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Zoologico La Aurora - a must see! E-mail
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Parque Zoologico Nacional La Aurora
(Photos by Jane Anne Lyons)
Most of us living in Rio Dulce dread having to go to Guatemala City; whatever the reason is that took you there in the first place. And as many of you know, sometimes things might take longer than usual.  

So instead of impatiently waiting in your hotel room for whatever brought you there, call a cab and go explore the city, it can be fun.  Image

One of the places (later on I will tell you about others), is the zoo. It is like stepping into a green and lush oasis in the middle of the noisy and rushing concrete jungle. It’s actually a nice place to hang out for the day; I think you can even get a couple of cold beers in the Guatemalan food court.

The gardens are ample and the green cushiony grass invites you to lie down for a little while and simply enjoy the sound of the wind lulling on the tall tree tops; that beats the ugly voices of the news people on tv reminding you it sucks out there     Image

Well, Guatemala’s zoo is pretty good. It's actually one of the best in Latin America and one of my favorite places to go when I need to relax and forget about worldly issues.  

ImageOriginally the area was purchased by president Reyna Barrios to turn it into a nice “recreational garden” for the city, believing that if people had a place to relax, breathe fresh air and exercise, they would be more efficient at work and happier citizens. He was a very romantic guy…    

Angie retires from Casa Guatemala E-mail
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(Editor’s Note: Angelina Galdamez, known simply as “Angie” or "Mami Angie", founder of Casa Guatemala, is retiring this month due to health issues and has established a new board of directors to continue her efforts with the Rio Dulce orphanage and various projects which she implemented over the years. Below is a letter which she’d like to share with friends, volunteers and supporters:)

Dear Friends,
As you know, Casa Guatemala has been my life since 1977 when I first arrived as a volunteer of Casa Canada. Shortly there after, when my predecessor Naomi Bronstein decided to leave the project and go back to Canada, I took on the responsibility of creating Casa Guatemala with the vision of making the organization into something much bigger than it was when I took over.

I am very proud to say that I have been able to accomplish my goals when I look at the fruits of my labor:

The hundreds of children who have been placed in adoption; the thousands of children that have had the opportunity to get an education and become professionals here in Guatemala; the sick and malnourished children that I have brought back from the brink of death; the jungle paradise that I have created as a safe haven for the children in our care and the social enterprise we have created in order to provide our own source of income as well as meaningful job opportunities for hundreds of adolescents in our care. 

For thirty-six years this has been what I have dedicated my life to. It has not been easy and there have been many times when I was afraid that I would not be able to continue. Yet thanks to my perseverance and the help of many people from around the world, I have been able to succeed in my mission of providing a safe and loving home, education, and health care to the generations of children who have depended on me.

Mishell celebrates 15th birthday E-mail
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Mishell with Ponytail John -- Wally White photo-
Mishell with Ponytail John -- Wally White photo-
Mishell Sullivan Jenaira (daughter of the late Leo Sullivan) celebrates her 15th birthday party with John (Ponytail) Garrett at Bruno's along with a group of family & friends. Feliz fiesta de quinceañer, Mishell ! More photos by Wally White HERE .
Equipos del Rio expands inventory E-mail
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Friendly, professional staff at Equipos del Rio
Friendly, professional staff at Equipos del Rio
Everytime I visit Equipos del Rio I'm amazed at the new items they've added to their inventory which ranges from boaters items to home maintenance, farm and ranch equipment and much more.

It's like having a boaters store combined with a hardware store. The more you look around, the more items you'll discover -- and at very competitive prices (and if you're a regular customer, go ahead and ask for a discount).

They stock a wide variety of pump impellers, NGK spark plugs, propellers, bilge pumps, fuel filters, grease gun cartridges, life jackets, spearguns, life rings, and foul weather gear.

They’re also a dealer for Igloo ice chests, Honda and Suzuki outboards, Interstate and Bosch batteries,  Zerex antifreeze, Suzuki motorcycles, and Perko hardware.

There’s a variety of pressure washers, weed eaters, lawn mowers, docklines, fish hooks and line, lubricants like WD40 and 3 in one Oil, 2 cycle and 4 cycle engine oil.

And there’s a good selection of fiberglass cloth, matte and epoxy and polyester resins.

Can't find it? Ask Lidia and chances are she can order it for you. And her English is probably better than your Spanish!

Equipos del Lago is located across the street from BanRural in the concrete mall, next to Sistemes Solaris and across the way from Comercial W&L .

Managing the store is Lidia with her friendly assistant Ariel. Phone 7930-5675 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Equipos del Rio is open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Closed Sundays.

Click Read More below to see photos of their new inventory.

Talk Like A Pirate Day Thursday E-mail
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Portside Tom
Portside Tom
Tomorrow, Thursday Sept. 18 will be"International Talk Like A Pirate Day", according to local pirate Portside Tom.
Tom will be swashbuckling around Rio Dulce streets and favorite grog dens most of the day, ending up perhaps at Bruno's for happy hour.
He proclaims:
International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Tom attracting (or attacking) a fair wench
Tom attracting (or attacking) a fair wench

So practice yer sayin’ ye and thee and ahoy, and avast and all that thar pirate talk.

And if ye be wearin’ yer best pirate garb ye might be findin’ it much easier to get on board wif’ yer ol’shipmates.

An’ who knows, someone might buy ye a drink.

Guatemala Independence Day E-mail
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RAM Marina Independence Day Special E-mail
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RAM Marina Independence Day Special
RAM Marina Independence Day Special
Mayan Hide-away E-mail
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Jim Dyer
Jim Dyer
Jim Dyer's Song for Rio Dulce

By Jody Aston and
 Julia Bartlett

Julia Bartlett passed along these song lyrics written by Jim Dyer. He is setting it to music, and hopefully, will play it for us on his ukelele when he and his wife, Donna, return to
Rio Dulce! In a few short lines, Jim touches on many aspects of life here on the Sweet River, in a most enchanting way.

By Jim Dyer
21 August 2014

We sailed down the coast south of Mexico
and behind the mountains where the storms can’t go

Down through the canyon walls wild and steep
rushes sweet water through the gorge so deep

The sweet water starts up in Lago Isabel
where bars and marinas treat the Gringos so well

I'm going back to that ancient hide-away
To that boater’s paradise called the Rio Dulce

Back in those hills that the secrets lie in
are the ruins and the mysteries of the Mayan

Twenty years gone since the gunships overhead
But many Mayan elders still mourn their dead

Of the genocide now little is said
Where once walked fear Gringos roam instead

I am going back to that ancient hide-away
and I've sold my boat so now I can stay

As the launchas and dinghys criss-cross the lake
the little dugouts bounce around in their wake

Away from the lake among the villagers
poverty and sickness are still the dangers

They evicted farmers up at El Estor
so nickel can be mined as it was before

But I am going back to that ancient hide-away
Cause it’s still paradise in the Rio Dulce

Local boatbuilder crafting “flying boat” E-mail
Features - Articles by Casey

Casey's Flying Boat under construction
Casey's Flying Boat under construction
Casey Brooks is building an amphibian airplane at his boatshop down in Cayo Quemado.

The plane is of course built of wood as is his boat “ Retriever” that he built in the 1970’s and sailed around the world.

The inspiration for the seaplane came from having to bash into the winds and waves of El Golfete when going home for the night from Rio Dulce/Fronteras.

“ Gee wouldn’t it be nice to just fly up to town, land on the water and taxi into someplace like Bruno’s or Vista Rio- go shopping and then fly back down.”

Casey lives right on the water, has a big woodworking shop and builds and maintains boats there. He has also built three houses in that area, including the bright yellow “Tower House” that looks suspiciously like an airplane control tower.

The design of the plane dates from 1957. Retriever was designed in 1962.

The wonderful wooden boat Alani was designed in 1959 … and of course Casey had a ’57 Chevy when he was a kid.  " I like old cars, old houses, old boats, old airplanes, old trains, old hand tools.”


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