You asked for it so here it is....more Mayan Ingenuity. All of these were captured in the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala. If you are new to this series here are the links to the first and second posts.
During election season in the US candidates and political parties spend millions of dollars on yard sign, billboards and bumper stickers. Guatemala does not have the same level of funding for their elections but they can spare some cash for paint.
These "signs" last longer and create less landfill than the traditional yard sign or billboard. Once the election is done or when a community swings their support elsewhere they just cover it up.
Landscape lighting can be an expensive proposition but it does not have to be. Here are two examples of how to do it on a budget using recycled materials.
Safety is a big deal in most countries but in Guatemala common sense is generally relegated to adults to teach their kids. Here's a great example.
Got a hole in your fence? There's more than one way to fix it.
Here's a picture of a wheelchair that we snapped while visiting the local bomberos.
Got some old tires and unused cement? Mix them together and you have a picnic table and chairs.
And what would a picnic be without a bar-b-que?
When in need of a trash can, any, and we mean any, unused container can do the trick.
A few months ago some new pipes were being laid and a popular cross street was torn up. Someone "built" this bridge so pedestrians could crossover safely. This solution stayed in place and worked great for the duration of the construction (about two weeks).
It can be expensive for utility companies to outfit trucks with all of the rigging typically used to do their work but as evidenced in the next photo there are always other options.
How to make bench using a stool, a board and a plastic bottle holder:
What would a post about ingenuity be without mentioning the duct tape of Guatemala aka, PVC tubing.
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