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April 2009 Issue: Holy Week in Xela: Don’t Skip Town!

By the time you get your mitts on this issue of XelaWho, Guatemala will be gearing up for Holy Week, a holiday that rivals Christmas on the festivity scale. While Panajachel will have the party vibe and Antigua all the pomp and attention, lower-key Xela will have lots going on worth sticking around for.

Although [...]

Por la Carretera: From Texas to Guatemala by Bus

By Riley Lynch

“I ain’t goin’ on no airplane!” – Mr. T as B.A. Baracus, The A-Team

Headed to the States, but hate to fly? If you have the time, and you don’t mind overnight buses, the overland route is cheaper than airfare, and fun, too. In February [2009], I traveled by bus from the [...]

Shopping Xela

By James Gray

Shopping in Xela is bewildering for the ex-pat. Back home in the U.S. – land of the free and home of the jumbo pack – I maneuver through life with certain blissful assumptions about where to buy stuff. How comforting it is to stroll into [insert generic big-box store] knowing I’ll get [...]

How to Divorce Your Host Family

By Steve Mullaney

Chances are you’ve had to dump a boyfriend/girlfriend, but that’s nothing compared to dumping your host family. When you dump a host family you need to dump each member individually, then all together as a group at a farewell dinner. Awkward, right? But, like all things in life it’s better to just [...]

Daytripper: Cool Trips. Close by.

Daytripper is XelaWho’s regular monthly series on day trips within easy reach of Xela. This month’s article is called: A Fair Taste: Finding Fair Trade Food in Xela.

By Jenna Chapman of Quetzaltrekkers

We at Quetzaltrekkers are always looking for ways to live more sustainably. As part of this effort we organized our February benefit [...]

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: Fernando Juarez

by XelaWho Rhythm Minister

Folks ‘in the know’ know about Fernando Juárez (c. in photo), one of Xela’s most talented and versatile local musicians. Although XelaWho has covered the groups headed up [...]

Get Your Permanent Residency in Guatemala

By Babs

Are you tired of doing border runs? Thinking of staying in Guatemala for a while? Maybe you have thought about making it your permanent or part-year home? If so, getting your residency has probably crossed your mind.

Rather than hire a lawyer that charges US$600-1,000, why not save your money and brave a [...]

Earthship Spotting in Guatemala

By Cynthia Ord

Earthships have invaded various places in the U.S. such as New Mexico, and now these remarkable structures can be spotted all over the world. An earthship is a house or building that employs alternative construction methods and recycled materials. The reasons to build an earthship are many: they’re especially trendy right now, [...]