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December 2005 Issue: Where are All the Reindeer, Mummy?

Xmas in Guatemala. Yeah. Rock on. If you’re thinking that all “Christian” countries do this thing the same way, think again. There are some similarities, but things go very sideways at times, too.

You can, for example, rely on the capitalist onslaught on the part of the shopping malls. These guys have no qualms about [...]

Cuentame: A Comic Series from 2005-2007

The Coach of Death, December 2005

Endorphin Fix

You’ve arrived in Xela, your body so finely honed and toned that its sheer beauty brings passersby to tears, and you cannot permit such a natural wonder to wither in neglect. Worry not, for the XelaWho staff has searched far and wide, walking upwards of one mile, to find the best places to get all [...]

¿Qué Onda Vos? A Series on Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.

No tener ni conciencia buena LITERAL MEANING: To not have even a good conscience. ACTUAL MEANING: To be completely without money.

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November 2005 Issue: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Guatemala got its ass kicked last month, and we’re not just talking about the World Cup qualifiers. We know that we’re Xela’s fun and games magazine, but when something like Stan comes along it affects us all – villagers, city folk, foreigners, party animals and poetry freaks.

Somebody wise once put something on a desk [...]

Cuentame: A Comic Series from 2005-2007

La Tatuana, November 2005

Guatemalan Root Canal

By Robin Friday

Guatemalan root canal. I could not imagine a more frightening combination of words. In fact, it sounds more like the name of a punk rock band than an actual procedure. But yes, today I underwent the granddaddy of dental operations, and the result was a surprising success! My apologies in advance if [...]

Dave’s Rave: El Balcon de Enríquez

Relax, peeps. The Davemeister is A OK, and hasn’t sustained any major water damage. The D-Man’s 9 years as a first year University student came in handy, too, and spending a week in the house with the electricity cut off, eating instant noodles seemed like a walk down memory lane.

This month, when the clouds [...]

¿Qué Onda Vos? A Series on Speaking Guatemalan Spanish

“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.

Hacerse un queso LITERAL MEANING: To make a cheese of one’s self. ACTUAL MEANING: To dance wildly.

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October 2005 Issue: A Latin American Town Without a Central Park? Weird…

Newcomers to Quetzaltenango may notice a heartening sight – the central park is temporarily closed for renovations. Long-termers are facing a different reality: this has become pretty much a permanent situation.

The park dates from 1880, but took its present form back in 1938. Until 2004, it was one of the social centers of town [...]