity for present and future generations.
To: ICOMOS / ICCROM (UNESCO)
To whom this may concern,
I would like to bring to your attention the fact that La Antigua’s (Guatemala) 16th century San José cathedral on the city’s central plaza is being repainted anew, erasing with every brush stroke the flavor of its patina and character. La Antigua was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and is presently Guatemala’s premier tourism and cultural destination. This paint job is a degradation of this historical monument and reduces it to mediocre theme park status. Such initiative is detrimental to the historical flavor of this World Heritage City and forfeits the integrity of its authenticity for present and future generations.
Such arbitrary decision by the city’s architectural council (CNPAG) and governing bodies is unacceptable; those responsible should be formaly scolded by UNESCO for not applying the strict conservation procedures this building and the city of la Antigua calls for.
To add to the above, la Antigua is suffering the ills of the local authority’s ineptitude and double standards. The poor maintenance of such valuable cultural asset for Guatemalans and humanity at large is disgraceful and simply unacceptable. How is all this possible when la Antigua is registered as a WHC and should be protected under the UNESCO conservation charter?
Thank you for your comments and attention in this matter.
The Red Iguana
PLEASE TAKE A LOOK!
Do we need theme park architecture in Tikal National Park (UNESCO) World Heritage Site)
Does Tikal really need this? tikal.html
– If and when the following project comes to term, it looks as if Guatemala will consolidate its title as a promoter of tacky theme park developments, rather than that of tasteful quality hospitality solutions it so badly needs in the periphery of its key cultural destinations. Such project as that presented, gives the shivers and brings Guatemala one step closer to eroding this UNESCO World Heritage site’s potential as an authentic world class cultural Eco-cultural destination for present and future generations.
– If and when this project comes to pass, it will surely serve as a model that most local developers will attempt to imitate. One can only imagine what this means for the region. As a result, all those who value and are in search of quality cultural experiences and mystique when they travel, can bid Tikal farewell – This is very unfortunate, but sadly predictable.
– It is urgent that such project be deterred and that the Guatemalan government be offered serious advice re. the solutions that would best serve such valuable destination. That may be wishful thinking.
– The Tikal project: tikal.html
– Courtesy of developers: boutique.html – check it out!
If you care for TIKAL and disagree with this type of development for the TIKAL area, please say so to firstname.lastname@example.org
” The preservation of the world’s cultural heritage and its environment is humanity’s responsibility. ”
With Antigua classified as a UNESCO world patrimony and its status as Guatemala’s most prestigious cultural and tourism portal, one might think its welfare would be treated as a priority in the national interest – By the show of indifference towards its maintenance, notably the lack of urban planning courtesy of the last (3) municipal administrations, it is clear that it is not. For a country that promotes tourism as one of its main priorities, spends a mint on maintaining appearances, it is unconceivable that the goose with the golden eggs be left to loose its luster without too much concern. Ironically aid of all sorts flows into Guatemala to try and patch things up here and there, but not much attention is paid to help nurture the cultural and urban sustainability of this world cultural heritage, and that should be serving as a role model to inspire present and future generations. Antigua needs a dedicated and competent administration that understands the 21st century challenges the town faces to become competitive in the region as a world class tourist destination. Antigua needs quality solutions that are world class, not just the usual patch ups to save the day. Positive changes could come about fairly rapidly if and when a non partisan pro Antigua initiative could be jump started
Yesterday evening, while enjoying a pleasant dinner with friends and relishing a nice bottle of Merlot, we were suddenly startled by an anguished group of foreigners that crashed into our restaurant. “Don’t go out now!” they blurte out, “The police! The police is everywhere!” Curious as to what had freaked these folks out, I got up and headed for the door just as it was being bolted by the establishments security detail. I walked out onto the pavement and saw twelve black patrol trucks with twirling lights and crackling radios, parked alongside both sidewalks. An immigration vehicle was also part of the fray. The street was lined with police clad in black SWAT outfits with automatic weapons in hand. This had the looks of was a major drug bust. The usual intimidation tactics and muscle flexing that mostly yield nothing, save the anguish of visitors who scurry off and call it a day . One of the group who was visibly distraught, exclaimed to his girlfriend, ” Can you believe this s**t ! Everyone told us this sort of stuff would happen here.” The show of force, was an unwarranted and overblown caricature of a b movie rather than efficient strategy. Within minutes the bars and restaurants had emptied and the pleasant evening visitors had hoped for in the lovely barroque setting of la Antigua had abruptly come to an end. For most, It was the proof that this kind of action really happens in this part of the world.
With an already slowing tourist trade, who needs this kind of Rambo action?It only serves to bring tourism to a grinding stop. Fijese!
In Chapinlandia (Guatemala), one quickly comes to understand that when addressed with a Fijese! The expletive will rarely be followed by pleasant news. Quite the contrary, it is mostly the prelude to something unpleasant. For added effect, the bearer might even accentuate the delivery with a certain degree of glee. This comes easy, as Fijese! Involves no responsibility or accountability, it only serves to underscores the news or information that is delivered. What makes Fijese! quite fascinating is the automatic association of bad news to this expletive – Of course, it is expected to stimulate some kind of reaction – on the contrary, it will surely trigger another round: Fijese! (change of tone) – For those who are used to having clear and uncomplicated communication, this particular Gurgle might provoke some distress.