Men in Uniforms ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฎ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

Men in uniform – and women- have a certain appeal..whenever I notice one, well.. Iโ€™ve never managed to reign my desire to immortalize those encounters…always with a smile, a knowing smile, a smile acknowledging the ludicrousness of my impulse ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Checkpoint Charlie, a vestige of an unhappy period for pre 89 Berliners…Berlin, Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 5 June 2016

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Whoโ€™s is he?๐Ÿค”no clue..๐Ÿ™ˆA passerby in uniform…et voilร ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธRussia – 9 May 2016

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With the guard at the Mausoleum of Mohammed V -and his 2 sons – Rabat, Morocco ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฆ6 April 2016

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This Mayan site has some of the best-preserved stelae and those vigilant men in uniforms are making sure it stays it that way๐Ÿ‘ŒArcheological Park and Ruins of Quirigua Guatemala ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น4 November 2015

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Alpha female in uniform ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โœˆ๏ธTodos los Santos, Guatemala ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น 1rst November 2015

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With the ๐Ÿ‘จโ€โœˆ๏ธ of our Paris โžก๏ธHavana flight aboard a Cubana Airlinesโ€™s Ilushin II-96 โœˆ๏ธ 25 November 2013

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With the ๐Ÿ‘€ watching over the weekly Sunday march.Huancayo, Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช 30 October 2011

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During a demonstration, probably a minor one as the Riot Police officers didnโ€™t seem slightly worried, considering that one of them lent me his cap and the other one his shield ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธArequipa, Peru ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช 18 October 2011

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Historically responsible for safeguarding the Crown Jewels : a Beefeater, Tower of London UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 15 August 1989

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The closest I could get to a ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿปโ€™s๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ…behind the chain @ Tower of London, UK ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 15 August 1989๐Ÿ˜‰

All Saints Day – Todos Santos Cuchumatรกn, Guatemala ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡น 1rst November 2015oo

// Part 6 of 8 //

While all of Guatemala celebrates Dia de Todos los Santos, the small hilly town of Todos Santos Cuchumatรกn is known for having one of the best festivals during which local men hold wild, drunken horse races.

These races are the culmination of a week-long festivities and a mad night of dancing and libations that continue throughout the day of the race for all men, riders included…

Upon arriving to the village, we admired the costumes of the inhabitants and particularly the attires and the headdresses of the racers.

Trying to catch a good view of the races, we climbed a grassy hill and found ourselves a suitable spot on a rooftop. The track is approximately 100m long and the horses have to cross it 6 times, back and forth, a drunk rider saddled on their back.

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We left during the midday break before the races resumed. According to our guide, we shouldnโ€™t stay until the races are over as the general excitement would be, well…At the end, the streets are lined with men so drunk they can no longer stand.

The races sound like fun but each year there are many injuries, some fatal…and paradoxically that bring honor to the deceasedโ€™s family..