In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
an exciting city to visit. She offers
a variety of cafes with freshly roasted coffee beans and
Historical Colonial ruins,
wine bars, a
relaxing Plaza, street
culture, photo opportunities everywhere,
ice cream shops, boutique souvenir shops, friendly locals, ancient churches
and a happening night life with live music.
On our most recent visit,
we were able to attend a series of free jazz concerts just down the street from
Setting up the stage and seating at Centro
De Formacio de La Cooperacion Espanola
The backdrop for the concerts was the ruin of
an ancient church and the cobblestone plaza in front of it. Circumscribed by a
concrete and plaster fence, the open air venue was perfect.
Colored lights created a compelling scene
The rotating colored lights kept the
background to the bands alive. The shadows over the concrete and volcanic stone
building were mesmerizing. Notice the sliver of moon rising at the top of this
Fresh coffee, ice cold water and other small
choices for refreshments were available under the tents to the right. Seating
held about 300 people.
Waiting in delicious anticipation for the
musicians to appear
There was the soft murmur of voices chatting
while waiting for the show begin. People were clasping each other on their backs
and giving hugs, men had on dashing hats and women were in their gorgeous
The temperature of the air was pleasant with
a slight crispness to it and stars were brilliant in the sky.
Truly, it was flawless.
Notice the round instrument in the center of
the photo. The saxophonist played this musical device in a variety of ways. In
the opening song, he stood on it and rocked back and forth creating the sound of
ocean waves. Later on, he worked this circular didgeridoo for amazing auditory
effects and beat the tightened skins like a Congo drum.
The Iberjaz Trio from
Iberjaz had the most
creative percussionist I have ever witnessed. He created a whole environment
with sound using children’s plastic horns, a little horse that clip-clopped and
neighed, a peacock that poked his beak rhythmically on a cymbal. He took a
balloon and let the sound out in squeaks and wails, and he rubbed his hand on
the outside to create yet another sound. Flinging plastic beads over his cymbals
he created sounds of rain, and he also threw about and cast aside tin discs
making little crashing sounds.
It was enchanting,
whimsical, very well done and I was grinning ear to ear with audial pleasure.
Quartet from Italy
The second night with
standing room only in the audience, a quartet from Italy took the stage. The man
working the accordion on the left really wailed on the thing making sounds I had
not heard before, and the violinist practically caught fire from working his bow
on the strings of his instrument.
The base player's base was
unconventional; A praying mantis sort of look. The drummer played his drums with
only his hands all night and they were flying. Rarely did he utilize drumsticks.
Both bands received
standing ovations from the crowd.
The concerts were free
which was a complete bonus. As we walked home, we peeked into restaurants along
the way, and many of them also offered live music for the diners.
If you get a chance,
Antigua is a captivating city in which to spend some time.
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About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.