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Election Special

Guatemalan politicians are often contemptuously referred to as payasos (clowns) by many of their fellow citizens and at no time does it become more apparent as to why they earn this nickname than during election season. Whether it’s making ludicrous promises that they could never be able to fulfil (more on that in a […]

Recipe of the Month:Salsa de Tomate Casera

by Simone Riddle

It’s back to basics in Xelawho’s kitchen for this month’s recipe. Everyone knows how to make a tomato sauce, right? But do you know how to make it estilo chapin? Like many dishes in the Mayan culinary repertoire, there is a unique way to create a salsa de tomate, and […]


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Going for Gold

The 2015 Pan American Games have got off to a cracking start for Guatemala so far. At the time of writing we’re only just over half way through and Guatemala have already won a whopping 6 gold medals, placing them eighth in the […]

The Quetzal: Meet Guatemala’s National Bird

By Diana Pastor

Many times, I have been asked the same question about the name of Quetzaltenango by foreigners here: Are there really Quetzales here? Embarrassed, I must answer that perhaps long ago they lived here but today it is difficult to see them even in their natural habitats (rain forest). […]

Laughter by the Bucket Load

By Kin Entertainment

“My Candidate Ain’t Chafa (shoddy)” is a comedy theatre show about the adventures of a group of shopkeepers who, tired of the same campaign promises election after election, resolve to form their own political party. Brace yourselves for two hours of laughter, quips and gags in which you’ll […]

18,000 Km and Counting: a Real Life Forest Gump

We’re sure that many people reading this will be well accustomed to adventurous travelling in this part of the world. We all have great stories from our exploits that we constantly share, and will probably keeping on sharing for a long time to come. My own stories normally involve being crammed onto a […]


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Long Walk for Justice

Oswaldo Ochoa is not a name many of us would have heard before June, but last month he completed the 200km (125 miles) trip from Xela to Guatemala City… on foot! Ochoa, known as Quixote, arrived in the capital one week after […]

The Ten Year Guatemala Spring (Part 2)

By Diana Pastor

The day that Jacob Arbenz took power, the speech he gave was energetic and full of hope. Arbenz, who was the son of a German Swiss immigrant, was educated at the Polytechnic of Guatemala and was highlighted as an outstanding student. After graduating, he began working as a teacher at the Polytechnic […]

Art Walks in Xela

by Alba Carrasco

Art walks are cultural expressions that are created with the aim of exploring urban spaces by linking them to specific topics under an experimental and educational approach. Exploring different urban areas whilst also reflecting on our relationship with public spaces, on social issues and then sharing these insights with others are just […]

Donald Trump: Amazing Predictions

by Fathouse Productions

Multibillionaire Donald Trump recently announced that he’s running for President of the United States (as a Republican, of course). He’s currently a close second in polls in New Hampshire, which is the first state where Republicans will vote for who should be their candidate for President. His announcement speech was a historical […]