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It was a bit of a mixed bag this May from Guate’s twiteros with every chavo with a off-brand smartphone chipping in their two-cents. The big story of the month was as it always should be in May, good ol’ #DíaDeLaMadre. For many chapines, there’s no better way to tell your mum you love her […]

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Books Are Love, Books Are Life

Xelawho loves books -aside from bad puns, cheap beer, and making a silly magazine with our friends, they’re our only escape from a world that grows darker and more confusing by the day.

In light of this, we’re pleased to announce that the book fair has come […]

Street Harassment Action

By Optimus Ovary

***Trigger Warning: contains graphic detail of an instance of sexual assault***

It was a cold evening in May when it happened. I was probably thinking about something completely inconsequential, like which extras I was going to order with my fondue from Bajo la Luna. An approaching car’s headlights lit up […]

Xela Keeps the Beet

With the rainy season upon us, what better time to rant about the great outdoors in the land of eternal spring! While good ol’ Guatemala has some of the most fertile land going and oodles of water in the wet season to get your unloved herb garden growing, much of the produce shooting out of […]

Pollo guisado

Pollo guisado is a popular dish served for almuerzo in homes and comedores across Guatemala. Originating from Spain, the ingredients used to make pollo guisado are easily sourced in Xela’s local mercados to create a hearty yet nutritious meal and features salsa inglesa — aka English sauce — aka Worcestershire Sauce. This recipe serves four […]

The Fires of El Petén

There’s a magic to the jungle in Petén that you can’t find anywhere else. That’s a cliche, but the undergrowth is alive and old —stand under the trees and listen to the countless living things around you, and you will for a moment catch a glimpse of yourself stuck in deep time; a mote floating […]

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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 […]

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Pupusas are delicious

Xelawho would like to give an old-fashioned shoutout to thepupusa —that delicious Salvadorian grease dumpling that will steal your heart before clogging it with merciless efficiency. A good pupusa is often followed by another, and then sometimes by a third. Don’t think twice about putting down your shot at a […]

Make Guatemala Wait Again

It’s rush hour in Xela, and the city is still as the grave. Cars on 4th calle stretch bumper to bumper from Parque Central to Calvario and beyond. The micros on 14th Avenue crawl at a snail’s pace up the hill to the signal on Rodolfo Robles, which itself has vehicles at a near-standstill stretching […]

Shakshuka Style Eggs

La Salsa Inglesa

Writing this recipe I had trouble deciding whether it’s best described as shakshuka or ’huevos rancheros’. The chili and the coriander give this breakfast dish a Latin American feel but without a typical roasted tomato sauce, fried eggs or black beans it doesn’t quite constitute as ‘huevos rancheros’ in my […]