“Living” in a tourist town like Xela is weird. One of the great things is always making new friends – the flip side being constantly saying goodbye to old ones.
This endless hello/goodbye is, of course, an excellent excuse for beer drinking (yeah, like we need an excuse…) and it doesn’t really matter that eventually [...]
The Spanish Mullet, June 2006
It’s true, possums. It’s been a while since I touched on the delicate subject of hairstyles, and truth be told, I don’t really care so much. As long as it’s clean and cut according to some sort of logic by somebody who has held a pair of scissors before, what [...]
The Witch on the Bus, June 2006
QUETZALTANGO, JUNE – Exasperated by the pore quality of English language publishing in Xela, the Quetzaltenango English Teachers Association (QETA, for their initials in English) plan to launch their own magazine, XelaWhom.
The magazine will be an action-packed rollercoaster ride through such exciting fields as correct prepositional placement and verb agreements.
“What we is hoping [...]
By Mazz Sackson
It is true that for many people, Sunday is considered a day for relaxation. But only for people. Parasites and infections do not adhere to this day of rest. If you find yourself camped out in the bathroom expelling your insides on a Sunday, it may become necessary to take a more [...]
“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.
El que no llora, no mama LITERAL MEANING: He who doesn’t cry, doesn’t get breastfed. ACTUAL MEANING: You have to ask for something in order to get it.
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 [...]