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November 2008 Issue: Who Will It Be?

This November 4, the U.S. will exercise its democratic right to choose the next president. The “winner” gets the task of tackling some serious messes: an economic crisis, an unwinnable war, a broken health care system, and global climate change, to name the ugliest. Handing over the presidency in 2009 will be like handing one […]

Saturday Nights in Santa Cruz

By Geoff Bendeck

There comes a time in every man’s life when he decides to put on a dress and you know…try it out. In the villages of Lake Atitlán, indigenous men have been dressing up in colorful outfits for generations, but only on Saturday nights at La Iguana Perdida in the village of Santa […]

¿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’s topic: expressions using the verb echar.

The main source of inspiration for this column is the useful book on Guatemalan (and other Latin American) slang ¿Qué Onda Vos? by Juan Carlos Martínez.

Echar tierra LITERAL MEANING: to throw dirt […]

Saugatuk’s: A Restaurant Review

By Steve Mullaney

Is there restaurant life outside Zona Uno? Yes, definitely. If you’re willing to take a little hike or sit on a micro for five to ten minutes you could discover CAFÉ/BAR SAUGATUK’S.

Saugatuk’s at street level looks kinda funky. The place is essentially a wooden cabin built on top of a green […]

Men With Guns: Guatemalan Police

A special report by Adam Garett-Clark

It should be familiar by now; the long shiny boots, spiffy jumpsuits of varying colors, serious expressions of boredom and of course the giant frick’n gun jutting from the waist, beret optional. These are the brave men and men who valiantly display their death machinery in Xela’s public in […]

Spotlight On: A Series on Culture & the Arts

“Spotlight On” is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on all things cultural & artistic in Xela and Guatemala. This month’s topic is: The Band Majuana.

The sound: Latin rock. This group of five heart-throbs calls Xela home. About 70% of their set is covers of Latin rock hits, about 30% of their music is original, and […]

Sugar Fix: Guatemalan Alternatives to Your Favorite Candy

By Cynthia Ord

So you think you know candy? Maybe back home. With American candy prices at record highs, it might be a good time to explore the Guatemalan alternatives. The quality lags, but the prices are right…


The Peanut Butter Solution

By Cynthia Ord

As valuable backpacker bartering material, good peanut butter is up there with massages and rolling papers. If you’re looking for peanut butter in Xela, the last place to go is the Dispensa supermarket. All you’ll find is some highly-processed sticky stuff containing plenty of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. For local, all-natural, homemade […]