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The Magic Formula

Take a trip to Lake Amatitlan near Guatemala City & you’d be forgiven for thinking upon first sight that its almost radioactive green colour must be due to some sort of volcanic phenomenon. Upon closer inspection, however, the lake reveals itself to be a grotesquely polluted green sludge that washes up on the shores with [...]

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Youth Consciousness

Social Media was filled with outrage as an image of someone vandalising the Chocoyos bridge in Zone 1. As a result a group of masked youths surprised the locals of Quetzaltenango when they erased the graffiti on the bridge, which was built in 1822. The [...]

Adams Family (“Hermaphroditical”) Elections

by Richard Brown

Election season is coming up in Guatemala, so it’s important to remember that election mudslinging isn’t something new to the media age, and in fact some of America’s beloved founding fathers were pros.

Take the election of 1800. Thomas Jefferson secretly hired a media consultant, journalist James Callendar, to dish [...]

Reading Sets Us Free at Flex

by Julio Urizar

Reading sets us free. It seems commonplace, but with this slogan the Xela book festival FLEX will celebrate its third year.

In Guatemala reading is not a common habit. When reading is a tool that allows each individual to actively participate in their self-education, shaping collective horizons of dialogue, critique [...]

Experiencing Guatemalan Street Food

by Diana Pastor

For many people from other countries visiting Guatemala, eating street food can bring to mind one of two things: a cheap, filling and ridiculously cheap culinary experience or a nasty surprise that leads your stomach to send you running to the bathroom. But how can one know whether a particular [...]

Recipe of the Month: Platano en Gloria

by Simone Riddle

If there’s one fresh fruit you’re guaranteed to find in any ‘tiendita’ it’s plantain. Guatemalans love them and no desayuno chapin would be the same without it. Don’t let their over-ripe appearance put you off. That’s when they’re at their best! So whether you can’t face walking further than your [...]

Grow Your Own: Growing an Orchard

by Juan Jardinero

“We are star stuff harvesting sunlight.” ? Carl Sagan

The cold season is coming to end, and we couldn’t be happier. Though seasonal changes have become irregular around the world, we are now in what we could call a short spring. The sun is bright, the humidity is starting to [...]

Trendy

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 here are [...]

Not for the Faint Hearted

As you may have cottoned onto after being privy to the experience of being on a chicken bus that has been stuffed to at least three times its maximum capacity, or witnessing an ayudante whack out his huge wodge of cash, chicken buses can bring in rather large sums of money, especially by Guatemalan standards. [...]

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Let’s Go Bowling

Being a culture and nightlife magazine, we’ll be the first to tell you that Xela’s a great hotspot for culture in Guatemala. However, for those evenings when you feel like going out and doing something but aren’t in the mood for being cultured and [...]