One-uppers. No, it’s not the number of speed pills you popped last weekend in San Pedro. I’m referring to that guy you met in your hostel. You know the guy. If you’ve been to Thailand, he speaks Thai. You’ve hiked the Appalachian Trail? He’s climbed Mounts Everest. During a long weekend. Before he hit puberty.
Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: Climbing Into the Vapors
by Bryan Friedrichs
The coffeemaker rumbles into life in the Quetzaltrekkers office as eight people huddle over plates of pancakes in nervous anticipation. For most, today will mark the first experience climbing [...]
“Spotlight On” is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on all things cultural & artistic in Xela and Guatemala. This month’s topic is: The Punk Band Stati_K.
One of the big hits at this year’s music festival was local punk band Stati_K. XelaWho decided to get off its ass and finally do something resembling journalism, so we [...]
By Chris Perras
You came to Guatemala to get away from it all. The rat race. The commercialism. The greed. And here we are telling you to check out a casino. Shame, shame.
San Antonio de Papua, December 2007
Unless you’re an avid naturalist, hiking and kayaking can get a little old after the fourth volcano (another eruption – yawn) and yet another trip across the lake (yep, still a good view). And if you’re in the minority of Atitlán backpackers who don’t smoke pot, you’re bound to run out of interesting things to [...]
“¿Qué onda vos?” is XelaWho’s a monthly guide to speaking Spanish Guatemalan style. This month we’re looking at funny expressions.
No ser ni chicha ni limonada LITERAL MEANING: To be neither liquor nor lemonade ACTUAL MEANING: To not have a definite religion
Every November 1st, men in cowboy hats and striped red pants play the marimba while lookers-on sway to the rhythm of their ancestors. Members of cofraidas mutter prayers and burn scented offerings to the gods to watch over the souls of deceased children. All Saints Day, or Dia de Todos Santos, is part of the [...]
The Stranger Part II, November 2007
Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: Siete Cruces
by Charlie Krause
With sharpened machetes, three of Quetzaltrekkers´ volunteers departed in the tranquility of predawn Xela to blaze a new trail from Zunil to the magical hot springs of Fuentes Georginas. The guides [...]