Those who have been hanging around Guatemala for a while now will have undoubtedly noticed the plummeting prices of that all-too- precious commodity: cerveza. Even just over a year ago, you would be hard-pressed to find bars where you could buy a litre of beer for under Q30 (not including the infamous cantinas, of course). [...]
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Those of us you who have had the good fortune of having your pocket picked whilst riding aboard the minibuses that comprise Xela’s world class urban transport system, will be delighted to know that the PNC (Policia Nacional Civil) have devised a new initiative [...]
By Diana Pastor
I recently enrolled in the Academy of Music of Quetzaltenango in order to learn to play the piano. From the first day that I arrived to the place, I thought to myself that it couldn’t have been baptized with a better name than the one it has been given: it [...]
By Simone Riddle
For a hangover, people in Guatemala will typically suggest two remedies: hair of the dog or the famous ‘caldo de huevo’; the best chapin remedy para quitarte la goma, (o rather to get rid of that hangover)!
So if you drank one too many IPA cervezas last night in Pool [...]
By Juan Jardinero
“Grow your own drugs.” James Wong.
When you’re traveling, it´s common to get sick, sometimes because we’ve had too much to drink and the midnight street food seems irresistible or at other times a simple cold will strike and take you down. Obviously if you are feeling terribly ill it’s [...]
by Seudonimo Anonimo
Walking down the street in Xela is no easy “feet.” As any Quetzalteco knows, Xela is a hopping, major metropolis comparable to any Los Angeles, New York City or London. However, Xela has its own unique set of pedestrian “road rules” that, once clarified, will hopefully help you stay safe(r). [...]
January 2014 was the month of the now infamous polar vortex. Those of us who didn’t have the (mis)fortune of experiencing first-hand the “southward movement of tropospheric Artic air” (layman’s translation: a rather nippy breeze) that led to parts of Canada and the Midwestern United States reaching colder temperatures than those at the North and [...]
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To the Rescue!
It can often be difficult to bring our readers a positive “Popping” story from the local news each month, what with the daily stories of robberies, murders, corruption, incompetent politicians and bureaucrats, car crashes, chaos on the roads, collapsing infrastructure and the ever disappointing [...]
By Simone Riddle
Milanesa de Res Meat eaters! February’s YOUR month, and right in time for Valentine’s Day. Maybe you want to impress your Guatemalan girlfriend or boyfriend by cooking them a traditional dish demonstrating how well you fit into Chapín life here in Xela. Perhaps it’s meet-the-parents time and you want to [...]
by Juan Jardinero
“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece” – Claude Monet.
Your garden can also be an amazing place, but it will require some work, time and patience as you engage in a friendly battle with nature. Grant yourself the permission to learn through trial and error yet be [...]