“¿¡No comes carne?!” exclaims the wide-eyed Guatemalan, mouth open in disbelief after you´ve just told them that you don´t eat meat. Then, for a moment, it all seems to click and everything falls into place in their mind: “¿Ah, pero pollo si comes?” they ask. It all makes sense now: you just don´t like the [...]
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November is shaping up to be a fantastic month for culture in Xela.
On the 8th, one of Guatemala´s biggest bands, Malacates Trebol Shop, will be playing at Salcaja (a town about 15 minutes away from Xela). You can get tickets for this from [...]
By Richard Brown
Slanderous was the article my dear Spanish partner wrote in the last issue of XelaWho about what it is like to date this gringo. Here is my rebuttal, informed by the teaching of our epitomal General Patton that a good offense is the best defense. Patton also said that the [...]
By Diana Pastor
In last month’s article, we discussed the faces on Guatemala’s bank notes, and so continuing in this vein this month we’re going to discover a little about who, and what, is to be found on Guatemala’s coins. Whilst it can be a bit tedious to learn about the long list [...]
by Simone Riddle
Last month we learned how to cook arroz a la chapin. Now it’s time to learn el plato principal. Jocon is not as complicated as you might think. It uses the traditional Mayan method of toasting sesame and pumpkin seeds, blending them to make a paste with bread or tortillas [...]
by Juan Jardinero
“…it may be doubted if there are any other animals which have played such an important part in the history of the world as these lowly organized creatures.” Charles Darwin
Earthworms are special creatures; their job is to plow the soil by tunneling through it. Their tunnels provide the soil [...]
With the highest number of Facebook users in Central America and a Twitter population growing by the thousands every month, social media can be a great place to find out what’s buzzing in Guatemala. Of course, there’s also a whole lot of nonsense posted online too, but at XelaWho we like nonsense so in this [...]
The protests and downright political fiasco that surrounded the proposed Ley para la Protección de Obtenciones Vegetales (more widely known as the Ley Monsanto) was one of those all too common moments in Guatemalan politics where you weren’t sure whether to celebrate, laugh, cry or do a double facepalm. Or perhaps do them all together [...]
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Any event that requires us both to drink beer and listen to some good live music goes down as a clear winner in XelaWho´s books.
So we are most excited that there will be some Oktoberfest celebrations in Xela this year, courtesy of El Cuartito. From [...]
by Patricia Macias
I’ve dated a gringo for almost a year now, and I have some things I want to say.
I speak Spanish, he speaks something else. A recent example in an ice cream shop: `Un coño pequeño de chocolate, por favor.´ (A small chocolate c··t please.) I admit that sometimes it´s [...]