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Ask Dr. Sabelotodo: Fireworks

Dear Dr. Sabeletodo, I keep getting woken up by fireworks going off in the early morning. Am I missing some sort of national celebration? -Culturally Aware

Dear Party Pooper, Fear not. If there were a national celebration going on you, would be waking up with the feeling that you had been teleported to the Israeli-Lebanese […]

Ask Dr. Sabelotodo: Painted Trees

Dear Dr. Sabeletodo, I’ve noticed that a lot of trees here are painted white at the base. Back home, we paint a big white “X” on a tree we’re about to cut down. What’s going on? -Concerned

Dear Tree Hugger, Relax. They paint the trees white to make them more visible to motorists. Think about […]

Ask Dr. Sabelotodo: Xelaju

Dear Dr. Sabelotodo, I don’t get it. The road signs read “Quetzaltenango,” but everyone tells me I’m in Xela. But if I’m in Xela, then why is the city’s anthem called Luna de Xelajú? Where am I really? -Identity Crisis

Dear Identity Crisis, In Pre-Columbian times, the Mam indigenous group called the city “Xelajú,” which […]

Ask Dr. Sabelotodo: Visa Runs

Dear Dr. Sabelotodo, I’ve been in Guatemala 3 months now and my visa is about to expire. People here say it´s not a drama – I just have to do a “visa run”. Can you please explain?

-Anxious Ex-pat