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Return to the Lake

If you’ve been an avid reader of XelaWho over the past 12 months (don’t laugh, we’re told such people actually exist) then you will remember that one year ago we wrote about the fiasco surrounding Lake Amatitlan’s “magic formula.” So ludicrous was the scandal, it had Guatemalans across the country simultaneously screaming with rage, hanging […]


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Vamos Guate! Guatemala smashed the US national soccer team 2-0 in the first World Cup qualifying match, making it Guatemala’s first win against the US since 1988. After nearly two decades and 21 consecutive losses against the US, Guatemala made the win on March 26th look […]

Stuck in Xela

By Jalapeño Jacobo

Each month we send our field correspondent, Jalapeño Jacobo, to interview and harass one of Xela’s most infamous extranjeros to find out why the hell they’ve lived in Xela for so long (just kidding Xela, we love you.) This month we spoke to Lindsey Horwitz, who was raised in Olympia, […]


While Guatemalans might live and breathe football (soccer, i.e. not the one with pads, helmets and tight spandex for you Americanos), the national football team has consistently disappointed on the world stage having never qualified for a World Cup. Things are looking up, however, with Guatemala taking down the Yankees at the end of March […]

Life Lessons in Gender-Specific Vocabulary

By Rotten Tacos

For those relatively impartial about Jesus, Semana Santa is a giveaway day screaming for vacation. These tacos needed to be baked and headed to the southern playas. Reaching El Salvador, two things cross your mind: 1) nothing, because it’s so ducking hot your brain is numb from drowning in its […]

Dear Auntie Dolores

Dear Auntie Dolores,

I’ve been living in Xela for a month and a half now. I’ve been dating a Guatemalan man for a couple of weeks. He is incredible, so sweet and fun at the same time, though what really won me over was his dancing… OMG his dancing! His hips move like I’ve never […]

Help the Street Dogs and Cats of Xela

Xelawho has published many articles about Guatemalan street dogs. People often say that being a poor, indigenous, young woman is the worst status one can have as a Guatemalan, and that is certainly true in many respects. It is also the case for stray dogs and cats, who endure a hard life on the streets […]

Xela Etiquette Crash Course

London, New York, Paris, Xela – just a few of the world’s cultural melting pots where travellers and ex-pats come from all corners of the globe to munch down on pupusas, pizzas, crepes or whatever the hell they eat in London. While that all sounds well and good, the nitty-gritty of cross-cultural interactions can […]


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Jazz It Up!

The 8th annual Jazz Festival is under way already and it’s looking to be better than ever. This year’s festival will include performances by musicians from all over the world, including Switzerland, Mexico, Italy, USA, France, Spain, as well as local artists from Xela. […]

I Could Be Covered in Manure and You’d Love Me

By Rotten Tacos

A new movement is sweeping Xela in an attempt to dissuade the cat calls, grabby hands, and false professions of love. This has spawned from a long-held desire of the female population of Xela to create something stronger than pepper spray, angrier than Resting Bitch Face, and more impactful than […]