Monthly Archive: December 2008

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

Horoscopes

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...

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,...