This wonderful image of the jacarandas in bloom in Antigua's parque central was taken this week by Revue mag's ever vigilant Rudy Girón. (Presumably from the Ayuntamiento?)
Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, kick-off point for Cuaresma (Lent) the season when Guatemala's pious citizens don the colour of their most resplendent trees.
I'm growing a little jacarandita here in London in our sitting room. It shares a pot with a substantial palm and I am too chicken to transplant it for the time being.
In 2007, after 18 years of visits to Central America, I am finally to experience Semana Santa (V's pics) in Antigua.
A few weeks ago Chanel 4's The Search saw contestants running around La Merced and having to destroy a multi-coloured sawdust Easter carpet in order to locate their next clue. The programme-makers then delberately confused the Agua and Pacaya volcanoes before taking the team to Yaxhá, Petén.
When I passed through the forest last December my driver offered to take me to Yaxhá but I declined because I really wanted to make a certain bus in Santa Elena and was anyway resistant to extra charges. I now regret this decision because these ruins are clearly some of the most spectacular in Guatemala. There's a part of me that wants to grind out the trek to El Mirador too.