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October 2006 Issue: It’s Only 1 O’Clock! Where’s Everyone Going?

On the 2nd of August 2004, the Guatemalan party scene was dealt a deathblow. That was the date that the Dry Law (La Ley Seca) came into effect, and it became illegal to sell alcohol between 1 and 7am, except on special holidays.

The official reason was that it was to reduce street crime, but […]

Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close by.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: The Las Majadas Circuit

As everyone knows Xela is the trekking capital of Guatemala, and if you want to spend a couple of days backpacking to the top of Tajumulco volcano or from Xela to Lake […]

Fashion Police: A Column From 2006

Badges on Backbacks, October 2006

Darlings, I don’t know quite how to say this, so I’m going to put it as plainly as I can. I’m hanging up the diamante-encrusted kid leather holster and custom-designed Fabergé badge and sashaying off into the sunset. Put another way, I’m getting out of the Fashion Police business. We’ve […]

Dave’s Rave: El Panorama Restaurant

Dude. The D man is always on the hunt for that Romantic Place to take his Special Lady Friend. Or a Nice Place where he can wine and dine any of his other Lady Friends. Or, failing that, somewhere he can go to chow down with any old slapper off the street.

So imagine his […]

¿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.

El que entre la miel anda algo se le pega LITERAL MEANING: Something sticks to those who walk in honey. ACTUAL MEANING: People take on the habits of those around them.

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September 2006 Issue: Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

Dust off your cowboy boots, people – it’s fair time again in Quetzaltenango. If you want to get technical about it, we’re talking about La Feria Internacional de Independencia. First held back in 1884 in the Canton San Nicolas, the fair has had various homes over the years, but in 1984, to celebrate its centenary, […]

Cuentame: A Comic Series from 2005-2007

The Spirit Cemetery, September 2006

Salsa Puts the Fun in Dysfunctional

By Rosa Lopez

Salsa brings people together. A gringo with rhythm can be an expert salsa dancer before finishing studying subjunctive. Salsa bridges the language gap. Even a gringa who doesn’t understand “¿Quieres bailar?” understands an offered hand and a raised eyebrow. And she’ll have an abundance of flirty locals willing to whisk her out […]

Fashion Police: A Column From 2006

The Reef Sandals With Socks Look, September 2006

A whole year has gone by, darlings, and what a fabulous year it’s been. Full of glamor and intrigue, juicy gossip and mischief. There have been fashion highlights and fashion lowlights… I like to think we’re improving, at the very least… Now, I notice that on the […]

¿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.

A la fuerza, ni la comida es buena LITERAL MEANING: Forced, not even food is good. ACTUAL MEANING: Don’t get pressured into doing things.

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