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Change We Can Believe In

By Steve Mullaney

Ideally, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency will bring “Change We Can Believe In” to the United States. However, many folks living in Xela are looking for a different kind of change, sencillo. Returning from the ATM with a wad of bills tucked neatly in socks or bras, the next […]

December 2008 Issue: Wish List

Life at XelaWho isn’t bad. Where else can I go to work wasted and wearing footed pajamas? Where else can I play The Avett Brothers at full volume and take hula hoop breaks? It’s hard to complain. However, December is the month of wishful thinking, so I compiled a small wish list of things that […]

Foreigner Loves Being Only Gringo

By Cynthia Ord

SANTIAGO, Sacatepequez – On day two of the annual All Saints Day kite festival, American traveler Jeremy Sawyer enjoyed a full afternoon as sole foreigner. For the first time during his two-week backpacking trip through Central America, Sawyer didn’t spot anyone else in outdoor performance apparel and fair skin. “It was awesome,” […]

¿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 sacar.

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.

Sacar de sus casillas LITERAL MEANING: to […]

Spanish School Dropout Rates on the Rise

By Cynthia Ord

XELA, Guatemala – According to a recent study by MINEDUC, Guatemala’s Ministry of Education, Spanish students are dropping out of school weeks earlier than they had originally planned. In extreme cases, students quit classes mid-week, failing to attend the graduations held every Friday or to receive their “diplomas.”


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: Xela Rugby FC.

Josh Macy is the head coach and a top player for Xela’s new rugby squad, Xela Rugby F.C. We caught up with him in a cantina – he is a rugby […]

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:XelaGrooves

Who: XelaGrooves What: A collective of Xela artists that want to promote audio-visual art, from graphic design and street art to music production and live performances. XelaWho went backstage with DJ Kokopeli (Bonifaz Díaz), […]

Gringo Enamorado

By Robin Friday

After seeing gringa after gringa riding on the back of motorcycles driven by local Quetzalteco renegades, I began to wonder where all the extranjero – Quetzalteca couples were hiding. Did they even exist? Being a charismatic fellow, I decided to volunteer myself for a field study on “foreign relations” here in Xela. […]


by Lindsey Horowitz

Aries (March 21- April 19) Your debit card was stolen again… or maybe you lost it? Get it together, Aries, the stars say December will bring mad cash. Wake up and cover up your pin at the ATM.


On Battling Piojos (a.k.a. Lice)

By Gina Spigarelli

I began to question why my previously trusty brand of shampoo had started to severely dry out my scalp. I switched brands. The itching increased. Time passed. I scratched. One day, while styling my hair, I saw him: black, beetle-sized and scurrying across my forehead in a frenzy. ¨Hello, little bug,¨ I […]